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Welcome to Vol. 27 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Spanish lessons with mp3s, as well as links to Spanish travel spots and more. Since religion is very important in Latin America, I thought it would be nice to explore the words surrounding faith and the different religions.

Lesson of the Week: Palabras de Religión - Words for Religion

cristiano
judeo
musulmán
hindú
budista

católico
protestante
mormón
presbyteriano
luterano
evangélico
metodista
anglicano

episcopalo

Christian
Jewish
Muslim
Hindu
Buddhist

Catholic
Protestant
Mormon
Presbyterian
Lutheran
Evangelical
Methodist
Anglican
Episcopalian

Don't be surprised of somebody you meet in the Spanish speaking world asks you straight out "eres católico?" or "qué religión eres?" For them religion is a big part of life, and approximately 80 to 90% of Latin Americans are Catholic. When I was first living in Zacatecas I was a little bewildered at trying to explain in my broken Spanish that I was Episcopalian, which few had ever heard of! Some people even asked me "no eres católica, pero crees en Dios?" (you're not Catholic, but you believe in God?) Despite the emphasis on Catholicism, there are many other religions practiced througout Latin America. Here are some general statistics for religious groups from the CIA World Fact Book.

religious statistics for Latin America

stats for religion in Latin America

Dios
fe
creer
creencias
el alma
la biblia
rezar
oraciones
iglesia
catedral
misa
sacerdote
padre
monja
misionarios
bautizmo
el cielo
angeles
santo
espíritu
el infierno
diablo

God
faith
to believe
beliefs
the soul
the bible
to pray

prayers
church
cathedral
mass
priest
father
nun
missionaries
baptism
heaven
angels
saint
spirit
hell
devil

Activity/Worksheet: Religious Words

Quiz: Religious Words

Hangman: Palabras Religiosas


Further Reading

Religion in Latin America - articles and many links

Interesting article about religious shifts among Latinos in the U.S.

Religion & Theology in Latin American from UT's LANIC - one of the best sources on the net for researching Latin America

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Travel Spot of the Week

Cathedrals of Latin America

Did you know that the first cathedral in the New World was founded in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic? Home to the original tomb of Christopher Columbus before his supposed remains were transferred to the monument built for Columbus (for more on that mystery/debate, click here). Click on any of the pictures to the left to read about some of the other interesting cathedrals in Latin America.


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