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Perfect your Spanish!

Word of the Month: Echar

By Julie Etra

Echar is complicated! It is very idiomatic but fun and versatile. There are lots of ways to use this verb.

Common meanings: Throw, launch, toss, drop, throw out Continue reading Perfect your Spanish!

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The Schizophrenia that is Oaxaca

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.

Oaxaca is a wonderful place to live in and visit. The broad theme of this magazine is to praise all that is great about vacationing and residing both on the coast, and in the state’s interior. But it’s high time that readers obtain at least a glimpse of the underside, because like all other locales, Oaxaca is not rosy much of the time for many, in particular for full-time residents, whether transplants or native born. Continue reading The Schizophrenia that is Oaxaca

Supporting Girls’ Education

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 2.00.06 PMBy Jane Bauer

Fifteen is a magical age – in Mexico it is the time of quinceañeras and celebration as girls teeter on the brink of womanhood. It is also the age of high teen pregnancy rates – especially in lower income areas. A United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report, Motherhood in Childhood: Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Pregnancy (Maternidad en la niñez) revealed that Mexico is the leading nation in teen pregnancies, with the alarming rate of 64.2 teen pregnancies per thousand births. Generally speaking, teen pregnancies are associated with poorer living conditions and girls receiving lower levels of education. Girls with a higher education level, with a dream for the future and with a hope of success, are much less likely to get pregnant. Continue reading Supporting Girls’ Education

Off with Their Heads

Screen Shot 2016-07-02 at 8.54.12 AMBy David Herstle Jones

UPDATE June 21: I want to express my full support for the eloquent words of Lila Downs:

“Violence provokes more violence. Why provoke with confrontation and repression? If we have the same preoccupations: better education, respect toward students, respect toward teacher, respect toward life and society. Corruption needs to be eliminated in all areas including senators, union leaders, presidents and politicians that don’t accept an anti-corruption reform and accept to be bribed.” Continue reading Off with Their Heads

The Game of Bridging Culture

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 4.47.12 PMBy Geri Anderson

After talking for a few minutes with Carl Owens, you’ll feel as if his head is full of ideas that spill out like water in a leaking garrafone! When you meet Arturo Ediberto Garcia Aguilar, it’s evident that he’s no stranger to overcoming obstacles and solving problems. Combine these two men, one a retiree from Georgia, the other a bilingual Mexican, and you end up with the first bridge league in the entire country, which focuses on teaching bridge to young people. It receives support from the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL). Continue reading The Game of Bridging Culture

The Fallacy of Oaxaca’s 16 Ethnolinguistic Groups:

The Zapotec Experience

By Alvin Starkman, M.A., J.D.

It’s generally accepted that there are 16 indigenous ethno linguistic groups in Oaxaca, and that the Zapotecs constitute the largest in terms of both numbers and geographical distribution throughout the state. However a closer examination reveals that, at least for Zapotecos, the variation in dialect, dress, food, religious observance and a plethora of day-to-day customs is remarkable. Continue reading The Fallacy of Oaxaca’s 16 Ethnolinguistic Groups:

Women and Education in Mexico

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 1.59.07 PMBy Julie Etra

Women’s role in education in Mexico, as elsewhere in the world, has been a slow and difficult process, as students and as educators.

Until the 1930’s, during the Presidency of Porfirio Díaz, education for women was frowned upon and criticized, even by some women of the middle class, who considered that challenging the traditional economic dependency on men was synonymous with ‘feminism’. Continue reading Women and Education in Mexico

El Sueño Zapoteco Bacaanda Foundation Update

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 7.33.35 AMBy Doreen & Larry Woelfel

One of the most active charities in the Huatulco area, El Sueño Zapoteco/Bacaanda Foundation is helping communities build schools in the rural, and providing educational materials for the classroom. As has been discussed in previous issues of the Eye, El Sueño Zapoteco has for several years been actively involved in improving the lives of the rural communities surrounding Huatulco. Initially working to provide dental health care and educational materials to these communities, the focus changed last year following devastating tropical storms. Many schools were lost, and El Sueño Zapoteco rededicated its purpose to building and repairing schools, and providing much needed materials to these schools. This includes what we take for granted as a part of any school: paper, pencils, colors, notebooks, literature books, and playground equipment. Continue reading El Sueño Zapoteco Bacaanda Foundation Update

Reading To Improve Your Spanish

By Carole Reedy

We learn to ask for what we want by speaking.

“But it is in reading that we enter the intimacy and wonder of language.” Bassia Bar-Chai

“If you don’t read and write in the language, your Spanish will never improve.” These sage words come from the Spanish maestra quoted above who speaks seven languages fluently. Continue reading Reading To Improve Your Spanish

The Father of the Nation or “The Shout Heard ‘Round the World”

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 12.20.26 PMBy Neal Erickson

At 6am on September 16, 1810, the church bells rang in the small town of Dolores, located between Guanajuato and San Luis de Potosi. Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the 57 year old priest of the church, had ordered them rung to call his congregation to revolt. He had been an outspoken critic against bad government and society’s ills, and after a huge crowd had assembled that morning he told them it was time to stand up and rebel. This speech has come to be known as the Grito de Dolores (“Cry of Dolores”) or El Grito de la Independencia (“The Cry of Independence”). Often it is simply referred to as “El Grito”. Continue reading The Father of the Nation or “The Shout Heard ‘Round the World”