Who are these masons?

Dear Kevin, 

Although I am the female co-chair of the Detroit Chapter of NCOBRA, and even though I wrote the proposal, on behalf of the chapter, inviting NCOBRA-National to Detroit for the annual convention during the 400th
anniversary of slavery in America, I informed the chapter members that I will NOT be attending the convention.  Why?  Because they won’t let me speak.  Oh, it’s my ego?  No, it’s their blackball to keep secrets.  They CAN’T let me speak at the convention because I’m a whistleblower. 

Yet the blue for the voice chakra is not just in the throat but in the fingers, meaning when I can’t talk, I will write. America is a very masonic nation, as evidenced by George Washington being memorialized by an obelisk.  Of
course, the masons stole their symbols from Egypt.  That is not by
accident.  That is the fulfillment of the prophecy of Auset, Ausar, and Set. 
Set stole land from Ausar and Auset, the co-regent king and queen of
Egypt.  The Egyptians called their land Kemet, meaning ‘black land’.  If the people and the land are one, then 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the
fulfillment of the prophecy from Kemet about British and American Seths
stealing black folks’ land and people.  The masons are a secret society that
secretly runs America through backroom deals.  

The backroom deal on HR 40 and the corresponding Senate version that NCOBRA doesn’t want me to blow the whistle about is this: Black Democratic masons are negotiating with white Democratic masons for our reparations to NOT include individual payments.  Instead the money will be paid to black masonic organizations.  In return, these black masonic organizations are supposed to convince their members, the non-masons, to be satisfied with this deal and vote for Democrats. 

Yours truly founded the Reparations Labor Union six years ago.  I am not a mason or Eastern Star.  They take an oath to keep secrets.  I don’t want to
take that oath because I discovered, while suing the CIA for the drugs
imported into America’s segregated black neighborhoods, that black
masons were keeping the secrets of white Sethian Ku Klux Klan grand
master dragons who are committing the genocide of black people.  Rather
than keep that secret, I blow the whistle.  True, the consequences are that I got blackballed.  Part of the blackball cost me my license to practice law, so a woman with a law degree now delivers packages for Amazon Flex.  Such is the sacrifice of a whistleblower.  However, the Reparations Labor Union and Melanin Tech were inspired by a black mason I saw going through the prophecy of Ausar, being “castrated”. 

I became Auset and gave “birth” to the Reparations Labor Union and
Melanin Tech to “resurrect” or repair this Ausar into Heru, yet not just one Ausar, but all of them.   Reparations is a love story.  Just because I blow the whistle on the black Prince Hall masons and Stars doesn’t mean I don’t love them.  Yet loving them doesn’t mean I don’t love my people.  Love warns. 
The Princes and Stars are in danger just like the rest of us black non-masons.  They know that the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution are not valid.  (I blew the whistle on the Civil War and Reconstruction Amendments here.)  Their backroom deal with the white masons is to not put blacks back in chains, so for the past 150+ years, the masons who run America have been pretending that slavery is over, birthright national citizenship and equal rights exist, and voting rights exist.  It’s all make-believe, or as Trump would say, “fake news”.  However, today, June 14th, is Donald Trump’s birthday.  He likes to renegotiate treaties and backroom deals. 

Joe Biden might resurrect his 2012 assertion that Republicans are going to put blacks back in chains.  There’s a reason the boogeyman hasn’t done that yet, because we are the storm, but an explanation of melanin’s storm capabilities goes beyond the focus of this love letter.  Suffice it to say for now that Trump would rather start a war, even a nuclear war, to distract from reparations, but nothing can stop an idea whose time has come.      

Reparations Labor Union was founded by black Jews.  In the Torah is the
prophecy of the children of Abraham being enslaved and afflicted for 400
years, but afterward, God judged the nation that enslaved and afflicted them and the children of Abraham came out with great substance.  Two prophecies are being fulfilled this year, one from the Medu Neter of Kemet and
one from the Torah.  The prophecy from the Torah involves judgment, exodus, and reparations.  Love warns: I’m running for President to warn
America to mitigate her Judgment by paying reparations to the descendants of enslaved Africans.  Yes, that means individual reparations.  Yes, to 45 million people.  Yes, that means validating the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments by properly passing them this time around.  (The Civil War and Reconstruction Amendments have no time limit or statute of limitation because Mississippi just ratified the 13th Amendment in 2013.) 

Yes, that means truly freeing black people, giving us citizenship, equal rights, and voting rights.  Yes, America has the ability to pay each African-American 14 acres and some cash to develop the land, thereby replacing the mule.  America needs to take these actions, this year, in order to save herself.  Yet when the House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on H.R. 40 on Juneteenth, June 19, 2019, the backroom deal cannot be reparations for black masons only.  That will not halt or mitigate America’s judgment.  It will only accelerate it!  Just because the Reparations Labor Union was founded by blacks Jews doesn’t mean we want reparations just for black Jews. 

Labor unions mean the solidarity of one for all and all for one.  As soon as America (or Britain, because my family was brought to Virginia by a British ship in 1728,) enslaved one black Jew, then according to the Bible that many Americans claim to believe, America and Britain became subject to the Biblical prophecy regarding the children of Abraham.  We are now telling “Pharaoh” Trump, let our people go.  All of us.  Including the Princes and their Stars.  So far, America has said, “No.”  We take “No” for an answer, just not very well.  The future is the consequence of decisions.  If America’s decision is no, then the Biblical prophecy is judgment, exodus, and reparations this year.   There are two reparations conventions in Detroit next week and the House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on H.R. 40 in Washington, D.C. 

