People all over the world enjoy listening to music. In Spanish-speaking countries, this is no different. For this blog post, I decided to investigate the music culture of Spanish-speaking countries.
I spoke with a boy named Daniel from Spain. Daniel is a high school student who enjoys listening to music. I asked him what bands he enjoys listening to most, to which he responded with two native Spanish bands: La Oreja de Van Gogh, and Edurne. These bands sound similar to many American electro-pop bands. While he and his friends aren’t the musical type, and don’t talk about music much, he enjoys going to concerts every once in a while. I found it very interesting that Daniel listens to a few American bands. America has the largest and most profitable music industry in the world, and it’s notable that some of our records have spread to other countries that don’t speak English. Many Americans don’t listen to any music without English lyrics.
Sabian – El Mesero
Daniel y Jian – Los Clientos
Sabian – ¡Hola, bienvenido a Sazón!
Jian – ¡Hola!
Daniel – Necesitamos una mesa para dos personas.
Sabian – Bueno
Sabian – ¿Té gustaría beber?
Jian – Me gustaría un vaso de refresco.
Sabian – ¿Y tú?
Daniel – Me gustaria un vaso de té.
Sabian – Bueno.
Sabian left for the drinks
Jian – ¿Qué le gusta comer, Daniel?
Daniel – Hm... me gusta pollo mucho, y bistec. Pero, me gustaría comer la chuleta hoy. ¿Y tú, Jian?
Jian – Me gusta bistec mucho, me gustaría comer bistec hoy. “Es-coo-chay” que es bueno.
Sabian – ¿Sois preparado para pedir su comida?
Daniel – Si. Me gustaría las chuletas de cochino.
Sabian – ¿Y tú?
Jian – Me gustaría el Asado Negro.
Sabian – El Asado Negro es muy bien. ¿Es todó?
Jian – No, me gustaría el Asado Negro sin el ajo. No me gusta comida picante.
Sabian – Entiendo. ¿Es todó?
Daniel – Si... oh... no. Nos gustarían una canasta con el pan y mantequilla.
Sabian – Bueno.
Jian – ¡Ay dios mio, tengo hambre mucho!
Daniel – Veo nuestra comida.
Jian – ¡Muy bien!
Sabian – Aqui tiene.
Daniel – ¡Gracias!
Sabian – Y tú.
Jian – Gracias señor.
Sabian – De nada.
Jian – ¡Ay dios mio, disculpe!
Sabian – ¿Sí?
Jian – Mi comida tiene ajo, no me gustaría el ajo.
Sabian – Oh, lo siento, perdon.
Jian – Esta bien.
Sabian – Lo siento. El chef habla el es lo siento tambien para el ajo.
Jian – Es bueno.
Daniel – Ay dios mio, la comida es muy bien ahora.
Jian – Si, mi comida es muy bien.
Daniel – ¿Necesitamos la cuenta?
Jian – Sí.
Daniel – ¡Disculpe!
Sabian – ¿Sí?
Daniel – Necesitamos la cuenta por favor.
Sabian – Bueno.
Jian – ¡Gracias!
Daniel – ¡Ay dios mio, no tengo dinero!
Jian – Esta bien, voy a pagar.
Daniel – Gracias Jian.
Jian – De nada.
I looked up some internet slang and I have encountered this already.
Estoy no nervioso. Me siento confidente con SharedTalk.
What did you learn about your partner?
-He's 20 from Columbia. He like's futbol and Barcelona FC, but also plays football too.
What did you learn from them?
-that our slang is not all that different
¿Te gusta musica?
¿Que es musica favorita?
¿Que es popular musica en Mexico?
¿Que es favorita concerta?
¿Música es muy importante en tu vida?
What are you looking forward to about this conversation?I want to learn about the music they listen to and see if its anything like what I listen to. I know some places listen to American music that would be cool to find out to!
What are you nervous about?
I not really nervous, I am more excited!
Who did I speak with and why did I choose that person?
I talked to a boy names Vann from Mexico, I chose him just randomly because I thought it might be cool to talk to someone from a different country but not a country to far away to compare music differences.
What did you learn about them? What did you learn from them?
I learned that he likes all different types of music and has been to a few concerts. He is a very music friendly person. He is mainly into like house and techno type music.
How did this interaction help you move towards achieving your personal goal?
