The Aztec ball game was actually a revision of an ancient Mesoamerican game that was played by
many peoples including the Mayans. It may have originated with the ancient Olmec civilization.
It became a very important part of the Aztec Empire, not just as entertainment, but for
political and religious reasons as well. Players would attempt to bounce the ball
without using their hands through stone hoops attached to the sides of the ball court.
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Agave tequilana, agave azul or blue agave, is used in the production of tequila. Agave nectar, also called agave syrup, a sweetener derived from Agave sap, is used as an alternative to sugar in cooking, and can be added to breakfast cereals as a binding agent.
If you are a serious learner, get busy with this MOST USED list of (1) 100 words below to start with...then follow with the (2) TOP 25 Spanish words you will need to use and to remember. These are a "must" and it is a great list. Quiz a classmate. Have a classmate quiz you. Maybe even have your mother quiz you. Why not?
Spanish Verbs The most important Spanish verbs to learn. The most popular Spanish verbs. See all the conjugations of over 1000 Spanish verbs. Spanish verb tables. Another Webmaster Choice | Each Spanish verb is clickable
Super help with Spanish Verbs For many beginning students of Spanish, one of the hardest things is mastering the verb tenses.That's because verbs in Spanish act differently from verbs in English. There are many Spanish verbs (like ser and estar) that convey distinctions in meanings that don't exist in English! You'll discover tenses (like the subjunctive) that you never knew existed. By Rocket Languages
Spanish Verb Conjugations This tool will allow you to conjugate spanish verb infinitives. It is ideal for studying as well as completing high school and college spanish class assignments.
Chacmool (also spelled chac-mool) is the term used to refer to a
particular form of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican sculpture depicting a
reclining figure with its head facing 90 degrees from the front, supporting
itself on its elbows and supporting a bowl or a disk upon its stomach.
Free Online Spanish Learning Spanish online for free with grammar lessons and word lists. The goal of this site is to provide completely free online Spanish language lessons.
Spanish Grammar Lessons By Andrew Lawton,a community college Spanish instructor. He teaches several online and "live" college level Spanish classes. This is a Spanish grammar practice site for students who are looking to improve their Spanish.
Veinte Mundos Spanish Grammar Tools. Are you having trouble differentiating between "ser" and "estar", or are you struggling with the correct use of "por" and "para"? Here you will find useful information on common grammatical obstacles and difficulties of the Spanish language.
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All about learning Spanish Grammar here The following is a list of grammatical terms used in Spanish Language that also would be helpful if you want to learn another language of Indoeuropean origin.
Complete Spanish Guide Welcome! Learn the Spanish language online with our free collections of basic Spanish grammar lessons, vocabulary lists, and verb conjugations.
Common Spanish Phrases page via Pimsleur It's a great idea to learn Spanish so you can develop your conversational skills.Being able to communicate in Spanish will make travel experiences richer and more memorable, and there many other benefits of learning Spanish, too.
Clothes: Spanish Vocabulary and Tips on Sizes Knowing the Spanish words for key items of clothing is useful for visitors to Spain or other Spanish speaking countries and can be particularly helpful when shopping. Several additional links as well.
Online Spanish Dictionary The WordReference Dictionaries are free online translation dictionaries. The most popular dictionaries are the Spanish Dictionary, French Dictionary and the Italian Dictionary. Search with the form below or the box above.
====>Spanish Worksheets You may already be aware of this neat site. If not, it has been "buried" below, and I wanted you to be able to access it more easily. So I put it up here. It is loaded and very helpful for drilling hundreds of Spanish verbs, vocabulary and helpful everyday expressions.
Zanbombazo Worksheets Objetivo:
Una variada oferta de actividades divertidas basadas en productos culturales auténticos (videoclips, canciones, tiras, noticieros, etc.) en las que se pretende aprender por Spanish3.htmlrimiento sobre el idioma español y las culturas del mundo hispanohablante.
Tutor Articles for Students on Spanish Welcome to The Tutor Pages Spanish homepage. Here you can find Spanish Tutors and Spanish Lessons in your area using our postcode search facility, or browse tutor articles written on Spanish.
