Monday, August 3, 2015

~Mexico Week~ Day 1: Language and Landmarks

Last week: Poland

This week we are going to focus on learning more about our Mexican neighbors to the South! We will be practicing Spanish words and taking a look at popular Mexican landmarks. I must say that Dora plays a large part in Serenity's interest in the Spanish language and I hope this week's lessons will help her continue in her study of the language.

The first landmark from Mexico that we will be learning about is The Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan. This structure was built long ago by the native Aztecs of the region. The temple has been rebuilt many times and then destroyed by the Spanish in 1521. This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987. Many of the artifacts found at this site were put there as offerings to the Gods the people of that time worshiped. Each object symbolized a unique purpose of offering.

Next we learned about the National Palace. This is still a working building where you will find the offices to federal employees. This palace has been home to the ruling class since the age of the Aztecs. This building over looks the main city square and measures 200 meters long. The architecture is influenced by Spanish and European designs and there are many beautiful features on its grounds.

Lastly we looked a bit into Chichen Itza. This is the site of one of the largest Mayan cities. There are many architectural elements infused in the making of this city, showing the presence of a diverse culture. Chichen Itza is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico with over 1 million visitors yearly!

Vocabulary words we are learning this week:
Hello: Hola
Goodbye: Adiós
How are you: ¿Cómo estás?
Nice to meet you: Mucho gusto
Please: Por favor
Thank You: Gracias
I love you: Te amo
Mother: Madre
Father: Padre
Friend: Amigo

Tomorrow we will be learning about Entertainment and Sports

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