Zachary Jones’ site Zambombazo is a great source of inspiration for all things Hispanic.
And I love it because it proves time and again that there is always something to learn about a language you thought you knew quite well.
I’m often challenged by pupils when I can’t recall the word for ‘meerkat’ or ‘spark plug’ that ‘you’re supposed to know Spanish’ to which I reply I don’t know every word in English. Especially when it comes to colloquial useage. I mean, my son tells me that when he says soemthing is ‘sickage’, that’s great. I’m not so sure…
So, I particularly like this map that Zachary has made – ¿Cómo se dice ‘cool’ en español?
As he points out in his post, the answer to that question depends on lots of factors including the country or even region you’re in, your socioeconomic status as well as your age. The post also offers ideas on how you might use the map to increase vocabulary, to encourage intercultural discussion and to promote discussion of current linguistic useage.