Tertulia Podcast presents “Inmersos/Immersed”

"Inmersos/"Immersed" – a two-part series about the boom in #Spanish #immersion education programs in West Michigan schools. Part 1 in Spanish, Part 2 in English. Start here: https://t.co/kRqBIvT8it #duallanguageeducation (Photo/Foto: Luis Marina) pic.twitter.com/VEfJFrRJQ6 — tertulia (@TertuliaTweets) July 9, 2018 In the first part of this series about the Spanish immersion education boom in West Michigan,Continue reading “Tertulia Podcast presents “Inmersos/Immersed””

Kitchen Spanish update – podcast collaboration with Racist Sandwich

Several months ago, I wrote about the linguistic phenomenon known as Kitchen Spanish. I wanted to dig a little deeper, so I pitched a segment to the podcast, Racist Sandwich, and they were up for it! My own podcast, Tertulia, is in Spanish, so this is my first reported audio story in (mostly) English. In the pieceContinue reading “Kitchen Spanish update – podcast collaboration with Racist Sandwich”

An article about the world of podcasting in Spanish

I recently had the privilege to write an article for the podcasting newsletter Bello Collective about the world of podcasting in Spanish. For the article, I interviewed (via email) Carolina Guerrero, CEO of Radio Ambulante, and Patricio Lopardo, of Unión Podcastera. I hope you enjoy it. Click here to read “Are We on the CuspContinue reading “An article about the world of podcasting in Spanish”

Hear the work of giants of Latin American literature in their own voice

Remezcla recently posted a curated sample of recordings from the Library of Congress Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape. The archive allows you to hear some of the giants of Latin American literature reading selections of their own work. How cool is that? The Remezcla post has 12 selections out of 210 recordings that includeContinue reading “Hear the work of giants of Latin American literature in their own voice”

New episode of Tertulia podcast – ¿Dónde estamos parados?

The latest episode of Tertulia is a conversation with Leticia Molinero, professional translator and member of the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española. Among other things, we talked about how taking a rigorous approach to analyzing U.S. Spanish and coming up with standardized language can play a role in resolving the communication crisis that our country faces inContinue reading “New episode of Tertulia podcast – ¿Dónde estamos parados?”

Introducing Tertulia, the podcast

Last year, I started to think (and write) about the need for more institutions and spaces where Spanish speakers can engage practically, culturally, and intellectually with Spanish in the real world. Eventually, I started to develop a podcast in Spanish — and I got a big boost in motivation when Radio Ambulante was picked up by NPRContinue reading “Introducing Tertulia, the podcast”

Felicidades a Radio Ambulante (y a NPR)

This past weekend NPR announced that it would be promoting and distributing the Radio Ambulante podcast on its platforms starting on November 22 — o sea, ¡en una semana exacta! Big congrats to the entire Radio Ambulante team. NPR also deserves to be congratulated for making the decision to incorporate Spanish-language programming into their line-up. Radio AmbulanteContinue reading “Felicidades a Radio Ambulante (y a NPR)”

Spanish surnames, indigenous languages

In the United States, the Spanish language is often used as an identifying marker for U.S.-born Latinos and Latin American newcomers, whether they speak it or not — because not all Latinos speak Spanish, and I am not just referring to later-generation descendants of Spanish-speaking people. There are 45 million indigenous people in Latin America, and manyContinue reading “Spanish surnames, indigenous languages”

Erratas, errores y faltas – oh my!

I normally write my posts in English but I am so bothered by the topic of this one that I am writing in Spanish as a form of protest! El otro día, fui a Barnes & Noble y saqué “El camioncito azul abre el camino” del estante, pero adentro encontré dos erratas (por ejemplo, “segpuidos”Continue reading “Erratas, errores y faltas – oh my!”

Two recent encounters

I had two recent encounters with Spanish mixed right smack dab in with English as part of the American experience. Just like that! The episode of This American Life from November 8th featured a story about Chris García (who also happens to be a comedian), his father, and a conversation they had while driving along aContinue reading “Two recent encounters”