Chile, En español, Nature, Spanish Culture and Language, The Americas, travel

Southern Cross Stargazing Repost by Sally Cronin

Thanks to Sally Cronin for reposting my article about seeing the Southern Cross for the first time. The countryside of Southern Chile was the perfect place to see this famous constellation. See Sally’s Smorgasbord website for the complete bilingual article. Observando la cruz del sur, republicado por Sally Cronin Gracias a Sally Cronin por republicar […]

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bilingual, Chile, En español, history, Spanish Culture and Language

Stuck on Page 49

Sunday, thirteen million Chileans voted on the first new constitution since the dictatorship. The Constitutional Congress worked for a calendar year on the document. In Santiago, huge rallies filling long city streets three days before the plebiscite showed huge numbers in favor of “Apruebo,” I approve. By 8 pm on September 4, the votes were […]

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bilingual, Chile, En español, history, Indigenous Peoples, Spanish Culture and Language, The Americas

New Chilean Constitution Vote Sunday September 4

For Chileans, the most important vote this year will be Sunday; to ratify or reject the new democratic Constitution. The 170+ page document carefully crafted over 12 months by the Constitutional Congress, guaranties rights to Chileans young and old, with and without resources, and to all ethnicities and genders. The Constitution specifically ensures the rights […]

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bilingual, Chile, Humor, Living Abroad, Spanish Culture and Language

Joke’s on Me 2

Learning to converse in another language keeps me humble. Beginning with English, as a child I made up funny words. I’d call the small blue round Midwestern fruit, bluebodies. My dad’s bluebody pancakes still are a family favorite. In first year high school Spanish, I wanted to say, “I’m embarrassed” Tengo vergüenza. Instead I said, “I’m pregnant.” Estoy […]

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