Due to a generous scholarship, a limited number of free tickets are now available to the Reparations Summit on June 18-19, 2019 at the Spacelab, 607 Shelby, in Detroit.  You don’t need to prove financial need, so if you need a free ticket, get yours now at http://reparations-summit.eventbrite.com.  I am also working on making the Reparations Summit available for attendance by webinar.  More on that later. True, unity is needed in the black community, but I will not unify with a secret that hurts what the masses of our people want and need.  I must go rogue.  We need reparations to include individual payments.  Organizations weren’t kidnapped, enslaved, raped, castrated, and beaten.  Individuals were.  If America can pay reparations to the Japanese and white Jews, then they can pay reparations to the descendants of enslaved Africans.  It’s not our fault that we multiplied since 1865 from 4 million to 45 million.  It’s America’s fault for not paying what America owed 154 years ago. 

The date of our debt and our numbers mean that African Americans are America’s biggest creditor, not China or the Federal Reserve.  The solution to this national debt crisis is not black genocide because that would only make America’s judgment worse.  This is spiritual as well as political.  The only solution is for America to pay what she owes to every single descendant of enslaved Africans in America, and to pay it now, just in case Judgment doesn’t wait until December 31, 2019.             

Sincerely yours, Anita Belle
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Be Concerned about How Long a Commute you Have

Dear Kevin, 

Greetings from the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, where the International Labour Organization (ILO) is celebrating its 100th anniversary. A key part of this year’s ILC is the last round of tripartite negotiations for two new ILO instruments, which have the potential to become the first comprehensive international standard on gender-based violence in the workplace.

Negotiations continue here for a Convention and Recommendation on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work, but the question that remains is how comprehensive and inclusive it will be. Will it cover the commute to work in the definition of the “world of work”? Will the definition of workers include workers of all contractual statuses, interns, trainees, and informal sector workers? Will the obligations on employers be robust enough?

For some of our thoughts on why these issues matter, please read and share ILRF campaign coordinator Sarah Newell’s latest blog posts:

On why the ILO should care about the commute:

Hold your keys in your hand. Stick to that street, not this one, it has more lights. Don’t go down that block, whatever you do – there’s a group of gamblers on the corner ready to scream drunkenly at you as you pass by.

It’s a dance every woman around the world is familiar with: minimizing your risk and exposure, keeping yourself safe, while trying to get from point A to point B. For garment workers in Cambodia, that dance takes place nearly every night. So much so that the Center for Alliance of Labor and Human Rights (CENTRAL), keeps a crowdsourced map up on the wall. Workers who come through the center for trainings and meetings add to the map. They draw arrows down the safest paths, and mark hazards with orange dots.

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On counting workers as workers:

No category of worker is immune to gender-based violence at work. Interns, trainees, and contractors hired through a temp agency are at no less risk of harassment and abuse than workers who have signed regular employment contracts. Precarious workers – those who frequently fill permanent job needs but are denied permanent employee rights – are at a higher risk of gender-based violence, since the employer may not renew their short-term contract if they exercise their rights, especially those related to freedom of association and collective bargaining. Around the world, these jobs are disproportionately filled by women, migrant workers, and other marginalized groups.

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Please help show support for a strong ILO Convention and Recommendation on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work by sharing our graphics from Twitter and Facebook under the #ILOEndGBV hashtag.
In solidarity,

Judy Gearhart
Executive Director

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Please, help kids be healthy!

Help Keep Kids Healthy

10 pediatric tips for parents

Physicians from The University of Kansas Health System’s pediatrics team offer 10 proven tips you can start today to help keep your family healthy.

  1. Get flu shots. Children are especially at risk because of their underdeveloped immune systems, but it’s an easy preventive health measure recommended for the whole family.
  2. Take vitamin D. 400 IU daily are recommended for children and adults. Check with your personal pediatrician for information.
  3. Stop smoking. Parents shouldn’t smoke. Keep trying to quit until you succeed. Don’t give up. While you’re kicking the habit, don’t smoke inside your home or car to prevent second-hand smoke exposure.
  4. Eat dinner together. You’ll learn a lot by eating dinner together and it’s a good time to share information as well as healthy food. Make sure to turn off TV, radio, cell phones and iPods.
  5. Limit screen time. Limit viewing to 2 hours per night on school nights for TV, computer or smart phone. Instead of screen time, help your child study, have a conversation, read them a story or encourage them to read. The doctor says to continue this throughout teenage years.
  6. Get a good night’s sleep. At least 8 hours a night are recommended for children and their parents.
  7. Be active. Find time to walk and play with your children. Daily activity including outdoor play should be practiced all winter long. Make sure to bundle up. Leave the cell phone on silent.
  8. Take shoes off at the door. Don’t wear shoes in the house. This prevents tracking in dirt and germs. Your house will be cleaner as a bonus and your family will stay healthier.
  9. Maintain fire extinguisher and smoke alarms. Keep a working extinguisher ($20 variety) in the kitchen, garage and basement. Likewise, install smoke alarms throughout the home especially near bedrooms.
  10. Switch and turn. Change your furnace filter every 3 months to keep everyone breathing easy. Turn the hot water thermostat down to 120 degrees to avoid scalding. Your dishwasher will still work just fine.

Learn more about pediatric services offered at The University of Kansas Health System.

