Newsletter November 2015

Hola amigos de Spanish4you Canada,
We welcome the new students that joined the school this year and wish you an enriching journey with “el español”. I have purchased new textbooks, reading material and videos to complement our classwork and make your experience more enjoyable. I also want to thank those students that have generously donated copies to our Spanish4you library. You are allowed to sign out books and magazines as long as you return them in good condition. I also encourage you to take the free circulation newspapers and magazines for adults and teens that I regularly bring here. This is authentic material and a great source of vocabulary and informative content.

cuando terminas un libro se esconde adentro tuyo
I am organizing a new ENCUENTRO for adults at Taste of Colombia. This meeting is scheduled for Saturday November 21st at 5:00 pm. Salsa lessons are offered from 6:00-11:00 pm. The lessons have a cost of $15 per person and this includes a drink. You are all welcome to attend and you can bring friends or relatives if you wish. Let me know if you are interested in staying for the salsa classes and I will make the proper arrangements with Yury Wu, owner of the store. Remember that Taste of Colombia is located at 67 Bronte Road, Unit 2, Oakville.

For the youngest students, I will organize a visit to LA HORA DEL CUENTO at the Mississauga Valley Library in a near future. Date and time TBA.
Hope to see you at Taste of Colombia. A few students have been on trips to Spanish speaking countries and this could be a great time to re-connect and share experiences.
Hope to hear from you in this regard,
Hasta pronto,

A new Spanish Season is soon starting

Hola amigos de Spanish4you Canada,
I hope you had a safe and restful “verano” and that you had the chance to recharge batteries to start the next 2015-2016 school year. Thanks for those that joined us at the Latin Festival organized by Colombia in Mississauga. I enjoyed sharing the story of “El Mono Egoísta” with the kids that attended our workshops. We learned about “los animales y sus habitats”, we did crafts and sang songs in Español ¡Buen trabajo chicos!
Many parents showed interest in the Spanish for Kids Courses which will begin next week. Please check the website for a description of the methodology, fees and hours. I am in the process of forming new groups.

Whatever your age, interest or needs with the Spanish language, do not hesitate to call me or e-mail me. Returning and new students are all welcomed.
A new Spanish season is soon starting. Register with Spanish4you Canada and Learn, Live and Share the Love for the Spanish Language.
And to learn about the benefits of learning languages you can take a look at the following link:

Hasta pronto,

Newsletter July 2015

Hola amigos de Spanish4you Canada. ¿Cómo están? ¿Disfrutando del caluroso verano?

I wanted to invite you to the Mississauga Latin Festival organized by Colombia in Mississauga. The event will take place next Sat. July 25 1:00 pm-11:00 pm and Sun. July 26 1:00 pm-7:00 pm. Come celebrate the Latin culture and heritage; enjoy a day filled with music, entertainment and typical food. This can be a Summer “ENCUENTRO” for us. I will be there both days promoting our school and running a workshop for kids. Let me know if you are planning to stop by, and I will let you know where you can find me. For more information on the event you can check out the following website:

¡Los Juegos Panamericanos y Parapanamericanos  están a plena marcha!

You know you can be informed on “juegos y resultados” by visiting

This page is a great opportunity to be informed while practising your Español. I have created different activities around the games. If you want to give it a try,  go to “resources/DIY activities” on the Spanish4you Canada website:

Other great news for those who love to read in Spanish. You can now have access to Spanish magazines in digital format through the Mississauga Library System. If you are a member of the library, you can now download this material through a new application called ZINIO. For more information go to

These are the new titles in Spanish

  • Cosmopolitan España
  • Esquire España
  • High Five bilingue
  • TVyNovelas
  • Vanidades USA

Muchas gracias a Veronica Ramirez por compartir la noticia.

Last but not least, Spanish4you will change location as of September 2015. Our new location will be 4500 Gullfoot Cir (Central Pkwy East @ 403).

¡A seguir disfrutando del verano!

Hasta pronto,


Newsletter Spanish4you May

Hola amigos de Spanish4you Canada.

BIENVENIDOS los nuevos estudiantes que se suman a la escuela de Español. Y bienvenido el buen tiempo (nice weather) en Canadá. Por fin hace calor!

Our last ENCUENTRO (meet-up) was a success …..TODO UN EXITO. Esmeralda Enrique and her Flamenco Company really delivered at the Fleck Dance Theatre. Son un grupo de bailarines y músicos muy talentosos. There will be more encuentros for sure. Next, we’ll be most likely in Burlington for a salsa class after una charla de café (talk over coffee). So, there will be something interesting for everyone that evening. I will soon begin the arrangements. We might even have a guest speaker come join us.

Some students are interested in getting extra material to improve their learning. You know that I often purchase from Librería Las Américas in Montreal and I get a 20 % discount through our school account.

