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Very honored to be recognized in the Spokesman Review. Thought we should share :-)
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SpoLang FLA's 21st Annual Lantern Parade

SpoLang welcomes children of all ages to a fun-filled autumn celebration.

Please join us for Spokane's Original Lantern Fest on Friday, November 3rd.

SpoLang's German Language Students of all ages are going to parade with their handmade glowing lanterns singing traditional lantern songs.
Come and be a part of this wonderful tradition!
Lots of fun and laughter for all ages.

For more information please visit http://www.spolang.com/lantern-fest-parade/.

*If the weather is windy or rainy, we will reschedule for the following Friday the 10th of November.

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SpoLang's German students have been busy handcrafting colorful glowing lanterns of all shapes and sizes.

Our classrooms are filled with laughter and songs making memories to keep. I feel honored watching their eyes and faces fill up with excitement when the lanterns are lit in class... what a special time ...

For information on Spokane's Original Lantern Fest Celebration and Parade, please visit http://www.spolang.com/lantern-fest-parade/ or call 509.981.1155.

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Take a look at some activities that shake up our usual routine during German and Spanish classes!

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It's Not Too Late to Join the Fun At SpoLang FLA!

SpoLang offers year round leading edge German and Spanish language programs, for students as young as four, using top-notch materials with time-tested learning methods, emotional support, and stimulating activities in every lesson.

Your child may come try a class before you sign up!
Message us for more info!

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AMERICAN SPANISH vs EUROPEAN SPANISH
How Different Are they?

Are they two dialects of the same language (Spanish), or are they two completely different languages? This question would never be asked in the Spanish speaking world, since nobody there would ever even think of them as two different languages at all. The same applies to the English speaking world: no one in London or Liverpool would have any problems acknowledging the fact that he or she speaks the same language as any other USA citizen, i.e. the English language. Besides, the question would not be a valid one anyway on the grounds that there is not just one European Spanish dialect and there is not just one American Spanish dialect.

When we say European Spanish, we mean an abstraction of the different varieties of Madrid, Seville, Majorca, Gran Canaria, Valladolid, Bilbao and all the many other regions of Spain where Spanish is spoken. American Spanish is, in its turn, a reductionist way of addressing a complex reality, that of the different dialects spoken in Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, USA, and so on.

This complexity cannot be neglected if we want to make valid comparisons, since many linguistic characteristics are shared and they overlap very frequently.

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Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or DĂ­a de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

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This new Year is going to be Super, Happy, and Absolutely Awesome

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TRADITION: Einschulung
How Germans celebrate a child’s first day at school

When children in Germany enter school they are not merely send to the school building on their very first day and immediately start to have lessons. German ABC-SchĂźtzen (ABC-darians) celebrate a huge party on the weekend before the school year officially starts. The whole family and friends of the family are invited.
The SchultĂźte is a big deal, a cherished tradition, and an instantly recognizable cultural icon.

The Einschulung (enrollment event) basically consists of two parts. In the morning, the actual enrollment ceremony takes place. The child and her/his parents as well as close family members, usually siblings and grandparents, accompany the child to school where they are received by the principal and den class teachers.

It is a common practice that the principal gives a welcome speech in the assembly hall and the third and fourth grade students perform some songs and poems. After the ceremony, the parents and family congratulate the child on their enrollment. The first-graders are accompanied to their classrooms, were they spend about two hours to get to know each other and receive information from the teacher.
Before the children can finally head back home they pose for a photograph in front of the black board and another one in front of the school with their SchultĂźten in hand.

Once the first exciting day of school is over, the children are allowed to go home, where they finally unpack their cones and celebrate the start of school life with their families.

The cone is basically filled with sweets. Therefore, the alternative name ZuckertĂźte (sugar cone). But it also contain school supplies, for example, fountain pen, ruler and erasers, as well as toys.

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The Time Is Ticking! ⏰ Is your child 4 to 9 years old?

SpoLang is proud to have provided 21 years of year-round leading edge German and Spanish programs to children as young as four.

SpoLang creates an environment in which students literally live the language. Every moment is deliberately constructed to take advantage of your child’s amazing capacity to absorb languages.

Visit http://www.spolang.com for more detailed information about SpoLang's foreign language programs.

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