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How to Learn Spanish…


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The aim of our website is to give the student the opportunity to learn Spanish in a practical and interesting way. It is difficult to learn to speak and understand a language using traditional courses or studying grammar for several reasons:

  • You do not learn the real language, as it is used on a day-to-day basis.
  • Studying only grammar is boring and generally causes the student to lose interest and leave the studio.
  • It is not a natural method, our brain is not prepared to learn a language in this way.
  • It does not help to express oneself fluently.
  • The progress of learning becomes very slow, which demoralizes the student.
  • What is the alternative to learn a language in a simple way?

In our opinion, the best answer is for children. How did we learn to speak our mother tongue? .

how to learn spanish

Studies confirm that babies begin to understand language after 4 months of life . Four months continuously listening to a language! After four months, babies begin to understand if we are angry or happy, sad or happy, tired or full of energy. To understand if we are angry or happy, sad or happy, tired or full of energy, they have had to spend four months listening to the language on a daily basis .

Later, children begin to try to imitate the sounds they hear until they can say their first words.  From the sixth month of life, babies begin to try to speak , in Spanish we call these babbling sounds: gaga, ma, gugu, tata … The reason why the baby tries to make sounds more and more complicated, is because the parents they motivate you The baby knows that every time he makes a sound, his parents reward him with a smile, answering him or simply paying attention. In traditional language courses, the opposite usually happens, the courses only focus on errors , the negative, causing frustration in the student. Forget about that, learn from babies and focus on your successes. Enjoy what you know, you will learn more. A language must be a communication tool, not a form of punishment .

The first words of a baby are usually: mom, dad, water. Usually they are words similar to the babblings and that are simple to pronounce. Starting at 12 months of age, babies learn many new words, although they do not yet form sentences, they have very effective forms of communication. For example: “pupa” is a way of saying that you have hurt yourself, “ya ta” is a way of saying that you have finished (“already is”). A characteristic of this stage is that the baby understands more than he is capable of saying . Many of us have been in this situation when we learn a language.

But it is from two years of age when the language is triggered . From here the baby learns approximately one new word each day and begins to be able to form sentences. In this phase, it is highly recommended to start reading stories and stories, because you begin to understand many more things. Three years is when children usually start reading. Realize this, spend almost three full years listening and learning to speak , before knowing the alphabet. Once they begin to speak more or less well, they begin to learn the alphabet and read its first letters. Then, by imitation, they begin to write their first letters as well .

The learning process of traditional courses is very chaotic. They usually start by explaining a basic vocabulary and basic grammar rules. At this point you are already forced to read a new language without being used to the new sounds . You also have to write it to then take the exams, without knowing exactly what the sounds are, that makes the errors accumulate and it is difficult for the student to advance.

The language, the ability to form sentences, use different words and understand others continues to develop until approximately 18 years. Our brain continues to learn throughout childhood and adolescence.

We can imitate this process to learn a language that is not ours . You just have to have a little patience. We do not have to wait eighteen (18) years to be able to speak a language and understand it, because our ability to speak is already developed. All you have to do is get used to listening and imitating the new sounds that you have to use .

There may be many more, but from our point of view, you must follow  7 important tips  to learn to speak Spanish fluently.

how to speak spanish fluently

Our first advice: LISTEN

We must listen carefully to messages, phrases, words, sounds. Paying attention and listening to them many times,  we will get used to the new sounds, intonation and pronunciation.

LISTENING , this is how anyone who wants to learn a language should start. The language we speak best is our mother tongue, did not we learn it by listening to it? Nobody told us: “Son, this toy is for you to learn to conjugate the subjunctive”. It would be absurd !. We learned by listening to our parents, family and friends talking. And this is the only method to master Spanish or any other language: LISTEN .

Our second advice: REPEAT

The key to success in anything, including learning Spanish, is to practice a lot . When you hear some Spanish, try to do it again. Listen again to that audio. It does not need to be immediately, you can do it later or the next day. But listen again. That will help your brain in the learning process.

Children end up learning to speak because they often hear the same words , phrases or expressions. His first words are usually mom or dad because they are some of the words that most hear. Besides that, they are easy to pronounce.

Our third advice: IMITAR

At six months, the babies begin to try to imitate the sounds we produce . Babies like to experiment with the sounds produced by rolling the tongue, moving the lips, moving the mouth …

The muscles of our face, our mouth and our throat are accustomed to perform only certain movements. Why? Because usually we only practice one language . When we study a new language we have to get used to the muscles of our mouth, tongue and throat to the new movements they have to do. It costs some work, but it is a matter of practice, practice and more practice. Some of the sounds that are hardest to reproduce from Spanish are the letters R, J and Z, but with patience and some work, you can improve the pronunciation of these sounds.

The human being has a very great capacity to learn things by imitation . To imitate means to copy what another person, animal or thing does. Copy exactly what you do or say. When we have listened to and REPEATED many times the same podcast, we will try to imitate it . We can pronounce the most difficult phrases, words or expressions that we have heard. That way, we can improve the pronunciation of the language.

Perfect, three fundamental rules so far: listen, repeat and imitate . What else do we have to do to study Spanish?

Our fourth advice: CONSTANCE

Constance means perseverance. We can define the word in a simple way such as: “perform actions frequently until achieving an objective”.

Another mistake that is made when studying a language is not using the study time correctly . To study a language you do not need to study for a long time, but you do need to study frequently . For example, if we study Tuesdays and Thursdays for four hours, we will be dedicating 8 hours per week to the study. If we study one hour every day, we will spend 7 hours studying the language, but the improvement will be much greater, because the effort is more continuous .

