Madison may be the personalized license plate capital of the United States. [example: QUIRKY] Why do we see five or more vanity plates per day here? [MTHRSHP] We have a liberal Department of Transportation policy, a low initial investment, and an individualist culture. [SNAZZY] Instead of a $100 up front fee for a specialized plate, in Wisconsin […]Read more
What If Girls Rode Bikes?
What if more girls, particularly more Chilenas, rode bicycles? The question and the answer began in Santiago, Chile. Two activists asked themselves, “How can we change girls’ lives?” Their answer was simple and profound; with bicycles. María Paz Castillo and Fernanda Martínez worked together in 2018 to kick off a Santiago Cycling Event for Girls and […]Read more
5 Touchstones of Our Bilingual Life
After learning Spanish for ten years, I was committed to the idea of raising children speaking español and inglés. I told the story of my earlier failed attempts at bilingual life with my youngest sister and my cousin in this essay. After that I was dedicated and determined. I made a plan to incorporate a […]Read more
Which Language Do You Choose?
Your fairy godmother is back in town! In Spanish she’s your Hada Madrina. This week she’ll grant you the wish to speak the language of your choice immediately, no vocabulary drills or 1001 Verbs to prepare. She waves her wand and it goes online! If you could speak any language fluently overnight, what would it […]Read more
7 Cheap Ways to Better Your Spanish
I’ve been working on my Spanish for a while, let’s say more than two decades. Here’s what I’ve discovered works for me to keep it fresh. Taking a class or learning online can be good methods to better your Spanish, but if that’s the full extent of your language input and output, your progress will […]Read more
I’ve Been Blogging a Year! Olé!
Thank you for reading Fake Flamenco this year! Your comments and *likes* on the page and in person have meant so much to me. I appreciate each new follower; the wisdom and experience their comments and presence bring to this site. Fake Flamenco is dedicated to bridging cultures. You and I, we are all a […]Read more