Saturday, June 30, 2012

Classes Coming This FALL

I am so excited to announce all of the new classes that will be starting up in August, although I cannot believe it is already time to start thinking about the fall!!  Here is a preview of what is to come...

Evening Classes...

Medical Spanish
This 16-week class will go through McGraw Hill's Complete Medical Spanish. It is designed for anyone in the medical field that would like to better-serve the Spanish-speaking community.
Cost: $20/month
Registration Fee: $20 (Register by August 6)
Day &Time: Mondays, 7pm-8pm
Dates: Class Begins August 27, 2012

Toda La Familia
This is a family class, centered around learning through literature. Each week we will read a children's book written in Spanish and do activities centered around the theme of the book. Be prepared to have fun, play games, sing songs, and practice simple Spanish words and phrases!
Cost per Family: $15/month
Registration Fee:$10
Day & Time: Mondays, 6pm-7pm
Dates: Class Begins August 27, 2012

Advanced Spanish
This class is designed for people who have had exposure to the Spanish language, have more than an introductory level of vocabulary, and who would like to become conversational in the language.  Students will go throuh the text Spanish Now! Level 2
Cost: $20/month
Registration Fee: $25
Day & Time: Wednesdays, 5:00-5:45
Dates: Class Begins August 29, 2012 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Food For Your Stomach and Mind!

While eating at Poncho's in Blue Springs the other day I happened upon Ñ Magazinea local magazine for hispanohablantes (Spanish-speakers).  This publication is FREE and distributed in various locations around the city.  I recommend going to Poncho's, grabbing a California Burrito, and sitting down with Ñ Magazine to practice a little Spanish!  Bring your smart phone with you and add the Wordreference app to look up words you do not know.  Below is a preview of an online article, Things Every Youth Should Learn, from this month's Ñ Magazine.  Click on the title to read more! 
Side note: is my favorite online Spanish-English dictionary! You can look up Spanish words and find the Enligh equivalent or vice-versa. And for more practice, you can switch to the Spanish dictionary to read definitions of Spanish words in Spanish.


1. El mundo quiere que seas tonto.
Las personas con menos educación son las mas fáciles de manipular, y a las que mas dinero se les puede quitar. Desde cargos extra en los bancos, hasta dietas “milagrosas”. Edúcate a ti mismo lo mas que puedas y tendrás un futuro mas feliz, mas brillante y no te hará falta el dinero.
2. Lee lo que mas puedas....

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Beginning Spanish Videos

Just wanted to remind everyone to check out my YouTube channel, KalindaCanal!  The last few days I have tried to sift through all the videos out there to find a few "keepers" that my blog readers can use to learn some beginning Spanish.  Go to my playlists to find videos for counting, colors, numbers and more!  Please excuse the fact that my "favorites" are English songs/videos--my two-year-old likes to help me compile my favorites list.  Happy language learning!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Los tamales de Ana

My kiddos and I rarely get to the library between naptimes and eating times, but last week we made it and I am so excited to share what we found!  Taking a two-year-old and a ten-month-old to the library has to be short and sweet, so often times I find myself pushing the stroller through the aisles at a trotting speed, to keep up with my two-year-old, quickly grabbing books off the shelves that catch my eye.  Usually that means we are in for a surprise when we get home, because who knows what Mommy snagged! 
Los tamales de Ana proved to be a great bilingual grab.  Our local library does not have a specific section with bilingual books, so anytime I find one I like to check it out.  Bilingual books are a great way to learn Spanish and new vocabulary--you can read the English story and become familiar with it, then read the Spanish part using the context to understand and learn new words and phrases.   

In the story, a young girl named Ana, makes tamales for Christmas and dreams of what each new year will bring as she grows older and gets to have more responsibilities making the traditional Mexican dish.  Zepeda writes the imaginative text in the future tense, and Ward's vibrant illustrations make those imaginations come to life.  So not only do you get to practice your Spanish future tense (or learn it for the first time!), you also get to dream with the character Ana about the wonderful traditions involved with making tamales. 

You can watch the video I posted of one of my Spanish classes making tamales with my friend Aida.  After that, try this tamale recipe from Rick Bayless--one of my favorite chefs that has as his mission teaching people what authentic Mexican cuisine means.  Then go check out Los tamales de Ana, grab your 501 Spanish Verbs book, and talk about what you are going to do in the future!  See below for a little guide on the Spanish Future Tense. 

Spanish Future Tense
If you want to speak in Spanish about things that will happen in the future, just learn a few verbs and then add these endings depending on the subject.  Remember the subject pronouns are:
 Subject Pronouns
yo (I)
nosotros (we)
tú (you, informal)
vosotros (y’all)
él, ella (he, she)
Usted (you, formal)
ellos, ellas (they)
Ustedes (you all)
Future Endings
So, for example if you want to say “I will eat tamales,” you would use the verb comer (to eat) and put it with the yo (I) ending é. 
comer + é = comeré
“Yo comeré tamales” = “I will eat tamales”

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Around the World in Just a Day!

Last night as I was watching the weather on Fox 4, meteorologist Mike Thompson told me that our longest day of the year is coming up soon, and the days following that begin to shorten by fifteen or thirty seconds each day.  It made me realize how quickly summer passes before our eyes!  I'm sure everybody's calendars have quickly filled up with camps, VBS, Summer Bucket Lists (click here for some great inspiration on making your own bucket list for summer), vacations, weddings, family get-togethers and holidays!  So I wanted to give everyone a heads up on a really fun even that happens every summer in Kansas City: the Ethnic Enrichment Festival.  Put on by the Ethnic Enrichment Commision of Kansas City, this festival hosts representatives from over 60 countries, and offers a great opportunity for families to explore cultures and meet people from around the world.  When my husband and I took our sons a couple of years ago, they gave us a "Passport" at the entrance that we took around and had stamped at each booth which represented a different country.  We tasted food from Italy, Spain and Central America; we observed dances from Africa; we heard languages from Japan, Brazil, and Mexico to name a few!  Don't miss your chance to travel the world with your family this summer!  Save room on your calendars to attend one of the festival days, August 17-19.  The cost is only $3 for adults--children 12 and under are FREE, and parking is also FREE!  Hope to see you there...