Accent and Assimilation

Accent and Assimilation

I like to poke fun at my friend Christian. Though he is Guatemalan, when I see him in Buenos Aires he speaks like a native Porteño. A few months later, in Santiago, and his accent changes completely to the affectionate chirpiness of Chilean Spanish. I have...
[How To] Learn a Foreign Language for Free

[How To] Learn a Foreign Language for Free

There is just no way around it, the very first step to becoming a global citizen is learning another language. Not only does monolingualism prevent you from communicating with the vast majority of the world’s population; it also prevents you from truly...

iPod the Fish

You may have noticed that my murderous threats towards oceanographic graduate students are really nothing more than filibuster as I stall on my post about Cuba and the realizations it delivered to me. The reason/excuse I haven’t yet posted about Cuba is that...
Entrevista con Juan Varela de Periodistas 21

Entrevista con Juan Varela de Periodistas 21

Entrevisté a Juan Varela del blog español, Periodistas 21, para una serie de Global Voices que cubre los blogeros nominados para un premio de Reporteros Sin Fronteras: ¿Porque empezaste Periodistas 21? Al principio era una herramienta de un periodista y consultor que...
Are Black People Small?

Are Black People Small?

Something that always cracks me up down here is how Blacks are never referred to as “Negros,” but rather “Negritos,” which translates to “little black people.” Hmmm. Last weekend when my girlfriend’s mom was in town she was...