7+ Quechua Words That Are Widely Used In English

7+ Quechua Words That Are Widely Used In English

RELATED POST: Ecuador Heritage Trips: Tips and Recommendations Did you know that there is a significant amount of Quechua words that are widely used in Spanish and English?  I find it SO interesting how Quechua, the language of the Incas has influenced modern languages. Most of these words are related to animals, agriculture and they also include the name of places given by the indigenous communities. Llama, condor, puma and alpaca are...Read More
18 Popular Latino Christmas Songs

18 Popular Latino Christmas Songs

Related Post: 10 Latino Themed Christmas Books The very first song that I learned in English was "Jingle Bells." I am pretty sure my pronunciation was wrong but learning that equivalent song of "Navidad, Navidad, Dulce Navidad" gave me confidence to keep learning English and helped me to easily connect to a different culture than mine. This is why I love introducing to my children the Christmas songs (villancicos) that I grew...Read More
On Latino Culture, Skin Color And Race

On Latino Culture, Skin Color And Race

"Yes" I answered. "That makes sense why they are blond" said the stranger. Blond? Makes sense? Whaaaat? I was lost. I have been talking to this lady for about an hour, but for the past five minutes I haven't been paying full attention to the conversation. I am distracted with my fearless toddler who is serious about jumping from the top of the big slide of the playground. When I...Read More
My Seven-Year-Old Doesn’t Like El Chavo Del Ocho.

My Seven-Year-Old Doesn’t Like El Chavo Del Ocho.

If you grew up with a Latino family, it is very likely that you are familiar with "El Chavo del Ocho," a Mexican television sitcon that reached enormous popularity in Latin America for more than 30 years. "El Chavo del Ocho" centers on the adventures of a poor orphan child and his friends living in a low income housing complex and explores with humor many of the challenges that children...Read More
6 Bilingual Children’s Books about Spooky Hispanic Legends

6 Bilingual Children’s Books about Spooky Hispanic Legends

The spookiness of the Halloween season always brings memories of the folktales that I grew up with. Hispanic legends like "La dama tapada," "La Llorona" or "El Cucuy" are typically told by our abuelas... or a clever friend who wants to scare you! I have to confess that I have never been a fan of terror stories, but these bilingual books tell these traditional legends in a candid way and are great resources...Read More
The Day Of The Deceased In Ecuador

The Day Of The Deceased In Ecuador

RELATED POST: Flavors of the Day of the Dead in Ecuador In Ecuador, the day where families remember their loves ones that are death is called "Día de los Difuntos" (Day of the Deceased) and it is commemorated every November 2. Although The Day of the Deceased traditions vary inside the country, their origins can be traced back from the Inca (the largest empire in Pre-Columbian era that occupied large portions of Western...Read More
Learning about Celia Cruz

Learning about Celia Cruz

Last night we start reading a bilingual biography series of significant man and women of Latin America. The books of this series are great to introduce important components and people of the Latino culture to our children. Our favorite book of the series was My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/la vida de Celia Cruz, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Rafael Lopez. This book talks about...Read More
How To Make Humita

How To Make Humita

  Summer is coming to an end in this part of the world, and one of the things that I will miss terribly is the season prices of fresh corn. It is easy to love corn when you come from a place where it plays a major role in the economy. My favorite dish made of fresh ground corn is Humita, a popular dish in Latin America with pre-hispanic origins....Read More
What Ecuador’s Independence Day Teaches Me About Success

What Ecuador’s Independence Day Teaches Me About Success

RELATED POST: Ecuador Heritage Trips: Tips and Recommendations Today is a national holiday in Ecuador, "El Grito de Independencia" ("The First Cry of Independence.")  It was the first attempt at independence against the Spain reigned by Joseph Bonaparte. For many years I regretted the lack of importance given to this day by the kids of my generation. Deep inside of me, I wish we would show the same patriotism like the...Read More