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1.

El Espanol [electronic resource]

Its sounds and rhythms vary across the world, but it is nevertheless a global tongue-Spanish, the language of 400 million people, second only to English in usage. Spending time on both sides of the Atlantic, this program offers guidance in the fine art of introducing and describing one's self in Spanish, along with an overview of the many nations in which Spanish is spoken. Viewers learn about the personal goals and ambitions of Spanish speakers in Salamanca, Spain (the director of a summer school famous for teaching the language); in Mexico City (a professional chef); and in New York City (a community leader of Puerto Rican ancestry).
Online
1995
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Mi Buenos Aires Querido [electronic resource]

Miguel Rep is one of Argentina's most famous cartoonists, and he knows his way around Buenos Aires as well as his way around a drawing easel. In this program, he sketches views of city landmarks and of his favorite bohemian haunts. In the process, he helps beginning Spanish speakers learn how to describe aspects of urban geography-from cafes to waterfronts to public buildings-while other Buenos Aires residents do their part to usher viewers through the city and the language. Featured locations include the Plaza de Mayo, the cemetery of Recoleta, the culturally rich barrio of Boedo, and the Plaza San Martin.
Online
1995
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Chicas [electronic resource]

Hollywood is the epicenter of English-language entertainment, but there are plenty of other places that might be described as dream factories-not least in the Spanish-speaking world, where thriving film and TV industries create on their own terms. With a focus on television acting, this program offers examples of ways for budding Spanish-speakers to talk about their dreams and career aspirations. Viewers learn about the personal goals and ambitions of four young women who are students at the Televisa training school in Mexico City, where many popular Spanish-language soap operas (telenovelas) are produced.
Online
1995
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El Andaluz [electronic resource]

Andalusia is a Spanish autonomous community resplendent with cultural and architectural treasures, many of which evoke the nation's Islamic influence. In this program, Manuel Falces, one of Spain's top photographers, documents unforgettable images of Andalusia-and, in doing so, helps introduce the best ways to ask for directions and travel guidance in Spanish. Viewers encounter breathtaking images of the Alhambra, the eighth-century fortress of La Alcazaba, and Almeria's old fisherman's quarter, while learning about Manuel's personal goal of establishing a permanent, high-tech photo center or fototeca in the region.
Online
1995
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Madrid [electronic resource]: 24 Horas

The hustle and bustle of Spain's capital is a great setting for picking up key Spanish words, phrases, and expressions. After all, communication is an indispensable part of the quest for success in the big city, whether on the streets or in an office building. This program helps Spanish-language learners discuss and describe occupations, work habits, and daily routines as it looks at life in Madrid-in particular, a day in the lives of a taxi driver, a radio announcer, and a journalist. As they absorb the video's language lessons, viewers will also discover that financial security is just as elusive in Spain as it is in the United States!
Online
1995
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Salsa [electronic resource]

Even in the world's largest metropolis, you can still get away from it all. Mexico City's suburb of Xochimilco is a popular place for family outings-and a great location for an up-and-coming restaurant. Following the Patino sisters (Monica, a chef, and Claudia, a designer) as they plan for the grand opening of their ambitious eatery, this program helps Spanish language learners practice ordering food and drinks and discuss other travel-related topics. Progress and occasional setbacks occur as the sisters' vision takes shape, adding a touch of suspense to this illuminating look at Mexican cuisine, culinary history, and entrepreneurship.
Online
1995
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Bienvenidos! [electronic resource]

Every coffee farmer dreams that this year's harvest will be a good one. In Colombia, farmers meet regularly to discuss the harvest-over a cup of coffee, naturally. Coffee is likewise a frequent centerpiece when Colombians want to make guests feel at home. All of which makes for a valuable collection of Spanish lessons that highlight the fine arts of hospitality, cooperation, and teamwork. Viewers are shown scenes of coffee growing, processing, and packaging-in addition to the crowning of a regional "Coffee Queen"-that help develop vocabulary and usage while building awareness of a vital aspect of Latin American culture.
Online
1995
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Fiesta [electronic resource]

The Day of the Dead is Mexico's most important fiesta. In the city of Pátzcuaro, Mexico, local residents await and discuss the festival with great anticipation. This program highlights their activities leading up to, during, and following Dia de los Muertos, offering plenty of Spanish lessons in the process. Because locally made foods, drinks, and souvenirs are often a big part of the holiday, viewers of the program will find ample opportunity to absorb Spanish-language discussions of the shopping, baking, flower-gathering, and decorating that are all part of the preparations. Visitors to a cemetery on the night of the event share their thoughts and feelings about its meaning in their lives.
Online
1995
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Barrio [electronic resource]

Guadalajara-Mexico's second largest city, and the capital of the state of Jalisco. Some 350,000 people have moved here from the poorer parts of Jalisco in search of employment and a better way of life. Dr. Marco Castillo has a dream-to improve the lives of the people of Guadalaraja with a comprehensive health system. This program helps foreign language students discuss Guadalara's social issues in Spanish as it explores Dr. Castillo's aim to establish health clinics; set up training programs in hygiene, diet, and first aid; and implement other measures designed to help people help themselves.
Online
1995
10.

El Viaje [electronic resource]

Crisscrossing the geographically diverse nation of Ecuador, this program follows the travels of a radio journalist who, while making his living in Quito, the capital city, has always dreamed of visiting remote places in which his broadcasts are heard. Viewers discover ways to ask for and discuss travel information in Spanish, as well as helpful words and phrases for marketplace bargaining and for appreciating the craftsmanship with which many rural Ecuadorians support themselves. Local spiritual and religious traditions are also explored as the journalist compiles and completes a radio report on his adventure.
Online
1995
11.

