Teach Your Dog (or Cat) Spanish

Spanish 201 students have done it again! They prepared creative and convincing presentations on the topic of “Why You Should Study Spanish at NOVA.” ¡Bravo!

Some student videos showed how their dogs – and cats, too – have learned to obey commands in Spanish. This is a great way to put your language skills into practice. Following are some commands you can try:

Siéntate (Sit)
Arriba (up), Abajo (Down)
Échate (Lie down)
Ven (Come)
Aquí/Acá (Here)
Trae (Fetch)
Quieto (Stay)
Dame la pata (Give me your paw)


(Pictured above: Pyrenees Mountain Dog puppy)


Fall Concerts Featuring Latin American Artists

This fall EagleBank Arena in Fairfax will host two concerts that you won’t want to miss. On Tuesday, October 22nd at 8 p.m. the ever-popular Mexican rock group, Maná, will perform as part of their “Rayando el sol” tour. The beloved Dominican singer, Juan Luis Guerra, will perform there on Friday, October 25th at 8:00 p.m. For tickets, visit EagleBank Arena

Can’t make it? Be sure to check out their hit songs online!



Arriving Soon to the NOVA AL Library: “Undocumented” by John Moore

Are you interested in learning more about the immigration crisis at the United States’ southern border? Look for John Moore’s book, Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border, coming soon to the NOVA Alexandria Library.

John Moore has spent the last decade taking photographs along the entire U.S.-Mexico border. His photo (see below) of a young Honduran girl crying as her mother was searched by Border Patrol agents was recently awarded the World Press Photo of the Year.

Pupusas: Recipes and Local Pupuserías

Thank you to all the faculty, staff and students who gathered to converse and enjoy pupusas together at the Spanish Conversation Hour yesterday. ¡Gracias a todos por venir!

Are you interested in cooking pupusas at home? Here are some recipes to try:


http://www.dlatinos.com/univision/receta-para-hacer-pupusas-salvadorenas/  (en español, con una lista de los diferentes tipos de pupusas)

Would you rather have someone else make your pupusas? Check out these local pupuserías:

Pupusería Doña Azucena
71 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA

Milagro’s Pupusería
301 S. Washington St.
Falls Church, VA

If you are interested in learning more about pupusas, check out this post from the Multicultural Cooking Network: https://multiculturalcookingnetwork.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/history-of-pupusas/ 

¡Buen provecho!

“No pasó nada” por Antonio Skármeta

Are you an intermediate or advanced reader of Spanish? Are you looking for a good novella to read? Look no further! No pasó nada by the Chilean author, Antonio Skármeta,  may be just the book you need. The coming of age tale takes place in 1970s Germany, where Lucho, the young narrator, is living with his family in exile from the Pinochet regime. The novella is a great way to practice your Spanish and learn about Chilean history and culture.

Fun fact: Skarmeta also wrote El cartero de Neruda, on which the Oscar-winning movie “Il Postino” was based.

Beep-Vaporú: What the Textbooks Don’t Tell You

In Spanish 102 at NOVA, we study health and medical terms, but one important expression is missing from the vocabulary list. “Beep Vaporú”, or Vick’s Vaporub, is a very popular remedy for treating colds and much more in Latin America and among Latinos in the U.S. To learn more, read Esmeralda Bermúdez’s fascinating article in the L.A. Times:


If you grew up in a Latino household, you will be sure to relate to this. If not, ask a Latino friend. I’m sure he/she will have a good story about Beep Vaporú!

Para leer el artículo en español, haga clic aquí: https://www.latimes.com/espanol/vidayestilo/la-es-la-nostalgica-devocion-que-vicks-vaporub-inspira-en-los-latinos-20190326-story.html

Spanish Language Exchange Returns on April 11 at 2:30 PM in AA234

Are you looking for a way to practice your Spanish conversation skills? Come to the Spanish Language Exchange on Thursday, April 11th from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in AA234. Salvadoran Pupusas and Mexican Jarritos will be served. All levels welcome.

For more information contact Prof. Martha Davis at mdavis@nvcc.edu.




Locura de marzo Begins Today

You probably know all about NCAA Basketball’s March Madness, but have you heard of Locura de marzo? It’s a fun way to listen to new songs and vote for your favorites in a nation-wide competition. The songs in Round One are “Échame La Culpa”, Demi Lovato, Luis Fonsi (1) Vs. “Tan Fácil”, CNCO (16)

To listen and vote, go to http://www.senorashby.com/march-1-7.html Voting ends March 4 at midnight.

Visit http://www.senorashby.com/2019-locura-de-marzo.html for details about Locura de marzo.

Mango Languages

Mango Languages Logo

Mango Languages is an online site and app for learners of Spanish and a number of other languages that guides you through interactive courses and film clips to help build your  comprehension skills and cultural knowledge. It even tracks your progress as you work to meet your linguistic goals. Mango is free to NOVA students. Simply log on with your NOVA information and begin: https://portal1-ql.my.vccs.edu/group/vccs/vccscookie?ticket=ST-D2CFDEBC36C711E99DE10664AD7DF1F0


Paid Summer Internship in Old Town at ACTFL

Are you studying to become a linguist or language educator or are you interested in pursuing a career in a related field? The Center for Assessment, Research and Development at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), which is located in Old Town, Alexandria, is accepting applications for their Summer 2019 internship program. Apply now until March 15th: https://www.actfl.org/assessment-professional-development/internship-scholars-program