Examen de mapas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?


Examen 2 el próximo miércoles You’ll have questions about the film en español that you’ll need to answer. You can use your notes, class info, physical dictionary, No on-line dictionaries/ no phones. You should know the preterit, imperfect, present perfect and commands for the exam.

Una introducción breve a la película
The film is set in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in more or less 1967 (although there are some anachronisms, we’ll stick with 1967).

Argentina at that time had repressive government, although the economy was relatively strong.
Argentina is similar to the US [and to Utica in particular] in its immigration history. There are a LOT of Italian immigrants [to the point that they influenced the language—vocabulary and pronunciation]. Also a lot of Eastern Europeans [Russian, Polish], European Jews, and Middle Easterners [Syrian and Lebanese].

The stereotype of porteños [people from Buenos Aires] is arrogant, Eurocentric, and neurotic. There are more mental health therapists per capita in BA than anywhere in the world, and more people in therapy.

El país más grande donde se habla español. (Geográficamente, Brasil es el país más grande en América Latina.) Los habitantes se llaman “argentinos” con la excepción de las personas que viven en Buenos Aires, la capital. Ellos se llaman “porteños.”

“Somos diferentes”
La lengua / la pronunciación es diferente en Argentina. Hay una influencia del italiano. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taGbC6 kk8VA

LL y Y suenan [zh].

Otra diferencia: no usan “tú;” usan “vos.” ¿Dónde vives? ¿Dónde vivís?

La parte del sur. Empieza cerca de Barlioche (donde está el hotel Llao Llao, uno de los mejores en el mundo) y continua hasta Ushuaia.

el mate/yierba mate

El malbec—mi vino favorito. Es perfecto como regalo de cumpleaños (está en el syllabus….)

Ernesto Guevara
Born in 1928 in Rosario, Argentina, to a liberal family of Spanish and Irish descent.

He was severely asthmatic but still an excellent athlete. He entered medical school in 1948, but took time off in 1951 for a motorcycle trip around Latin America. This trip awakened in him a strong desire to work with the poor.

Ernesto worked with various groups fighting against right-wing military dictatorships.

After fighting and losing in Guatemala, he took refuge in Mexico. There he met up with a group that was planning an attack on a corrupt military dictator.

His participation in this ultimately successful attack cemented his fate, and made him an icon for revolutionaries pseudo-revolutionaries and fashionistas for decades to come,
He was killed in Bolivia in 1967.

For the next few classes:
Brush up on your verb tenses and endings. You don’t want to spend a lot of time looking things up during the exam. PLUS I’ll be grading harder since it’s open book.

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