All posts by Marianelly Rios

“Who Is It?” can help you practice a language!


If you’re like us, and you love to explore languages while having some fun, come play the other awesome version of “Guess Who?” simply titled “Who Is It?”! If you’re familiar with Guess Who? the rules are the same! Two players each pick out a character and attempt to guess which character the other player has chosen from the board. An example is asking, “does your character have brown hair?” and, if the answer is yes, the player that asked the question can put down all the characters without brown hair, leaving only those with brown hair as possibilities!

The great thing we’ve discovered is that if you get a friend or peer that is learning the same language as you, you can both practice your adjectives while playing! This can be a great tool for elementary or beginner learners of any language and can even be used in a classroom setting!

Spanish Scrabble!!

Scrabble Post

That’s right! We now have a Spanish edition of Scrabble available to play with during office hours at the LRC! It’s a great way to practice your Spanish vocabulary & spelling with friends and peers!

The game has the same rules as English Scrabble: 2-4 players, words must be horizontally or vertically placed, each player gets one turn, the game ends when all letters in the bag have been used, and once one player finishes all of their letters. What’s new about this edition? It includes every letter in the Spanish alphabet such as: Ñ, RR, and LL !

Just because you aren’t fluent doesn’t mean you can’t play! If you’re a Spanish beginner, you could be to use a dictionary whilst you play and learn new words! So come on over! Vengan a jugar!

LRC Student Staff Member: Marianelly Rios

Getting on a moto-taxi in Suchitoto, El Salvador (January 2013).
Getting on a moto-taxi in Suchitoto, El Salvador (January 2013).

The new semester has begun, and we are featuring profiles of our multilingual and multi-talented student staff members.

Hola! I’m Marianelly Rios, a junior Psychology major born and raised in New York (Astoria, Queens). Fun fact #1: Each person on my mom’s side of the family is 100% Salvadorian while each person on my dad’s side of the family is 100% Colombian…I’m the only one from both sides that is just 50% each (I may or may not have realized that about two weeks ago). Fun fact #2: Out of all my family members, I’m also the first to be born in the United States and to receive an American liberal arts education.

I was raised speaking Spanish at home and started learning English when I entered school. In taking an Education course this semester that fulfills a college requirement, I’m able to look back on how big of an impact teachers have in aiding ESL students during class; I believe my family owes a lot to Mrs. Visconti for her caring methods as a bilingual kindergarten teacher. Fun fact #3: I began taking French classes through a scholarship program called Prep for Prep the summer before seventh grade and absolutely loved it! I continued in the language through high school and aimed to prefect my pronunciation in a French course last semester.

Aside from my affinity for languages, on campus I’m involved with Swing Club (meets at 5pm in the Multipurpose Room in Jaeger), Students for Life (meets in Breidenbaugh every other Monday at 6pm), Migrant Education Mentoring (Mondays & Wednesdays at 3:30pm in the Junction), and DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship (meets in Bowen Auditorium on Fridays at 7pm)! Fun fact #4: I’m also a PLA for all levels of Spanish so please email me (riosma02) if you need help studying or if you just want to practice your conversational skills!

In the future, I’d like to use my background in Spanish to help immigrant families feel more comfortable with English. Growing up in the United States has led me to see just how important language is when you’re surrounded by people who are from different countries and of different cultures.

Fun fact #5 (last one): My favorite meal in Servo is Chicken Bruschetta which is only served on the last Thursday of every month. A rare, yet delicious dish! See you around!