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This week I took the challenge of having a conversation about traveling to another speaking country. I chose to have this conversation with my friend Prisilla. I asked her for tips when going to spanish speaking countries. To prepare for this conversation I made pre-made questions so I be ready to start the conversation appropriately. Soon after I let the conversation kind of go in its on direction. This was a very fun and useful conversation. 
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Conversation Blog #2

I talk to "Jessie Tepoz" and she help me in my spanish.
She is very good in spanish and every time i would do a mistake she would correct me, i thought it was funny, but she is a very good teacher in spanish, i would talk to her more often in spanish for she could help me in my spanish and i could improve in my writing.
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Week 1

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I learned that he majors in Adventure Education and loves to rock climb. We didn't have a long conversation or exactly a difficult conversation. I had some notes with me that helped me. I learned that my spanish is not as bad as I had initially thought. We had a pretty easy conversation. I did need to use a dictionary for some words that he said. I'm proud that I talked to someone I don't know. I will try to be more direct next time. I wanted to have a typical conversation first and then begin questions so I could see how well I could speak. 



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Diferencia de "un broma" y "un chiste"

My goal for this weeks blog was inspired by my last post, which was how to tell a joke in spanish. Every time I asked do you know "un broma" it would seem like they had no clue what I was talking about. After I spoke with a few native speakers, I found out it was "un chiste" that I wanted to learn about. So, I used "italki" to learn what the difference was.
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Carter Conversation 3

This time I talked to my mother about when we spent time with the street kids.  This helped me reach my goal because I was able to talk about what we did when we were in there. One thing that I wish I could do better is my pronunciation because  was sick when we did the recording. Besides that it went fine.  
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Conversationsm Blog Post 3 CP

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This week I focused on what specifically insults other cultures or other countries. I partnered up with Catherine and Malik, it was uh interesting have perspectives and having a collaborative question effort. So, originally this was not working out so well. This went one of two ways, either someone thought we were trying to mess with them (which teaches us a thing or too about word choice and sentence structure) or they assumed we wanted to know curses in Spanish. Although, it may have sounded as such we already knew those words were insulting so we changed it around a little bit. Unfortunately I do not have the other screenshots I was not able to capture them but one guy did understand what we actually meant and told me that it's insulting when Americans or really anyone degrade the history of Native Americans or say that they are weak or were used and mean it. We seen that it helped to give them an example for Americans. Catherine said, "Here in America it is insulting to talk bad about someone's mom but if you tell them to shut up it's not a big deal." The use of the example worked pretty good. I'm hoping to come up with a question that is going to give me insight but may not be so confusing when asked in Spanish and instead of talking to multiple people at once talk to one at a time and when the conversation seems to be getting boring to make it interesting instead of starting over with someone new. I want to learn how to make the conversation progress which will take a little more Spanish than the average. 
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Conversation 4

 

First Week: Marley Utzig

Partners Name: Multiple

City y Country: Many

 

 

Who you spoke with and why you chose that partner

 

I did not message any of the people they messaged me and I was able to squeeze my practice in with them but not for a straight five minutes which is why I have multiple people for the same topic.

 

What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?

 

The nice thing about talking to so many different people is that I am learning more about the Spanish culture as a whole, I noticed that a lot of people really like the Red Hot Chili Peppers which I found as interesting not because they are not a good band but because there is a large amount of people who like it.

 

How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goals?

 

I am just trying to hold a conversation and learn more and I really like music so this is helpful in me being interested but also in keeping the conversation flowing.

 

What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations? What specifically to you need to improve on?

 

I think I am doing well in the conversations and just speaking in Spanish, I need to think of new ways to leave the conversation. 

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Blog Post 3: Televisión En la segunda parte: Ecuador

  • What did you learn about your partner?  

    For this blog post, I added two people instead of one to make the post more insightful. I talked with Christian and Guillermo about the television they watch in Ecuador. Christian talked more of American Series while Guillermo talked more about Spanish series but also watches both. Christian is a fan of "Friends" just as I am and we talked about different episodes. 
  • What did you learn from them?

    I learned about a comedy show called "Aqui No Hay Quien Viva" which is comedy series. Guillermo watches this series where he lives. He also taught me that "hay" meant there.
  • What did you learn about yourself?

    I learned that what I like to watch on television will not always be the same as others. Others might not enjoy these shows like I do.
  • What were you surprised about?

    I was surprised at the fact that American series do get watched in other countries such as Ecuador. 
  • What are you proud of?

