Entropy Publishing – Quarterly Digest – Issue 6 – October 2017

 

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“When I have a terrible need of – shall I say the word – religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.”  Vincent Van Gogh.

 

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Quarterly Digest – Issue 6 – October 2017

 

 

Editorial

Welcome to our Quarterly Digest – October 2017.

In this issue, we are pleased to share with you our highlights from the months of August, September and October 2017.

We hope you find our free interactive activities useful, benefit from the best quarterly deals and enjoy our recommended reading.

 

With best wishes,

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In this Issue

Editorial      –      Nature Nurtures, Nurture Nature      –     August 2017      –      Featured Education Article: The Challenge of Learning Englishes for Refugee Professionals by Dr. Gabriel John Roberts      –       Our Polls      –      September 2017      –     Entropy Publishing: Book Releases & Offers – Spanish Idioms – Volume 1 – ¡Qué Animales Somos!     –      October 2017      –     El Rincón de lo Bello: Poema Octubre de Juan Ramón Jiménez     –    Product Reviews      –      Consultancy Services      –     Subscriber Benefits      –    Previous Issues       –      Thank You

 

Nature Nurture, Nurture Nature

We are delighted to share with you in our October 2017 issue our featured Quarterly Digest Nature Image and  Quarterly Digest Nature Quote.

 

Quarterly Digest Nature Image – October 2017

 

Phyllopteryx taeniolatus – Weedy Sea Dragon

Photograph:  Katieleeosborne (2017)

“The weedy sea dragon, also called the common sea dragon, inhabits the waters off south and east Australia. As with sea horses, sea dragon males are responsible for childbearing.The eggs are fertilised during the transfer from the female to the male. The males incubate the eggs and carry them to term, releasing miniature sea dragons into the water after about four to six weeks.”

National Geographic, 2017

 

Quarterly Digest Nature Quote – October 2017

 

Photograph: Pixabay, 2017

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” — Lao Tzu.

 

August 2017

 

Featured Publications

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Pastimes Spanish – Spanish Festivals Series – Volume 2. La Tomatina de Buñol

Spanish for Kids – En el Desierto

Exam Prep Spanish – Test Your Grammar Series – Volume 1. Los Tiempos Pasados

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o   Spanish for Kids

Lunita the Starfish / La Estrella Lunita

 

o   Spanish for Teens and Adults

Verb Tenses – Preterite – Test 

Poetry in Spanish – Vicente Aleixandre – Se Querían

Holidays and Celebrations – La Tomatina de Buñol

 

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The Challenge of Learning Englishes for Refugee Professionals

Dr. Gabriel John Roberts

Email: gjroberts@cardiffmet.ac.uk

 

 

This week the BBC ran this article  on a subject that is very close to my heart: the language training of refugee healthcare professionals.

The article covers the variety of English that refugee doctors have to learn. This includes not only formal academic English for the IELTS exam and medical English for their profession, but also dialectical English in locales where they will be working.

This presents an enormous challenge for refugee doctors and learning to cope with the flexibility of language in three discrete registers can take up valuable time that arguably could be better spent keeping up with developments in their specialist area.

There is no magic wand here, but if we consider the adjustment to different styles of English that is required, an adjustment which is necessary because other L1 English speaking patients are not asked to make, then we must again recognise the Sysephean task that refugee doctors are confronted with.

Training refugee costs 1/10 of the cost of training doctors in the U.K. yet we confront them with barriers such as an English test on unconnected global topics with ever increasing requirements for doctors and other healthcare professionals, followed by two Professional Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) tests. Perhaps a combined test of language and professional knowledge with combined training would support refugee doctors, the NHS and patients more efficiently and effectively.

 

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Song (2010) Op-Ed.Song.Slang.3 Whitman Wire.

Further reading:

Difficulty of NHS language test ‘worsens nurse crisis’, say recruiters.

Refugee doctors set to fill NHS staff shortages.

The refugee doctors learning to speak Glaswegian. 

The Second Language Acquisition Competences and Knowledge: English Resource Site.

About the author Dr. Gabriel John Roberts:

Dr. Gabriel John Roberts is the Subject Leader for the Cardiff Metropolitan University BA English Language Teaching (Joint Hons) Programmes and a lecturer in ESP on the MA TESOL Programme. His research is on language assessment, with a focus on Refugee Doctors attempting to pass the IELTS test.