Feel free to check their website:

I also love visiting Toronto Spanish Books from time to time. We held one ENCUENTRO at the place time ago. You can see pictures in my website. I love the cozy atmosphere at this bookstore….me encanta! A few students already signed up to the Toronto’s Spanish Books monthly newsletter:

Regardless of whether you find something of interest and level-appropriate, it’s a nice way to be informed about publications in Spanish. And you can practice your español by reading the books synopsis. Una muy buena práctica!

I want to congratulate my younger students as well for the hard work they are doing. We celebrated “Día de la Tierra” (Earth Day) with an activity at the park; Some other students created their very own video blogs, which they shared in class. Excelente trabajo chicos!

And I welcome new kids who have recently joined the groups. Next Saturday May 9th I will be taking a few to Mississauga Valley Public Library for LA HORA DEL CUENTO (story telling by Veronica Ramirez). It will be our “ENCUENTRITO” .

Bueno amigos, esto es todo. Remember to join me on Facebook. I am always posting and reposting about events that happen in the city and celebrations and cultural events related to the Hispanic world. Like 5 de mayo that is coming soon. You are encouraged to share whatever information you think that can be of interest for our group.

Hasta el próximo encuentro,


Saludos de Spanish4you

Hola amigos de Spanish4you Canada. I hope you had a wonderful “día de la Amistad y los Enamorados”. We did a lot of activities on “San Valentín” the past week. We read how and when “San Valentín” is celebrated in “el mundo latino”, we learned many words related to “el Amor y la Amistad”, we looked at “tarjetas de San Valentín” and the young students at Spanish4you even created their own Valentines in “español” to share with family and friends. I will upload these activities to the website so that you all have a chance to practice and learn about it. I take this opportunity to thank you for the “flores”, “chocolates” and “tarjetas” that I’ve received. There’s a post with photos on our Facebook page. On this note, I encouraged you and your connections to “LIKE” Spanish4youCanada on Facebook. Through Facebook posts, I try to keep you updated of events in the city and local and international news related to “el mundo del español” .

It is “Día de la Familia” today, I do hope you can spend some enjoyable time with those that make a difference in your lives. I’d like to thank you for being part of the Spanish4you family, as well. GRACIAS for choosing us to Learn, Live and Share the Love for the Spanish Language.

 This is a comic strip from Mafalda.


You know how much I love this character and her family. ¡Una familia muy especial! 

mafalda y su familia




I will keep you posted of our next ENCUENTRO. Some of you wanted to dance TANGO. I’ll see if I can organize something. There will be a new Flamenco show by Esmeralda Enrique and her company this year. I will let you know about dates and venue. Some students have already expressed interest.

I leave you now with a quote by Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet and political activist, Nobel Prize in Literature 1971.

“Amar es un viaje con luz y con estrellas, un combate de relámpagos y dos cuerpos por una sola miel derrotados”

(Pablo Neruda)


Hasta la próxima,



Feliz Navidad y los mejores deseos para el año 2015

Remember that classes will resume after the New Year. However, you can now join


Spanish4you Canada on Facebook. I will be posting about my trip to Spain, events in the city and other stuff you might be interested in. This is a great chance to be  exposed to “el español”. Give a “like” to Spanish4you Canada, the place where you can Learn, Live and Share the Love for the Spanish Language.

Hasta pronto,


Newsletter October 2014 and next “Encuentro”

Hola amigos de Spanish4you Canada. I can’t believe we are approaching the end of the year. Time flies, “el tiempo vuela” as we say in Spanish, and what a good time to have a new “encuentro”, the space to socialize, get closer to the hispanic culture and practise our “español”. This time our “encuentro” will be held at “Taste of Colombia”, a cozy café in Oakville, on Sunday, November 23rd at 2:00 pm. Taste of Colombia offers a friendly atmosphere and serves the best Fair Trade coffee in town. Join me for a nice afternoon before my trip to Spain and feel free to invite relatives or friends. Remember that everyone is welcome at our “encuentros”. For those who were with Spanish4you but are not currently attending classes, this could be a great chance to reconnect. If you have been thinking about starting classes come and meet this group of Spanish enthusiasts.  Taste of Colombia is located at 67 Bronte Road, Unit #2, Oakville, ON

You can follow Taste of Colombia on Facebook:

Let me know if you can join us.

Some students asked me about authentic reading resources in Spanish. I have been doing a little bit of research and I will recommend the following web based newspapers and magazines that are created here in Canada:

1)   La Portada Canadá

2)   Diario El Popular

3)   Revista La Guia

4)   Latinos Magazine

5)   Toronto Hispano

6)   Revista Abanico

Learn local news like  “tiroteo en el parlamento de Canadá” :

Cultural Corner

“Festival de Día de los Muertos” presented at Harbourfront Centre on Nov 08 and Nov 09, 2014.

