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On behalf of the Salt Lake City Spanish Meetup ( http://www.meetup.com/saltlakecityspanish/ ), I hereby declare the month of March as “Spanish Vocab Builder Month.” Henceforth, people all over the world are encouraged to be especially intentional during the month of March to increase their vocabulary of Spanish words.

Moreover, I will lobby to have Spanish Vocab Builder Month added to the “official” list of commemorative months found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_commemorative_months . There are several other good causes that have already laid claim to the month of March, but I figure that Spanish Vocab Builder Month is already more important and more noble than other commemorations currently held during the month of March, such as National Noodle Month and the Manly Month of March.

So, in honor of the inaugural Spanish Vocab Builder Month, let’s have fun together during March and see just how many Spanish words that each of can add to our repertoire of vocabulary.

Bronze performers will learn 1 new word a day, or 31 new words by the end of March.

Silver performers will learn 2 new words a day, or 62 new words by the end of March.

Gold performers will learn 3 new words a day, or 93 words by the end of March.

To determine performance, each of us must take the self-assessment prior to the beginning of March … and then we will re-test at the end of March to get a count on words learned. To do the self-assessment, go to http://www.meetup.com/saltlakecityspanish/ , in the red menu bar mouse-over More and click on Files, and then click on 1020 Most Useful Spanish Words - Spanish Only to download the Excel spreadsheet with the list of the 1020 most useful words in the Spanish language (adapted from the book 1001 Most Useful Spanish Words by Seymour Resnick). Take the test by filling in the spreadsheet, let me know when you are done and I will send you the list that includes the English equivalents so that you can grade your results, and then send to me at [masked] your count of known words prior to March 1st, 2011.

We will meet weekly in March on Skype for about 30 minutes to talk vocab, commiserate, laugh, cry, or whatever it takes to encourage one another to be Vocab Builders.

Obviously, to fully participate in Spanish Vocab Builder Month through Salt Lake City Spanish Meetup, you will have to be a registered member of our Meetup group at http://www.meetup.com/saltlakecityspanish/ , and have Skype loaded on your computer. It is FREE to make Skype-to-Skype video and voice calls (meaning Skype members can call one another on Skype), and you can download the program at www.skype.com (http://www.skype.com/). If you want FREE, make sure you only download the Skype program and don’t sign up for their monthly service that also enables you to call landlines.

Finally, I DARE anyone to learn all 1020 words – that’s ONE THOUSAND AND TWENTY words – in fact, I’ll make it a DOUBLE-DARE.

Querer es poder.

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