 

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September 2017

Featured Publications

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Spanish for Adults – Pastimes Spanish – Volume 4. Las Navidades en España

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Spanish for Kids – Mis Mascotas

 

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Spanish for Teens & AdultsLost in Translation Series

 Spanish Idioms – Volume 1 

¡Qué Animales Somos!

 

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100+ illustrations

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50 sets of exercises

100+ gap-filing tasks

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30 multiple-choice tasks

30 writing integration tasks

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October 2017 

 

Featured Publications

Get it Now – Amazon Kindle Store – Spanish for Kids – Feliz Halloween

Exam Prep Spanish – Test Your Grammar Series – Volume 1. Los Tiempos Pasados

Spanish for Kids – Mi Jardín – Volume 2 

Product Reviews – Entropy Publishing

 

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Spanish for Kids – Language Together – Spanish Set 1 

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o   Spanish for Teens and Adults

Song Lyrics in Spanish – Joaquín Sabina – Calle Melancolía

Poetry in Spanish – Juan Ramón Jiménez – Octubre

o  Spanish for Students

Pronunciation – Normal Word Stress and Diphthongs – Quiz 

 

o   Spanish for Kids

Spanish for Kids – Holidays and Celebrations – Halloween

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El Rincón de lo Bello

Welcome to our section in Spanish, dedicated to all that is beautiful. In this Issue, we are delighted to share with our readers Octubre by Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez.

 

Octubre

Estaba echado yo en la tierraenfrente

del infinito campo de Castilla

que el otoño envolvía en la amarilla

dulzura de su claro sol poniente.

Lentoel aradoparalelamente

abría el haza oscuray la secilla

mano abierta dejaba la semilla

en su entraña partida honradamente.

Pensé arrancarme el corazóny echarlo,

pleno de su sentir alto y profundo

al ancho surco del terruño tierno

a ver si con romperlo y con sembrarlo,

la primavera le mostraba al mundo

el árbol puro del amor eterno.

Juan Ramón Jiménez.

 

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Entropy Publishing – Quarterly Digest – Issue 5 – July 2017

 

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“And I, infinitesimal being, drunk with the great starry void, likeness, image of mystery, I felt myself a pure part of the abyss, I wheeled with the stars, my heart broke loose on the wind.” – Pablo Neruda

 

Entropy Publishing 

Quarterly Digest – Issue 5 – July 2017

 

 

Editorial

 

Welcome to our Quarterly Digest – July 2017.

In this issue, we are pleased to share with you our highlights from the months of May, June and July 2017.

We hope you find our free interactive activities useful, benefit from the best quarterly deals and enjoy our recommended reading.

 

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In this Issue

Editorial      –      Nature Nurtures, Nurture Nature      –     May 2017      –      Featured Spanish Profile: Music, Composition and Learning – Memory, Abstract Thinking and Creativity – Redes Música     –      Our Polls      –      June 2017      –     Entropy Publishing: Book Releases & Offers – Spanish Idioms – Volume 2 – ¡Esto Es La Leche!     –      July 2017      –     El Rincón de lo Bello: Mi Mejor Casualidad     –     Product Reviews      –      Consultancy Services      –     Subscriber Benefits      –     Previous Issues       –      Thank You

 

Nature Nurture, Nurture Nature

We are delighted to share with you in our July 2017 issue our featured Quarterly Digest Nature Image and  Quarterly Digest Nature Quote.

 

Quarterly Digest Nature Image – July 2017

Acinonyx jubatus – Cheetah

Photograph: Pixabay, 2017

“The cheetah is the world’s fastest land mammal. With acceleration that would leave most automobiles in the dust, a cheetah can go from 0 to 60 miles an hour in only three seconds. These big cats are quite nimble at high speed and can make quick and sudden turns in pursuit of prey.”

National Geographic, 2017

 

Quarterly Digest Nature Quote – July 2017

 

Photograph: Pixabay, 2017

“Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon

the idle seashore of the mind.”  — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

May 2017

 

Featured Publications

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Pastimes Spanish – Spanish Festivals Series – Volume 2. La Tomatina de Buñol

Un Día en el Espacio / A Day in Space AUDIO

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My Pets / Mis Mascotas

In the Desert

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Parts of Speech – The Environment

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Featured Spanish Profile: Redes Música

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Memory, Abstract Thinking and Creativity

Redes Música

Antonio Cortés Villena

Email: redesmusicatv@gmail.com

 

Hola, soy Antonio Cortés, creador y fundador de Redes Música.

