Sunday, January 9, 2011

Weekly Bilingual News

Dear Friends:

Hello! Welcome to an online communication of the Spanish-English Club with several comments we posted in online publications during the last few days.

The current Weekly Bilingual News is not any longer than other times, but here you have interesting subjects for your debate and bilingual conversation. The Vocabulary included will help you.

TERROR - WSJ Article: Gunman Described Himself as a "Terrorist" (Jan. 9, 2011). This article explains the gunman Loughner armed with a semiautomatic pistol shot 19 people in Arizona including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a 40-year old Tucson Democrat.
WSJ Journal Community Comments: "Please America opens your eyes! How many more crimes do we need to realize the "roots" of terrorism are growing in our own backyards? How much blood of innocent people do we need for rethinking what is "terror" and "terrorism"? It is time we embrace the spirit of our Constitution to recreate the country like the Fathers of the Nation thought." Domingo A. Trassens. 3 Recommendations

AFRICA - PBS NewsHour Report: In Sudanese State of Unity, Mood Foreshadows Secession. (Jan. 7, 2011) Report about the voting on Jan. 9 in South Sudan, where the population for the first time has the possibility to vote for the splitting from the North dictatorship regime that killed thousands and thousands of people of rich oil region of the south during long years.
Member Comment: "After all that South Sudan suffered under the dictatorship of the regime of the north, it is a good news, its population have the opportunity to decide their own destiny. We have to hope they don't make any mistake." Domingo A. Trassens.

JOBS - WSJ Article: Obama Says Economy Moving in Right Direction. (Jan. 7, 2011) This article explains about the December's official unemployment rate declined from 9.6% to 9.4%. The President applauded the fall of the rate.
WSJ Journal Community Comment: "Every month President Obama says the economy is moving in the right direction but after that he adds the "move" is slow. Meanwhile, we don't see strong efforts to reverse the current gloomy panorama." Domingo A. Trassens.

INTERNET - WSJ Article: Facebook Sets Stage for IPO Next Year. (Jan. 6, 2011) This article explaines Facebook is planning to offer its common stock to the public during 2012.
WSJ Journal Community Comment: "Be careful! Till now Facebook is a beautiful multicolor balloon raising higher thanks to its founder, a magic creator of new fantasies. But does Facebook have the foundation to be a Google or Microsoft of a new era?" Domingo A. Trassens. 9 Recommendations

Best regards,


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

2) And what was the best news from the week?
2) ¿Y cuál fue la mejor noticia de la semana?

Vocabulary - Vocabulario:

- backyard = traspatio
- balloon = globo
- be careful! = ¡tenga cuidado!, ¡tengan cuidado!
- courtyard = patio
- destiny = destino
- dictatorship = dictadura
- fantasy, fantasies = fantasía, fantasías
- foreshadow = prefigurar, anunciar
- innocent = inocente
- mood = humor
- population = población
- rate = índice
- regime = régimen
- reverse = invertir, mover in dirección opuesta
- terrorism = terrorismo


Thanks to Bob,Erika, Harold, Mark, Stephanie and Suzanne for your messages.

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