Yesterday we learned about Chile from Alexis but he was not the only one who was born in that country. Surprisingly, Edu was born in Chile too, and they moved to Spain in 1973. Alexis left his country at the age of fourteen and he told us some interesting things about the Chilean lifestyle. According to Alexis, Chileans like “modern culture” from countries like the States, Germany or France and they are quite influenced by these cultures. But, he also talked about Chile’s ancient Mapuches, the native inhabitants before Spanish colonization. Their language, Mapudungun is almost extinct but it still remains in quite a lot of last names and expressions. We had no time to discuss about literature, politics or natural disasters.
Next week Alexis is going tell us something about his country, Chile. He’s 22 years old and he’s lived in Balaguer for almost eight years now. He likes programming computers, a profession which is very demanded in countries like the UK and Ireland.
He’s going to tell us about different parts of Chile and variations of its culture from one region to another, making comparisons between Catalan and Chilean society.
Alexis wants us to learn about mapuches, the old culture that populated Chile before the Spanish colonization. Mapudungun is the language of mapuches. Our guest is descendant of this tribe since his last name is Huenchuan and he’s going to teach some Mapudungun vocabulary.
Finally we’ll discuss about natural disasters that recently have happened in Chile and how they affect society and culture.
See you next Wednesday 30th September.