Redes Música es un proyecto dedicado a la enseñanza y promoción de la música en el ámbito de las clases extraescolares y la formación musical no formal.

Aprender música a través de un instrumento es uno de los actos más gratificantes y enriquecedores. Es instruirse para realizar la experiencia única de expresarse por un medio ajeno a las palabras.

Los instrumentos que utilizo principalmente son la guitarra y el ukelele. La guitarra por su popularidad y el ukelele por su puesta de moda en los últimos tiempos además de su facilidad para tocar, economía para los padres y sencillez para los niños. Pronto incorporaré al proyecto nuevos instrumentos para hacer música como son la batería y el bajo, y  a personas que entiendan y compartan la idea del proyecto.

Tecnologías como los nuevos programas de edición de partituras con lenguaje midi, canales nuevos de difusión como es YouTube, además de las redes sociales, imprimen un aire nuevo y moderno en la manera de aprender música. Hoy en día debido al gran avance tecnológico que hace tener miles de herramientas de edición musical y el fácil acceso al conocimiento de los distintos estilos musicales, considero  importantísimo aprender a través de la composición, porque es una de las mejores maneras de entender y  de saber cómo funciona la música.

La finalidad de Redes Música es aprender música y además, utilizar la música en un entorno actual, acorde con los tiempos que corren, y como medio para favorecer el desarrollo de multitud de capacidades entre las que cabe destacar la concentración, la memoria, la psicomotricidad, el pensamiento abstracto y, por supuesto, las capacidades propiamente artísticas: creatividad y sensibilidad.

Un saludo a tod@s.

Antonio.

 

Antonio Cortés Villena

Músico, Compositor y Profesor de Guitarra.

 

 

 

Email: redesmusicatv@gmail.com

Canal YouTube Redes Música  Facebook – Redes Música

 

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June 2017

Featured Publications

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Lost In Translation Series – Spanish Idioms – ¡Qué Animales Somos!  by Cristina Higuera Martín

Spanish for Adults – Pastimes Spanish – Spanish Festivals Series – Volume 1. Las Fallas de Valencia

Spanish for Kids – Mi Jardín – Volume 2

Spanish for Students – Exam Prep Spanish – Test Your Vocabulary Series – Volume 1. El Medio Ambiente

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Vocabulary – Sports

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Study Aids – Vocabulary – Prefixes and Suffixes – Test

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Spanish for Teens & AdultsLost in Translation SeriesSpanish Idioms – Volume 2

¡Esto Es La Leche! By Cristina Higuera Martín

Spanish Idioms – Volume 2 – ¡Esto Es La Leche! is now available.

SKU: B1414140024S Categories:  Education, Exam Preparation, Spaish Culture, Spanish for Adults, Spanish for Students, Vocabulary

 

Would you like to take your Spanish to the next level?
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Spanish Idioms –  Lost in Translation Series by Cristina Higuera Martín is an idiomatic expressions practice book collection written in Spanish for intermediate and advanced Spanish language users. All Volumes contain a variety of activities ideal for the introduction, integration and application of Spanish idiomatic expressions in a range of practical contexts. All tasks are presented through the medium of Spanish and answers are included in the book. Volume 2 features the following topic:  Food & Drink.

  • 100+ illustrations
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  • 50 definitions
  • 44 food & drink items
  • 50 sets of exercises
  • 100+ gap-filing tasks
  • 75+ matching tasks
  • 30 multiple-choice tasks
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Introducción 1.1. ¡Esto Es La Leche! 1.2. Expresiones Idiomáticas 1.3. Cómo Utilizar Este Libro 2. Expresiones 1-10 2.1. Práctica Vocabulario Definiciones Integración Aplicación 2.2. Soluciones 3. Expresiones 11-20 3.1. Práctica Definiciones Integración Aplicación 3.2. Soluciones 4. Expresiones 21-30 4.1. Práctica Integración Aplicación 4.2. Soluciones 5. Expresiones 31-40 5.1. Práctica Integración Aplicación 5.2. Soluciones 6. Expresiones 41-50 6.1. Práctica Integración Aplicación 6.2. Soluciones 7. Inventario 7.1. Expresiones 1-10 7.2. Expresiones 11-20 7.3. Expresiones 21-30 7.4. Expresiones 31-40 Expresiones 7.5. 41-50 7.6. Ilustraciones 8. Índice 8.1. Comida y Bebida 9. Bibliografía 9.1. Diccionarios 9.2. Ilustraciones 10. Acerca de la Autora 10.1. Perfil 10.2. Publicaciones 10.3. Contacto

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Lost In Translation Series – Volume 2 – Spanish Idioms – ¡Esto Es La Leche!