I learned about music in a spanish speaking country and had a really good conversation. I enjoyed it.
What specifically did you do well according to your goals/expectations?
I learned about music and the conversation was the longest one I have had yet and it actually flowed well!
What specifically do you need to improve on? (Quote specific things you said or did and what you would have done or said if you could do it again)
I need to figure out a better way to end the conversation without cutting it right off with a bye.
For this blog, I focused on talking about what music and movies Estafan likes. We had a lot in common when it came to music. His favorite movie was Toy Story 3 because it reminds him of his childhood. When it came to music, we both like a group called OCD. It was coincidental because I used to go to school with them members of OCD so that was pretty cool, and we both enjoy their music. His favorite some was Black Forest Gummy Worms, but mine was Wake Up. We both really like Hold It Down though, so there were a lot of things we had in common when we talked this time, which was pretty cool.
Talk to someone without using a translator for help. Use what you know. (Thank's for the idea, Kamilah!)
When I found out about where he lived, it was easier for me to talk to him. I felt more comfortable.
At first it was hard for me to form sentences and talk to the person because I don't know if what I'm saying is correct. Most of the time, I use translators to correct anything in my sentence that's wrong but since I can't use it for my goal, I had to speak with what I know. Also, I asked the person sitting next to me for some help correcting my mistakes.
I need to work on my communication skills because at first, it was very awkward talking to him. Our conversation didn't flow but towards the end, it did and he gave me really good advice if I want to become a dermatologist.
I was proud that I could hold a conversation is Spanish for so long. I actually didn't put the whole thing up, just the main points. I would like to just stick to the point next time I have a conversation; usually it gets off topic.
We all know soap operas to be incredibly cheesy and funny to watch. But what most people don't know is that Argentina made soap operas popular, one could say they created the genre. America tends to focus on family problems or business problems, mainly because American soap operas are censored, so curse words are not allowed and sex scenes are prohibited.
Soap operas in Spanish-speaking countries refer to SO's as Telenovelas. One main difference between Telenovelas and SO's is that they come to an end and new stories are created, almost like a series (as apposed to chapters). Also, there are not as many constraints, so scenes can be more explicit and/or dramatic. Plots tend to go along the lines of teen drama and twisted romance (such as Chiquititas or Belíssima. Though places like Brazil, who create more realistic and historical dramas, Chile and Colombia focus on comedy, everything usually depends on the countys' culture.
In America, SO's have become less and less popular, but with that, Telenovela has become increasingly popular, especially in Mexico. Most shows revolve around romance and the conflicts between two sides, so there's always a villain. One of the most popular is Los Ricos Tambien Lloran, which actually become popular is other counties, like Russia. Mexican SO's have made a comeback since the 70's, mainly because they can also reflect reality, but in a more entertaining way.
My partner taught me that commuting in Spain is much like commuting in America. I learned that my partner is a very nice person, although he does have a short attention span. I learned that I enjoy talking to others, as the conversation lasted for a while once again. As we spoke more and more, I became increasingly interested in his cultural traditions. Once again, I was surprised that he was so friendly. If someone tried to chat with me about a school project, I doubt that I would be as cooperative as he was. I am proud that I learned something from the chat. I had a fear that it would be useless because no one would actually accept my chat request. Next time, I plan to talk with more people at once.
This time I talked about to a different person and I found out that his grandmother taught him how to speak and he was very grateful for that. I got the hint that he has a strong relationship with her. I learned that I need to be a little more careful with my conjugation. I learned that I wish I learned how to speak Greek. I was surprised that he thought he learned more from his grandmom than he would from his mother. I'm proud that this was a pretty good conversation once again. I want to ask more questions but I'm not sure if I would be able to understand.
She is very good in spanish and every time i would do a mistake she would correct me, i thought it was funny, but she is a very good teacher in spanish, i would talk to her more often in spanish for she could help me in my spanish and i could improve in my writing.
I learned that he majors in Adventure Education and loves to rock climb. We didn't have a long conversation or exactly a difficult conversation. I had some notes with me that helped me. I learned that my spanish is not as bad as I had initially thought. We had a pretty easy conversation. I did need to use a dictionary for some words that he said. I'm proud that I talked to someone I don't know. I will try to be more direct next time. I wanted to have a typical conversation first and then begin questions so I could see how well I could speak.