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  • Recipes: Fiambre (Traditional Guatemalan Salad)

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    Byron has talked about Guatemalan “Día de los muertos” in his blog.  The traditional dish of  this important holiday is Fiambre.  I would like to share the recipe with you in case you want to recreate this authentic Guatemalan dish at home. FIAMBRE (Guatemalan Composed Salad) Serves 12–16 Take away anything you don’t like. Add anything that […]

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  • False cognates 9: “¿Fútbol? ¡¿Soccer?!”

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    “¿Su hijo también juega fútbol? (Does your son play ‘football’, too?)”, my friend, Rocio, asked me.  I answered, “Oh, no… he is not a football type (my son is very skinny), but he plays soccer.”  She looked at me funny (again!) then smiled.  “Fútbol and soccer are the same thing!” so I learned.  You say […]

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  • Guatemala: Celebration of the Day of all Saints and the Dead

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      Halloween is celebrated in the United States on October 31st or “the day of the witches”.  It is a holiday which children and adults dress up like ghosts, monsters or their favorite characters and come out and ask for candies from house to house.  This very fun and interesting celebration of death has been […]

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  • Guatemala: Fiestas Patrias y Símbolos Patrios

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    This is the Spanish translation of our previous blog “Independence celebrations and patriotic symbols”. En septiembre los guatemaltecos engalanan la mayoría de actividades con representación de símbolos que enaltecen los valores patrios, derivado de la conmemoración de la Independencia. Los símbolos patrios de una nación representan una parte importante de nuestra cultura y patrimonio. La […]

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  • False cognates 8: “Where is the exit??”

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    When I was taking a Spanish class, my teacher said to me, “¡Tendremos éxito!”  “What?!  Earthquake?  Do we have to leave the classroom?”  I thought that the teacher was asking me to “exit” the room.  The Spanish word “éxito” means “success”.  How funny!  If you want to say, “Take the exit.”, you would say, “Toma […]

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  • Guatemala: Independence celebrations and patriotic symbols

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    In September, Guatemalans spruce up most activities with symbols that represent patriotic values​​, derived from the commemoration of Independence. The patriotic symbols of our nation are an important part of our culture and heritage. National Flag The flag was the first patriotic symbol. The official colors of the national flag were established as three vertical […]

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  • False cognates 7: “I am pregnant?!”

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    I think everyone who has attempted to learn Spanish has heard a funny story about the Spanish word “embarazada”.  As a female, I was a little offended when I learned “embarazada” means “to be pregnant”.  Being pregnant is nothing about which to be embarrassed (well, I guess most of time).  For some reason “embarazada” and […]

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  • Guatemala: Sexto Estado de los Altos

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    This is the Spanish translation of our previous blog “Sixth State of the Highlands”. Los Altos fue un país de América Central, que fue creado como el sexto Estado de las Provincias Unidas del Centro de América en los años 1,830. Su capital era Quetzaltenango y ocupaba lo que actualmente es el oeste de Guatemala […]

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  • Guatemala: Sixth State of the Highlands

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    Los Altos was a country in Central America, which was created as the Sixth State of the United Provinces of Central America in 1,830. Its capital was Quetzaltenango and occupied what is now western parts of Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico. The country was created by different politics and tensions between Guatemala City and Quetzaltenango on […]

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