TO MY RUSSIAN FRIENDS…

Please, feel free to join me in a chat on Skype. My Skype ID is jordi.picazo, u can find me there as Language Coach… 

 

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Podemos practicar el inglés o el español, o ambos. Y hablar de temas de interés mundial.

Los sábados y domingos podemos encontrarnos en Skype.

We can have a get-together for about fourty minutes and have fun practicing English or Spanish with me.

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Carta abierta del actor Juan Diego sobre la libertad de Catalunya.

“Independentista, como madrileño he llegado a la conclusión de que soy independentista catalán.

No entiendo al Gobierno de España. No entiendo cómo puede tener a una comunidad de siete millones y medio de personas así.
Una comunidad que tiene tres idiomas oficiales. Que es referente en muchos campos y que ha sido motor de España desde antes de la democracia. Que no sólo ha sido puerta de entrada de importaciones, inversiones y turismo, que es puerta de entrada de cultura, modernidad y respeto.
No se le puede decir a un pueblo que no use su idioma para educar a sus hijos.
No pretendas que se queden inmóviles amenazándoles con qué les pasará si nos abandonan. No es dinero lo que perdemos. Perdemos siete millones y medio de habitantes, cultura, gente muy importante y preparada en muchos campos, empresas internacionales y nacionales, industria, prestigio, calidad como país y democracia. 
Al motor de España durante décadas se le cuida y se le mantiene, se invierte para que siga siendo competitivo.
No se le gripa una y otra vez esperando que dé el 300% para que otras comunidades que nunca han funcionado o que tienen un concierto económico especial se permitan dar ayudas y subvenciones que Catalunya ya no puede.
¿Qué solidaridad es esa? Y la respuesta desde hace años es no. No a todo, a sentarse a hablar, a una mejora de financiación, a una redistribución mejor de la solidaridad y ahora a una consulta.
No soy catalán, soy madrileño, y me entristece decir que les entiendo, que para seguir así, es mejor que sigan solos. Yo tampoco quiero estar donde no se me aprecia.”

Some facts about the Spanish Language

The Spanish language is the most widely spoken Romance language, both in terms of number of speakers and the number of countries in which it is the dominant language.
There are more than 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide. Pronunciation and usage of the spoken Spanish language naturally vary among countries, but regional differences are not so great as to make the language unintelligible to speakers from different areas. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a single spoken “Spanish”. There are different Spanish dialects because of the evolution of the Spanish language in different regions.

The Importance of Spanish Today

The Spanish-speaking population is one of the fastest growing segments in the world, especially in the United States. The Spanish-speaking segment constitutes a huge community that shares products, services, and culture, offering businesses and institutions a truly unique growth opportunity. Here are some important facts regarding the Spanish language:
  • Spanish, the official language in twenty-one countries, is the third most widely-spoken language in the world, after English and Mandarin.
  • More than 400 million people speak Spanish worldwide.
  • Experts predict that by the year 2050, there will be 530 million Spanish speakers, of which 100 million will be living in the United States.
Hence, as you can imagine, the demand for having documents and communications in Spanish is growing at exponential rates. This is especially true in the United States where the Hispanic population has recently become the largest minority in the country.

U.S. Hispanic Market

The largest minority group in the United States is Hispanics. U.S. Hispanics have become not only a powerful group in terms of buying power, but also represent a key demographic group for national, state and local politics. The U.S. Hispanic vote can shift the results of a presidential election. In particular, Florida, whose population is comprised of over 20% Hispanics, has typically been a swing state in the last three crucial presidential elections.

Join me in an informal Get-together on Skype – Spanish or English are available.

My dear friend, why not join me in an informal Get-together on Skype for about 30 to 40 minutes on a Saturday to be arranged?

You may as well send me an email to jordipicazosalomo@gmail.com and book to join me for a Get-together this Saturday at 10 AM Madrid Time (GMT+1) for Spanish and 11 AM for English. Minimum level required B1 European Framework for Languages or Intermediate. 
You just go and appear on Skype and contact me at “jordi.picazo“. We can create an informal group to share ideas and experiences.
This is the best way to learn a language: speak it. Once you have studied it, it is time to just speak it and give it a boost.
I’d love to get to know some of you that read the Blog from all over the world, regardless of whether your native language is the target language in the get-together or you want to practice it. We may as well start talking about the posts you most liked in here.
Deal? Go for it. I’ll be here waiting for you to join.
Greetings from the Cyberspace.

Jordi


THE CASE OF THE CATALANS – EL CASO DE LOS CATALANES

In the XVIII century Defoe and Jonathan Swift had taken concern of the Catalan issue, as well as Churchill during the Second World War, who offered the people of England the example to be imitated of the courage of the city of Barcelona when facing the bombings during the Spanish Civil War.


http://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20130915/54383511908/enric-juliana-el-caso-de-los-catalanes.html

El caso de los catalanesLa cuestión catalana suscitó un gran debate político en Inglaterra en el siglo XVIII, en el que intervinieron los autores de ‘Robinson Crusoe’ y ‘Los viajes de Gulliver’15/09/2013 – 16:16h

El caso de los catalanes

Los viajes de Gulliver Archivo