Today I came across the website of freelance illustrator bananako. I am enchanted with her work. Among the many beautiful images offered at bananako.fr , are some illustrations for a Spanish textbook associated with Haiter Publishing House in France. Above, you can see a lovely image of the Spanish vocabulary used for physical description. If you are interested in seeing all of the different types of work at this website, go to bananako.fr.
My husband is a big fan of Weird Al Yankovic, so every now and then he shows me one of Weird Al’s latest music video parodies on YouTube. He just showed me another one today. I have decided that my Spanish word of the day is parodia(parody). Weird Al Yankovic is a parodista(parodist), satirist, musician, and singer. He is also an actor, author, music video director, and film producer. He has made numerous albums and has won four Grammy Awards. My favorite Weird Al music video parodias are Word Crimes, White and Nerdy, and Party in the CIA. Word Crimesis a parodia of Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams. White and Nerdyis a parodia ofRidin by Chamillionare featuring Krayzie Bone. Party in the CIA is a parodia of Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus.
The best I can do about offering you a video en español is a subtitled version of The Saga Beginswhich parodies American Pie by Don McLean. All of the other videos in this post are in English. Sometimes you just need a little silliness in your life.
Natalieh wrote a post in her blog, Fit Is A Feminist Issue, called Belly Patrolling. She describes how she was verbally shamed while standing on a street corner by a man who was about the same age as her son. He made a sarcastic comment about her stomach. She was perplexed by this situation. Her partner pointed out how many people think that “…women, at all times, must be attractive to all men or suffer the wrath of being patrolled”. After some thought, Natalieh remembered that she has numerous occasions where she is made to feel attractive and that the comments of this young man were absolutely ridiculous. She is proud of the fact that her body has served her well. I am very inspired by Natalieh, so I am making barriga(belly) my Spanish word of the day. ¡Está orgullosa del cuerpo, incluso la barriga! (She is proud of her body, including her belly.)
Paz (peace) is my Spanish word of the day. In looking around the Internet for various definitions of peace, I came across an interesting site called Howcast which provides free how-to video guides. It has 87 Beginner Spanish grammar and vocabulary videos. One of the vocabulary videos demonstrates how to pronounce and use the word paz.
One of the reasons that I have been thinking about the word paz lately has to do with the fact that I have joined a free WordPress class called Blogging 101. Our first assignment is to publish a “who I am and why I’m here” post to introduce ourselves to the world.
My name is Susan. I am certified as an English as a Second Language teacher and I also consider myself a perpetual student of Spanish. Although I studied Spanish at the university, since graduation I have not had the opportunity to use this beautiful language often. I do what I can to maintain and improve my language skills. I have a continuous curiosity about Spanish.
I created this blog for two reasons.
The first reason is that I want to journal about how I work on my Spanish skills in my daily life. I will write about books I have read, television shows and films I have viewed, Internet sites, personal thoughts, and conversations with others.
The second reason has to do with my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. I create Spanish and English as a Second Language teaching materials and sell them at Teachers Pay Teachers. I will publish free samples of my work here. I would like to use this blog as a way to connect with my followers at Teachers Pay Teachers as well as with any student or teacher who may happen to run across it as they search the Internet for teaching and learning materials.
I am fascinated by other cultures and languages. I hope that providing information about the Spanish language and culture will in some small way help to bring bit of understanding andpaz to our planet.