Sunday, 03 May 2009 00:00

Many enjoy the taste of Mexican Coke

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Mexican Coca-Cola is enjoying new and increased popularity these days.

Mexican food markets often sell out of the stuff before their next shipment arrives; Costco has begun to carry the product on the West Coast, and there are even rumors of the import gracing the shelves of Wal-Mart.

“To tell you the truth, it tastes more sugary,” said Clariza Mendoza, manager of El Corita, a Mexican food store in Lynn Garden.

“Some Americans, that’s what they come in for.”

Saturday, 13 June 2009 00:00

The family business of cooking

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When Karen Nava Stafford was 10 or 12 years old in Mexico City, she would watch her mother cooking in the kitchen and help her. She would visit her grandfather’s bakery, where he would get up at 4 a.m. to make the dough. He would tell her that it is important to have the bread done by 6 a.m.

“In Mexico you are always beside your mom when she is cooking. You don’t need to go to school to learn to cook,” she said.

Saturday, 13 June 2009 00:00

Skype me! The world keeps shrinking

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The time when one could feel the distance when calling somewhere far, far away is far, far gone.

With Skype, a voice-over-Internet software, you not only get an instant answer but an instant movie image as well.

Skype is easy to download and easy to use. The Skype Web page, www.skype.com, provides all the information and the software needed to get started. In 2007 Skype said it had 276 million user accounts, growing to 309 million in 2008. The company describes its service as “a little piece of software that lets you talk over the Internet to anyone in the world for free.”

Saturday, 13 June 2009 00:00

Kingsport ESL program helping students excel

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The Kingsport City Schools ESL program is helping students excel not only in English, but in every aspect of their school life, too.

Imagine what it would be like to move to a new country without knowing the language spoken there. Now imagine having to keep up with school assignments while learning English. In the Kingsport City School System, 65 students are doing just that.

These students, who come from as far away as Argentina, China and Cuba, are participating in the English as a Second Language program, or ESL. These students go to their ESL class every day and work one-on-one with one of the two ESL teachers employed by the school system.

After a full day of school, sports, homework and family, 9-year-old Nicolas Knutzen of Kingsport goes back to school, this time in Argentina.

Nicolas, or Nico, is a citizen of Argentina and is enrolled in the Service of Distance Education program sponsored by the Argentina Ministry of Education. When his parents, Mariana and Michael Knutzen, moved from Buenos Aires to Kingsport in 2000, they worried about how Nico, who was 7 months old at the time, would learn what he needed to know about his home country in case he returned to live in Argentina.

“I was worried about the writing and reading part,” Mariana said. “Now the foundation will be forever.”

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