Moving to Spain? When you are looking at moving to Spain, International Movers can quickly and easily provide you with up to 6 quotes from international moving and shipping companies. The moving companies will contact you by offering you their prices for your move. Then you can compare different offers and find the best moving company.
Uxmal is an ancient Maya city of the classical period in present-day Mexico. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Maya culture. The name Uxmal means "thrice-built" in Mayan. This name refers to the construction of its highest structure, the Pyramid of the Magician which was built on top of existing pyramids. Your Webmaster climbed to the top along with my student group. It is very steep with a cable to guide you to the top.
A statue of a Buddha head in the roots of a tree Ayutthaya, Thailand.
It is one of the classic photographic images from Thailand.
Perseverance is the key to triumph
and, there is no success without failure.
Aqualand Bahía de Cádiz is a water park located in Spain
at El Puerto de Santa Maria, offering fun for the whole family.
Explore SpanishDict Welcome to SpanishDict! We offer the most accurate Spanish to English to Spanish translation through our Spanish translators, dictionaries, and verb conjugations. It is all NEW and looks good from here. Enjoy.
Spanish Linguist This blog will help you answer the interesting questions that your students will ask (if you are lucky). It will also refresh and deepen the knowledge of Spanish linguistics and the history of Spanish that you probably acquired during your teacher training. By Judy Hochberg, PhD
Games for Spanish from the UK
Please take time to explore the various links on the site as it is LOADED. Whether you are a teacher or a student, you will find the site packed with information for all levels of Spanish. PUSH some buttons and explore a bit. jeb
La Cuidad Perdida If you have some time on your hands, as it is long, check out this site on YouTube. Then, enlarge your screen. It is about a lost city in Colombia believed to have been founded about 800 AD, some 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu. It is a recent discovery. Read more about it on the next link below.
Portaportal Spanish Resources A nice variety of games and activities as well as teacher resources. You may have to go down to the bottom and/or enlarge the space. I did.
University Languages: Spanish | The Open University There are currently 44 countries that have at least 3 million Spanish speakers. Anybody looking to increase their travel opportunities, social life and job opportunities will find learning Spanish beneficial.
Conjugemos This page lists exercises to practice grammar from the most common grammatical themes found in the typical Spanish curriculum.
Do It In Spain Conoce España a través de sus diferentes regiones y comunidades autónomas. Recórrela siguiendo diferentes rutas culturales e históricas a través de su territorio.
Spain Travel Guide Are you planning to visit Spain? Welcome to our Spain travel guide. Here you'll find tourist information on all of Spain's major cities and holiday resorts together with advice on how to travel around one of Europe's most exciting tourist destinations.
Visit Medieval Spain We've tried to include a wide range of information which will be useful to both independent travelers and history buffs. You'll find information about well known monuments such as the stunning Alhambra Palace in Granada as well as the less well known small villages which are off the beaten track and manage to maintain a truly medieval air.
Spanish Weblinks General links, Language and Linguistics, Cultural Topics, Games, Geography, Free YouTube Lessons and more on one site.
Web Spanish Blog Web Spanish is an online Spanish school that provides students with trained Spanish tutors that offer one-to-one Spanish classes over the internet, and "El Mundo Hispano" is our blog. We use this space to publish free Spanish lessons that our teachers often use to complement their course material in the classroom.
The Language Gulper A neat NEW find with detailed descriptions of the main languages of the world in a clear, concise way. Its scope is not only living languages but also ancient ones of historical or cultural importance. So far, "The Language Gulper" includes 131 individual language pages, 40 about families and branches and 8 about linguistic areas. These two have an insatiable appetite for ancient and modern tongues. 2013 Alejandro Gutman and Beatriz Avanzati
WyzAnt Welcome to the WyzAnt Spanish Help Section. It is a resource for students who are struggling with Spanish class - whether it's Spanish grammar, conjugating verbs, or even recognizing false cognates. Many choices available.
Trip Spot International You choose the country and Trip Spot will provide tons of information on that country for you.
All About Spain A one-stop URL with tons of information on Spain for visitors.
My Languages Dozens of great vocabulary builders and all with sound. This is one great NEW FIND.
Always Spanish Always Spanish is where extreme learning meets instant gratification. Here, you'll find articles discussing some of the most unorthodox yet promising Spanish-acquisition methodologies, a consistent adoption of which should see you rattling in Spanish like the natives without so much as turning a page. It's truly a loaded site.
