Spanish Sundays and legal/financial adult education

What, you ask, can a novel set in 1866 tell us about legal and financial on-going adult education today? That question probably goes double if you do not live in Spain, or even one of her former colonies.

Yet I will insist that it can.  After building considerable empathy for the lady/love interest, the author  of El Maestro de Esgrima (The Fencing Master) does something terrible to her, which might not have happened had she been in another country, where her legal and financial rights could be defended by her and herself alone. Knowing those rights is crucial in any situation.

My notes thus far:

October 17, 2020 –21.0% “Me encanta ésa idea de cómo vivir, I tal vez mejor dicho, cómo morir:
“No de arrepentía de haber vivido: había amado y había matado…”
Cómo Alonso en El Ministerio del Tiempo:
“No tengo quejas: he amado… he luchado por mi patria…”


I love this idea:
No regrets, after having loved, and fought with honor…”

October 17, 2020 –28.0% “Ojalá que hubiera podido yo vivir en ese época (con derecho de llevar espada propia):
“Daría cualquier cosa por enviarle …mis padrinos al hombre…””
October 17, 2020 –34.0%“author put in arguments at noon for comic thought diversion…”
October 17, 2020 –36.0%“Tiene un sentido de Honor…”
October 17, 2020 –38.0%“Me encanta: “Una buena muerte justifica cualquier cosa.””
October 17, 2020 –40.0% “”…tener una Troya ardiendo a sus espaldas”
October 18, 2020 –44.0%“Uh,oh… Conflicto de conflictos… Otro (grandísimo) duelo a venir?”
October 18, 2020 –46.0%“All this talk about politics only seems to be filler between the fencing, which is the really interesting part.”
October 18, 2020 –47.0% “Hmmm:
“Sólo es esclavo quién espera algo de los demás-”
dicho por el maestro de esgrima…
Entiendo el contexto, pero…”
October 18, 2020 –51.0% “”abriendo sus entrañas, el cielo dejó caer…”
Ok, lluvia…”
October 18, 2020 –52.0%“”…la misa en castellano.” Bien hecho, autor…”
October 18, 2020 –77.0% “A sword-cane! Yes!!”


So, it turns out that I was wrong about the political talk being filler, as it becomes crucial later on in the story.  More on my continuing striving with Castilian Spanish, which I really ought to find another show to watch so that I don’t forget the spoken rhythms, which differ markedly from Latin and Argentine Spanish. next week, friends:

Yassas,   γεια σας!    Salût !  Nos vemos!  Görüşürüz!     ! שָׁלוֹם

Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different sources to translate the word “fencing” into Spanish.

2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you like each of the sources you found,  perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a Spanish word, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

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Preptober for NaNoWriMo 2020 CE

October, 2020 CE = 12020 HE

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