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El Rincón de lo Bello

Welcome to our section in Spanish, dedicated to all that is beautiful. In this Issue, we are delighted to share with our readers Eres Mi Mejor Casualidad by Spanish singer and composer Antonio Orozco.

Eres Mi Mejor Casualidad

Podría haber nacido tarde y sabes,
Perderme por aquellas calles.
Podría no haber pasado.

Podría haber restado el tiempo y sin haber cruzado nunca las miradas,
Podrías estar muy lejos y responder a los dictados,
Caprichos de un amor pasado,
Senderos donde no buscamos.
Es momento, sabes a vida, tienes la llave que enciende mis días.
Eres la magia pa’ suerte la mía
Sabes a besos de cine en almíbar.
No hay más dudas, que sepas que hoy tiene sentido
El tiempo perdido, sabiendo que eres mi mejor casualidad.

Si hubiese funcionado o hubiese fracasado,
Y que más da.

Recuerdo haber fallado, quizás haber ganado,
Y que más da.
Podría haber pasado el tiempo y sin haber cruzado nunca unas palabras,
Podría no haber pasado y responder a los dictados.
Caprichos de un amor pasado,
Senderos donde no buscamos.

Es momento, sabes a vida, tienes la llave que enciende mis días.
Eres la magia pa’ suerte la mía
Sabes a besos de cine en almíbar.
No hay más dudas, que sepas que hoy tiene sentido
El tiempo perdido, sabiendo que eres mi mejor casualidad.

Es momento, sabes a vida, eres la magia pa’ suerte la mía,
Sabes a besos de cine en almíbar.
No hay más dudas, que sepas que hoy tiene sentido
El tiempo perdido, sabiendo que eres mi mejor casualidad.

Antonio Orozco (2015) From the Album Destino

 

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Entropy Publishing – Quarterly Digest – Issue 4 – April 2017

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Entropy Publishing 

Quarterly Digest – Issue 4 – April 2017

Editorial

Welcome to our Quarterly Digest – April 2017.

Our team at Entropy Publishing would like to take this opportunity to wish our readers a very joyful spring season if you -like us here in the UK- happen to be in the Northern Hemisphere, and a beautiful autumn period for those readers down under. 

In this issue we are pleased to share with you our highlights from February 2017March 2017 and April 2017. We hope you find our free interactive activities useful, benefit from the best quarterly deals and enjoy our recommended reading.

 

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Inside this Issue

Editorial      –      Nature Nurtures, Nurture Nature      –     February 2017      –      Education Articles in Spanish – Multiple Intelligences: The Importance of Music in Learning by Inmaculada Sancha Serrano and Antonio Cortés Villena      –      Our Polls      –      March 2017      –     Education Articles – Learning Language through the Body: Lessons from the Martial Arts by Dr George Jennings      –      April 2017      –     El Rincón de lo Bello     –      Consultancy Services      –     Subscriber Benefits      –       Thank You 

 

Nature Nurture, Nurture Nature

We are delighted to share with you in our April 2017 issue our featured Quarterly Digest Nature Image and  Quarterly Digest Nature Quote.

 

Quarterly Digest Nature Image – April 2017

 

Phascolarctos cinereus – Koala
Photograph: Female Koala Courtesy of Quartl

 

Koalas live in Australia and have a life span of twenty years in their natural habitat. Koalas weigh up to nine kilograms and their size ranges from sixty to eighty-five cm. These mammals sleep up to eighteen hours per day in the trees and, when awake, they feed on eucalyptus leaves.This vulnerable species need a lot of space to live comfortably (one hundred trees per animal), do not require much water and are usually active at night.

