We all know that music is an excellent way to learn Spanish. One of the things you can do to both enjoy yourself and learn at the same time, specially the Spanish language, is to listen to music.

First, find music you really enjoy, try listening the songs as much as you can and finally try to understand the lyrics, this will help you to learn grammar, vocabulary and accent.

A lyric video is a video which features words on screen while a song plays. It is not a new concept, but what makes it appealing and interesting is its creativity.

Here is a list of good videos we have for you.

1. Fonseca – Desde Que No Estás

2. Andrés Cepeda – Un Ratito

3.We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Spanish Version) – Cover by Kevin Karla & LaBanda

4. Algo Me Gusta De Ti (Lyric Video) – Wisin & Yandel

Known affectionately as Gabo, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, is considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. Novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, Gabo was born in Aracata, Colombia on March 6, 1927.

García Márquez drew international attention for his novel “Cien años de soledad” (1967), which was later translated as One Hundred Years of Solitude

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1982 was awarded to Gabriel García Márquez for his novels and short stories and his very particular literary style labeled as magic realism.

In celebration of Gabo’s 86 years and the ones left to come, here is one of his most beautiful quotes.

No hay medicina que cure lo que no cura la felicidad

Continuing with our list of Colombian sayings we have a very particular one: “Más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo”.

A rough translation will be “Knows more the devil because he is old than because he is the devil” and it means the older you are, the wiser you get or wisdom comes with age.

What do you think? Does wisdom come with age?

Well, we all know what Anthony Bourdain said and think about the Colombian hot dog. If you haven’t seen it, take a look at The Layover’s Miami Episode. Minute 6:40

“Meh, not so much. I usually head over to get a Colombian mutant hot dog. Colombians like to do strange and wonderful things to their dogs.”
“Wrapping your lips around this is a challenge. I hear that a lot.”


The.Layover.S01E04.Miami by educkling

We love learning Spanish in Colombia and we love Colombian food. This week we talk about and cook a Colombian hot dog, one of the students’ favorite foods. Why? Because is relatively cheap, you can find it almost everywhere and because is delicious.

We made this recipe in our Spanish and cooking class, and as usual, we started with some vocabulary.

Perro caliente: Hot dog
Pan para perro: Hot dog bun
Salchicha: Wiener
Repollo verde: Green cabbage
Mayonesa: Mayonnaise
Salsa de tomate: ketchup

The recipe is very easy, the hot dog (bun and wiener) and 3 very special toppings: cabbage salad or coleslaw salad, melted cheese and crushed potato chips.

What you need
Hot dog buns
Hot dog wieners
Green cabbage
Mayonnaise
Ketchup
Cheese
Potato chips

Make it

In a medium pot bring water to a boil. Add the hot dogs wieners and cover. Cook about 5 – 7 minutes.

 

Now for the toppings

Grate about ½ cup of green cabbage (you can also use a food processor) and mix it with about 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.

Melt the cheese in a saucepan. Use a low-to-medium heat, keeping it on the heat just until melted.

Place the wieners in the buns and top with cabbage salad, melted cheese, crushed potato chips, ketchup and mustard.

Colombian Hot Dog

Sometimes we also like to add some pineapple sauce.

Next time you make a BBQ, try to make it Colombian style

The Old Bogota, La Candelaria, is the historic neighborhood in downtown Bogota. Colombia’s capital was founded there in 1538, and 475 years later, La Candelaria still retains much of its colonial atmosphere.

La candelaria houses several universities, museums, 400 year old churches and the government buildings. There is a lot to do and here is our top 3 museums worthwhile visiting.

1. The Gold Museum (Museo del Oro): Why visit The Gold Museum? Because you won’t see this magnificent collection of gold work anywhere else.

The Gold Museum collection is one of the biggest in the world, more than 33,000 items of gold and emeralds and other precious materials crafted in pre-Hispanic times.

The gold museum is also part of Google Art project, you can check the virtual gallery here http://g.co/artproject/b65g

For more information about El Museo del Oro check our post.

2. The Botero Museum (Museo de Botero)
Why visit the Botero Museum in Bogota? It is an excellent collection you can visit for free.

It showcases the artwork of renowned Colombian artist, Fernando Botero.

Donated by the artist himself, the museum displays 208 pieces, 123 of his own and 85 by international artists. The collection is available at no charge to the public, on except on Tuesdays which is closed.

The Botero museum is also part of the Google Art Project, you can check it here http://g.co/artproject/zsqu

3. Banco de la Republica Art Collection

With more than 5000 art pieces, The Banco de la Republica Art Collection is open to the public free of charge.

It showcases artwork from Colombian, Latin-American and European artists.

