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From here to La Luna and back…! Vamos a ver la luna… (English version)

¿Vas a ir a ver la luna esta noche? ¡¡Claro que sí!! Are you going out to see the moon tonight? Of course you are! That was the talk earlier this week…This same sized moon was not to be around for another eighteen years… I would have wanted to see and capture this image… believe me…I had los emparedados todos listos to go along with some muffins and salad… ready for el picnic en la playa… However, with overcast skies that was not meant to be for us. So I ripped this image off of a friend’s site…keeping this blog on hand to explain to my offspring to be on the lookout on 2034 for the next one!

Why so much fuss over the moon. Well, la luna of course produces a gravitational pull on the earth that causes the water to rise and fall in what we call tides or las mareas not to be confused with the verb se marea which means you get dizzy. The moon’s gravitational pull also causes the rotation of the earth to slow down and have longer days. Without this, well, we would have shorter days that would make the earth’s temperature a lot lower, as the sun would not have the opportunity to warm up the earth in just the right temperature. This would in turn reduce la madre tierra’s ability to produce our much needed food to survive. Ahá maybe that is where we get the famous luna luna dame pan que tus hijos no me dan refrán!! If you are not familiar with it..click here to hear that TeachThemSpanish’s podcast. I finally cracked that nursery rhyme code!

And… la luna affects our mood doesn’t it? Might even make the kids a little more than a handful for a day or two. ( I remember a day, as a high school teacher, when there was a full moon, it was a Friday and the 13th… oh and they happen to have scheduled a pep rally to boot…as teachers we knew we didn’t stand a chance for having a normal day… if you are a student…  go easy on your teacher on those full moon days!)

I’ve heard some people say they get grumpy or loco/loca or can’t sleep on nights when the moon is full. Very likely, with such an influence on the earth… how can it not affect our bodies and emotions if we are composed of 97% water.

Well there is a wonderful book that I invite you to look at with your child as it is written in Spanish called La Luna y Los Niños.

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This book covers cultural, ancestral and scientific information that will help us talk with our kids about their growing bodies, sexuality and love in a context that honors our values. Tween and teenage girls, especially, should be aware of the effect the moon has on their bodies. A sincere and open approach should always accompany this kind of talk. La Luna y los Niños will help you talk about how the moon affects our bodies, our emotions and our spirit. You may find it here  Or e-mail the author directly at aguamarinaluna@gmail.com.

Now, if you missed la Super Luna… oh well… guess what it’s just a little more than 13% much bigger than your usual full moon or luna llena. And, guess what that full moon that comes around, comes around every single month. So turn off the TV or electronic screen… and take a look at that monthly moon rise with your child. If you need some inspiration, bring along this music, which is all inspired by that preciosa luna. Enjoy… ¡¡Disfrútala!!

Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata

 

REM  – Man on the moon

Ana Gabriel – Luna

 

Audrey Hepburn – Moonriver

Los Panchos – Luna lunera

 

Gypsy Kings – Toro enamorado de la luna

 

Elvis Presley – Blue Moon of Kentucky

 

Van Morrison – Moondance

 

Bacilos – Caraluna

 

Claude Debussy – Claire de Lune

Carlos Vives – Luna Nueva

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Laughing with Spanish comedies is the best medicine…

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A quick test to finding out if you have acquired a language or not is this…

Do you dream in that language?

Do you get jokes in that language?

If the answer is yes to both you can rest assured… you have!

This week we will give you an opportunity to practice those comedy listening skills. They are from all over the place, different countries so that you adapt to the different accents and humor, different sources as well… from mainstream media to the very creative efforts of bloggers and YouTube filmmakers that are benefiting us all with fun and exciting choices. Here is a sample of different Spanish comedies for each of the age groups, from young ones, to teens and adults.

Disfrútalos…

 

10. Pero Like – You will get funny videos and tweets from Pero Like regarding Spanish humor and growing up Hispanic. They have different nationalities represented. The Cuban abuela character is hilarious.

 

9. Topo Gigio – This is for young children but I still think he is cute! Many generations grew up with this Spanish “Mickey Mouse” that originates from Italy. First appearing in 1959. He likes to say that he is “un ratoncito pacífico” and he prays to San Peppino at night.

 

8. Extra – Teacher Discovery produced a short telenovela for beginning Spanish students that is like watching an episode of Friends. It is about a young man named Sam who visits Barcelona to learn how to speak Spanish. As you follow along the plot you will immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture.

 

7. El Chavo del 8 – It may sound odd but this is a comedia about the trials and tribulations of an orphan child, the creation of Roberto Gomez Bolaños “Chespirito,” from the 70’s. Famous phrases such as “Pero no te enojes…” ,”fue sin querer queriendo..” , “eso..eso…eso…!”

 

6. Dairon – I don’t know how he does it but he does… Dairon Vasquez portrays different members of a Cuban family and is very talented actually in impersonating other accents, Russian, Chinese, etc. Great comedian that will keep you entertained with his YouTube videos.

 

5. Tres Patines  – Leopoldo Fernandez is a classic Cuban comedian known as José Candelario Tres Patines or Pototo. He is almost always in trouble at “La Tremenda Corte.”  I remember repeating as a child like a parrot…”¡Que cosa mas grande en la vida chico!”

 

4. Alvarez Guedez – A Cuban-born star, he talked about the Cuban exile experience of South Florida and was famous for his chistes calientes and “ño!” He had a hilarious radio program “Aquí está Alvarez Guedes” on 92.3 FM for 15 years in Miami.

 

 

3. Enchufe TV – This is a very successful YouTube comedy web series that was started in 2011 by Ecuadorian filmmakers in Quito. They use a lot of ironic humor regarding every day modern experiences but most sketches do contain profanity, are adult themed and not meant for too young of an audience.

 

2. Cantinflas – Mario Moreno was a Mexican comic film actor. He has been referred to as the “Charlie Chaplin of Mexico.” His words have been examined and talked about by philosophers, linguists and media critics. At one point his popularity was seen as a threat to the politicians in Mexico.

 

1. ¿Qué Pasa USA? – America’s first and only Spanish-English situation comedy… and it ran from 1977 – 1980. Produced by PBS, depicted the Cuban culture in Miami at that time period pretty accurately. It’s really worth watching all over again.

Subscribe now and receive notifications regarding new upcoming articles, songs and resources to assist you in your efforts to teach your kids Spanish.The opinions in this page are simply coming from the perspective of Prof. Constancia. I am sharing with other mothers and fathers with the intention of helping our children in their development, creating a community that will help all of them progress in their Spanish studies and cultural expression.

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