We repeat that it is not necessary to study for a long time, but that the study is done every day if possible. Many people study a lot of time, but very few days a week. The learning of a language, and of anything, is obtained through daily practice .

What if I do not have time to study?

To study Spanish with our method you can use any of those moments of the day when we can not do other things:

  • While you go to work
  • While you go to school, institute or university
  • Every time you travel
  • When you are doing housework

In short, it is about taking advantage of “dead times” . Those moments are ideal to listen to a podcast for example. You just have to download the episode, save it to your MP3 player or smartphone and listen to it while doing other things. Once you have created the habit, it will be easier for you to have proof.


To listen very much to the language you are learning is important . But it is also very important that you learn by listening to natives. Why? Because you will try to imitate the language from its original source. You will get accustomed to the sounds as the natives pronounce them, you will hear expressions that the natives use and nobody better than them can advise you on the use of the language.

Our sixth advice: DO NOT TRANSLATE

When you learn a language you tend to try to translate everything . This is a learned mistake, since in many language courses they try to make you memorize vocabulary lists. For example: dog – dog, cat – cat, building – building … In the long run the brain gets used to making these associations and ends up learning to do a literal translation word by word. To understand anything, it is necessary to study the context in which it is. If this were not the case, the Google translator would have solved all the language problems in the world.

To learn a language, it is better, more powerful, more useful and much easier to learn to understand the phrases. It is not necessary that you go analyzing word by word, concentrate on the message that the phrases transmit. When you get used to it you will realize that it is not necessary to know all the vocabulary to understand what someone is saying . You will also realize that it is not necessary to study vocabulary, you will learn the meaning of many words thanks to the context, the phrase where they are.

And our seventh advice: DIVIÉRTETE

To learn a language it is important that the content we study is an interesting content . Many students abandon the study of a language because it is heavy or boring. By studying a lot of grammar, vocabulary lists or conjugation of verbs you will get tired and you will find it boring. The worst thing is that because our brain is not prepared to memorize information in that way, you will end up forgetting most of it.

Try to use a learning material that is entertaining. All people learn much faster and more effectively when they do something they like . When you see that you understand Spanish people better and that little by little you have more fluency when speaking, you will be encouraged to continue learning. Speaking other languages ​​is fun! If at any time you have the possibility of having a conversation with a native, you will have less fear.

Spanish speakers are generally friendly, very sociable and expressive people. It shows in the language.


  • Hear
  • Repeat
  • Imitate
  • Constancy
  • Learn from natives
  • Do not translate
  • Have fun

Do not hesitate to make your comments on this blog or on our Facebook or Google+ page . We would like very much to know what your opinion is so we can improve and offer you interesting content .

Greetings and many thanks to all.

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Audiobooks to learn Spanish

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Un Podcast a aprender espanol


El objetivo de nuestra web es dar al estudiante la oportunidad de aprender español de una forma práctica e interesante. Es difícil aprender a hablar y comprender un idioma utilizando los cursos tradicionales o estudiando gramática por varios motivos:

  • No se aprende el idioma real, tal y como se utiliza en el día a día.
  • Estudiar solo gramática es aburrido y generalmente hace que el estudiante pierda interés y abandone el estudio.
  • No es un método natural, nuestro cerebro no está preparado para aprender un idioma de esta forma.
  • No ayuda a expresarse con fluidez.
  • El progreso del aprendizaje se hace muy lento, lo que desmoraliza al alumno.
  • ¿Qué alternativa hay para aprender un idioma de forma sencilla?

En nuestra opinión la mejor respuesta la tienen los niños. ¿Cómo aprendimos a hablar nuestra lengua materna?.

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Los estudios confirman que los bebés comienzan a comprender el lenguaje a partir de los 4 meses de vida. ¡Cuatro meses escuchando un idioma continuamente! A partir de los cuatro meses, los bebes comienzan a comprender si estamos enfadados o contentos, tristes o felices, cansados o llenos de energía. Para poder entender si estamos enfadados o contentos, tristes o felices, cansados o llenos de energía, han tenido que estar cuatro meses escuchando el idioma a diario.

Más adelante, los niños comienzan a intentar imitar los sonidos que escuchan hasta que consiguen decir sus primeras palabras.  A partir del sexto mes de vida, los bebéscomienzan a intentar hablar, en español llamamos a estos sonidos balbuceos: gaga, ma, gugu, tata… El motivo por el que el bebé intenta formar sonidos cada vez más complicados, es porque los padres le motivan. El bebé sabe que cada vez que hace un sonido, sus padres le recompensan con una sonrisa, contestándole o simplemente prestándole atención. En los cursos tradicionales de idiomas, normalmente ocurre lo contrario, los cursos sólo se centran en los errores, lo negativo, provocando frustración en el alumno. Olvídate de eso, aprende de los bebés y céntrate en tus aciertos. Disfruta de lo que sabes, ya aprenderás más. Un idioma debe ser una herramienta de comunicación, no una forma de castigo.

Las primeras palabras de un bebé suelen ser: mamá, papá, agua. Suelen ser palabras parecidas a los balbuceos y que son sencillas de pronunciar.  A partir de los 12 meses de edad, los bebés aprenden muchas palabras nuevas, aunque aún no forman frases, tienen formas de comunicación muy efectivas. Por ejemplo: “pupa” es una forma de decir que se ha hecho daño, “ya ta” es una forma de decir que ya terminado (“ya está”). Una característica de esta etapa es que el bebé comprende más de lo que es capaz de decir. Muchos hemos estado en esta situación cuando aprendemos un idioma.

