President Chávez and the Spanish King: Who was disrespectful to whom?

This article is in English [1] and Spanish [2] / Este articulo es en ingles [1] y español [2]

[1] Chavez and the King: Who was disrespectful to whom?

The first rule when reading most media coverage about Venezuela is to turn it around 180 degrees if you want to find out the truth!

A case in point is the recent coverage of the exchange between Chavez and Spanish King Juan Carlos I at the 17th Ibero-American summit in Chile in which the King told Chavez to shut up. Continue reading

Venezuelan Spanish

(taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Venezuelan Spanish is a dialect of the Spanish language spoken in Venezuela. It is related to the Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican dialects of Spanish.

Spanish was introduced in Venezuela by the conquistadors. Most of them were from Andalusia, and they brought their peculiar accent and usage of words. Others were from the Canary Islands, and because they were extremely isolated from mainland Spain, they had a distinctive accent, too. Portuguese and Italian immigrants came later.

The Spaniards additionally brought African slaves. This is the origin of expressions such as chévere (“excellent”), which comes from Yoruba ché egberi. Other non-Romance words came from Native languages, such as guayoyo (a type of coffee) and caraota (common bean). Continue reading