Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

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September is a celebratory month in Latin America. September 15th is el Día de Independencia in the Central American countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Mexico begins to celebrate its Día de Independencia with El Grito de Dolores on the night of September 15th. Thousands will gather in Mexico City’s Zócalo to respond to the president’s chant of “¡Viva…!” Chileans celebrate their independence on September 16th, too.

How will you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?

Cancún at GALA Hispanic Theatre

GALA Hispanic Theatre will be staging the Catalan playwright Jordi Galcerán’s comedy Cancún September 11 through October 5. GALA is located a few short blocks from the Columbia Heights Metro station. Showtimes are at 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays and at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tickets for students and military members are $20 and $26 for seniors.

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.galatheatre.org/Event.php?cmd=loadEvent&id=177


S.A.L.S.A. Meeting

S.A.L.S.A. (Spanish American Latino Student Association) will hold its first meeting of the semester on Thursday, September 11 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in AA375. Please come join us to celebrate and promote the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. All students, faculty and staff are invited!


Three Apps for August

It’s August, which means it’s time to get ready to get back to school! Here are three apps to consider downloading for the new school year:

1. Duolingo offers “bite-sized” language lessons that you can do anywhere anytime, for free.  https://www.duolingo.com/

2. WordReference contains bilingual dictionaries. Be sure to check out the language forums for frequently (and not so frequently) asked questions about words and expressions. http://www.wordreference.com/

3. Stack the Countries is a fun educational game that will help enhance your geography skills. Switch the language to “español” to learn country and city names in Spanish. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stack-the-countries/id407838198?mt=8




Top Ten Ways to Keep Up Your Spanish over the Summer

Here are ten ideas for practicting your Spanish this summer. They do not require a passport or plane ticket and many are low-cost or free.


10. Pick up a copy of El Tiempo Latino or Washington Hispanic.

Both are free and available throughout the DC metro area. Build your vocabulary, read the news from a slightly different perspective and learn about issues of importance to the local Spanish-speaking community.

9. Watch a movie.

Here are a few favorites. Look for them at a NOVA library, on Amazon.com or Netflix:

El orfanato

El laberinto del fauno

Voces inocentes

Y tu mamá también

La misma luna

Hable con ella

La lengua de las mariposas

Amores perros

Diarios de motocicleta

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios

El Norte

Historia oficial

Mi familia

Real Women Have Curves

Caballos salvajes

L’auberge espagnole


Nueve reinas

Lista de espera

8. Keep a daily one-sentence journal in Spanish.

Set aside five minutes a day to write at least one sentence.

7. Join or start a Spanish language Meetup group.

See where other “fanáticos” are meeting up here: http://www.meetup.com/spanish-washington-dc/

6. Subscribe to the Notes in Spanish podcast.

Hosts Ben and Marina entertain as they educate. “Inspired Beginner” through Advanced language lessons available on iTunes and here: http://www.notesinspanish.com/

5. Sign up for a virtual language exchange through The Mixxer

Go to http://www.language-exchanges.org/ for information about matching with a Spanish-speaking student of English.

4. Check out a book of poetry, short stories or a novel in the Spanish literature section (starts with “PQ”) of the Alexandria Library.

Some bilingual editions are available too.

3. Get hooked on “Mi Vida Loca,” a telenovela from BBC.co.uk.


2. Visit a local Spanish-speaking community.

Puruse the grocery stores, bakeries, markets and restaurants in the Chriligua section of Alexandria or Mt. Pleasant, Columbia Heights or Adams Morgan in DC.

1. Take a class at NOVA!

For a complete list of course offerings visit: http://www.nvcc.edu/schedule/crs2143/schedule_search_result.asp?term=2014+Summer&course=SPA&campus=All&zSession=All&zDay=All&submit=Search

Congratulations, Alexandria Campus Writing Awards Recipients!

On April 30, students, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate recipients of the 2014 Alexandria Campus Writing Awards. The ceremony featured poet Magus Magnus, who read several of his poems and inspired students to pursue careers as writers. Mia Castiglione read “1/4″, which was awarded 1st place for poetry. Mischa Wolfinger, author of  “lady mercy won’t be home tonight,” shared her award-winning short story with the audience. Congratulations to all of our writers!



New HUM 295 Course for Fall 2014

Prof. Martha Davis is offering a new Humanities 295 course, “Poetry and Pose of Latin America and Spain,” which will meet in the fall semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The course features authors such as Pablo Neruda, Rosario Castellanos, Gabriel García Lorca and others. Honors Option available.

For more information, please email Prof. Davis at mdavis@nvcc.edu.