An estimated three hundred million individuals all over the world speak Spanish and is now the fourth most frequently spoken language world-wide. Geographically, a lot of states and countries have Spanish as a dominant language. Understanding Spanish opens the door for you and 30% of a billion speakers globally to convey!

If you reside in the US, it’s not impossible to keep nearly daily contact with native Spanish speakers in many cities as well as in rural areas. That is definitely true bordering such states as Florida and New York, or Mexico where many immigrants of Cuban roots live. If your house state isn’t situated in any of these places, there’s still an excellent chance of locating Spanish-speakers close to your geographical area. As of 1995, 10% of all individuals living in the US were of Hispanic ancestry. Before 10 years, this amount has continued to grow.

Maybe this can be why 50% of pupils learning languages in US schools and universities are Learning Spanish over other languages. You’ve got the chance to to use your language skills right at home.

spanishschools-14

spanishschools-14

Learning Spanish can help you enjoy more your travel experiences. If you have ever imagined seeing far off, exotic, tropical locations, you do not have far to appear when you consider the great amount of Spanish-speaking nations that match this description. Wherever you decide to go, be it to Central America, México or Costa Rica, will help you to understand the culture and the language of the land you see will provide you with insights into culture and individuals a non-Spanish speaker would never have access to. Understanding a little Spanish ahead of time helps travelers convey successfully, particularly considering that English is not known by a lot of Spanish speakers. Whether giving an address in a cab, making bookings in a hotel, ordering food or beverages in a restaurant, or meeting with the locals at the primary hangout, your traveling experience will be a lot easier and more satisfying.

If you want to learn Spanish at Chac-mool we have great experience with immersion programs and we are located in Mexico which is a great place to Learn Spanish.

Learn Spanish with us: CHAC-MOOL

Spanish School in Mexico - Chac-Mool Spanish Schools

Spanish School in Mexico – Chac-Mool Spanish Schools

Privada de la Pradera 108, La Pradera, 62170 Cuernavaca, Mor.

Call Us: 480 338 5147, 01 777 317 2555

info@chacmoolshools.com

 

 

“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.
.

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.”

mayan-chac-mool

mayan-chac-mool

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.

So if You want to Learn SpanishContact Us we can definitelly help You

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.

chrissy-chacmool

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.

chac-mool-toys

Visit us: http://chac-mool.com/

Call us:
01 777 317 2555
480 338 5147

Privada de la Pradera 108
La Pradera 62170 Cuernavaca, Mor.

The history of the letter “ñ”

If there is a singular letter in our alphabet, this it is undoubtedly the letter ñ. This graphical representation of the nasal palatal sonorous consonant.  It is a significant case of evolution of consonants, since we will see hereinafter. Also we refer to her as singularly since, in spite of the fact that the nasal palatal sonorous sound is in many other languages, his graphical representation – is to say, the “letter” – is not it ñ, but another series of dígrafos.

The letter ñ is not an ancient archaeological form but everything opposite: a cultural jump of a language romance that left behind others on having expressed with an alone letter a sound that in other places continues expressing with two.

 

 

5 phrases you shouldn’t believe when a Mexican says them

“No pica” means “it’s not spicy at all”
Foreigners no longer trust us because every time we say this phrase, their food ends up being the spiciest food ever made. In our defense, it wasn’t spicy at all.

“Ahorita” means “Just one second”
Scientists are still trying to figure out how much time “ahorita” means. It seems like it can vary between one minute, one hour, five hours, one day… or never.

“La última y nos vamos” means “This is our last drink, then well go”
Whenever we say this phrase we really mean it! But… any decision can change with mezcal.

“Ya voy saliendo” means “I’m on my way”
Every Mexican has sent this message from home, even when they’ve not even finished getting ready.

“Hoy algo tranqui” means “Today we’ll just chill”
When say that… We end up singing songs of Juaga (Juan Gabriel) in a bar at 4am.