Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Nouns and News

Flags of countries that celebrate independence

Spanish Cognate: independence-independenciaOne rule to learn Spanish fast and easy is changing the endings of nouns ending with e and y in English to ia and io when translating to Spanish, just don't forget when to put an accent over the i where necessary. September 15 marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is the day many Latin American countries established their independence independencia. With Hispanic Heritage Month and the first month of school being well underway, how are students being informed of current events and their impact on the Latino community?

Spanish Cognate: economy-economía These days, Mexico is one of the more frequently referenced Latin American countries given the political tensions incited by presidential candidate Donald Trump. Luckily positive light has been shed after Ford Motor Company recently announced it will shift its small vehicle production to Mexico. Who knows how Trump reacted but it definitely helps to learn Spanish as this will undoubtedly have a large impact on the economy economía and individual salaries salarios in the US and Mexico. Maybe he can use SpanishCognates.org for an easy way to learn Spanish fast.

Spanish Cognates: photography-fotografíaIn the global economía what seems to consistently make technological and creative strides is fashion especially during this season of Fashion Week shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris. While Spanish may not be the central language in these major cities, Spanish speaking designers like Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Narciso Rodriguez continue blaring their flavors of originality through garments on the runway. Luckily keeping up with everything on display is made easier with photography fotografía from professionals and social media us ers alike.

Spanish Cognate: biography-biografíaWhile admirable feats in the fashion industry industria deserve applause, one of the most exciting events of National Hispanic Month is the release of My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive by Julissa Arce. This biography biografía arrives as a quintessential testimony testimonio to immigration, perseverance and perception in the midst of political uncertainty. After being sworn in as an American citizen, she plans on voting in November in the midst of her national book release tour to share her voice and empower her community. How will you break the silence silencio?

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