“Culture provides a foundation of belonging and confidence that is essential for meaningful development”, said the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, in her article “Africa´s renaissance starts on school benches” (2016, August12. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/irina-bokova/africas-renaissance-start_b_11467824.html), upholding the fundamental role of education and culture as the keystone for personal growth, speaking at the micro level, on one side, and national progress, considering the macro level, on the other side.

Bringing culture into the classroom tends to be one of the most delightful experiences for both teachers and students. Particularly, in second language teaching the possibilities to play with and implement a wide variety of artistic expressions and representations are infinite. We recently had at Chac-Mool a family of four students- a mother with 3 children- who participated in a very interesting and fulfilling interactive lesson dynamics; Mara- 46, Nadia- 14, Martin- 12, and Peter- 9, each one of them speaks Portuguese, German, English and Spanish. Their final course assignment was to perform the Mayan legend of “Ixtab, Xtabay and Xtabentun” (Tuyub Collí, Leovigildo Bernardo, 1993, Edit. Trillas), a picturesque story depicting the customs and beliefs of the peoples in the Mayan region.

We explained the students that the main learning objective of the task was to make them familiar with some native indigenous traditions and thoughts, which would allow them to better under-stand and penetrate into the cultural pronunciations and behaviors of Mexicans. Then, we presented the whole context of the story, introduced unusual vocabulary, asked the students to paraphrase the legend for the day of the performance and rewrite it with their own ideas, then we let each one of them choose their character.

The next step was to read the legend aloud to challenge and test the students´ concentration and listening comprehension. We kept helping them with the unknown words, clarifying their doubts about some of the peculiar events mentioned in the legend and also assisted them with the decorations and the whole preparations needed for their performance.

Finally, the big day arrived and we all enjoyed the students´ marvelous acting and great teamwork. The performance was videotaped and at the end the students were asked three questions, given in the chart below along with their answers.
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Questions Peter Martin Nadia Damaris

What did you learn? “About the Ma-yan plant and drink Xtabentun.
You can fall down if you get drunk.
Differences in physical appear-ance and social status do not matter, we are all equal. ” “There are many cultures around the world.
Useful informa-tion about the Mayans. ” “New vocabulary like –apestar- stink.
New cultural in-formation about Mexico and the Mayans.
There is a big difference bet-ween funerals in many parts of Mexico and the US. ” “About native culture and the riches of Me-xican nature.
I loved the story and the experience.
The concepts of good and evil are all over the world.”
How will this learning expe-rience be useful for you? “Don’t dring too much.” “Treat everybody fairly and equally.” “I know more about Mexico now.” “There is always justice.
You get what you deserve.
I reaffirmed my idea that people should not seek revenge.”
How do you feel when you learn about new cultu-res? Do you like it? “I feel happy and amazed. I love learning about new cultures and people.” “I feel nervous and also enter-tained about new cultures, places and people.
I love it.” “I just love it.
I get energized and highly moti-vated when learning about new cultures.” “It fascinates me. I love observing to know and un-derstand cultu-res, people and places.”

The institutional research objective of this activity was to assess the level of competence in which the students learn about another culture and how they manage the challenges of being in a different cultural environment. The results we obtained were not surprising at all. For people who travel a lot, speak foreign languages and are used to interact in a great variety of cultures it is easier to show openness, avoid cultural biases and get immersed in a new intercultural interaction.

That was also the case of our students due to their strong international background: being poly-glots and having traveled and lived in different countries explains the flexibility of their intercul-tural behavior and adaptability. They were not afraid of making mistakes, displayed a complete comprehension of the legend’s moral and applied the Spanish language independently showing, at the same time, a very high degree of awareness about their own learning.

The importance and impact of intercultural abilities for building a global mindset were beautifully reflected in this total immersion experience grounded on Dr. Georgi Lozanov’s Suggestopedia method. Undoubtedly, arts and culture are extremely suggestive and influence feelings nurturing curiosity, attentiveness and active meaningful learning. The combination of desuggestion and suggestion in an enriched learning environment leads to eliminate the fear of making mistakes, lower mental block, motivate learning and stimulate students’ self-confidence. Having a look at the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (http://kozaigroup.com/ies.html) helps explain the relevance that the dimensions of intercultural effectiveness hold for a curriculum that is based on and fosters continuous learning for developing and facilitating people’s approach to cultural differences, intercultural engagement meant to stimulate one’s interest in learning about people from different cultures, and hardiness aimed to eliminate stereotyping in any form.

