Friday, March 25, 2011

Flamenco Dance Showcase

As a professional dancer of 18 years experience, Linsey A. Daman was asked to perform Flamenco at "Spanish Heritage Night" at a school in Hazelwood. Before the evening began, Linsey presented the history behind Flamenco and the origins of the footwear in both English and Spanish. This Spanish-speaking event was quite enjoyable for the whole family.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Flamenco News – Webster University

The Cultural Arts Center of St. Louis, LLC is proud to share the latest news article showcasing the company. Please see link below to view the full article…

Italian Language Learning Tools

Lyric Language – Italian

The Cultural Arts Center of St. Louis, LLC loves and cherishes the Lyric Language – Italian I and Italian II because they clearly promote easy and fast learning of Italian. This is probably the fastest way to learn essential vocabulary in a fast-paced manner because you can hear the Italian, see the Italian and watch the Italian being acted out. It is wonderful for those who like to learn visually and it is also backed with audio to reinforce what you are seeing on the screen. The songs are slow so you can appropriately learn the pronunciation and also they repeat the lyrics over and over again for repetition. Even fluent speakers should invest in Lyric Language because it is an essential program to have for Italian immersion. This is probably the best product out there to truly learn Italian in a fun and fast manner. Great Educational Tool!

Living Language – Italian

This is another wonderful way to learn Italian from the beginning. It has a book to follow along with the Italian audio and the best part is that they read slowly. The pages are sub-divided into English and Italian so you always know the meaning of the words. They give you about 5 ways to learn the same thing so if you forget how to say something in Italian, there is always an alternative. The book/audio shows you those alternatives because there is more than one way to say things in any language. I have never seen another language program that really emphasizes those options of “more ways to say it” or “additional ways with similar meanings.” This program book/audio will truly help beginners open their vocabulary to the magnificent world of Italian communication. Remember, there is more than one way to communicate your message! Enjoy!

Prego – An Invitation to Italian

This is a wonderful book to master the basics of Italian. The text is straight forward and is a wonderful place to start with learning this language. When I started with Italian, this was the original textbook that was assigned to me. Great place to start the Italian Language!

Three Brothers – Italian Film

The Cultural Arts Center of St. Louis, LLC highly recommends “Three Brothers” as a wonderful way to practice your Italian. The plot line is family-oriented and very entertaining in all respects. The film does make you evaluate your own life and count your blessings. The film does have English subtitles so it can be understood even if you are still in the process of learning Italian. They do speak fast and is recommended for higher level Italian classes to study and therefore it would not be suitable for beginners.

The film explores the inner workings of the three Italian brothers whose mother had just recently died. Each brother is completely different in regards to career, personality and personal ambitions. Two of the three brothers are very positive and professional in nature but the third one is on the negative side and even the wrong side of the law in some cases. It is very interesting to watch the family dynamics of this Italian family. Overall, it is a wonderful “slice of life” film set in Italy that truly is entertaining and well-done on all levels. CAC St. Louis, LLC gives this movie 5-stars for Italian drama.

Il Postino

This is a very heart-felt romantic movie that shows a slice of life in Italy. It is good for those learning Italian because the plot is easy to follow and direct. The ending was quite a shock and was unexpected. You will hear a dash of Spanish about ¾ of the way into the film due to the fact that one of the actors is from Chile. The Spanish is not subtitled since the whole movie is in Italian with English subtitles.

You Laugh

This film shows the sad life of an Italian accountant in Italy who has trouble sleeping and ends up losing his wife due to his snoring/laughing problems. He is very depressed over these sleeping problems and contacts a sleep doctor who doesn’t offer much help.

The film then cuts into another section regarding two kidnappings in Italy over two different time periods. The two plots are completely different and are not related at all. The first section with the Italian accountant is much better than the second half in regards to plot and acting.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Caribbean Island Presentation

Thursday March 3rd 2011 in Kirkwood, Linsey A. Daman presented the "overview intro" to the St. Martin, Caribbean Island Presentation.