The king of the Campus

As a student of Philology in the early nineties, I first heard the name of Noam Chomsky in the classroom. He was going several steps beyond Saussure in the field of linguistics. It was something new.

It surprises me how big he has become in Spain where he even has a song dedicated to him. That does not happen very often. I never heard of any songs about Albert Einstein, for example, so I have decided to include it in this blog, because it is in Spanish and very suitable for the purposes of language learning. And also because I am amazed, by the way.

Noam Chomsky


A few weeks ago died one of the most famous cartoonists of all times. His name was Antonio Fraguas, but he was known as Forges, which is the translation of his surname into the Catalan language.

Cartoons are a good way to improve Spanish as well as any other language. Forges’s style was characterised by its irony. Here is an example. I hope you can understand it. If not, and this is a challenge, try with Google Translate, write down the result and see if it makes sense to you. Maybe this is the reason to start learning a new language.


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Spain has two towns in northern Africa: Ceuta and Melilla. They have been Spanish dominions for over five hundred years. I have never been there myself, but feel very curious. I found this video which shows the citadel of Ceuta and sings about its identity. Young people expressing themselves in Youtube. In Spanish, with certain Arabic additions, perhaps not unlike Southern Spain in the Middle Ages.