Tag-Archive for ◊ Music ◊

• Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Dear Readers,

 Some students call and ask when is a good time to start. I tell them it is now! Technology has brought the best tools to help us offer an engaging and fun program! Our new curriculum offers Internet, movies, music and more! There’s no substitute for a live class, software proved not to offer all the answers for learners, especially in the intermediate to advanced stages. High cost of some programs also make the software experience very prohibitive to many who wish to learn a foreign language.

Many new centers are sensitive to this reality and are offering great programs at reasonable prices! Fall is just around the corner, so whatever your foreign language needs are, make sure you make the move now!


Claudia Krusch

CK Translations LLC -Director



• Friday, October 17th, 2008

Dear Members,

After searching for info on some sites and contacting my Mexican and Spanish Translators, I have reached the confusing conclusion that there isn’t and there is Halloween in Spanish.

The Spanish speaking countries used to celebrate that date as Dia de Los Muertos,  Dia de las Brujas, Dia das Bruxas……..offering celebrations in honor of the dead. Nowadays, the tradition has changed in many countries and the trick or treat has been incorporated….Dulces o travesuras….and other ways of saying it!

The modern world linked us through the Internet, linking our cultures, costumes and more. Even in Brazil, where this wasn’t a date celebrated at all, the Halloween has slowly taken over, at first in English Private Schools, now in other Schools…..costumes and dancing are no longer a Carnival privilege, costumes and dancing have been brought to October, which is also celebrated in Brazil as the Children’s month.

My nephew Daniel asked for a spiderman costume to wear at his school party and looking for the costume, while planning Spanish Speaking Halloween Classes, brought all those issues and research around this theme.

Wikipedia has a good article on it. I would definitely recommend it!

No matter what your tradition is, Halloween for the kids is about having fun and bringing their fantasies to life, whether you have a princess, a pumpkin, x-man or a transformer, let and encourage children to expose their fantasies to day dream and most of all, be happy!!

Please contact me if you wish to have a copy of my lesson plans for ages 14m up to 10 years old on Spanish Halloween and links and videos to be used in class or at home.

Spooky Saludos,

CLaudia Krusch – Director

CK Translations LLC


• Friday, August 08th, 2008

Dear Members and lovers of Brazilian Culture and music,

Brazilian Music is known all over the world for its rhythm and “ginga”, something different that I can’t describe, which makes it so unique.

I was extremely blessed  in the beginning of 2001 to be invited to participate with a program in a musician’s tech school, where I instructed them in Portuguese Language. It was a wonderful thing to arrive at Pracatum, founded by the musician Carlinhos Brown and listen to the rhythms and sounds still in the making which soon would become the “batuque” of the upcoming carnival.

My students were extremely gifted in many ways and I still cherish my memories and all the lessons they taught me.

We will start a new category where we will post Brazilian songs regularly with lyrics and videos, when possible.

I hope you enjoy it!


Claudia Krusch

CK Translations LLC

www.cktranslations.com Offering Portuguese Classes in NJ, PA, NY and online.

Song of the day: Azul, Djavan

Lyrics: http://djavan.musicas.mus.br/letras/45508/

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDzygNoOCtE