Because 7 out of the 10 countries with the highest well-being scores are Spanish-speaking. (Though I think their well-being has as much to do with their average temperatures as their culture.) On a related note, I start my Spanish class on Wednesday – wish me luck! (I will need it, since I may or may not have crammed a […]
Because the average temperature in the Hispanophone world is 70.5 degrees Fahrenheit. The average temperature in the United States is 52.9, and the average temperature of this winter in New York is cold-as-fuck. With God as my witness: I WILL LEARN SPANISH AND MOVE TO WARMER CLIMES.
To avoid this awkward situation:
Because Isabel Allende’s “Eva Luna” must be even more beautiful in its original language. I’m reading it in English now on the recommendation of several people who told me that if I love Gabriel Garcia Marquez I’ll love her, too. They were right. I’m halfway through and absorbed in the story in a way I […]
There are a million reasons to learn Spanish. Here are some of mine: Let’s start with the obvious. Because it is the second most spoken native language in the world, because it is the official language of 20 countries, because it is one of the UN’s six official languages, and because 20% of my hometown speaks […]
Over the weekend I saw Youssou N’Dour perform in Brooklyn. I don’t say this lightly: it was transportive. The music is so overwhelmingly life-affirming, and I’m chomping at the bit to go to Senegal. So I spent the entire show alternately blissing out in the moment and imagining myself living in Dakar in the near future, […]