(National Geographic, 2017)

 

Quarterly Digest Nature Quote – April 2017

 

 “To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” — Terry Tempest Williams 

 

February 2017

 

Featured Publications

o    Audiobooks – Languages for Kids – Be my Valentine – Mi Valentín Enamorado – English and Spanish Text with Spanish Audio Guide

o    Pre-Orders – Spanish for Teens & Adults – Lost in Translation Series – Volume 2 – Spanish Idioms – ¡Esto Es La Leche!

o    Entropy Publishing – Quartely Digest – Issue 3

   

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Our February 2017  Spanish quizzes can be found in our blog.  During the month of February we published interactive activities which explored the following topics:

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Be my Valentine – Mi Valentín Enamorado

 

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Exam Preparation – Grammar – Reflexive Verbs

 

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Exam Preparation – Science and Technology – Energy

 

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Culture Quiz – Facts about Spain

 

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Recommendations

We would like to recommend Lonely Planet Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary as a valuable Spanish language learning tool.

 

If you would rather enjoy a passionate love story in Spanish, our recommendation this month goes to El Amor En Los Tiempos Del Cólera by novelist Gabriel García Márquez

 

 

Education Articles in Spanish

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Multiple Intelligences – The Importance of Music in Learning

Inteligencias Múltiples – La Importancia de la Música en el Aprendizaje

Inmaculada Sancha and Antonio Cortés Villena

Email: isancha@spanishlanguagebites.com

Vivimos en un mundo en constante proceso de cambio, todo tiene una durabilidad efímera y caduca y en esta vorágine sin sentido está inmersa ahora mismo también la educación.

Los modelos tradicionales, obsoletos, no nos dan las herramientas necesarias para afrontar de una manera sana y óptima este ritmo de vida tan frenético.

El desarrollo del alumno se debe de basar en el conocimiento de varias áreas, siendo el objetivo fundamental el aportar al alumnado un conjunto lo suficientemente amplio de modelos de trabajo que les permita estimular las distintas Inteligencias Múltiples preparándoles así para la vida con una nueva forma de aprender.

“La inteligencia es la capacidad de solucionar problemas o elaborar bienes valiosos.”

La Teoría de las Inteligencias Múltiples de Gardner ya advirtió que la inteligencia académica (el expediente académico) no es un factor decisivo para conocer la inteligencia de una persona. De este modo definió las 8 inteligencias:

Por todo esto hay personas que, a pesar de obtener excelentes calificaciones académicas, presentan problemas importantes para relacionarse con otras personas o para manejar otras facetas de su vida. Gardner y sus colaboradores podrían afirmar que Stephen Hawking no posee una mayor inteligencia que Freddie Mercury o Leo Messi, sino que cada uno de ellos ha desarrollado un tipo de inteligencia diferente.

Hasta ahora la escuela, ha pensado que la lengua, las matemáticas y las ciencias eran, lo más importante para el desarrollo intelectual de los alumnos, relegando la música a un segundo plano dentro del currículo escolar.

La teoría de las inteligencias múltiples, demuestra que la música puede ser y es una de las herramientas más importantes para desarrollar habilidades referidas a la creatividad y desarrollo emocional del alumno estimulando la  percepción, producción y composición musical.

Por estos motivos el profesorado debe de  trabajar la inteligencia musical de sus alumnos para que desarrollen su creatividad, habilidad o herramienta tan necesaria para afrontar el futuro.

 

Inmaculada Sancha Serrano

Profesora de Historia y Bibliotecaria del Colegio Nobelis.

Email: isancha@spanishlanguagebites.com

 

Antonio Cortés Villena

Músico, Compositor y Profesor de Guitarra.

Canal YouTube Redes Música 

Facebook – Redes Música

 

Recommended reading: Multiple Intelligences: New Horizons in Theory and Practice by Howard E. Gardner

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March 2017

Featured Publications

o   Happy International Women’s Day – Feliz Día de la Mujer

o   Entropy Publishing – Spanish – Library of Interactive Activities

o   Entropy Publishing – Book Releases – Categories

o   Entropy Publishing – Book Releases – Offers

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Our March 2017 Spanish quizzes can be found in our blog. During March we published activities which explored the following topics:

Spanish for Teens and Adults

History of Languages – Arabisms in Spanish

 

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Grammar Workout – Subjunctive Mood – Uses

Spanish for Students

 Exam Preparation – Grammar – Verbs Quiz

Spanish for Kids

Outdoor Activities – A Trip to the Lake

 

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Recommendations

We would like to recommend Master Chef Celebrity. Las mejores recetas as a valuable recipe book in Spanish.

