Sunday, November 7, 2010

Weekly Bilingual News

Dear Friends:

Hello! Welcome to the weekly communication of the Spanish-English Club with a brief analysis of the main events and news of the last few days to help the members of the Club in your bilingual practice.

¡Hola! ¡Bienvenidos a la comunicación semanal del Spanish-English Club con un breve análisis de los principales acontecimientos y noticias de los últimos días para ayudar a los miembros del Club en su práctica bilingüe.

This is the English version of the issue. We suggest you try to rewrite it in Spanish. Later, we will complete the issue with the Spanish part of this Weekly Bilingual News. You can write us for comments and more bilingual vocabulary everytime you need.

On Monday, November 1, a mail bomb exploded in Athens, Greece burning one employee of the mail delivery service of that city. Greek police find more bombs in packages. One was addressed to French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

On Tuesday, November 2, American citizens voted in the midterm election. During the day, the country was waiting the closure of the voting locations to confirm previous polls that showed a bleak outlook for Democrats, with Republicans poised to take back the House of Representatives and gain Senate's seats.

Also on Tuesday, at least 13 car bombs and roadside blasts exploded across Baghdad, killing 76 people. The attacks were against Shiite areas of the city.

On Wednesday, November 3, the results of the midterm election showed an important victory for the Republicans who recovered the House control. Meanwhile, California said "No" to legalizing marijuana.

About this subject we posted the following comment for the Journal Community of Wall Street Journal: "The results of the November's midterm elections are a very good lesson against politicians who didn't listen to the shouting of the people without jobs or homes. The social-economic issues were a flu in 2008 and they are more than a cancer now in 2010. " Domingo A. Trassens

On Thursday, November 4, President Obama invited Republican leaders to White House for a meeting later in the month to "talk substantively" about how to work together.

On Friday, November 5, US Labor Department published the October job report with 151,000 new jobs but unemployment rate held steady at 9.6 percent.

About this subject we answered an optimistic article from Wall Street Journal posted the following comment for the Journal Community of Wall Street Journal: "I think your message is more optimistic than the facts show us. From my point of view, we do not have anything to celebrate. The 151,000 jobs created last month doesn't change the landscape. We have fallen very far during the last years for different reasons. Meanwhile our economy hasn't grown enough to produce a strong recovery for employment because during the last decade many US companies moved their factories to China, India, Brazil, Vietnam, and other countries - labor costs are cheaper. From a macro-economic perspective, we have lost our creators of industrial jobs. Without manufacturing plants and big lines of production it will be very difficult to recover our domestic economy despite the dynamic of the services sector. An economic model without factories is like a table without legs." Domingo A. Trassens.

Also on Friday, President Obama began a 10-day trip to Asia that includes India, Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and the conference of the G-20.

In other news, the outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said she wants to be the leader of the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives.

About this subject we posted the following comment for the Journal Community of Wall Street Journal: "I think it will be a serious mistake if the current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues leading the Democrats in the House of Representatives after the big defeat of her party last Tuesday. From my point of view, she should resign her seat as a member of the House. The results of the elections were clearly against her leadership. Humbleness and silence are two patriotic attitudes that the country demands from her now." Domingo A. Trassens 

The main indexes of Wall Street closed the week in positive territory.  Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 325.59 points or 2.93% to 11444.08. Nasdaq Composite gained 71.57 points, or 2.85% in the same period, to close at 2578.98.

During the last week, on the domestic side, the November's midterm elections was at the top of press and TV debates, and the analysts discussed their results and the next steps from January.

In summary, the week ended with a new political geography and many questions marks about the next two years of the President Obama administration.

What is your summary of the week? What were the most important events from your point of view? Please explain them in a bilingual mode.

All the best,


Domingo A. Trassens
Spanish-English Club
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Questions - Preguntas:

1) From your point of view, what was the worst news for the last week?

1) Desde vuestro punto de vista, ¿cuál fue la peor noticia de la última semana?

2) And what was the best news from the last week?

2) ¿Y cuál fue la mejor noticia de la última semana?

Vocabulary - Vocabulario:

- blast = carga explosiva
- bleak = poco prometedor, poca prometedora
- domestic economy = economía interna
- economy = economía
- election = elección - geography = geografía
- macro-economic = macroeconómico
- patriotic = patriótico, patriótica, patrióticos, patrióticas
- voter = votante


Thanks to Bill, Bob, Erika, Jim, John, Mark, Stephanie, and Suzanne for your messages.

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