La Petenera

Last year I heard “La Petenera” for the first time. La Petenera is a song with its origins in Spain; it is sung in the flamenco style. There are actually many Peteneras, and they make up a specific category of flamenco song with a “palo” of a strong twelve-beat meter. The ever-popular “Sevillanas” are inContinue reading “La Petenera”

Ferdinand

A confession: For years when I taught Spanish I would read El cuento de Ferdinando aloud to my students. For some reason I always thought the original was written by a Spanish author and only recently discovered that Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson are not the translators but the original American authors of this famous children’s book.Continue reading “Ferdinand”

El faro de las orcas

It seems I’ve been on a bit of a Patagonia tangent lately, if this post and my last post are any indication! I saw a great movie this month called “El faro de las orcas,” or “The Lighthouse of the Orcas.” This is a beautiful film that captures life at the edge of the worldContinue reading “El faro de las orcas”

Una noche flamenca

This weekend we had the pleasure of seeing David Jenkins (“El Oso”) play flamenco guitar at 215 Main in Point Arena. Not only was it a treat to have a “big” night out here in our new rural setting, but to hear David’s playing was very special. David lived in Spain and studied flamenco guitarContinue reading “Una noche flamenca”

Summer movies

Summer’s here and right now that means movie catch-up. I have a long list of films to see, especially since I can’t remember the last time I went to the movie theater! Before my three movie recommendations, a question: Do you know a student who is studying Spanish? If so, tell them about SpanishDict’s “Beca Traductor”. ThisContinue reading “Summer movies”

Primavera

After some much-needed rain here in Northern California, spring has sprung. This has been a challenging month for me so the springtime blooms and sunnier days are especially welcome. As for celebrating, I would love to take part in one of these springtime festivals one day… Las Fallas in Valencia, Spain.   Semana Santa inContinue reading “Primavera”