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Cognates and False Cognates

You know a lot of Spanish words because Spanish and English hold many words in common.

These words can…

  • Spell the same, or almost the same
  • Sound the same or similar
  • Spell a lot different, but sound similar

We call this type of word, “Cognates.


=> 100 Cognates

=> 1001 Cognates

=> Most Useful Cognates

=> Rules for Forming Cognates

False Cognates

False cognates look or sound like English words, but mean something different.


=> False Cognates

=> “False Friends” Words

=> False Cognate Online Quiz

Seguin Public Library for Free Spanish Learning Resources

Seguin Public Library Spanish Club

Seguin Library Summer/ Fall Spanish Club Calendar

Civic Engagement Opportunity!
(More Club Meeting will be Posted Dates Later this Semester)

Free Mango Languages and Pronunciator Online Resources

Get a free Seguin Library Card and access two valuable online Spanish Study Resources

Mango Languages Application free with Seguin Library Online Access

Mango Languages Online available from Seguin Public Library Website

Pronunciator Application free with Seguin Library Online Access

Pronunciator available online from Seguin Public Library Website

You need Flash enabled on your computer to run both online applications. And, both applications offer support for mobile devices.

Get a Free Seguin Library Card

Take your TLU ID Card and Proof of Dorm residence to the Seguin Library to obtain a Seguin/ Guadalupe Country Library Card:

If you live in San Antonio (or another city or county that participates in the TexShare program); visit your local library and obtain a TexShare ID Card. Then, take your TexShare ID and Driver’s License to the Seguin Library for a free Library Card.

Global Citizenship “Z” Competency

This course supports students’ development in the Global Citizenship (Z) competency in Compass, TLU’s General Education curriculum.

For GEC purposes, please note:

The FIRST language course, regardless of number or language (French, German, Mandarin, Portuguese or Spanish), fulfills the modern language foundation requirement.

The SECOND language course, regardless of number or language (French, German, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, Greek or Hebrew), fulfills the Cultural Perspectives and Religion distribution requirement AND the Global Citizenship competency.

  Global Citizenship (Z)

An educated global citizen understands the complexities of learning about cultures and communities and their values, needs and perspectives, given larger contexts. An educated global citizen understands the complexity of the relationships between individuals and cultures/communities and approaches such encounters with empathy, an open mind and respect for diversity. An educated global citizen is able to seize some of the transformative potential inherent in situations of shared diversity, intercultural contact and/or civic engagement.

Performance indicators for Z:

      1)      Understanding culture.

2)      Understanding cultural context.

3)      Understanding individual-culture/community contact.

  •  The first performance indicator is understood to include the development of a respectful and open-minded set of tools for the critical and reflective acquisition of non-reductive knowledge of cultures and communities, including their values, needs and perspectives.
  • The second performance indicator is understood to include the development of an understanding of not only the social, cultural, civic, historical and economic contexts of a culture and/or community, but the way those contexts shape and are shaped by encounters with the culture and/or community in question as well as other cultures, communities and segments of each.
  • The third performance indicator is understood as the development of awareness of the diversity of individuals who are a part of a culture or a community and the complexity of relationships between or among them, including the student’s own participation as a member, partner, servant, sojourner and/or volunteer. We believe that students will achieve some kind of transformative understanding of self through such study, encounters, and/or reflections.

Students will take at least three Z courses.

Round Rock Folklórico

Join Texas Lutheran University in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month


TLU’s World Languages and Cultures Department sponsors the Round Rock Folklórico dance troop for a free performance.

Round Rock Folkloric Dancers

Wupperman Little Theatre

Sunday, October 9, 2016

3:00 p.m.

Check out the Beautiful Costuming =>Folkloric Costume Gallery

See you there…

For more information, call Ana Maria Gonzalez, Chair: World Languages and Cultures Dept.

(830) 372-6086

San Antonio Fiesta 2016 Cultural Events

Area Cultural Events for your Cultural Project

San Antonio Fiesta 2016 Events

Attend a Cultural Event and Write a Reflection Paper. Visit each link for informatioin about the event.

