From {Texas} with Love: Culture Shock

Culture Shock: n. the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes. When I (Edu) think about culture shock, one of the first things that comes to mind is the church culture here. From what I have observed, there are various pastors, […]

Nonsense

In learning a new language, we often compare everything to the one we already know. For example, cow in English. Vaca in Spanish. You take the word you know and assign a new word to it. However, as most people who live in a second culture find, hardly anything ever translates literally. It is more the […]

6 Year Anniversary & Expat FAQ’s

A few days ago I celebrated my six-year anniversary in Spain and I’ve been reflecting on how I’ve adapted to living here. Third culture adaptation can be explained as the mindset and will to love, learn, and serve, even in the midst of pain and discomfort. There have been many uncomfortable moments but in all things, God is good. […]

Silbo Gomero: The whistling language of La Gomera

http://youtu.be/AqdAnGDMU2k Crazy to think, but yes, there is a whistling language. It is alive and thriving on the island of La Gomera in the Spanish Canary Islands. Some interesting facts about “el silbo gomero”: -It is taught to children in primary schools throughout the island. -It is a phonetic language. -It has more than 4,000 […]

The next few years in Catalunya…

We recently mentioned the elections here and how the winning party would likely shape the future towards national independence or towards collaboration with the federal government. Without going into much detail, the winning president (Artur Mas) has clearly stated that one of the party’s fundamental goals in the next four years will be to hold […]

my {most} favorite language blunder

Here’s how it goes…hmm, back up, you should know a few things beforehand. Let me give you some examples of how strong the Andalucían accent is. Spanish: ¡Juan! Spanish w/ southern accent: ¡Juaaaaaaaaaaa! Spanish: ¿Dónde estás? Spanish w/ southern accent: ¿Onde táa? Or my favorite… Spanish: Vamos a ver. Spanish w/ southern accent: Amoer. Ok, […]