Business Spanish businessspanishcom'll teach you how to speak and write business and conversational Spanish by listening and repeating examples and simplified grammar rules. ALL LESSONS and each topic contain vocabulary with recorded AUDIO, and they are organized in Chapters.
Spanish Printables Included are various free printable Spanish worksheets (in PDF form) covering different aspects of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. You are free to print out and use these worksheets for your own personal use. Teachers, you may also use these worksheets for the classroom if you would like.
360 Cities A really cool site that takes you all over the world to view close up and with 360 degree views with just your Mouse.
Useful foreign phrases A collection of useful phrases suitable for a variety of situations in many different languages with sound files for quite a few of them. Now listen to that expression in that language.
Yabla A fun way to learn Spanish. A series of videos to improve your listening comprehension.
Buscador de poemas en Español The first poems in Spanish finder which can find poems that contain certain words from over 10,000 poems of the best Spanish and Latin American poets, besides being able to find poems by different themes, poems and music analyzer meter and rhyme.
Busca Palabra A word search, the largest dictionary of synonyms and antonyms that exists in Spanish, a rhyming dictionary, and many other resources.
Spanish Vocabulary Flash Cards The beautiful pictures combined with audio provides an enjoyable multimedia experience -- a nice change from the pages of a text book. A great means to expand your everyday vocabulary. It's well done and easy to use. A Webmaster Choice Site
Teachers First Thinking teachers teaching teachers. A plethora of games, activities and super links.
EZ School Free Spanish Worksheets, Games, Tutorials and Studytools.
Univision Univision (Spanish pronunciation: is a Spanish-language television network in the United States.
EDSITEment Welcome to EDSITEment's Spanish language website resources for K-12 teachers!
Interact Travel Our singular purpose is serving Spanish Teachers and their students currently enrolled in grades 6-12. Interact was founded by a former Spanish Teacher in 1983. Today, Interact is still owned and operated by the same person [Jim Koss], assuring a continuous commitment to the company's original goals. We proudly serve over 500 schools, with the vast majority located throughout the Midwest and in the state of Washington.
Your Webmaster has traveled to Mexico with Interact Travel.
Spain: Culture The Spanish culture is rich, colorful and mysterious. Yes, the Spanish culture and lifestyle differs tremendously from that of the other European countries. Their attitude and character traits might even seem a little offensive and blunt to people from other cultures. But, this is who they are and this is exactly how they are. This is the real beauty of Spain and its people!
Miscositas Resources for teaching and learning SPANISH
Spanish for Kids But NOT just for kids Bienvenido al maravilloso mundo de chillola.com A super new FIND with many well-done vocabulary builders w/sound. Excellent!
A Webmaster's choice: Very helpful for building new words on all levels of instruction.
Language Guide for Spanish This is one great site for building both vocabulary and grammar skills. Within each category, place your cursor over an image to hear it pronounced aloud.
Primary Spanish Games Our collection of games are selected to help teach the primary Spanish curriculum. Games are classified into year groups and we display the most popular games at the top, as rated by our users.
Spanish4Teachers This Elementary Spanish Resources Page is divided into 3 sections, Lesson Plans, PowerPoints & Worksheets, all containing specific resources for teaching Spanish to Elementary students.
A discovery of Spain for discerning travellers An guide to traveling in Spain. A friend of mine in France developed this site. Whether by road, air, rail or by footpath, Spain is a country where travelling is easy; even though distances can be long, Spain's modern travel infrastructure is one of the best in Europe, and travel is generally safe, comfortable, and reasonably rapid. It is loaded with great information. You will love this site. jeb
Now see his same info on France More than just a travel site - a thematic guide to France, its people, and the French way of life. As well as a being an online travel guide, About-France.com is website filled with hundreds of pages of relevant and useful information about France. The practical travel information pages on Paris and the regions of France are just part of a much wider exploration of modern France. jeb
Spanish Guide from Puebla, MX In this guide you will find Spanish Cinema, Dictionaries, Fun Stuff, Grammar, Language Schools, Literature, Magazines, Online Classes, Forums, News, Pronunciation, Spelling and Writing, Teaching Resources, and Vocabulary.