 

If you would rather have a thorough vocabulary and grammar workout instead of a cooking session, try Talk Spanish Grammar by Susan Dunnett, a useful study guide for Spanish language learners. 

 

Education Articles

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Learning Language through the Body: Lessons from the Martial Arts

George Jennings

Cardiff School of Sport

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Email: gbjennings@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Language learning and martial arts practise might sound like an unusual or even a bizarre combination, but in practical reality, they often operate in unison. Even with forms of combat that have their origins in English-speaking countries, such as mixed martial arts (MMA) developed in the United States, people learn movements to words and expand their lexicon through sometimes daunting and more often than not (initially) painful techniques.

There is something about the combination of feelings, conscious effort (willpower), movement and memory that made me put pen to paper. When my colleague, Cristina, very kindly invited me to write an educational article for Entropy Publishing – spanishlanguagebites – I pondered on various options from my time as an English as a foreign language teacher in Mexico, and thought of a theme that might connect to my research in physical culture. The topic of language learning through movement sprung to my attention, and it is with joy that I share these early insights with readers – students, teachers, education providers, publishers and policy makers alike – in hope that it might stimulate a new way of looking at modern (and even ancient) languages from an old expression of humanity: the martial arts.

This inclusive term, ‘martial arts,’ is an umbrella term for an array of styles and systems from around the world and from periods across history. With the rich culture and the philosophical concepts that shape these arts come the languages of ethnic groups that founded them and nation-states where they are under centralised control. Japanese words of respect and reverence are expressed in the Budo arts of Japanese Aikido, Judo and Kendo, Cantonese technical terms abound in the Southern Chinese martial art of Wing Chun Kung Fu, and there are numerous other examples from the prescribed vocabulary of martial systems from across the globe. Through studying, repeating and embodying these words, we start to understand technique, but also their underlying principles. Yet not all martial arts are Asian: Fighting systems from all around the globe can act as gateways to foreign tongues, and with them, their ways of thinking, acting and being.

An example of this eclectic way of combined academic and embodied learning is the recently invented martial art of Xilam (see www.xilam.org), which is inspired by pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican warriors and is also rooted in Aztec philosophy. Developed and taught in Mexico by a Mexican woman, Marisela Ugalde, and her team of instructors, it is disseminated primarily in the Spanish language, but also shared terms in the indigenous languages – not dialects, as they are often regarded – of Nahuatl, Mayan and Zapotec. This is because the art is designed to educate modern Mexicans about their pre-Columbian heritage in a more dynamic and physical way than they may have experienced through the relatively passive book reading and en masse visits to museums in which artefacts and documents are displayed through protected glass cabinets – intangible and unreachable items for direct, sensuous learning.

One way to reinforce language learning is through a combination of forms of sensuous learning via collective and individual efforts of oral mantra and physical movement – something common in many martial arts pedagogical strategies, in which students call out the names of techniques in the native language of the art (I still recall the ‘men’ and ‘do’ strikes to the head and waist in the Japanese sword art of Kendo). With the fierce yet composed intent, one’s memory is forged around a single syllable. Invariably, we tend to remember the numbers in another language far more easily than other vocabulary and expressions. Why is this? Perhaps the tactile and mobile nature of counting using our fingers combined with just how often we use numbers in day-to-day life and count in order within classes. There is thus a logic of ease and nature with remembering numbers. Several years after my initial ethnographic study of Xilam in 2011, I can still both recall and, quite instantly, call out, the first twenty numbers in Nahuatl: “Ce, ome, yeye, nahui, machuilli, chicuacen, chicome, chicyeye, chicnahui, matlactli…” thanks to hours of shouting out these figures while pumping out repetitions of techniques in a low, gruelling stance or whilst wincing in pain during a warm-up full of exercises for all joints of the body from the fingers to the ankles – twenty repetitions for each part, repeated for every single person lined up in the studio. I remember the first five numbers in Mayan (hun, ka ox, kan, ho…), as we were only given a list of some of the basic numbers and the seven animals, which form the structure of the system, in Zapotec, such as venda (snake), the foundational level, and migu (monkey), an intermediate stage.

The case of Xilam illustrates a connection between documents provided by the teacher for personal learning within the more informal pedagogy (printed lists of vocabulary to take away as homework) and ways to embody this as a collective group within the formal pedagogy (through movement and mantra, often combined). By reading, writing and note taking followed by verbally repeating and physically expressing these words – and combinations of this sequence – we can truly remember words for years to come, as they have become part of us: Not just in our heads, but in the very fabric of our being.