Pero es a partir de los dos años de edad cuando el lenguaje se dispara. A partir de aquí el bebé aprende aproximadamente una palabra nueva cada día y empieza a ser capaz de formar frases. En esta fase, es muy recomendable empezar a leerle cuentos e historias, porque empieza a comprender muchas más cosas. A los tres años es cuando los niños suelen empezar a leer. Daos cuenta de esto, pasan casi tres años completos escuchando y aprendiendo a hablar, antes de conocer el alfabeto. Una vez que empiezan a hablar más o menos bien, empiezan a aprender el alfabeto y a leer sus primeras letras. Después, por imitación, comienzan a escribir sus primeras letras también.

El proceso de aprendizaje de los cursos tradicionales es muy caótico. Normalmente empiezan explicándote un vocabulario básico y unas normas de gramática básicas. En este punto ya estás obligado a leer un idioma nuevo sin estar acostumbrado a los nuevos sonidos. También hay que escribirlo para después realizar los exámenes, sin saber exactamente cómo son los sonidos, eso hace que los errores se acumulen y sea difícil para el alumno avanzar.

El lenguaje, la capacidad para formar frases, utilizar diferentes palabras y comprender a los demás sigue desarrollándose hasta los 18 años aproximadamente. Nuestro cerebro sigue aprendiendo durante toda la infancia y la adolescencia.

Podemos imitar este proceso para aprender un idioma que no es el nuestro. Sólo hay que tener un poco de paciencia. No hay que esperar dieciocho (18) años para poder hablar un idioma y comprenderlo, porque nuestra capacidad de hablar ya está desarrollada. Lo único que hay que hacer es acostumbrarse a escuchar e imitar los nuevos sonidos que hay que utilizar.

Pueden existir muchos más, pero bajo nuestro punto de vista, deberás seguir 7 importantes consejos para aprender a hablar español con fluidez.

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Nuestro primer consejo: ESCUCHAR

Debemos escuchar con atención los mensajes, las frases, las palabras, los sonidos. Prestando atención y escuchándolos muchas veces, nos acostumbraremos a los nuevos sonidos, a la entonación y a la pronunciación.

ESCUCHANDO, así es como cualquier persona que quiera aprender un idioma debería empezar. El idioma que mejor hablamos es nuestra lengua materna, ¿acaso no lo aprendimos escuchándolo? Nadie nos dijo: “Hijo, este juguete es para que aprendas a conjugar el subjuntivo”. ¡Sería absurdo!. Aprendimos escuchando hablar a nuestros padres, familiares y amigos. Y este es el único método para dominar el español o cualquier otro idioma: ESCUCHAR.

Nuestro segundo consejo: REPETIR

La clave del éxito en cualquier cosa, incluyendo el aprendizaje del español, es practicar mucho. Cuando escuches algo de español, procura volver a hacerlo. Vuelve a escuchar ese audio. No hace falta que sea inmediatamente, puedes hacerlo más tarde o al día siguiente. Pero vuelve a escucharlo. Eso ayudará a tu cerebro en el proceso de aprendizaje.

Los niños acaban aprendiendo a hablar porque oyen muchas veces las mismas palabras, frases o expresiones. Sus primeras palabras suelen ser mamá o papá porque son algunas de las palabras que más oyen. Además de eso, son fáciles de pronunciar.

Nuestro tercer consejo: IMITAR

A los seis meses, los bebés comienzan a intentar imitar los sonidos que producimos. A los bebés les gusta experimentar con los sonidos que produce enrollar la lengua, mover los labios, mover la boca…

Los músculos de nuestra cara, de nuestra boca y de nuestra garganta están acostumbrados a realizar sólo ciertos movimientos. ¿Por qué? Porque habitualmente solo practicamos un idioma. Cuando estudiamos un nuevo idioma tenemos que acostumbrar a los músculos de nuestra boca, a la lengua y a la garganta a los nuevos movimientos que tienen que hacer. Cuesta algo de trabajo, pero es cuestión de práctica, práctica y más práctica. Algunos de los sonidos que más cuesta reproducir del español son las letras R, J y Z, pero con paciencia y algo de trabajo, puedes mejorar la pronunciación de estos sonidos.

El ser humano tiene una capacidad muy grande para aprender cosas por imitación. Imitar significa copiar lo que hace otra persona, animal o cosa. Copiar exactamente lo que hace o dice. Cuando hayamos ESCUCHADO y REPETIDO muchas veces el mismo podcast, intentaremos imitarlo. Podemos pronunciar las frases, palabras o expresiones más difíciles que hayamos escuchado. De ese modo, podemos mejorar la pronunciación del idioma.

Perfecto, tres reglas fundamentales hasta ahora: escuchar, repetir e imitar. ¿Qué más tenemos que hacer para estudiar español?

Nuestro cuarto consejo: CONSTANCIA

Constancia significa perseverancia. Podemos definir la palabra de una forma sencilla como: “realizar acciones frecuentemente hasta conseguir un objetivo”.

Otro de los fallos que se cometen a la hora de estudiar un idioma es no emplear correctamente el tiempo de estudio. Para estudiar un idioma no hace falta estudiar durante mucho tiempo, pero sí que hace falta estudiar frecuentemente. Por ejemplo, si estudiamos los martes y los jueves durante cuatro horas, estaremos dedicando 8 horas semanales al estudio. Si estudiamos una hora todos los días, estaremos dedicando 7 horas al estudio del idioma, pero la mejora será mucho mayor, porque el esfuerzo es más continuado.

