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Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by MrsKitty, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. MrsKitty

    MrsKitty

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    Hola Amigos! :wavey:

    I have two students who speak Tarascan. I am looking for an online dictionary or one to buy. These are the two students I am most concerned over because they are learning both Spanish and English at the same time! Communication with them is almost impossible because I know nothing of their native language so I am hoping to fix that. I use the more advanced students to translate but I want to be able to talk to them on my own too.

    Anybody got suggestions? Sites they know of?

    I have been googling this AM and wow, what an old civilzation they are! Fascinating history but that's not helping me with the language!

    Muchas gracias!

    (My Spanish is improving by the day. Well, what I understand anyway. I am not too confident talking and I don't practice on my students' time because that is not what I am there for. I do some with them one-on-one and during lunch. Somebody asked a question in Spanish the other day and without thinking I answered them in Spanish so I guess more is sinking in than I realize!)
     
  2. jasonub

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    not sure that tarascan language is used in the Philippines. I may be wrong, but cant help you there
     

  3. MrsKitty

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    I think it is mainly confined to a very remote region in Mexico but I was hoping somebody from there or who knew about it could chime in :)
     
  4. vega

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    I hope this helps.
     
  5. horge

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    Wow. Talk about flashbacks... Creepy.

    Do today's 'Purepechas' actually still speak original "Tarascano"?
    After Quiroga's 16th-century social/economic engineering, it's
    just as likely they switched to a bastardized, Hispanicized pidgin.

    My point is that any "Tarascano" glosarios out there may be
    academically referring to the Mayan/Totonac original, and not
    to whatever modified language the fine folk from Michoacan are
    speaking today.

    That said, there may be some modern glosarios written and used by
    Catholic missionary/relief organizations that are active in those
    highlands. If you can contact these organizations, you might hit
    the jackpot.

    hth.
    horge
     
  6. MrsKitty

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    Great idea on the missionary! I know the perfect person to ask about that!

    I can't find anything on the language other than it is very old and specific to this area. Talk about about running in circles!

    I keep reading the history and getting caught up in it and forgetting that I am looking for language info because it is so interesting. Might explain why I rarely get anything I start finished, huh?

    Thanks guys! :wavey: