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, I've been neglecting this blog lately as a result of work overload -- preparing to teach a writing class at UPC, which entails putting together loads of English-language course materials. Last night I got only three hours of sleep, then staggered into a meeting with El Hijo's teachers at school, Cialis Effect On Women paypal
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I was handed an official note informing me that my 10-year-old son has "graduated" from Language Support, after one and a half years of tutoring, and will be joining his classmates in all of their regularly scheduled classes, 50mg Cialis Effect On Women.
This is a big moment for EH and our family.
It is challenging to bring an American kid to Peru and to have him fit in with the local culture, 150mg Cialis Effect On Women, as any expat can tell you. It is even more challenging to immerse your kid in a school where they teach in Spanish, as we did, rather than have him attend an all-English-speaking school, Cialis Effect On Women. But we wanted our child to become fully bilingual and so we enrolled El Hijo in a Peruvian-British school, where the curriculum is 50% Spanish, 50% English, Cialis Effect On Women india.
Educators speak of a window of opportunity, between ages 1 and 10, Cialis Effect On Women canada, when children can learn easily learn a second language and speak it without an accent. That was what we were hoping for when sent our son into a school where he would be surrounded by Peruvian kids, as well as a few stray English-speaking expats. It wasn't as easy a process as you might think, 40mg Cialis Effect On Women, however, to get EH to accept Spanish as his second language. Cialis Effect On Women, El Hijo was angry for the first nine months. Cialis Effect On Women australia, He spoke English to his bilingual classmates and was embarrassed to say much more than "hola" to his cousins. At the end of the school day, he'd race in the front door and plunk down in front of the television set to watch Cartoon Network, where some of his favorite cartoons showed in English, 100mg Cialis Effect On Women.
"Cartoons sound dumb in Spanish," he complained to his Peruvian school friends, Cialis Effect On Women uk, who rolled their eyes at "El Americano."
Gradually, EH stopped sniping about the dubbed Spanish dialog in "The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy." About one year into our stay here, he began speaking mainly in Spanish to his friends. They taught him the Lima schoolyard slang and rude songs about dogs doing pedos, Cialis Effect On Women usa. It wasn't what he was being taught in Language Support, but somehow it fitted with the formal Spanish to form a working vocabulary for a 10-year-old, Cialis Effect On Women.
His school papers in Spanish began to improve. He began to out-talk me. He began to be embarrassed by his gringa mother's accent.
He was on his way.
A lump rose in my throat today when his Language Support teacher told me EH no longer needed her services. We had leaned on her so much, and now she was setting our son free.
Amazingly, our American kid is now a bilingual Peruvian.
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Eyelashes Lumigan, Another South American country that favors the word "chompa" is Bolivia, whose populist president, Evo Morales, is a big-time chompa-wearer. In 2006, 100mg Eyelashes Lumigan, 20mg Eyelashes Lumigan, artisans in Mexico came out with a line of hand-knitted pullovers and skirts for Barbie dolls, styled after the striped sweaters worn by Morales during his presidential campaign:
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(la) Chompa Zithromax Increase Glucose Level, (CHOM-pah): If you analyze it, the English word "sweater" is an ugly term for something that's usually quite nice. The word sounds sweaty, a bad association to have with something warm and fuzzy that you wear next to your skin and typically don't wash that often. Worse, 40mg Zithromax Increase Glucose Level, the word also can refer to a person who sweats a lot ("Yep, my firstborn never did keep his covers on at night. Zithromax Increase Glucose Level us, Always was a sweater.").
Isn't there a word in another language that expresses the nice-wooly-pullover concept better.
Enter the Latin American "chompa," which translates as "pullover sweater" but is more fun to say, Zithromax Increase Glucose Level. To my ear, "chompa" has a chomping, Zithromax Increase Glucose Level japan, chowing-down quality that is distinctly un-sweaterlike -- nothing fibrous or fuzzy or sensuous about it; however, the informal "chompa" does suggest a handy thing you can dive into on a damp, Zithromax Increase Glucose Level australia, grey winter's day, which is just about every day, May through December, in Lima, Zithromax Increase Glucose Level craiglist.
A good word to shout up the staircase: "Dame mi chompa, mi amor."
Peruvians use "chompa" almost exclusively when referring to a pullover sweater, 500mg Zithromax Increase Glucose Level, although there are other terms in Spanish (see Synonyms, below).
Chompa isn't the only word for "sweater" in Spanish. Depending on what Spanish-speaking country you're in, 250mg Zithromax Increase Glucose Level, you can keep warm with a "suéter," a "buzo, 20mg Zithromax Increase Glucose Level, " or a "jersey," among other things. Browsing through allwords.com Zithromax Increase Glucose Level, , I found these Spanish-language synonyms for "sweater":
- Spanish: chaleco (i, Southern Spain - specifically Seville), buzo (i, Colombia - also suéter), chomba (i, Chile), chompa (i, Bolivia, Peru), jersey (i, Spain standard usage) , pulóver (i, Argentina), suéter (i, Latin America) (trans-bottom) (trans-top, a person who sweats).
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The origins of "chompa" are detailed on some Web sites. One is run by a Chilean biker/wine buff named Valentín who cites the frequent claim that "chompa" comes from the English term "jumper, Zithromax Increase Glucose Level uk, " a type of sweater worn by sailors.
I don't know. "Jumper." "Chompa." "Jumper." "Chompa."
It's a big leap but stranger word mutations have happened.
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Acomplia .65, Because the g-word is (1) too loaded to serve as my moniker, and (2) I am more American than I care to admit.
Some reader is probably wondering, 'Isn't it incorrect nowadays to use the term American when referring to someone from the United States. Aren't all people from South America Americans as well?"
Well, Acomplia .65 uk, 200mg Acomplia .65, yes, for a long time that is what I thought, Acomplia .65 coupon, Acomplia .65 usa, too. However, Acomplia .65 overseas, 1000mg Acomplia .65, since moving to Lima, I find myself frequently referred to by Peruvans as the Americana (female American), 500mg Acomplia .65. 20mg Acomplia .65, The word appears to be synonymous with North American down here. Further, Acomplia .65 paypal, Acomplia .65 mexico, I haven't as yet heard a single Peruvian identify herself (or himself) as an Americana or Americano.
As long Peruvians continue to call me an Americana, I'll keep the name on this blog.
But if anyone wants to buy me this cool t-shirt from Latin Laundry, a "Pan-Latino" clothing company in New Jersey, they're welcome to do so. Like the lollipop.
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