    I am proud that I got to achieve my goal of researching what type of television is watched in other countries. I am also proud of the fact that I used the dictionary less this time and I talked more on what I knew.
  • What follow-up questions do you have?

    Do other countries watch the same cartoons as Americans?

  • What will you improve on for next time?  How?  s


    Next time,I will try to improve on leaving the conversation better. I kind of cut it short beings though class was over and I had to shut my laptop. I will work on a better"leaving" technique. 

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aqu%C3%AD_no_hay_quien_viva
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Blog Post #3

So I decided to change my conversation topic to foods. At the moment, Kleber and I are talking about the types of holidays and foods that he eats during those holidays. He still hasn't given me names of the exact holidays that he celebrates, so I'm waiting for that part of our conversation to start. It's interesting to know that we kind of eat the same sort of things during the holidays. However, I wonder how he would react if I told him that my family doesn't really cook much during the holidays mainly because we aren't very hungry during that time period. Since all of our attention is focused on the activity we're doing. I still don't know what country he's from although I think I asked at one point during our conversations. 
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Blog #3

  • Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?

    I spoke with a guy named Julian. This time, I decided to switch to my Sharedtalk account. So, he requested that we chat, and I accepted. 
  • What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?

    For this conversation, we spoke about music. He was telling me about how he played the piano and the guitar, and what kind of music he liked to listen to. 

  • How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?

    Even though this was the first conversation we've had, I feel like I wasn't as nervous as I was when I did my first chat with the other person on Livemocha. I also think I did better with asking questions, and using Spanish throughout the conversation. 
  • What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?

    I improved with asking them questions, and improving my use of Spanish in the conversation.
  • What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)

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Spanish stereotypes

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g187427-c69822/Spain:Some.Truths.About.Spanish.Stereotypes.html



Many of the general stereotypes that are applied to specific group of people are far from being the truth.  Others may have some ties to the past which may lead to the ideas being perpetuated.  I decided to pick a spanish speaking country in which many stereotypes are displayed in movies.  Americans are generally displayed as a people who are lazy and incompetent.  The people of Spain are also displayed as being lazy and love to party.  While it can be said that many spanish love to party and part take in the consumption of alcohol, there economic status disproves the "lazy" portion of the stereotype.  Also, they are sometimes grouped into the category of being rich and snooty.  While some may have the money to flaunt and poor attitudes as well, this cannot be said for an entire country as a whole.  It is true that Spain has become one of the more expensive countries to visit , and that they ship quality products, which has helped them become one of the highest rated  gross domestic products.


The bull fighting that was once at the heart of Spanish culture, is losing its importance among the people of Spain.  Its easy to take something an exaggerate , for films and other media , which leads to more misrepresentation.  Many of the people of Spain believe that the bull fights are bad, and that they really shouldn't be continued. In some areas, bull fighting is actually prohibited.


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Blog Post #3

  • Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?


    I spoke with a 17 year old from Columbia named Manuel Barbosa. I chose to use him because he was the only one willing to speak in completely spanish for 10 minutes at a time.

  • What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?


    I learned a lot about life and culture in Columbia. I also learned new words and Columbian "slang"

  • How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?


    Well considering my goal was to learn to be more polite he taught me 'impolite' phrases that I would use around my friends. Basically he taught me slang. This was helpful because now I know what not to say, and on top of that now I know how to interact with my spanish friends :D
  • What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?


    Again, I feel like I did very well with speaking only spanish. 

  • What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)


    Being able to understand what they were saying, like the gist of it. I found myself confused a lot of the time.
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Post #3

This week I had very interesting conversation with a friend from Ecuador. His name was Larzon Angulo and we began by speaking about where he was from and he brought up the amount of violence in Ecuador (avoid possibility offending him by asking about how violent his country is.) What I found most interesting was that Larzon asked me what I meant if he didn't understand my Spanish while my last two partners worked around it. I also helped Larzon learn some things in English for instance he called me "gentle" and I told him he should probably say kind. Larzon spoke about how people in Ecuador are poor because they want so much which is an idea that I think can connect to Americans as well. I found that as I spoke to Larzon he shared a lot of the ideas I had about America but with Ecuador. I was intrigued by this because I never thought to countries so far away from each other can be so similar.
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Tarea_ E4U8_Long Live The Butterflies

Para la Tarea, yo tenía que publicar la información que tenia para el proyecto de este cuarto. Sin Embargo, mí pareja y yo dividimos el trabajo entoces esto es mí parte. Adémas, hay una foto de el estuche. Simplemente, un sketch para el cuvridor/cover del CD. El estuche es simple por qué quéria qué la audiencia viera el mensaje qué quiero demonstrar y esto para mí es la frase mas importante en la pélicula, "Long Live the Butterflies" "Vivan Las Mariposas". Creo qué esto sí es verdad y aunque ellas estan muertas menos Dede sus pasos en como cambiaron la Republica Dominica todavia VIVE. Le aggrege otros detalles y también 3's mariposas para representar Las Hermanas Mirabal. 