Check the gallery here http://www.banrepcultural.org/museos-y-colecciones/coleccion-arte/galeria-imagenes

There are a lot more museums to visit in La Candelaria. Which one is your favorite?

The Botero Museum showcases the artwork of renowned Colombian artist, Fernando Botero. Donated by the artist himself, the museum displays 208 pieces, 123 of his own and 85 by international artists.

The museum is located in the La Candelaria, the historic neighborhood in downtown Bogota, in a colonial house, restored under the guidance and curatorship of the master artist himself.
The collection is available at no charge to the public. During the opening of the Botero Museum, the artist said:

“It is for me an infinite pleasure to know that these works of art belong to Colombia today; to know that the students that come into this building will be in touch with the most significant artistic pieces of our times, being able to contemplate, on a permanent basis, original artwork made by great masters; and to know that lovers of painting and sculpture can come visit this haven of peace and stroll quietly through the halls, allowing themselves to be enveloped by modern aesthetics.”

Some activities offered are guided tours, lectures, conferences, and workshops for children and teachers

More about its collection here http://www.banrepcultural.org/museo-botero/la-coleccion

The The Botero museum is also part of the Google Art project, you can check it here http://g.co/artproject/zsqu


View Larger Map

Photo Attribution: By Andrew Bertram (World66) [CC-BY-SA-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) showcases the work of art of Colombia’s first inhabitants, who believed gold was the materialization of the Sun as life-giving energy god.

Its collection also includes objects like pottery, stone and wood and more than 33,000 items of gold and emeralds and other precious materials crafted in pre-Hispanic times.

One of the most important pieces in the gallery is the he Muisca Raft “Balsa Muisca”, cast in one sole piece using the lost wax technique in a clay mold, made of extremely pure gold (over 80%) with native silver and copper alloy. It has been interpreted as the representation of El dorado Ceremony.

You can preview the exhibition in 26 panoramic and interactive images here
http://www.banrepcultural.org/gold-museum/tour-of-the-gold-museum-in-360

The Gold Museum is also part of theGoogle Art project [/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Our students love their Spanish courses in Colombia and we all love Valentine’s Day.

Together we chose these 3 songs for this Valentine’s Day 2013

1 Cabas, Bonita.

2. Siam, No existe

3. Mojito Lite, Amnesia

Hope you have a very Spanish Valentine’s Day!!

We are very proud of our very own Juanes. He recently won his first Anglo Grammy at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.

Juanes brought home the Best Latin Pop Album for his MTV Unplugged Juanes Album , which also won a Latin Grammy for Album of the Year in 2012.

Juanes performed his own version of Elton John’s Your Song in English and Spanish, during the 55th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles

Here are the lyrics, including the Spanish version.

It’s a little bit funny this feeling inside
I’m not one of those who can easily hide
I don’t have much money but boy if I did
I’d buy a big house where we both could live

…Y tú puedes decirle a todos
que esta es tu canción
y aunque suene un poco simple
lo que te digo hoy…
I hope you don’t mind
I hope you don’t mind that I put down in words
How wonderful life is while you’re in the world

Congrats Juanes!!!

Also check Juanes Acoustic performance at On Air with Ryan Seacrest

We started our Spanish + Cooking class like usual, reviewing and learning the new words.

This time the recipe was simple, “fried plantain bananas” and I promised the students to tell them the best kept-secret of the Colombian cuisine: How to cut perfect plantain banana chips.

Cutting perfect plantain banana chips is not a secret per se, it is just a big piece of knowledge I’m passing to our students; it is the way home chefs do it, and by home chefs I mean our moms. I learned it watching my mother and my grandmother cooking.

Plantains go through various stages of ripeness, evidenced by the color of their skin. They start green, then yellow with black patches and then, at the peak of their ripeness they become completely black.

The yellow ones with black patches or the black ones are the ones you need for this recipe.

What You Need
Plantain bananas
1/2 cup of vegetable oil

Make It

Start by cutting off the tips, and then make a small cut all down the center, just to get the skin cut. Then peel it with your hands, it will come out easily.

The key to perfect fried plantain bananas is how you cut them; you want to do it in a long angular shape. And this is the secret, cut them in your hands, no need for a cooking table, just take the plantain banana in your hands and start cutting them diagonally and every slice will be perfect.

In a large pan, heat about 1/2 cup of vegetable oil over medium-high heat, then add the plantain slices and cook about 2 minutes on each side. Use neutral tasting oil such as canola or vegetable oil for this.

Remove from pan and transfer the slices to a paper towel-lined plate and serve them warm.

What do you think? Do you think you can handle the heat?