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Written By: Youki on December 1, 2011 1 Comment
A Dictionary of Bay Area Locations with Spanish Origins

Ever wonder how Mount Diablo got its name?  What the “San” in San Pablo means, or what an “alcatraz” is?

California’s diverse toponymy comes from its rich cultural history — places like Ohlone Park, Sonoma, Solano, Petaluma, Marin and Napa all originate from the indigenous peoples of the area (Ohlone, more→

Written By: daveski on July 28, 2010 2 Comments

¿Saben Uds. cómo se dice “carrot” en español? Do you know the words for vegetables, fruits, and other foods in Spanish? Today is Super Miércoles–Super Wednesday–at Mi Tierra Foods in West Berkeley, where you can read product labels in both Spanish and English. Check out this article and interview with Mi Tierra manager […]

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Written By: Adam Mendelson on July 14, 2009 4 Comments

This summer I’ve spent a substantial portion of my time in and around Barcelona, Spain, visiting in-laws and friends. For those of you unfamiliar with the history of Spain, like many European countries, it was unified somewhat artificially and is home to a variety of fairly different cultures and […]

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Written By: shlomy on May 12, 2009 1 Comment

Last week on FIT, David Malinowski wrote about public discourses about the so-called swine flu and the ways these reconstruct borders between countries and people. (The construction of these borders, it should be noted, is not just a U.S. American phenomenon. A New York Times article from May 4 documents […]

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Written By: Youki on March 11, 2009 6 Comments

Do you dream in different languages?

It rarely happens to me, but last night I dreamt in Spanish.  Which is pretty interesting because I’d hardly consider myself fluent in Spanish, although I did grow up learning Spanish along with English (and a bit of Japanese).  I grew up in downtown Los Angeles — all my neighbors […]

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