Romanticos [electronic resource]

From the beauty of ancient Aztec temples to the modern amenities of Mexico City, our neighbors to the south have much to offer the American visitor and Spanish language student. The same can be said for tourists who are from Mexico to begin with! This program follows a young couple as they enjoy their honeymoon in the country, engendering a progression of Spanish lessons that revolve around travel destinations and tourist activities. Cathedral sightseeing in the capital, Easter celebrations in Taxco, and the Teatro Juarez in Guanajuato all offer wonderful opportunities for learning important vocabulary and phrasings.
Online
1995
12.

Actores [electronic resource]

The 16th-century Corral de Comedias is Spain's oldest theater and a prime venue for the great classics of Spanish drama. Spotlighting two young actors who share the dream of performing at the Corral, this program shows them in their present capacity-namely, helping with theater festival publicity-thereby presenting several helpful Spanish language lessons. Viewers encounter examples of how Spanish speakers buy tickets, book hotel accommodations, ask about hotel services, and more. Meanwhile, as tensions rise over the hectic rehearsals and other preparations, the acting students share their hopes and ambitions and how these mesh with the possibilities of the future.
Online
1995
13.

El Bosque [electronic resource]

Costa Rica prides itself on being one of the most peaceful and democratic countries in all of Latin America. Now tourism has become the nation's number-one revenue earner-and the country's ecology could be under threat. Looking at ecotourism in Costa Rica, this program helps beginning Spanish speakers learn how to describe and compare things. Viewers are introduced to a biologist and tour guide who wants to see Costa Rica balance economic demands with the need to preserve species and natural habitats, and a researcher with INBio, the Institute of Biodiversity, who is charged with cataloging plant and insect life.
Online
1995
14.

Gaucho [electronic resource]

They are Argentina's version of the cowboy-legends in their time. Do they still exist or are they specters of the past? This program uses the mystique and the modern manifestation of the gaucho to help build Spanish language vocabulary and phrasing knowledge. Highlighting ways to compare life now to how it used to be, the video profiles the son of a gaucho as he manages the estate of El Tordillo in Buenos Aires province, a wide open area of farmland in which men on horseback once worked and roamed. Others who care for the estate are also featured, including its owners, who are contemplating opening it to tourism.
Online
1995
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Conquistadores [electronic resource]

What kind of people were the conquistadores? And why did so many of them come from Extremadura, a region of western Spain? This program delves into the history of the area and its link to the Americas. In the process, it brings up important ways to discuss historical and geographical concepts in Spanish, resulting in a highly useful tool for beginning or advanced Spanish language students. While it doesn't shy away from the fact that Spain's conquest of the New World was violent on many levels, it does help viewers see the immense historical value of the religious and cultural sites with which Extremadura is so richly endowed.
Online
1995
16.

De Moda [electronic resource]

Fashion is big business in Colombia. This program features top Colombian fashion designer Carlos Zapata on a location shoot in Cartagena. As it follows Zapata's professional activities, the video provides detailed lessons in how to express likes and dislikes in Spanish, especially those revolving around clothes, fashion accessories, and colors. Viewers will soon recognize that Zapata and his team are in the business of creating dreams for others, but the question also arises: what does the artist dream for himself? And how does that dream shed light on self-expression for speakers of Spanish?
Online
1995
17.

Vascos [electronic resource]

Basque country, on the northern edge of Spain-a fertile and productive region with strong traditions, a language of its own, and a culture quite different from the rest of the country. Basque cuisine is no exception. From the largest city to the smallest village, it's something they take very seriously. This program features a pair of Basque filmmakers who dream of entering the Spanish film and television industry. Their work in progress, a documentary about culinary traditions, becomes a useful learning tool for viewers who want to build vocabulary and phrasing ability focused on food, beverages, dining, and cooking.
Online
1995
18.

El Arte [electronic resource]

Catalonia, in northeastern Spain-an autonomous community distinguished by its unique dialect, its dynamic industry, and its culture. For Catalans, art is an important part of daily life, from sardana music in the village squares to the ultra-modern design and architecture of its major cities, especially Barcelona. This program features architects and painters describing their work and ambitions-a series of discussions that are also useful Spanish lessons, helping viewers articulate complex ideas in the language. The video encourages students to talk about urban geography, architecture, paintings, art history, and more.
Online
1995
19.

Manos del Uruguay [electronic resource]

It began in 1968 as a tiny commerce organization based in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo. Today, Manos del Uruguay is an international business that exports to the U.S., Japan, and Europe. This program looks at the success of the women's garment-making cooperative, and in doing so, weaves together helpful Spanish lessons about day-to-day business practices as well as shopping for clothes and craft objects. Viewers learn how training is an important part of the Manos philosophy; how members are taught design, production, and administrative skills; and how global distribution occurs from a centralized location in Montevideo.
Online
1995
20.

America! [electronic resource]

People of Hispanic origin make up a rapidly growing socioeconomic sector in the U.S. Spanish is heard-and seen-almost everywhere; on thousands of TV channels and radio stations, not to mention in the day-to-day life of cities, towns, and rural areas across the nation. This program explores useful Spanish vocabulary and phrases as it profiles Americans for whom Spanish is the primary language. Viewers become familiar with members of a local pop group in San Antonio, Texas, who are of Mexican descent, and a community organizer in New York City whose Puerto Rican ancestry informs his work.
Online
1995