Oaxaca Spanish Magic is a Spanish language school in Oaxaca where you will discover the magic and the joy of learning Spanish. For the last sixteen years, the founder and director of Oaxaca Spanish Magic, L.A.E.T. Flor Irene Bautista Carreño, has successfully taught students of all ages, starting from their specific levels of Spanish competency and taking them to the proficiency they want. In addition, Flor has coordinated and developed Spanish language programs for other institutes, where she has also been responsible for teacher selection and evaluation.

Flor Irene personally checks to make sure that each student is content with their program and happy with the progress they make in a very short period of time. She is not only the founder and the director of the school but also a teacher because as she says, “it is a pleasure to teach Spanish and I feel enormous saisfaction when I hear my students put what they learn into practice.”

From her study of the ways people most easily learn a language and learn it lastingly, Flor has established Oaxaca Spanish Magic to offer a different approach to language instruction. Regardless of where you start, you will gain immediate confidence, and you can hear your own progress every day. How is this possible? Magic? Yes. Every aspect of your learning is designed with you in mind: from Flor’s comprehensive work sheets and books, to in-class exercises, to your homework assignments.

Classes are lively and informal, whether they comprise a small group or are part of an individual tutorial. The teachers explain everything in a very comfortable and friendly class environment. All Spanish Magic programs are tailored for the specific needs and preferences of students. Students enjoy their classes passing thorough the levels of basic, inermediate and advanced. Conversation and personal practice are emphasized, with core programmatic content that links the interests of students with the culture, history and art of Oaxaca and surrounding communities.

Quality of individual learning is the prime consideration at Oaxaca Spanish Magic. Pace and intensity are designed for flexibility. Practical conversational usage is stressed (including idiomatic usage), but grammatical correctness is never sacrificed. Learning “the rules” is spirited due to the enthusiasm and support of the teachers.

So what is the setting for learning Spanish? Totally delightful and exceptionally convenient! Classes are held indoors and out in the garden of a Oaxaca home five blocks from the zocalo and adjacent to the Cathedral of Santo Domingo.

www.oaxacaspanishmagic.com. Email: oaxacaspanishmagic@yahoo.com or Phone: 951-516-7316

ON THE ROAD to Santa Maria Atzompa

Santa Maria Atzompa 

Oaxaca brings visitors many joys.  Besides centuries of history, culture, colorful people and almost year round perfect weather are the memories and magic found in the various mercados.  During your stay you may see handmade clothing and natural paper, tasty pastries, red and green salsas and gastronomic delights, colonial buildings, hand crafted gold, silver and other jewelry and in most shops, locally crafted pottery.  Much of the pottery comes from San Bartolo Coyotepec and is easily distinguished by it’s black color.  But the green pottery and crockery known as “auténtico Oaxacana,” is designed, created, and sold in Santa Maria Atzompa, only 9 km from the Zócalo.

Señor Mario Enrique Lopez, the fundador del Mercado de Artesanias,” says, “Pottery making started in the area in 1686, but we began our mercado in October 1988 when 12 artesanos and myself began a small workshop (taller).  We now employ over 90 people.”  The internationally famous “Mercado de Artesanias” has won awards in Houston, Mc Allen and Laredo, Texas and is open 365 days a year from 9 AM until 8 pm.  I asked Señor Mario’s sister, Señora Enedina Enrique when they were open.  With a serious smile she replied, “We never close.”

On days when Señor Mario is not too busy he will take you to his taller and show you step-by-step how the green ceramics, plates, bowls, vases and cups, are made.  If you can’t find what you are looking for, ask!  He will get it for you.

Standing in his workshop he will turn and point north across a small valley to las lomas above the Rio Atoyac where he gathers the material used to make his pottery.  At his taller the earthen material is pulverized, sifted into a fine material that is washed and strained.  This makes the barro (mud) that is used by his daughter, Rosita, her family and friends, who roll it into large cigar shaped dough, like fat tortillas.  The barro is then flattened out on large disks of different sizes to match the size of the article being created on potter’s wheels.

On the potter’s wheel, the barro is formed into the various sizes and shapes that make the many art objects (earthenware), seen every day in the Mercado, but probably best visited either Tuesday or Friday, market day in Atzompa.

This is also a good time to visit the zócalo and market located only a few blocks up calle Independencia, next to the Santa Maria Church, la patrona de Atzompa.  Many of the artists display their fine pottery on calle Independencia between el mercado and el zócalo.  But there are shops everywhere and you may find that ‘just right’ gift by merely wandering in and out of the many shops.  On calle Independencia you see the residents and artist of Atzompa bringing their art to town in baskets, wheelbarrows, cars and trucks and sometimes on their heads.  By afternoon the street is awash with their multicolored, hand-crafted creations

Once the barro is formed into plates, fruit bowls (fruteros), flower vases (floreros), crosses, picture frames or what ever you might desire (if you have time to return), the pieces are then sun dried for 8 hours, fired and painted.  While green (verde) is a primary color (auténtico Oaxacana), many of the bowls all the colors of the rainbow and are used on the more ornamental hand crafted vases, picture frames, figurines, yellow suns and silvery moons that adorn the many walls and shelves in the booths organized by each artist as a combined group of art by the artists that make the Mercado de Artesanias.

Allow yourself 3 hours for this trip, if your plan includes visiting a taller.  Otherwise 2 hours if you are only shopping and having a snack.  Eating of just have a snack at El Patio de Atzompa Restaurante in the “Mercado de Artesanias” will be a wonderful way to end your trip.  Meals are good and inexpensive.  Wear your sombrero, bring a shopping bag, enjoy the ride and eat regional foods such as Mole Negro con pollo y arroz, Tlayuda untada de aciento y frijol con aguacate, tomate y queso, tasajo, cecina enchiladas, o Chorizo or Sopas Zapoteca: tiras de tortilla dorado, Consomé Xóchitl o Crema de champinones and a cold beverage in the shade at El Patio de Atzompa in the “Mercado de Artesanias.” 

Santa Maria Atzompa can be reached by taxi from most anywhere in Oaxaca.  Atzompa is on the same road that goes to Monte Alban and seeing both in one day would make for a well-rounded and pleasurable trip.   Negotiate the taxi price before going and ask the driver to return and pick you up.  The bus trip from the secondary bus station to Atzompa is only 25 pesos.  Enjoy!

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Photographs: Senor Mario Enrique Lopez, Sr Lopez daughter Rosita at her pottery wheel, pottery from “Mercado de Artesanias,” Pottery “autentico Oaxaca” on Calle Independencia, Santa Maria scene behind the iglesia Santa Maria Atzompa.

MEGA RADIO EXPRESS-Will broadcast from your site

Mega Radio Express <http://www.megaradioexpress.com/.> the only English speaking internet show in Oaxaca (from Puerto Escondido) is introducing a project sponsor and marketing of their “Vive Puerto Escondido” program.

The program airs Mondays and Fridays. It can be used to perform on remote control from a restaurant, hotel or trade interested in promoting their services. The cost for this service would be $1,500 pesos by the two programmes.

Interviews from the cabin of shops here could be real estates, or promotion of events and festivals. The cost is $1,000 pesos.

Transmission (events of festivals) remote control up to two hours, the cost for this service is $1,500 pesos per event. For music events port Music Fest 2011 could promote a package which would include 4 programs with interview in the cabin transmission for remote control of 4 events and 2 hour cost for this package is $5,500 pesos.

Megaradion express,com can also be heard at <shoutout.com>. Their URL is <http://76.73.34:7060&gt;.  Click and listen.

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