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An extract from a Spanish Christmas video with a young presenter talking about Christmas carols

At the end of November, I explained to my students that Spanish-speaking countries do not celebrate Thanksgiving (Puerto Rico is the only exception). When we were back from the break they asked me: And Christmas? Do you celebrate Christmas? Well, if only they knew… But that’s our job, that they know. And that’s why in Bablingua we have so many … Read More

Una familia con encanto

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A video showing a Colombian actress and Mirabel Madrigal

Tell beginner students that Bruno es el tío de Mirabel. Even if they don’t know the word tío, it’ll be fairly easy for them to guess what it means. Chances are most of them have seen Encanto, and they may know the Madrigal family tree pretty well. We wanted to take advantage of that background knowledge, and make a lesson … Read More

El día de Acción de Gracias

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A sample Spanish activity to celebrate Thanksgiving in class

If you teach in the U.S. or Canada, you’ll sure want your students to talk about Thanksgiving in the days before the holiday. El día de Acción de Gracias is celebrated annually on the fourth Thursday of November. In the Spanish-speaking countries? Your students will ask. Well, not really. But Puerto Rico does celebrate it. Here are some great Thanksgiving … Read More

El Museo Botero

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Da Vinci's and Botero's versions of Mona Lisa

We are from Spain. And as you read that, images of the Alhambra, Sagrada Familia or Prado Museum may pop into your head. We now live in Delaware. Silence. But you know, there are cool things to do and see in Delaware too. A beautiful Air force museum. And Dead Poets Society was filmed here! We’d like our students to … Read More

Día de Muertos

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Link to a post with Spanish videos and activities about Day of the Dead

It takes place on 1 and 2 November, and it’s one of the most famous celebrations in the world.Even more since Disney produced Coco, not only an awesome movie but a magnificent way to integrate culture in a fun story for all audiences. So… how do we celebrate Day of the Dead in our Spanish classes? Here are some ideas!1 … Read More

Halloween

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A Halloween Spanish activity called Una historia de miedo

No, Halloween is not a Hispanic celebration. But if you teach in the U.S., or in any country where students are really into the Halloween spirit, this is a great opportunity to have a different class. A class with ghosts. And witches. And zombies. Take a look at these resources and get ready for a spooky and fun class!1 Scary … Read More

Martín tiene una idea

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A young student

You know how important it is to be able to improvise. Why? Because no matter how careful you’re with your planning, things will happen. Things like the Internet is down on the day you had a wonderful online presentation ready for your students. Bablingua is no different. We went to Colombia last summer, we filmed a lot, we were working … Read More

Hispanic Heritage Month

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National Hispanic Heritage Month banner

Hispanic Heritage Month is annually celebrated from September 15 to October 15. It is a time for Americans who identify as Latino or Hispanic to celebrate and share traditions. It is also a month to recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements for the United States. If you teach in the U.S. this … Read More

Los primeros días de clase: nivel intermedio y avanzado

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An extract of an activity to help students introduce themselves

This is our second post about what to do on the first days of class. If your students don’t speak any Spanish, you should start with this article.If they’re in Spanish 2 and above (intermediate or advanced) here are some ideas about what we do in our classes:Some things are going to be pretty much the same for all levels: … Read More

Los primeros días de clase

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A map showing the Spanish-speaking countries

Avoid just getting straight to content. Are you familiar with that sentence? Our Admin keeps saying it all the time in the final days before school starts. But we teach Spanish. If we can’t go straight to content… What do we do? Wait a week to start using the target language? That doesn’t make sense. Here are some ideas and … Read More