Repetimos que no hace falta estudiar durante mucho tiempo, pero sí que el estudio se haga todos los días a ser posible. Mucha gente estudia mucho tiempo, pero muy pocos días a la semana. El aprendizaje de un idioma, y de cualquier cosa, se obtiene mediante la práctica diaria.

¿Y si no tengo tiempo para estudiar?

Para estudiar español con nuestro método puedes usar cualquiera de esos momentos del día en los que no podemos hacer otras cosas:

  • Mientras vas al trabajo
  • Mientras vas a la escuela, instituto o universidad
  • Cada vez que viajas
  • Cuando estás haciendo las tareas domésticas

En definitiva se trata de aprovechar los “tiempos muertos”. Esos momentos son ideales para escuchar un podcast por ejemplo. Sólo tienes que descargar el episodio, guardarlo en tu reproductor MP3 o smartphone y escucharlo mientras haces otras cosas. Una vez que hayas creado el hábito, cada vez te será más sencillo tener constancia.

Nuestro quinto consejo: APRENDE DE NATIVOS

Escuchar mucho el idioma que estás aprendiendo es importante. Pero también es muy importante que aprendas escuchando a nativos. ¿Por qué? Porque intentarás imitar el idioma desde su fuente original. Te acostumbrarás a los sonidos tal y como los pronuncian los nativos, escucharas expresiones que utilizan los nativos y nadie mejor que ellos puede aconsejarte sobre el uso del idioma.

Nuestro sexto consejo: NO TRADUZCAS

Cuando se aprende un idioma se tiende a intentar traducirlo todo. Este es un error aprendido, ya que en muchos cursos de idiomas intentan hacer que memorices listas de vocabulario. Por ejemplo: perro – dog, gato – cat, edificio – building… A la larga el cerebro se acostumbra a realizar estas asociaciones y acaba aprendiendo a hacer una traducción literal palabra por palabra. Para entender cualquier cosa, es necesario estudiar el contexto en el que está. Si esto no fuera así, el traductor de Google hubiera solucionado ya todos los problemas de idiomas en el mundo.

Para aprender un idioma, es mejor, más poderoso, más útil y mucho más fácil aprender a entender las frases. No es necesario que vayas analizando palabra por palabra, concéntrate en el mensaje que transmiten las frases. Cuando te acostumbres te darás cuenta de que no es necesario conocer todo el vocabulario para entender lo que alguien está diciendo. También te darás cuenta de que no es necesario estudiar vocabulario, aprenderás el significado de muchas palabras gracias al contexto, a la frase donde se encuentran.

Y nuestro séptimo consejo: DIVIÉRTETE

Para aprender un idioma es importante que el contenido que estudiamos sea un contenido interesante. Muchos estudiantes abandonan el estudio de un idioma porque les resulta pesado o aburrido. Estudiando mucha gramática, listas de vocabulario o conjugación de verbos te cansarás y te resultará aburrido. Lo peor es que como nuestro cerebro no está preparado para memorizar información de esa manera, acabarás olvidando la mayor parte.

Intenta utilizar un material de aprendizaje que sea entretenido. Todas las personas aprenden mucho más rápido y más eficazmente cuando hacen algo que les gusta. Cuando compruebes que entiendes mejor a las personas que hablan español y que poco a poco tienes más fluidez al hablar, te animarás a seguir aprendiendo. ¡Hablar otros idiomas es divertido! Si en algún momento tienes la posibilidad de tener una conversación con un nativo, tendrás menos miedo.

Los hispanohablantes son por norma general personas amigables, muy sociables y expresivas. Eso se nota en el idioma.


  • Escuchar
  • Repetir
  • Imitar
  • Constancia
  • Aprende de nativos
  • No traduzcas
  • Diviértete

No dudéis en hacer vuestros comentarios en este mismo blog o en nuestra página de Facebook Google+. Nos gustaría mucho poder saber cuál es vuestra opinión para poder mejorar y ofreceros un contenido interesante.

Un saludo y muchas gracias a todos.

Escuche aqui: https://www.spanishpodcast.net/howtospeakspanishfluently/

Traducciones para esta lección:

Audiobooks para aprender español

Si lo deseas, puedes utilizar nuestros contenidos comprando cualquiera de los audiobooks. Compra los audiobooks y descarga todos los MP3 y las transcripciones de SpanishPodcastpara utilizarlos en cualquier lugar. Además, tenemos un audiobook sobre el aprendizajeespecial para estudiantes de español. Si prefieres otro tipo de contenido, también puedes estudiar con nuestro pack de diálogos en español. Con este pack podrás escuchar 24 conversaciones cotidianas y practicar hablando con nosotros.

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Learning Spanish R or RR tips and videos

Tip 1: How to Pronounce “R” | Spanish Lessons

Tip 2: How to Trill Your Rs

Tip 3: How to Roll Your R’s – You Already Know How! (For Italian, Spanish, etc.)

Tip 4: From Speech Therapist Rolled R

Tip 5: Spanish R pronunciation clinic – How to Roll (trill)

Tip 6: How to roll your Rs in Italian (also works for Spanish)

Tip 7: How to roll Rs by a Voice Coach of Music

Tip 8: Learn Spanish – How to Roll your r’s tutorial – RR Trill pronunciation

Tip 9: Pronunciación de “rr” y “r”. “rr” and “r” pronunciation en Espanol

Try these 8 for practice and understanding.