Therefore, What do a Mayan legend, Suggestopedia and a Spanish Total Immersion Program have in common? The reply is: the power of “soft power”, because the outcomes of the process to effectively build international and intercultural competencies are stimulated by the interdis-ciplinary approach to provide a context of understanding and include culture, arts, traditions, beliefs and ideas into second language teaching and learning. Remembering Mark Twain’s wisdom seems to perfectly enrich this topic: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

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Turrialba Spanish School

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Turrialba is a typical Costa Rican town of over 70,000 people in a mountain valley on the Atlantic Slope between the colonial capital Cartago and the Caribbean coast. The area surrounding the town is rural with verdant green mountains, river valleys, farms, coffee plantations and rain forest. The Spanish school in Turrialba is just a 5 minute walk to the Central Park and very close to all of our host families. The area near the Spanish school in Turrialba is very Tico (Costa Rican) and few people speak any English, so it is very immersive and safe Spanish School.

Turrialba is very active both during the day and at night and is the center of the region’s social life and its economy. There are many different restaurants, bars, discos, markets, shops and a nice Central Park. Even though many tourists pass through town to ride the rivers, there are not many foreigners living in the area. This makes for a very good environment for students wishing to practice their Spanish and be immersed in the culture while they study at Instituto Chac Mool Spanish School.

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Some reasons to learn Spanish in Turrialba:

• Small intensive group classes of no more than 5 students.
• The Turrialba Spanish school campus is in a picturesque mountain valley, with the best aspects of the city, countryside and mountains.
• The area surrounding the Turrialba Spanish School campus is very rural with farms, ranches and coffee plantations.
• Great afternoon and weekend activities such as Dance and cooking classes, rafting, kayaking and mountain biking.
• Best location in Latin America for families with small children.
Turrialba is the most immersive location with only Spanish speakers in the area.
Turrialba Spanish School is located in an extremely safe area, perfect for families and those traveling on their own.
• Small Spanish school so it is very flexible and willing to set up special programs or group packages.

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Learn Spanish with us

When we think of going abroad, especially to some Spanish-speaking nation, we become intimidated at the daunting thought of having to learn a foreign language and nervous. For most baby boomers, thinking of learning Spanish is apparently hopeless or daunting.

If you’re able to say “ you understand a group of verbs like “to talk “ or ” to study “ or ” to run “ or ” to go” and I want” in Spanish, then you’ve already learned a lot. Add in several nouns that are significant and sentences that let you express your demands are being instantly created by you.

Needless to say this is what we need to do when we start to learn Spanish. I’m aiming for the type of practical Spanish that lets you require directions and comprehend the replies… let them know how you need it cooked…ask your neighbors about their family and order a steak …look at property choices.

Most people who move into a Spanish-speaking nation are simply thinking about settling down, finding a safe house, and relaxing. I run into these people on a regular basis at seminars and the conventions. They need to live nicely doing other things and are through with working.

Whether you want to work abroad or in your home country, having the ability to speak Spanish in our fast-globalizing world can help you reach your career goals. An easy job search online with the key word “Spanish” will show how accurate this is. Particularly in our modern world that is working where Spanish has become more and more notable. Based on a study by the Census Bureau Demographers, the variety of Spanish speakers in America is projected to increase to 39 to 43 million.

Maybe you’ve learned which you should learn Spanish to raise your attractiveness to companies before, and maybe you believed it was all a load of crap. But studies demonstrate that talking Spanish really does make you more desired in a company’s eye.

“Being bilingual, it ends up, makes you more intelligent,” Yudhijit Bhattacharjee wrote earlier in 2013 in a piece for the New York Times Sunday Review. “It can have a profound effect in your brain, protecting against dementia in old age and enhancing cognitive abilities not related.” And in America, there’s no question that among the most practical choices for those considering learning a brand new language is Spanish. It’s the second-most spoken language in the state and the dominant tongue of many communities along the U.S.-Mexico boundary, South Florida and Puerto Rico. It’s the language of the majority of our neighboring states in the Western Hemisphere.

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Would you need some useful suggestions about the best method to enhance your Spanish language abilities? We have asked our seasoned teachers for the top 10 hints for learning Spanish.

Be Patient
Pupils anticipate to learn Spanish fast and get warned when they’ren’t talking fluently right away. Take your time and do not anticipate to be speaking Spanish that is perfect . Congratulate yourself on the improvement which you make and attempt to steer clear of making targets that are unrealistic.

Pupils learn Spanish faster when taking courses in a Spanish-speaking nation, and one month of courses in Argentina will allow you to enhance considerably over one equivalent month of courses in your home country. For students that need to study more than only Spanish, study abroad programs in Buenos Aires are an excellent means to take university courses abroad getting credits and while studying Spanish.

