Secrets of Spanish in everyday Life. (include traduzione italiano)

Secrets of Spanish in everyday Life.

Volver, by Pedro Almodóvar, is a film of intrigue that talks about forgiveness and the resolution of cystic conflicts for a long time

With an impeccable interpretation of Penelope Cruz, history brings us closer to customs and colloquial speech in Spain

Clean. This purifying act involves practically all the scenes to Volver, the acclaimed film of the director Manchego Pedro Almodóvar, who pays homage to his native land in this intriguing film disguised as a daily life. The first time we see the protagonist, Raimunda-played by a sublime Penelope Cruz who was nominated for the best actress Oscar for this role-, is cleaning the tombstone of his deceased mother, announcing in a brief scene much more than in a first moment can intuit the Spectator. This is the general trend of the film: Almodóvar is placing the pieces of a complex puzzle until the end everything fits and the bitterness and disappointment of the characters makes sense.

The director shows us in return – a film awarded with more than forty international awards – from a sensitive and close perspective, a world set up primarily by women. Women who struggle to move on, women who hide secrets, women who seek to redeem themselves. The male figure seems to embody only the negative and be guilty of all the evils that plague the protagonists. In this scenario Raimunda advances, not without difficulty, with his daughter Paula to resolve the conflicts that the past implies.

We encourage you to see this wonderful film, of which little more can be anticipated by way of synopsis-the surprise and the unexpected are key pieces of the film-, to maintain your skills of understanding Spanish and delve into the routine of a peripheral neighborhood of Madrid and, in turn, in the peculiarities that are usually characteristic of all the peoples of the rural world of the Spanish plateau.

To understand without problems the argument of the film is necessary to have at least an intermediate level of Spanish, since the less accustomed to our language may feel surprised by the diminutives used by some of the protagonists, speaking Local Castilla-La Mancha. However, there is no need to be frightened, as they do not abound and do not preclude the general understanding of the dialogues.

If you dare also with a challenge, try to discern the meaning of the exciting song-composed and interpreted by the Spanish artist star Estrella Morente sings in the middle of the film and gives name to it. “Volver con la frente marchita, las nieves del tiempo platearon mi sien…”.

Segreti della vita quotidiana spagnola

Volver, di Pedro Almodóvar, è un film intrigante che tratta del perdono e della risoluzione di conflitti insediati da lungo tempo 

Con l’interpretazione impeccabile di Penélope Cruz, la storia ci avvicina alle tradizioni e al modo di parlare colloquiale della Spagna

Pulire. Quest’atto purificatore avvolge quasi tutte le scene di Volver, l’acclamato film del direttore proveniente dalla Mancha Pedro Almodóvar, che rende omaggio alla sua terra natale in questo film di intrighi mascherati da quotidianità. La prima volta che vediamo la protagonista, Raimunda – interpretata da una sublime Penélope Cruz che fu candidata all’Óscar come migliore attrice per questo ruolo –, la troviamo mentre pulisce la lapide della madre defunta, annunciando in una brevissima scena molto più di ciò che in un primo momento lo spettatore potrebbe intuire. E cioè che questo è il tono generale del film: Almodóvar sistema i pezzi di un complesso puzzle finché nel finale tutto si incastra e il risentimento e il malessere dei personaggi prende un senso.

Il direttore ci mostra in Volver – un film che ha vinto più di quaranta premi internazionali –, da una prospettiva sensibile e vicina, un mondo composto essenzialmente da donne. Donne che lottano per andare avanti, donne che nascondono segreti, donne che cercano di riscattarsi. La figura maschile sembra incarnare solamente il negativo ed essere colpevole di tutti i mali che devastano le protagoniste. In questo scenario Raimunda procede, non senza difficoltà, insieme a sua figlia Paula verso la risoluzione dei conflitti del suo passato.

Non perderti questo film meraviglioso, del quale solo poco più può essere anticipato a mo’ di sinopsi – la sorpresa e l’inaspettato sono parti chiave del lungometraggio –, per non perdere le tue capacità di comprensione dello spagnolo e addentrarti nella routine di un quartiere periferico di Madrid e, a sua volta, nelle particolarità che sono solite essere caratteristiche di tutti i paesini del mondo rurale dell’altopiano spagnolo.