Spanish Verb Conjugations Description : This tool will allow you to conjugate spanish verb infinitives. It is ideal for studying as well as completing high school and college spanish class assignments.
"If we hang around this site very long Donkey, we'll be speaking Spanish"
"Well Shrek, I really enjoy all those sites here and they are all FREE."
With Word2Word just below we can start learning Quechua or Slovak.
Word2Word We have attempted to place as many online courses at your disposal as possible. These sites contain lessons to help learn one language from another. The courses vary in quality and the quantity of material presented. .
Language Test Prep Spanish CLEP Practice Exam Earn College Credits Fast with Spanish CELP (College Level Entrance Proficiency). If you took one to two years of high school Spanish classes or grew up in a Spanish speaking environment, we recommend taking the Spanish CLEP exam. We can give you the instruction needed to earn credits from your college or university by taking the Spanish CLEP exam.
Learn Spanish Online This is our guide to what we feel are the best Spanish websites on the web. the following websites contain free Spanish materials, including: lessons, tutorials, games, audio, grammar exercises, vocabulary lists, and much more. If you need help with Spanish, start with this list of websites! ps. This one is on this listing.
====>Maestro De Español It has been proven that you will learn faster and more effectively by learning from your mistakes. This site will correct your mistakes for you. This is the main concept of this site. There are thousands upon thousands of exercises in this database to help you improve yourself on your chosen topic, whether it's verbs, vocabulary, right tense, ser/estar, etc.
Travel Language Directory There are free Spanish tutorials, grammar exercises, games, lessons, and much more. Many of the sites are interactive and many offer free audio to help you practice both pronunciation and comprehension.
Free Spanish Resources A handy list of free resources to help teachers, students and children alike. It includes some interactive and downloadable crosswords which can prove useful to all learners. There is a special section of starter materials for younger children.
Mexico Journal Articles in News / Articles in Travel /Articles in Culture / Articles in Economy. All the latest news from Mexico and lots of links.
Russian-Bar Acrobatic A performance on the Russian Bar, recorded for Chinese television at the Circus Festival of Monte Carlo. The final stunt is unbelievable! Be sure to Enlarge Your Screen too.
Quince Años - Time For a Fiesta! The Quinceañera or Quince Años is a young woman's celebration of her fifteenth birthday and acknowledges her transition from childhood to womanhood. It is a significant passage for adolescent girls in almost all cultures. From a north-of-the-border viewpoint, it may be seen as a cross between Sweet Sixteen and a debutante's coming out party.
Wiki Books Site for learning Spanish Este proyecto está integrado al proyecto wikimedia y tiene por objetivo poner a la disposición de cualquier persona libros de texto, manuales, tutoriales u otros textos pedagógicos de contenido libre y de acceso gratuito.
Maplandia for Mexico from GOOGLE Mexico Google Satellite map that maps Mexico locations. Maplandia.com enables you to explore everywhere in Mexico through detailed satellite imagery - fast and easy as never before.
Teotihuacán Teotihuacán is an extensive ancient religious complex near Mexico City. Its many architectural marvels include the enormous Pyramid of the Sun, one of the grandest monuments ever erected.
Teotihuacán Guide The ancient city of Teotihuacán is just 30 miles north of Mexico City, and is the country's most visited ruin.
Tenochtitlán Facts The Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán (at modern Mexico City) was founded in 1325 on a muddy island in the lake that at that time filled the Basin of Mexico. A second group of Aztec settled the nearby island of Tlatelolco in 1358. Both sites began as small collections of reed huts but, with the growth of Aztec power, developed into cities, eventually fusing into a single conurbation.
Chitzen Itza Facts Chichen Itza is one of Mexico's most popular tourist destination, and rightfully so. But the contrast between the two can be measured in more than just distance and time. It is a massive step pyramid, known as El Castillo or Temple of Kukulcan and dominates the ancient city, which thrived from around 600 A.D. to the 1200s.
Tulum Ruins The Mayan city of Tulum is a 13th-century, walled Mayan archaeological site at Tulum National Park that overlooks the sea. It incorporates the clifftop Castillo, built as a watchtower, and the Templo de las Pinturas, with a partially restored mural.