Harbourfront Centre celebra las historias contemporáneas, los rituales y prácticas de México y otros países latinoamericanos con el Festival de Día de los Muertos, que se celebrará el sábado 08 y domingo 09 de noviembre de 12:00 pm a 6:00 pm. En esta oportunidad, podremos explorar las celebraciones de México y otras áreas de Latinoamérica, con ofrendas, conciertos, películas, actividades familiares y más.

Directamente desde México, la cantante y arpista Verónica Valerio  hará su debut canadiense, encantando a las audiencias con sus composiciones llenas de folklore tradicional y poesía. Además, los niños y sus familias podrán conocer un poco más de las tradiciones del Día de los muertos a través de la narración de cuentos y manualidades, así como las ofrendas (altares) que estarán ubicadas en todo el recinto.

El fin de semana no podría estar completo sin comida y sin el Mercado de Día de Muertos, que contará con uno de los elementos principales de la celebración: el delicioso Pan de Muertos, un tradicional pan dulce comido durante muchas celebraciones.

If you want to learn more about this typical Mexican festivity “El día de los Muertos” check out the following video in Spanish. It’s a great listening activity and very easy to follow!!!

Don’t cry for me Argentina…. The acclaimed musical “Evita” is on at the Lower Ossington Theatre in Toronto:   With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, Evita concentrates on the life of Argentine political leader Eva Perón, wife of Argentine president Juan Domingo Perón. The story follows Evita’s early life, rise to power, charity work, and eventual death. Evita, adored by many, hardly criticized by others has never left the collective consciousness of Argentines and has definitely become part of an international pop culture.

Evita, the musical runs until November 23rd. Thanks Aranka and Rick for the info!!!

To learn more on Evita’s life and legacy you can check the following website:

And you can listen to the Spanish version of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” (no llores por mi Argentina) by popular Argentine singer Nacha Guevara

Eso es todo amigos.

¡Felíz día de Brujas este viernes 31 de octubre!

¡Hasta el próximo encuentro!


Newsletter Spanish4you Canada April, 2014

Hola Amigos de Spanish4you Canada. I’d like to share some local and international news from “El Mundo del Español”

  • Esmeralda Enrique, the Toronto based artist, and her Spanish Dance Company are presenting their latest Flamenco show “De Idas y Vueltas”.  These top Flamenco artists from Canada and Spain will be performing at the Fleck Dance Theatre (Harbourfront Centre, Toronto) next April 24-27.  If you are interested, you can purchase tickets at or at

By the way, I will be attending the April 26 session.

  • You might also want to check out the work of Amanda Martinez, the Toronto’s Latin Jazz sensation. Visit her website to learn about her latest album “Mañana”, upcoming concerts and most importantly, practice your Spanish!!


  • Si te gustan los ritmos centro- americanos, check out the Spanglish on-line radio station There is a daily morning show and live music all day long:


  • These hours, the world is paying tribute to the great Gabriel García Márquez, “Gabo” as people used to call him. The famous 87 -year -old Colombian novelist and short- story writer, who won the Literature Nobel Prize in 1982, has recently died in his house in Mexico City.  Among his literary work, we find the popular novels:  Cien años de Soledad (one hundred years of solitude) , El amor en los tiempos de cólera (love in the time of cholera) and Crónica de una muerte anunciada (chronicle of a death foretold). You can read more about García Márquez and his legacy at or at


  • Another great artist passed away recently, the world acclaimed “Guitarrista Flamenco” (flamenco guitarist), Paco de Lucía. Paco, whose real name was Francisco Sanchez Gomez, was recognized as one of the world’s leading guitarists. To learn on how Paco de Lucía felt on different aspects of life,  go to


  • Se celebra “Pascua” (Easter) el próximo domingo. I’ve included a reading comprehension activity on the topic of “La Semana Santa en el Mundo” (the holy week in the world). Whatever your belief is this time of the year you can read it to learn more “Español” Did you know that “La Semana Santa” is celebrated with much devotion and enthusiasm in the south of Spain? If you are interested in learning about “La Semana Santa en Andalucia”, visit Canal Sur, el sitio de la televisión andaluza con noticias, deportes y el tiempo:

  • Spanish4you is in the process of forming new group sessions for kids and adults. Contact  to find out about them.


  • I will also keep you posted of our next “Encuentro”, the space to share the love for the Spanish language and culture.


  • I will leave you with a quote from “el maestro” Gabriel García Márquez:

“la vida no es la que uno vivió, sino la que uno recuerda y cómo la recuerda para contarla”

Hasta el próximo encuentro,



Check the updated Spanish4you website

Hola amigos de Spanish4you. I just wanted to let you know that we have updated our website. You will now find links to dictionaries, verb conjugators,  newspapers, magazines and other learning resources to help you improve your Spanish. Also, check the website for new DIY activities and dates and venues for our next “Encuentros”. Hasta pronto.