Per comprendere senza problemi il soggetto del film è necessario avere almeno un livello intermedio di spagnolo, dato che i meno abituati alla nostra lingua potrebbero sentirsi sperduti davanti ai diminutivi utilizzati da alcune delle protagoniste, propri del parlato locale di Castilla – La Mancha. Comunque, non c’è da preoccuparsi, perché non sono nemmeno molti e non rendono impossibile la comprensione generale dei dialoghi.

Se ti piacciono le sfide, prova a comprendere il significato dell’emozionante canzone – composta ed interpretata dall’artista spagnola Estrella Morente – che canta Raimunda a metà film e dà nome allo stesso. “Volver con la frente marchita, las nieves del tiempo platearon mi sien…”.

 Adrián G. Gómez

Cadiz carnival. Probably, the best carnival in the world.

Cadiz carnival

CADIZ CARNIVAL

Welcome to Cádiz. A beautiful city and port in south western Spain, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Regarded by many as the oldest continuously inhabited city in Western Europe. The city was founded by the Phoenicians.

Cádiz is a small island located where the Guadalete River meets the sea. Tt is immersed in the Natural Park of the Bay of Cádiz, and is situated 124 km from the regional capital, Seville. She was named by Lord Byron as “Sirena del Océano” and is popularly known as the “Tacita de Plata“.

Cadiz seaport Tacita de plata

This city in Spain is not only known for the “grace” of its people, but also for its carnival. For many, it’s the best in the world, even better than Rio de Janeiro.

ORIGIN OF THE CARNIVAL

Scholars have tried to know the exact origin of the Carnival, trying to see possible links.  The Bacchanalia (in honor of the god Bacchus), the Saturnalia (the god Saturn), and the Lupercarles (in honor of the god Pan), might be related to its origin. All celebrations that took place in ancient Greece and classical Rome.


However, the Cadiz Carnival is the fruit of Christianity. Without the idea of ​​Lent, it would not exist in Europe as it has since the European Middle Ages. Christianity establishes a passionate order of time, in which episodes of joy and sadness alternate, depending on the time of prohibitions or tolerances. The Carnival is the consequence of the simple conception of the time that Christianity adopts. A conception adjusted to life cycles and crops.      

Don Carnal Doña Cuaresma Cadiz carnival

EL LIBRO DEL BUEN AMOR (ARCIPRESTE DE HITA)

The Book of Good Love, a classic of Spanish literature written by the Archpriest of Hita, explains in a symbolic way the history of the carnival.  

Don Carnal, worldly man and lover of pleasures, is challenged by Doña Cuaresma to end a dispute in battle that will take place in one week, on Ash Wednesday. Don Carnal accepts and after 7 days goes to the battlefield accompanied by his army (oxen, pigs, chickens, calves and goats), to confront the open field with Doña Cuaresma and his legion (vegetables and seafood).

After an exhausting day of battle, both opponents decide to retire to their tents to rest. Therefore, Don Carnal takes the opportunity to indulge in an impressive banquet, which makes him fall into a very heavy sleep. Doña Cuaresma, sees the great opportunity of this moment, and without losing a second, she makes his enemy prisoner thus winning the battle. From the first day of its expiration, the Ash Wednesday, the glutton of Don Carnal is forced to confess. Duo to its sins, he is forced to do penance of fasting and abstinence.

Meanwhile, Doña Cuaresma celebrates  during the period prior to Holy Week. After forty days (Lent), Don Carnal begins to be sorry for his former way of life, hedonistic and gluttonous. But, during the Palm Sunday he feels an unexpected impulse. It motivates him to outwit Don Ayuno, and escape from his cell. Once released, he gathers his companions and decides to take revenge on Doña Cuaresma. When Don Carnal suspects the possible attack of his opponent she decides to flee in the direction of Jerusalem, the night of Good Friday. The next day, on Saturday of Gloria, Don Carnal with Don Amor, Don Almuerzo and Doña Merienda, enter the city on a musical carriage to parade his victory.

 

Cadiz carnival chirigota

CADIZ CARNIVAL, MUCH MORE THAN A CELEBRATION

Cadiz Carnival represents passion, fun, joy, and great doses of emotion. Cádiz invites anyone who wishes to attend such parties. In fact, there are venues which host them and, for free,  offer tastings and drinks for such revellers. Each and every one of these parties are set in a carnival climate. So, while you eat the products that give name to the event itself, the first notes of the chirigotas and comparsas are already playing.

So, why hesitate …. vente pa Cádiz, killo!!! 😀

Post written by Dan.

Translation, Lauren Housley.

T4L Staff.