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Cervantino 2008 - Narco Terrorism

Of all the Cervantino Festival events that roll into the city of Guanajuato each October I believe my least favorite has to be that which sends many locals fleeing the city for three weeks each year. .
(October 12, 2008)
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Guanajuato Mexico - A Slower Pace of Life - Sort Of

Mexico is a land of vast contrasts, sometimes-confusing contradictions, and a culture that constantly will leave the American expat guessing-for a lifetime. You've no doubt heard that Mexico has a ..
(September 30, 2008)
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What Is Total Immersion in Learning a Second Language?

Introduction In the 1990's when I was contemplating learning Spanish, I was told repeatedly by well-meaning friends that if I really wanted to learn Spanish I would have to live in a country in ..
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Spanishing in Guanajuato

I've been in Spanish classes for the past two weeks. It's been great. As a non-native Spanish speaker, it is important to refresh your Spanish by having a professional correct your mistakes. I tend ..
(January 31, 2008)
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How-To Conquer Central Mexico in Your Next Vacation

I've noticed lately the tourists that make their way to central Mexico (Guanajuato) tend to be either the loosey-goosey backpackers or the tourist elite who tend to have a lot of experience in coming .
(January 05, 2008)
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Living in Mexico With Lenny and Bubba

I have the very worst luck with getting wrong-number phone calls, no matter what country I live in. Believe me, when we moved to Mexico, the problem didn't get any better. When we lived in Overland ..
(January 05, 2008)
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DNA Left Behind in Space Alien Encounter

Some folks, skeptics and scoffers, are not going to believe in the existence of Aliens from other worlds manning UFO's unless they land in their backyards and ask for directions or to call a tow. ..
(December 19, 2007)
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Is This Brazil's Roswell?

On January 19-20, 1997 Brazil's I Centro Integrado de Defesa Aerea e Controle de Trafego Aereo or Integrated Center on Air Defense and Air Traffic Control received a warning from the U. S. North ..
(December 19, 2007)
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Jimmy Carter - The UFO President

President Jimmy Carter was the first President of the United States of America to have officially reported the UFO he saw to the authorities. He was also the President who said that if elected he ..
(December 19, 2007)
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UFO Crashes in Mexico

During the summer of 1974, significant events were taking place. On August 5th, Congress placed a monetary limit on aid to the military in Vietnam. On August 8th, the scandal-ridden Nixon presidency ..
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UFO-Aliens, President Nixon, and Jackie Gleason

In doing the research for my UFO-Alien book, what I discovered about what the U. S. Presidents knew or didn't know about the UFO-Alien question was somewhat overwhelming. I simply did not know such a .
(December 19, 2007)
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Learning Spanish - Begin By Listening - Part 3

The way in which adult Africans, and I believe many of the adults I've met in the resort areas of Mexico, have developed a high degree of spoken fluency is the same way in which we learned our native .
(July 24, 2007)
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How Do I Become Fluent in a New Language?

I read the following online on a site supposedly devoted to learning fluency in a second language: "Language is like any other skill or aptitude: some people are proficient in languages, while others .
(July 17, 2007)
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Learning Spanish - The Input Hypothesis

Maybe the most important aspect of Stephen Krashen's theories of second language acquisition is The Input Hypothesis. This explains how someone learns a second language. The hypothesis deals with ..
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Learning Spanish Has Never Been Easier

Mnemonic memory training is a memory system that allows you to store information in and recall it from your long-term memory, and, in the case of learning a new language, your speech center. ..
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Learning Spanish - A New Resource

A host of commercially available Foreign Language home study products employ The Comprehension Approach to teach a level of proficiency in the target language. The Comprehension Approach allows for ..
(July 15, 2007)
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Learning Spanish Part Nineteen - The Audiolingual Method

This method of second language instruction was a further development or evolution of The Direct Method. World War II rose up and slapped the U. S. government in its linguistically challenged face, ..
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Learning Spanish Part Twenty- The Silent Way Method

A most bizarre philosophy of education called “Discovery Learning, " based partly on the educational ideas of Rousseau, Pestalozzi and Dewey, led to The Silent Way Method of Second Language ..
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Learning Spanish - Intercambios

What got me started on an Intercambio jag was learning how Mexicans in the tourist industry on Mexico's Gold Coast learn English and achieve an amazing level of proficiency. They do it by engaging in .
(July 05, 2007)
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Learning Spanish Part Twenty-Two: Suggestopedia

Georgi Lozanov, a Bulgarian psychologist, introduced what he undoubtedly thought an original and brilliant premise: “… students naturally set up psychological barriers to learning - based on ..
(July 07, 2007)
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Learning Spanish Part Twenty-One - Why Talk About Methods?

My purpose in this series (which I failed to make clear, apparently, from the beginning) has been to do two things. One is to show the progression of second language acquisition instruction in its ..
(July 07, 2007)
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Learning Spanish Part Twenty-Five - The Monitor Hypothesis

Dr. Krashen explains that this idea, The Monitor Hypothesis, shows how language learning (grammar) affects language acquisition. This is, according to Krashen, the useful outcome of learning grammar. .
(July 09, 2007)
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Learning Spanish Part Twenty-Three- Language Learning versus ..

In the field of second language acquisition, Stephen Krashen, Ph. D, is a name that rises above the academic din that usually begins when the subject of Language Acquisition versus Language Learning ..
(July 10, 2007)
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Learning Spanish Part Twenty-Four- The Acquisition-Learning ..

Dr. Stephen Krashen's foundational principle in his theory of Second Language Acquisition is called “The Acquisition-Learning hypothesis. " In this idea, a distinction is made in that ..
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Learning Spanish - The Natural Order Hypothesis

In second language acquisition research conducted in 1974-75, 1980 and 1987, it was postulated that the acquisition of grammatical forms followed a natural and predictable order. How this happens is ..
(July 11, 2007)
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