Of course, the importance of linguistics in the formal curriculum and informal practice at home or with training partners differs from teacher to teacher and from school to school, but the central idea of grasping the basis or essence of another language could be achieved by using one’s whole self and different senses: To learn in silence, by writing and even in movement. Language teachers and students alike could make the “ce, ome, yeye” mantra a call of “ein, zwei, drei” or “un, deux, trois” in physical exercises of their own accord – something meaningful that unites thought, emotion and action, be them in the guise of press-ups, Yoga asanas or Zumba movements. Little by little, we might be able to acquire our new language, quite literally, one step at a time.

 

Author bio

Dr. George Jennings is a lecturer in sport sociology / physical culture at Cardiff Metropolitan University. His research is focused on martial arts cultures and pedagogy from a qualitative approach. George is the cofounder of the recently created Documents Research Network (DRN) with Aimee Grant and Maria Pournara of Cardiff University. He is becoming increasingly interested in the development of a critical martial arts pedagogy tied to lifelong learning and wellbeing. George was an English teacher and translator in Mexico City prior to his return to full-time academia. He is also the founder of Research English Services, an emerging, bespoke service to support non-native speakers of English working on research presentations and publications.

 

Recommended reading: 

Aztec Philosophy: Understanding a World in Motion by James Maffie

Kendo: Culture of the Sword by Alexander C. Bennett

Mexican Female Warrior: The Case of Marisela Ugalde, the Founder of Xilam by Dr George Jennings

The Origins of Xilamhttps://www.xilam.org/english

           

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April 2017

Featured Publications

o   Education Articles in Spanish – Multiple Intelligences – The Importance of Music in Learning by Inmaculada Sancha Serrano and Antonio Cortés Villena

o   Education Articles – Learning Language through the Body: Lessons from the Martial Arts by Dr George Jennings

o   Entropy Publishing – Consultancy Services and Language Products

o   Available Now – Spanish for Teens & Adults – Lost In Translation Series – Volume 2 – Spanish Idioms – ¡Esto Es La Leche! by Cristina Higuera Martín

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Featured Partner Publications 

o   Spanish for Kids – Language Together – Spanish Set 1 

o   English for Kids – Language Together – English Set 1

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Free Interactive Activities

Our April 2017 Spanish quizzes can be found in our blog. During April we have published activities covering the following topics:

Spanish for Students

Idiomatic Expressions – Food & Drink

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Song Lyrics in Spanish – Antonio Orozco – Eres Mi Mejor Casualidad / You Are My Best Coincidence

 

Spanish for Students

Grammar Workout – Verb To Be

Spanish for Teens and Adults

Spanish Culture – Holidays and Celebrations – Easter in Spain

Spanish for Kids

Animals – Whale Medallitas / La Ballena Medallitas

 

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Recommendations

 

We would like to recommend an album entitled Destino by Spanish poet, singer and composer Antonio Orozco. All lyrics are entirely written in Spanish and would be suitable for adults with an intermediate Spanish language level or above.

 

Our film recommendation this month goes to La Piel que Habito (The Skin I Live In), written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar (2011) and starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Blanca Suárez and Bárbara Lennie. This film is a psychological thriller that would be suitable for advanced Spanish language users aged 15+.

 

El Rincón de lo Bello

Welcome to our section in Spanish, dedicated to all that is beautiful. In this Issue, we are delighted to share with our readers the poem entitled Sal Abierta by Maria-Mercè Marçal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sal Abierta

Nunca ningún amante osó llegar
a los lugares que tú me acaricias.
De dentro a fuera, amor, siento las olas
y me hago arenal y duna y peñasco.

Recuerdo de mañana, arena, manos,
del riesgo, ardiendo espejo de la sombra
del ayer que a ti te hizo huésped mío,
yo vivo en ti, en tus acometidas.

Vives en mí, en el común cercado
-agua atenta a las voces de la tierra
que con sal borra el rastro de la guerra-

¿Oyes cómo el levante tienta, alma en ayuno,
muelles remotos donde el orgullo me cesa?
Creciendo en ti, el mar y yo ya somos uno.

Maria-Mercè Marçal (1982)

 

Enjoy more poems by Maria-Mercè Marçal – Antología Maria-Mercè Marçal (Spanish) 

 

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