Listen, Repeat the tips, Think about what you have heard and where the tongue is.


Let me know which videos are most helpful.

Practique! Practique!

Buenos Suerte!

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US policies at the root of massive demonstrations in Honduras

Since late April, teachers, doctors, and medical workers in Honduras have been demonstrating against the privatization of education and medical services. The demonstrations in defense of public education and health services have grown into massive and ongoing national mobilizations demanding the resignation of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez.  

US-backed economic policies – such as privatization policies promoted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – are at the heart of the current crisis in Honduras. Furthermore, it is US political, economic, and military backing of the Hernandez regime that enables him to maintain his grip on power. Honduran social movement leader Carlos H Reyes recently said”The United States government is too brazen in the case of Honduras, throwing a lifeline to a dying regime. If it were not for them, the regime would have already fallen.”  With massive demonstrations ongoing against the regime, the US Embassy in Honduras recently announced the arrival of nearly 300 US Marines and others with the US Southern Command’s rapid response force to Honduras and surrounding countries.  The US Marines will conduct ‘training and security cooperation’ with the Honduran security forces, which routinely fire live bullets at teachers and other civilians during demonstrations.

Read more about the US and IMF role in the current situation in Honduras here.

As Honduran economist Hugo Noé Pino and sociologist Eugenio Sosa wrote in a recent article: “The current conflictive situation in the education and health sectors in Honduras has its background in social policies since 2010. The budgets of both sectors have decreased during current decade. For example, spending on education by the central government was 32.9% of the total in 2010 and in the approved budget for 2019 it is 19.9%. Health spending was reduced from 14.3% to 9.7% in the same period.” Notably, this startling decline in education and health spending occurred following the 2009 coup d’etat carried out by SOA graduates. During this same period ‘security’ and defense spending have increased. 

The situation in public hospitals is notoriously disastrous due to lack of equipment, medicine, and supplies. In fact, it is so bad that doctors report operating by the light of cell phones and there have been reports of newborn babies having to be placed in cardboard boxes or two per bassinet. There are schools that are falling down and in disrepair.

The dramatic reductions in social spending combined with the increased cost of living is one of the factors that leads thousands to leave Honduras in hopes of working in the United States. Ironically, the head of the IMF Mission that recently visited Honduras celebrated that Honduras’ GDP grew in 2018 ‘supported by private consumption, which was driven by an important growth of international remittances’.  Indeed, there is no denying that the IMF and US-backed neoliberal policies of privatization and reducing public spending benefit the economic elite and result in migration of the general population, leading to increased remittances upon which the economy will increasingly be based.  One must wonder if this is actually their unstated goal for improving the economy — make the situation so bad people leave and then they’ll send home remittances.

Another source of indignation is the corruption and criminal groups that pervade the Honduran government. President Hernandez’s brother, Tony Hernandez, was arrested by the US in 2018 and is currently awaiting trial in New York for drug trafficking. Court documents recently filed in that case revealed a US Drug Enforcement Agency investigation of President Hernandez and others close to him, including SOA graduate Security Minister Julian Pacheco. Numerous public corruption scandals have rocked the country, but Hernandez and his inner circle have remained untouched. Meanwhile, those who speak out and defend the rights of the population are shot at, criminalized, and threatened with death. Read more here.   

Take action:

1. If your Representative is not a co-sponsor of HR 1945, which would suspend US security aid to Honduras, please ask him/her to do so.  Call the Congressional Switchboard – 202-224-3121, ask for your Representative’s office, and then the foreign policy aide.  Ask that the staffer request your Representative co-sponsor HR 1945, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, and to let you know when they decide to do so.  

2. Call your Senators (Capitol Switchboard: 202- 224-3121) and ask them to oppose continued US backing of the Honduran regime and take the next opportunity to cut US military and security aid to Honduras.  

Thank you,

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Professor of Psychology Dwight Krehbiel ’69 hopes their Bethel education has put graduates on the right career path – and he also hopes for more.

Career discernment is important enough to be in the college’s new mission statement.

But, said Krehbiel, who is retiring after 41 years at Bethel, while that’s his wish for every graduate, it’s not the only one.

Krehbiel spoke May 19 to Bethel’s 126th graduating class in an address he titled “Why a Bethel Education? Careers, Professions, Vocations.”

Read more here.

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Our Green New Deal?

Here Come the New Deals

At its heart, the Green New Deal is more than a legislative agenda. It’s a potent and simple idea: We must take action on climate now, and we can create living-wage jobs and improve people’s lives in the process. While federal action has stalled under the Trump administration, municipal- and state-level progress is already underway all across the country.Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune’s celebrates some amazing green goings-on in the nation’s second-largest city.Photo by iStockphoto.com/chonessPhoto by Tom Koerner, FWS. Public Domain

No Coal Mining on Our Public LandsThe Bureau of Land Management is moving forward to allow coal mining on hundreds of millions of acres of public lands. The climate impact would be devastating, as billions of tons of carbon dioxide could be released. The BLM is taking public comments through this Thursday, June 6.Tell the BLM we deserve a healthy climate and public lands that benefit taxpayers, not coal executives.Photo by iStockphoto.com/DeepInsights

The EPA’s Deadly War on ScienceThe Trump administration and EPA head Andrew Wheeler continue to ignore science and roll back public health standards. This will cost lives—and a recent New York Times article shows just how far they’ll go to appease their fossil fuel friends.Get the details in Beyond Coal director Mary Anne Hitt’s latest column.Photo by iStockphoto.com/VAKSMANV

PFAS Are ForeverPer- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are everywhere. They’re found in thousands of products from fast-food wrappers to dental floss. They increase the risk of cancer, thyroid problems, kidney damage, and prenatal and childhood exposure can impair children’s health and development. It’s time to say no to PFAS.Tell your members of Congress to cosponsor legislation to regulate these toxic “forever chemicals” that never break down.Watch! Then sign up to volunteer.