Qué Disfruten :)

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  • Yo No Me Doy Por Vensido - Luis Fonsi
Esta cancion es como una esena en la pélicula por qué un día Minerva Mirabal quéria estudiar leyes en la unversidad. En este tiempo, esto no era posible, esto no fué posible por la dictadura de Trujillo. Pero, ella nunca se dío por vensida y después iso un appuesto con Trujillo. Cuando gano este appuesto al fín pudo ser sus sueños realidad. Por eso ella nunca se dío por vensida.

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  • Next 2 You - Justin Bieber Y Chris Brown
Next 2 You me recuerda de esta pelicula por qué es como una reunion qué siempre se forma cuanda Las Hermanas Mirabales estan en situaciones muy polemicas. El comportamiento de las hermanas era muy emociónal cuando había problemas dificiles, por ejemplo, cuando Minerva se quería ir para comensar su profesion su hermana especialmente Patricia no quéria qué se fuera. Por esto, escojí este cancion. Ademas, las hermanas siempre estan lado por lado o “side by side” y next 2 you es la canción perfécta para describír esta escena.

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  • I am your angel - Marc Anthony

"And when all hope is gone, I'm here
No matter how far you are, I'm near
It makes no difference who you are
I am your angel
I'm your angel"

Para mí, pienso qué cuando las hermanas se murieron esta cancion enseña mucho simbolismo a sus muertes. Por ejemplo, antes del maltrato, las chicas resarón. Estas parte de las canciones enseñan qué su dios es como un angel qué siempre va a estar hay. Y va a estar a ir por las buenas o las malas. Claro, las hermanas son diferentes por qué son especiales y son muy dedicadas pero es obvio que no eran como todas las otras mujeres en esta era de la Republica Dominicana.

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  • Pocket Full Of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield


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Conversation #3

  • Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?


    I spoke with Melina in this conversation. I talked to her before and she made sense.

  • What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?


    She likes playing volley ball and going to the beach. I also learned a bit of the culture
  • How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?


    It worked out good, my goal was to talk the culture but I don't think she quite understood what I said.

  • What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?


    I learned but not much, it was fin though

  • What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)rc


    She didn't understand me so I had to write in english to get my point across. I'm not so sure other than trying better
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Proyecto de Conversación: Surroundings And So On...

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Conversation Project: Week Three

Antes de Conversación:
What will your topic of conversation be?
    This time, the plan is to find out more about other locations. And again, with the introductions.
What are you looking forward to about this conversation?
    I am looking forward to seeing how things will be portrayed from someone's first hand accounts of living in a nation for so long. It will be an opportunity to understand beyond America, or so I hope.
What are your nervous about?

    What I am looking forward to learning might be a bit hard to accomplish if I am not sure of how exactly to respond to people's encounters of things I have never seen.

Después de Conversación:
Who did you speak with and why did you choose them?
     I logged on and left the window for some time. After returning, I was granted with the present surprise of Luis's invitation. And history went on.
What did you learn about them?
    He is sixteen, lives in Mexico, tries his best to speak Spanish, has visited many huge cities in America and believes the best thing about his surroundings is the scenery.
How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your goal?
    Though, he could not really explain something that I never experienced, I was pleased with the insight that offered in its place.
What did you do well according to your goals?
    Somewhat, the questions that were asked were planed but again, the answers were not ones that I expected to receive. But, his thoughts made sense so, I have no real complaints.
What specifically do you need to improve on?
    I awkwardly went on about something that confused him, to which he clarified. I was slightly distressed by this and I hope that I will not be caught in such a cluster again.
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Architecture


    This week my primary focus was on architecture. My original question was on terminology used for architecture, but that had to be edited to better fit the requirements of the project. For this week, my focus is no one general things involving spanish architecture. By asking general questions about architecture, I felt that I would be able to earn more than I otherwise would have, if I chose to just learn about general architecture terms. For this week, I have prepared five questions that I'll use to answer my bigger question.
    ¿qué son la cuidad estructura en tú cuidad?
    ¿Cómo es la casas en tú cuidad como?
    ¿Veritana estructura?
    ¿Tradicional edificio estructura?
    ¿Interior de casa?

