Get ready to meet 10 inspiring contemporary Latin American artists and see their amazing work. These are visionaries who rompen los moldes—break the mold.
Contemporary Latin American art is a general category of art originating from countries of that region from the mid-20th century to the present. Its dominant themes include conceptual, minimalist, protest, and performance art. Especially...Read More
Valentine’s Day is on the horizon. In Latin America, much like in the United States, it’s a day when upscale, romantic restaurants are booked to capacity and shops are overflowing with flower bouquets and chocolate truffles. Happy couples walk along hand-in-hand, and everything is basked in rainbows and candlelight.
Chocolate, roses, lingerie, and love poems are some of the common...Read More
A simple definition of the term Afro-Latina is “a woman of African descent whose origin comes from Latin America.”
In other words, an Afro-Latina is a Black person from one of the Latin American countries.
About 30% of the population of Latin America and the Caribbean has African roots. Nevertheless, the Afro-descendant perspective is often absent from positions of...Read More
How does Latin culture compare to U.S. culture?
We live in a rich and diverse world with a cornucopia of cultures. Although Latin America and the U.S. share the same hemisphere, many cultural differences exist between the two. If you haven’t spent time immersed in Latin culture, some of these differences may surprise you.
Ultimately, the key to meaningful and appropriate interactions...Read More
At the culmination of a trial, a judge or jury gives a sentence to a criminal… using a sentence.
A “sentence” in Spanish and English alike can refer to either a grammatical unit—a set of words that typically contain at least one subject and verb to convey a statement, question, exclamation, or command—or a term of punishment assigned to a defendant found guilty of a particular...Read More
Do you know what Spanish “go verbs” are? What about “yo-go” verbs?
These two terms actually mean the same thing—they refer to a category of irregular Spanish verbs. When conjugated in the present indicative, these verbs end in -go in the first person (yo) form.
Yo hago mi tarea. (hacer)I do my homework.
Yo pongo mi cuaderno en el escritorio. (poner)I put my notebook...Read More
If you want to be an authentic, romantic Spanish speaker, knowing how to say “you’re beautiful” in Spanish is key.
Languages reflect cultures in which they’re spoken, and Latin America is truly a land of warm, friendly, and affectionate gente (people). In Cali, Colombia, for example, people on the street will smile and say things like “hola, mami” and “chao, papi” as a casual...Read More
Enjoy this guide to expressing your feelings and emotions in Spanish!
Many of us think that “feelings” (los sentimientos) and “emotions” (las emociones) are the same, but they are actually different. Emotional experiences and physical sensations—like hunger, sadness, or surprise—cause feelings. Feelings are conscious experiences, while emotions can be either conscious or subconscious....Read More
Do you often struggle to find interesting and appropriate Spanish reading materials at your level? Good news! Las noticias can help you develop a daily learning habit since “the news” happens every day.
Reading the news is a great way to build useful vocabulary. Unlike literature, the vocabulary used in news is formulaic, making it ideal for those new to learning Spanish. Of course,...Read More
Ready for a blast from the past?
As you may know, Spanish has two past tenses: preterite and imperfect. It’s often tricky to know which to use when, since they both refer to actions in the past. Fortunately, several general guidelines exist to help you realize when to use preterite vs imperfect.
It’s also helpful to know which Spanish phrases trigger the use of either the...Read More