Notes in Spanish Podcast

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Notes in Spanish has been previously mentioned in this blog as a fun way to expand your knowledge of the Spanish language and culture of Spain while strengthening your oral comprehension skills. Did you know that Ben and Marina also host a podcast? Available wherever you get podcasts (such as iTunes), there is a level for everyone: “Inspired Beginners”, “Intermediate, “Advanced” and “Notes in Spanish Gold.”

Photo courtesy of Notes in Spanish Facebook page, which features many similarly beautiful pictures from throughout Spain.

Volunteer Opportunities at Casa Chirilagua

Are you looking for a way to give back while connecting with the local Spanish-speaking community and perhaps also using your Spanish language skills? Casa Chirilagua, located in the Arlandria section of Alexandria, seeks English-speaking and bilingual volunteers to serve as youth mentors in their after-school and summer programs, to teach computer classes in Spanish and to tutor adults in Spanish literacy.

Please visit for more information.

Middlebury College Summer Language Schools

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Are you looking for a way to enhance your Spanish skills over the summer? Middlebury College offer its Spanish Language School  – or Escuela Española – students the benefits of an immersion experience without leaving the U.S.

At the Escuela Española, which began in 1917, students live on the Middlebury campus in Vermont and pledge to speak exclusively Spanish in the dorms, at meals and during classes and co-curricular activities. Leading professors and guest speakers from around the Spanish-speaking world convene at the Escuela to instruct and guide students in their language journey. Students are placed in one of five levels of Spanish courses, ranging from beginning to advanced, based on their placement exam scores.

The dates of the seven-week undergraduate program are June 29 – August 17, 2018. The  cost for tuition, room and board is $9,610. Need-based financial aid is available.

For details, please visit

You may also contact Prof. Martha Davis, Middlebury Escuela Española alumna, at with general questions about the program.

NOVA Student Displays Spanish & Photography Skills in Mexico City Visit

Destini McCallister, a Spanish 201 student and photography major at NOVA, recently traveled to Mexico City equipped with her keen eye, camera and intermediate Spanish skills.

As she wrote in an email to her professor, Dr. Martha Davis, during her trip:

“Fuimos a la casa de Frida Kahlo y Xochimilco (floating gardens) y muchos museos. Tambien, comimos mucha comida! Es muy delicioso. Yo tengo muchos fotos.
Ahora, quiero estudiar Espanol a la universidad de Mexico. 🙂
Me gusta practicar espanol aqui. I am surprised to see how much I do know, but I am also reminded of how much I don’t know. Luckily, everyone here has been extremely nice and helpful.”
To see more of Destini’s beautiful photos, visit:

Welsh in Argentina









Across Latin America there are a number of large immigrant communities hailing from many different countries around the globe. Did you know that there is a Welsh community in Argentina? Approximately 50,000 Argentines are descendants of the Welsh who emigrated to Patagonia in the 19th century. They continue to maintain their culture and language, too.

Read more about the Argentine Welsh here:










Free Peer Tutoring at ASC

The Academic Success Center (ASC) at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus prides itself on helping students succeed in their courses. ASC, located in Bisdorf Room 229, offers a variety of services, including free peer tutoring in Spanish to NOVA students.

The Center’s friendly and knowledgable tutors have been recommended by professors for having excelled in their classes and/or because they are are native or near-native Spanish speakers. These include, Mirela Turic, pictured above.

Mirela is an international student from Bosnia and Herzegovina currently studying Spanish, German, Russian, and French under NOVA’s international relations program. She believes that languages are key to unlocking true connections and understanding between people and hopes to work in conflict resolution field in her future professional life. In her free time she likes to garden, hike, and enjoy good food.

To schedule an appointment with Mirela or another ASC tutor, please visit ASC online at, in person in Bisdorf 229 or call (703) 845-6363.

February Is Lead with Languages Advocacy Month

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February is Lead with Languages Advocacy month. “Lead with Languages” is a national campaign to make language proficiency a national priority. Check out their website ( for  language learning myth busters, information about study abroad and other language scholarships, student testimonials, how to become a language teacher and much more.

Are you a current or former NOVA student with a language learning success story to share? We’d love to hear from you. Please reply to this post and share how you Lead with Languages.


“La foto/A Selfie Affair” Coming to GALA Theatre

GALA Theatre, conveniently located within walking distance of Metro’s Columbia Heights station, will stage Gustavo Ott’s La foto/A Selfie Affair” February 1 to 25. The play will be presented in Spanish with English surtitles. For tickets and more information, please visit

Two families are changed forever when a selfie is sent to one person but shared by another. In this highly technological world it is easier to connect intimately with one another… but at what cost?

Spanish Artists and Tours at the National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC houses a world-renowned collection of art, including paintings by Spanish artists such as Salvador Dalí, Francisco de Goya, Juan Gris, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Zurbarán and more. The museum is accessible by Metro (Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter on the green and yellow lines) and admission is free of charge.

Be sure to pick up a gallery map in English and/or Spanish to help you navigate the collection. Audio tours are available for you on your mobile devices. If you prefer, docent-led guided tours in English are offered daily. All of these resources and more are free.

Free guided tours in Spanish are available the following dates and times:

West Building Tours
February 3, 8 at 12:00
West Building Rotunda

East Building Tours
February 3, 8 at 2:00
East Building Atrium

Spanish tour of American Art
January 26 at 12:00
February 23 at 12:00
West Building Rotunda

For more information visit


Ace of Clubs and Four of Diamonds (1912)
by Juan Gris (1887-1927)

New Video Streaming Service Available to NOVA Students

NOVA students have access to a new video streaming service! Be sure to check out Kanopy, which features numerous titles in a number of languages. To access Kanopy, visit At the top of the page you will see “Subjects.” Click there and choose “Global Studies and Languages” from the drop-down menu. Then, click “Latin American Studies” to browse Spanish-language films. Films from Spain can be found under “European and Baltic Studies.” Enjoy!