For this week my partner was Miguel, someone who I met through Livemocha. Me and my partner chose to do our communications via e-mail, as we saw it was the most convent way for both of us. My partner told me to censor out his e-mail when I told him I would be uploading the screenshots of our conversation. To respect him, and have him as someone for possible conversation with, I have upheld his request.
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Espanol Blog tres(3)

  • Who you spoke with and why you chose that partner

    - I spoke with Manuel. He was fluent at spanish, he was the one who decided to chat with me and he was willing to help me. 
  • What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?

    - I learned a lot about him because he was describing how he looked like and such. I learned that he likes to hang out with his friends, watch movies etc. I may have included it in the audio. For the audio, I didn't include the whole thing because originally, it was about 45 minutes and I had to cut it down to 5 minutes. 
  • How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goals?

    - To be a little more comfortable with speaking because when he spoke, he was really quickly with it and I don't get what he's talking about so I ask ¿Como? like million times. 
  • What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations? What specifically to you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)

    - My last week's goal was to have an actual conversation like audio wise instead of IMs because I wanted to improve my pronunciation as well. 



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    Proyecto de Conversación - Pt 3

    Who did I speak to and why did I choose that person? 

    I spoke to Seba F. on Skype after I met him on SharedTalk. I chose to speak to him because he was eager to learn and was very curious. So instead of me asking a bajillion questions, he asked and I answered. 


    What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them? 

    I didn't learn much about him. He was a curious person who was planning on moving to the States and it seemed like a really big change because he barely knew the language. 

    How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal? 

    It helped me achieve my goal because I didn't feel like an interviewer. I was actually having a legitimate conversation with someone who was just as curious as I was. 


    What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations? 

    I did well with conjugating my words better and explaining things to Seba. 


    What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again) 

    We were kind of speaking Spanglish. He spoke broken English and I spoke broken Spanish. But we understood each other. He'd ask a question in English and I'd respond in Spanish then we'd switch. 



    I've only attached part of the conversation because it was lengthy. 


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    Blog Post 3: Matrimonio


    Last week was about understanding dating in Spanish speaking countries and now it is all about marriage. This week I talked to a 35 year old teacher from Colombia who was very willing to talk to me about marriage. To help understand my conversation, there are a list of vocabulary below. 

    Vocabulary


    Casamiento/Matrimonio - marriage 

    Pareja- partner/ pair 

    Vigencia- validity 

    Cédula-  identity card 

    Juzgado- court 

    Reclamar- to claim

    llenar- to fill out 

    Coincidir- to coincide 

    Catolicos- Catholic 

    Pedir- to ask 

    Vendidas- sold 

    Tribu- tribe

    Entregado- Selfless 

    Marido- husband 


    Summary 

    If the conversation was to difficult to understand I can give a quick summary. 

    • Marriage in Columbia is just like marriage in the United States  
    •  Some people never get married, but do live together or civil unions
    • They have reception type dinners where the whole family come together  
    • They have to get everything approved by the courts 
    •  In some indigenous tribes they have a form of arranged marriage; they sell the women. 





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    Listening Politely

    ​This week I wanted to know more about how conversations work but I didn't want to go and ask another straight up question about the actual conversation, I wanted to ask about the people in the actual conversation.  This week I wanted to ask about how to listen politely.

    This week I was able to go and talk to my old spanish teacher, Maestra Sandra, again since we both had an opening during this past week.

    Questions

    - ¿Cuales son algunos formas de escuchar cortésmente?

    - ¿Hay algunos cosas que no son cortés cuando alguien le esta hablando?

    - ¿Es difícil a escuchar cortésmente o es facil escuchar cortesmente?


    I learned a few different things during this interview, one would be that it really doesn't seem to be that hard to listen politely unless you're in some kind of cramped space that doesn't allow you to move around.  Also I learned that it takes your whole body to fully engage the other person, nodding your head, responding, looking at the person, and quite obviously listening to them.

    You can find examples of how to listen politely at the beginning of this page.
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    Conversation Proyecto_post tres

    During this chat, I talked with Ezequiel Guerreo from Spain. He did not know english very well but he was still willing to help me with my spanish, and correct me while we spoke with one another. 
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