Pupils can consistently significantly enhance their Spanish by reading short stories or little posts . Plus it’s an excellent way to pick up phrases and common Spanish words instantly.

Arrange Yourself and Your Work
Our professors propose that you comprehend it and review everything you have learned. Later, you should arrange everything in a sense which you is not difficult to follow and comprehend. You’ll find nothing more frustrating than searching amongst numerous sheets of paper for a crucial piece of advice!

Use Flashcards

Teachers and pupils alike understand that flashcards are an excellent way to memorize phrases and important Spanish words which they come across daily. You can keep the flashcards with you and can check with them easily and quickly. If you keep hearing a word which you do not understand yet if there’s a word or phrase you always forget or while you’re out investigating, write it. By concentrating on the essential areas you must practice then you’re able to perfect your Spanish vocabulary.

Watch Films with Spanish Subtitles

Pupils should make an effort to expose themselves to Spanish television and movie as potential, that will help practice and develop your listening abilities. This can be an enjoyable and method that is especially helpful to acquire your Spanish comprehension skills at a rate that is more rapid while enjoying a movie that is great at once. Here at Expanish, we contain videos so pupils can practice their listening comprehension and sponsor weekly movie clubs.

Learn With a Friend

Learning Spanish can occasionally be a seemingly never-ending and frustrating procedure, by locating buddies who’ll support you when you’re feeling like giving up but the best means to overcome that is. Learning Spanish with a buddy additionally ensures that you’ve got an excellent partner for dialogue practice since your assignments typically just includes composing and reading. There are endless opportunities to meet with new friends in your courses that are Spanish, at your lodging, and by participating in trips and Expanish actions!

Join a Learning Community that is Spanish.

We live in a age where support and advice is hardly difficult to get, so benefit from it. You participate in local Spanish group assemblies, meet for language exchanges or can join on-line support and guidance.
Nevertheless, it’s also a fun, worthwhile and rewarding experience! Here at Expanish we consider that should you really need to learn Spanish then give to immersing yourself and you’ve got to set your life blood into it. Buena Suerte!

 

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Imagine a person who speaks in French and one in Spanish. Neither of them knows the other’s language, but they converse fluently and smoothly.

The secret: a discreet headset capale of translating thousands of words from several languages. It looks like a science fiction scene. And actually that’s part of it´s origin. The creators were inspired by series and films of this genre like Star Trek to design Pilot, a simultaneous translator that allows to have a normal conversation in five languages.

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Unlike other similar systems that need internet to work, the mechanism contains all information “in a small gadget that goes inside the ear”. To work it only requires a software that is activated in a device the size of a mobile phone.

  • Personal experience

In addition to the scenes where beings from different planets or galaxies communicated with the help of helmets or headphones, the creators of tsimultaneous his translator used the personal experience for their invention.

The team members, who are part of the company Waverly Labs are from different countries, and at first they  had trouble understanding each other.

  • Millions in minutes

Something that caught the attention of specialists and specialized publications in business and entrepreneurs, is how the creators of the device financed their product.

The story began the morning of June 25 this year, when the team presented a campaign Indiegogo, a platform for funding innovative projects created by young people.

Waverly Labs team requested US $ 75,000 to start the design of the translator. Within 15 minutes they had already obtained them, but many people mantained their donations.

In three hours they had raised $ 1 million, and by the end of the day the project funds were $ 2.7 million.

In mid-2017 it will be offered to the public in open sale, but now you can buy it online.

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Chrissy Costanza Wants to Learn Spanish… We recommended her Chac-Mool´s immersion program the best of it´s kind. It´s very nice to know that artist of such magnitude want to engage with their Hispanic Fans in their own language and that is something everyone loves of a great star such as Chrissy Costanza.

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Some tweets were actually very fun https://twitter.com/ChrissyCostanzany recommending her to watch Dora the explorer, but at Chac-mool we take Teaching Spanish very seriously. We love her voice; she will definitely sound sexy speaking Spanish.

We hope she takes our advice and comes visit us in Mexico.

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Spanish is a lovely language

With a history that is long and over 500 million speakers world-wide. It’s among the simpler languages due to both languages’ common Latin roots, for speakers of English to learn. Learning another language requires a whole lot of commitment and to dedicate some time. After having your first appropriate dialogue the satisfaction you will feel will make it completely worth the effort!

Although you study Spanish in faculty or high school, but never reached conversational fluency? We now have the option if conversational Spanish can be your aim!