(2) The National Museum of Anthropology As a tribute to all of them, the National Museum of Anthropology and History was inaugurated on September 17, 1964, located on Paseo de la Reforma Avenue, in the second section of the legendary Chapultepec Park.
(4) The National Museum of Anthropology Every hall has at least one outstanding feature, but if you have limited time, the Aztec and the Maya rooms are the highlights: what else you see should depend on what area of the country you plan to visit.
Have you ever noticed how various objects and constructions look as if they've got faces - they are smiling, being angry or amazed. However, what some may call acuteness to detail is usually attributed to a psychological phenomenon, called pareidolia - that's when a person perceives a random stimulus as something significant, for e.g., sees faces on clouds or buildings.
The Travel Linguist Whether you want to master another language or just learn a few words for travel, we've got the language learning tools for you. You will have to search for the Spanish one or another language that you want to learn. It is fun learning everyday expressions in several NEW languages.
Spanish Grammar Site Spanish grammar is not the most exciting thing to learn about the Spanish language. When we learn a language we start talking without the need of grammar knowledge. On the other hand grammar holds everything together; it determinates the structure of a language.
Scans of a tunnel complex under the Temple of the Feathered Serpent show the large entry hole as well as the small shaft that allowed it to be discovered. Further on are a series of chambers, the first found in 2013 and the next this past year, under the ancient city of Teotihuacán.
I know from my own experience that being on a continual path of self-improvement is an absolute necessity toward be a good teacher. Hang out with other educators that you admire. Watch them closely and learn from them. Imitation is the greatest compliment! Join your language association AATSP - (http://www.aatsp.org) plus two foreign language teacher associations (state and national: ACTFL - (http://www.actfl.org) and attend their annual meetings on a regular basis. Get involved anyway you can with each. Rub noses with people at the TOP of the profession. Get to know the officers personally and keep in contact with them. Use AATSP association offerings, suggestions and resources.
Whenever you can in your own environment, ask to observe your colleagues in action in their classroom. Pick up ideas that work for them and adopt and adapt them to you own classroom. Always be on the "lookout" for new ideas, new means of teaching, new ways to incorporate things that work for others into your own methodology. Don't hesitate to ask questions of teachers who have had much success as to how and why that happened. I used to observe elementary teachers and how they interacted with their young students. Always something to learn. "Learn from the mistakes of others. You'll never live long enough to make all of them yourself." Another that I always loved is "If you think you're GREEN, you'll grow - if you think you're RIPE, you'll rot." All true. Don't rot! That's an axiom that will never grow old. You may think that you are the best, but you're not. There is always someone better than you. (I learned this playing basketball) Learn from them. Know what the best practices are and be aware of the current online resources that can be of great help to you and your Spanish students.
Keep your classroom presentations FRESH. Keep up with innovation and the changing needs of your students by incorporating technology such as computer use, iPhones, iPads, e-mail and a host of other innovations into your routine classroom activities to communicate with others in the target language and to access authentic resources. Stay current with options and trends in the field such as the National Standards and know how to incorporate them into your daily plans. Hopefully these few ideas will aid in your growth and success. Stay with it. Don't throw in the towel like many have, but again as I point out above, whatever new ideas you discover, you must first adopt and then adapt. Not everything you see elsewhere will work for you as I have personally learned. You must adapt those ideas to your own Spanish classroom. There are a host of great ideas available on all these sites, but they are only as successful as you will make them. And perhaps most important of all, do ask your students often how they feel about what they are doing and learning and what they enjoy the most and the least in your classroom. Most of all, do enjoy your students and share yourself with them. [They don't care how much you know until they know how much you CARE] I hope that you picked up some ideas here that will aid in your total success. Have fun in your classroom. (ps I picked up these ideas in a recent dream and wanted to share with each of you) I'm 72 but never too old to learn and never too old to share ideas. Best yet, why not be learning another language yourself? Check out one of the sites above. It is a great means to experience first-hand what your students are feeling. Now you are "walking in their shoes." Remember to have FUN doing it.
Jim Becker BA, Cornell College (Iowa), MA, La Sorbonne (Paris), PhD-AbD, The Ohio State University (Foreign Language Education).