Requirements: One Page, Typed, Double Spaced, 12 pt., Easy-to-Read Font

Fiesta Arts Fair

Fiesta Arts Fair

Piñatas in the Barrio

Piñatas en el Barrio

Fiesta Mariachi Mass

Fiesta Mariachi Mass

Fiesta Pops

Fiesta Pops

San Antonio College Multicultural Conference

San Antonio College Multicultural Conference

Chili Queens Chili Cook-Off

Chili Queens Chili Cook-Off

St. Philip’s College Culture Fest

St. Philip’s College Culture Festf

Fiesta® de la Familia

Fiesta de la Familia

A Day in Old Mexico y Charreada

A Day in Old Mexico y Charreada

Fiesta San Fernando

Fiesta San Fernando

Fiesta® Nueva

Fiesta Nueva

Festival de Cascarónes

Festival de Cascarónes

MySpanishLab Technical Support Links

Get Started with MySpanishLab

=> Get Started Lessons and Resources

First Semester StudentHandout

=> Handout for First Semester Students (DOC-format)

Subsequent Semester Student Handout

=> Handout Subsequent Semester Students (DOC-format)

MySpanishLab: Get Started Presentation

=> Get Started Presentation

Top Questions

=> Top Questions

MySpanishLab Technical Support

=> MySpanishLab Technical Support


José Luis Guerra  y Maná

Activity: Practice your Spanish pronunciation by singing the following song.
The song is easy to follow because of its slow tempo.




Guitar Notes

Google Search for Guitar Chords

Symposium Instructions

Krost Symposium Poster Presentation Instructions

You are responsible for informing the TLU Community about natural resources and natural resources management for a Spanish-Speaking country (Country where Spanish is an official language).

Show that you know what is going on in this country related to social, political and cultural issues. (Remember that people represent a resource asset.)

Communicate ways to improve conditions in this country…taking advantage of strengths and meeting the unique challenges that face this country in the 21st Century.


1. Sign up for a specific country and topic. (Countries and issues have been assigned by the Department)

2. Learn a lot about this country’s environmental challenges related to this topic.

  • Water: Clean Water, Water Distribution, Human, Agricultural and Industrial Water Use, Water Scarcity
  • Trash and Recycling: Landfill and Health Hazards, Landfill and Pollution, Landfill and Jobs, Trash Home Construction Materials
  • Resources: Land and Mineral Resources, Mining, Mine Safety, Timber and Forest Resources, Sustainable Wood, Human Resources, Education, Agricultural Resources, Food, Industrial Resources, Jobs, Resource Import and Export, Foreign Investment, Foreign Exploitation, Political Solutions, Political and Business Corruption
  • Pollution: Human, Agricultural and Industrial Sources, Sanitation, Solutions, Political and Cultural Barriers, Challenges, Economic Impact, Economic Costs for Cleanup, Populations Most Affected, Long-Term Negative Effects on Population Health and Longevity
  • Migration: Immigration, Flight, Policies, Political Issues, Cultural Issues, Ex pat-Dependent Economy, Refugees, Exiles, Political and Economic Causes of Population Movement
  • Food: Availability, Food Imports and Exports, Dietary Staples, Cash Crops, Industrial Agriculture vs. Labor-Intensive Agriculture, Fisheries, Urban Farming, Cultural Food Choices and Taboos, Hunger by Population or Ethnic Group, Welfare Safety Nets
  • Energy: Energy Sources, Renewable Energy Oil, Natural Gas, Hydroelectric, Wind, Nuclear, Geothermal, Energy Distribution, Electricity, Gasoline Prices, Government Subsidities, Agricultural and Industrial Allocation
  • Health Care: Availablity and Distribution, Human Resources, Health Care Professionals, Health Care Training, Technology, Drugs, Health Hazards, Smoking, Alcohol Use, Obesity, Starvation, Diseases, Disease Prevention, Preventable Diseases, Infant Mortality, Lifespan, Elderly Health Care

3. Comparisons and Contrasts – Compare practices in that country with practices in your country.

4. Think about and organize your research findings in creative ways.

  • Make comparisons
  • Find images that communicate your ideas
  • Show comparisons and challenges with charts, graphs and InfoGraphics
  • List changes, ideas and innovations that worked, failed. Tell why…
  • Think about ways for that country and your country to do better in the future…and what needs to change to make improvement in Environmental Justice happen

5. Design a poster to communicate your findings and solutions. Your audience is the TLU Community (Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Community Members)

  • Main points
  • Comparisons of that country to your country on Environmental Justice issues
  • Similarities and differences in strategies, approaches, problem-solving techniques, decision-making
  • Predict what people in that country would find more appealing. What would people in your country choose to do?

6. Layout the Tri-Fold Poster according to this model.

Your Country
Similarities and Differences
Spanish-Speaking Country



7. Follow these Rules

  • Smile
  • Keep focused on the topic
  • Use tables, charts, graphs, images that communicate your ideas
  • Keep text to a minimum. (This is a poster, not a written report.)
  • Be neat
  • Use color and other design elements

8. Present your Poster

Your audience are TLU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members

  1. Use note cards with bullet points
  2. Present (Talk to People). Don’t read
  3. Maintain eye contact
  4. Ask for questions. Answer those questions
  5. Summarize
  6. Thank your audience for listening and for asking questions