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Welcome to Vol. 54 of the Spanish Online Newsletter! Part of the Spanish Learning Blog - your weekly lessons with mp3 files, as well as links to Spanish travel spots and more. As the presidential election heats up here in United States, I thought it might be helpful to look over some election related Spanish vocabulary. These words can be useful in discussing the upcoming election with your students, family members, or with Spanish speaking friends who have an interest in politics.

Also, I had a good question on the blog this week from a reader named Andy - he asked the following

How is allá different from ahí? Are they used in different regions of the world? According to this website: the three versions are: aquí, allí and ahí.

Do any of you Spanish teachers out there want to weigh in on that subject? The difference & regional variations between allí and ahí? I can research it myself but I'd love to get some feedback from those of you out in the field teaching. You can shoot me an email here.


Palabras Políticas y de las Elecciones - Political & Election Words

Election time! For many people this is a very exciting time, and much of the news revolves around issues and vocabulary related to politics and voting. While politics may be a bad issue to bring up when you're traveling abroad...you'll find that many people will ask you questions about your political system, and it's nice to at least know the vocabulary - even if you plan to just say "no me gusta hablar de la política..." (I don't like to talk about politics).

la política
político
gobierno
constitución
ciudadano
derechos
presidente
congreso
senado
diputado
senador
gobernador
votar
el voto
la elección
elegido
campaña
partido
encuesta
republicanos
demócratas
independientes
derechista
izquierdista
conservador
liberal
debate
candidato
delegado
colegio electoral
ideología
lobby

politics
politician
government
constitution
citizen
rights
president
congress
senate
congressman
senator
governor
to vote
the vote
the election
elected
campaign
party
poll
republicans
democrats
independents
right wing
left wing
conservative
liberal
debate
candidate/nominee
delegate
electoral college
ideology
lobby

Worksheet: Political Words in Spanish

Quiz: Spanish Political Words

Hangman: Political Vocabulary

Some Internet Links & Articles:

Why Spanish is the favored new language of politics

Bilingual Ballots in Spanish: a Mistranslation?


Travel Spot of the Week
visit Laguna Verde & practiced your Spanish!

Laguna Verde, Bolivia

If you up for a 4x4 trip through Bolivia, don't miss the opportunity to go across the southwestern region, where you can see spectacular scenery such as the gem of Laguna Verde. At over 14,000 feet you'd better make sure you are acclimatized already though - as that is pretty high up! Some lovely pictures of Bolivia with more historical info can be found here.


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