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The crucial to Learn Spanish is the total concentration strategy to learning that is Spanish. Chac Mool teachers work comprehension that, in order for our pupils to learn Spanish, pupils should use Spanish in an extremely substantive, real world way. That means practicing and learning Spanish through music, art and culture without this much vocabulary memorization.

That is a particular natural order where you’ll pick up things, but that doesn’t mean you should learn them for the reason that order. Thats concentration systems are successful.

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Concentration systems also help in the pupil´s self esteem and help them to start a camaraderie and a discussion with individuals who they don´t understand at the start, this abilities help enormously in all facets of the pupil´s life.
Mexico has everything you should learn Spanish! An incredibly varied state that ranges to snow capped volcanoes, to modern industrial cities from colonial towns, Mexico has something for everyone. Really heaven is ’sed by a voyager!

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Reasons why You should consider learning Spanish, like “ahora”.

Whether you need to enhance your job prospects, keep the mind sharp, or investigate new cultures without needing to rely on someone to request directions, Spanish is the one instrument that can allow you to do all that and more.
Spanish is the second-most spoken language after English, in America, and is the dominant language in quite a few neighboring states in the Western Hemisphere. In addition, it happens to be an incredibly attractive language.

Here are some extremely great reasons why every American Should Learn Spanish.
A growing variety of companies prefer people who can speak Spanish fluently. A 2013 survey of executives and high-level managers conducted by Strategy Business found that 97 percent of respondents “believed language abilities are somewhat significant for professional success in the business surroundings.”

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With 330 million native speakers, Spanish is the second most frequently spoken language on earth after English. Attorneys, doctors and social workers work with various people and families day in who speak Spanish.

Communicate with your kids
Meaning that if You´ve got kids in the following decade approximately, they have friends who speak Spanish or at least will probably talk the language. Now, wouldn’t you like to comprehend what their friends and your kids are saying to one another when they are not speaking English?

If traveling for work or working abroad is among your career aims, learning the best way to speak Spanish fluently and it will allow you to get there. Within an increasingly global market, being bilingual will allow you to collaborate with specialists throughout the world, negotiate business deals abroad, and talk with international customers.

Once you master the Spanish language, you’ll have the ability to comprehend the subtitles and get the jokes in real time when you watch a movie from Spain or Latin America.

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Enhance your brain´s cognitive abilities
Learning another language enhances your brain, but it also helps your head remain sharp longer. Several studies demonstrate that being bilingual enhances cognitive abilities unrelated to language.

Keep your brain healthy and young
Researchers at the University of Ghent in Belgium discovered that spaking another language such as Spanish postpones the symptoms of dementia.” and recently released a study that added to the growing signs that bilingualism can delay the start of Alzheimer’s and it leads to cognitive modesty
Become more independent

Ever wind up somewhere or in downtown Laredo, Texas or Miami? Learning to speak Spanish will help care for that issue.

Comprehend Spanish song lyrics
Need to understand when she sings in Spanish what Shakira is saying? Enthusiastic about understanding what the salsa tune you are dancing to means?

For all these reasons we recommend You to Learn Spanish and if you are wondering what´s the best way to do it. Visit: http://chac-mool.com/

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Grutas de Cacahuamilpa

About one hour from Cuernavaca where our Spanish school is you can find “Las Grutas de Cacahuamilpa”, on the frontier between State of Morelos and State of Guerrero, a treasure lies under the ground: the incredible natural formations of the rocks and caverns of the area. About 25 minutes from Taxco, you will discover the Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park, a favourite with cavern-lovers in globally and Mexico. The caves were first found in 1834, then in 1936 were held a safe area that was natural.

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More than 90 rooms that are not closed to people, and it takes about 2 hours to cover them all. The 2-kilometer walk is taxing but hugely pleasing as you wander through these remnants of historical imagination. Guides share anecdotes and details that enrich the visit farther. Guided tours begin at 10 a.m. daily. Some of the tunnels which make up the cavern system reach a staggering span of up to 10 kilometers. The height of the caverns ranges to 70 meters in the rooms that are greatest. Since they can be naturally dim, the rooms are illuminated with artificial light, which actually picks out the excessive stalactite (limestone formations hanging from your roof) and stalagmite (those rising in the floor) formations. Based on popular imagination, these shapes shape that is natural bodies and faces including fountains, thrones, goats as well as a cathedral.

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 Some of the species that inhabit the region are green iguana, badger or the coati, rattlesnake, cougar, lynx, and ocelot.

At Chacmool we usually organize field trips to visit this and other beautiful places. Come and Learn Spanish with Us.

 

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How chocolate was originally made. The earliest evidence of chocolate goes back to the Mokaya culture in Mexico.

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