Here’s How We Win in 2020The Sierra Club’s mission in 2020 is clear: Defeating Donald Trump at the ballot box so we can begin a new era of US climate leadership. But to succeed, we must build up our political muscle. Tell us about yourself and the strengths you bring to the table—whether it’s having conversations about how to defeat Trump or putting your talents to use as an organizer.Watch our new video and sign up.Photo by Jackie Ostfeld

Dear White WomenA white woman pulls a gun on a black couple picnicking in a state park; another calls the police to report black children selling lemonade outside a baseball stadium; yet another calls 911 because a black family is having a BBQ in a municipal lakeside park. “It’s nothing new, but it’s more visible than ever in 2019, thanks to social media,” says Jackie Ostfeld, director of the Sierra Club’s Outdoors for All campaign.Read more about what this white mother of two black children has to say about the “BBQ Becky” phenomenon.Photo by Emily Honig

Your Ticket to Summer AdventureStill unsure how you’ll spend the summer? Never fear—your vacation plans are in safe hands with Sierra Club Outings. Our diverse trip lineup—from summer to fall 2019 and beyond—offers something for everyone, including family getaways, raft journeys, canoe/kayak trips, lodge-based adventures, volunteer vacations, international treks, and much more.Act quickly, though—these trips will fill quickly.Photo by Getty Images/Ariel Skelley

Greening Our School DistrictsThe Sierra Club’s Climate Parents program is launching a campaign to transition school districts to 100% clean energy. In partnership with the Ready For 100 campaign, we’re working with parents, teachers, and community members to encourage school boards in districts across the country to pass resolutions for clean energy.Add your name to join the movement for 100% clean-energy school districts.Photo of the Department of Agriculture

This One’s a No-BrainerChlorpyrifos is one of our most-used pesticides, yet it’s now banned in three states for stunting brain development. A new bill would prevent federally subsidized school lunches and breakfasts from including food grown with chlorpyrifos—an important step toward a complete ban.Tell your senators you don’t want children exposed to chlorpyrifos.Photo by iStockphoto.com/Nechaev-kon

Beating Bug Bites NaturallySummer’s almost here, which means it’s time for backyard barbecues, outdoor adventures, and bug bites. Sierra looked into the science of dodging bug bites to find out whether, and to what extent, some of the most popular natural alternatives to DEET can get the job done.

Here’s how natural bug-sprays measure up.Photo by Nnorozoff

These Queens Need a Varied DietBumblebees are important pollinators for many crops, including tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and melons. While colony collapse disorder and threats to domestic honeybees get the headlines, bumblebees face similar challenges, but without the same attention and resources.A new study looks at the special dietary needs of bumblebee queens.Native Americans and their supporters march toward the White House in Washington D.C. in March 2017. | Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Freedom Under AttackA raft of new and pending legislation is designed to discourage people from voicing their opposition to controversial infrastructure projects. While the severity of the new protest penalties ranges on a spectrum, one common thread is punishment for interference in fossil fuel infrastructureHow will new state efforts targeting infrastructure protests affect your First Amendment rights?A lone bull in the South Selkirg herd dodges trafic on BC’s Highway 3 at Kootenay Pass

Oh, CanadaIt’s the 11th hour for British Columbia’s southern mountain caribou. Loss of core habitat due to logging, oil and gas development, and other extractive industries is largely responsible for the animal’s decline.Can Canada save its mountain caribou?Photo by Jessica Dean

Running Through the Sierra to Raise MoneyOn May 11, Team Sierra volunteers joined the Vacation Races Yosemite Half Marathon in Bass Lake, California. At the biggest Team Sierra race yet, teammates enjoyed 13.1 miles of beautiful scenery near the park and raised more than $41,000 for the Sierra Club.Here’s a peek behind the scenes.

Go Solar This Summer With the Sierra ClubLooking for a way to take personal action on climate change this summer? Go solar through one of the Sierra Club’s partnerships! If you live in MichiganCalifornia (San Diego), or Utah , check out your chapter’s local solar partner. Live elsewhere? Check out our newest partner,SunPower. There is no better time to go solar, as the 30% federal tax credit on solar purchases drops after December 31, 2019.Find out if you can go solar with Sunpower.
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Is Freedom at the heart of the good news of the Gospel?

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”-2 Corinthians 3:17 

Freedom is at the heart of the good news of
the Gospel. Liberation can be expressed by providing opportunities for
both existential (spiritual) and material freedom. One must be liberated
from oneself through the forgiveness of individual sins and depravity, but also by the shedding of false paradigms, and pursuing material freedom
from the bonds of poverty and oppression. Christ’s proclamation of
freedom (Lk 4) must also be applied to the contemporary struggles against oppression.

 Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon is Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP). She is ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). Content for this week’s devotions come from excerpts of Evangelical Theologies of Liberation and Justice (IVP, 2019)co-edited by Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon. She is also author of Social Justice Handbook (2009), Just Spirituality(2013), and editor of A Land Full of God(2017)Follow her on twitter@MaeEliseCannon.
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