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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, September 30, 2018, 21:12 (18 days ago)

Our new mayor Lic. Jorge Sánchez Allec was sworn in today. Oh, and the city water started flowing again in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa. Coincidence?

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by HolyMole @, Monday, October 01, 2018, 01:35 (17 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Our new mayor Lic. Jorge Sánchez Allec was sworn in today. Oh, and the city water started flowing again in Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa. Coincidence?

All the Facebook posts in connection with the above refer to "toma de protesta" and I can't figure out what that means. Sounds like an odd term to use. Is the correct translation a "swearing-in ceremony"?

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, October 01, 2018, 09:33 (17 days ago) @ HolyMole

All the Facebook posts in connection with the above refer to "toma de protesta" and I can't figure out what that means. Sounds like an odd term to use. Is the correct translation a "swearing-in ceremony"?

“Swearing in” sounds like such an odd term. Do they cuss much? I’ll stay with toma de protesta. :o)

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by HolyMole @, Monday, October 01, 2018, 09:54 (17 days ago) @ ZihuaRob
edited by HolyMole, Monday, October 01, 2018, 11:25

All the Facebook posts in connection with the above refer to "toma de protesta" and I can't figure out what that means. Sounds like an odd term to use. Is the correct translation a "swearing-in ceremony"?


“Swearing in” sounds like such an odd term. Do they cuss much? I’ll stay with toma de protesta. :o)

I keep seeing those signs along the highways....something like "Si maneje, no tomar".
(Or maybe it's "Si tomar, no maneje". Either way, some form of toma/tomar is in there.)

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by Garry, Monday, October 01, 2018, 11:00 (17 days ago) @ HolyMole

That means don't drive if you drink. Tomar is to take!

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, October 01, 2018, 11:32 (17 days ago) @ HolyMole

All the Facebook posts in connection with the above refer to "toma de protesta" and I can't figure out what that means. Sounds like an odd term to use. Is the correct translation a "swearing-in ceremony"?


“Swearing in” sounds like such an odd term. Do they cuss much? I’ll stay with toma de protesta. :o)


I keep seeing those signs along the highways....something like "Si maneje, no tomar".

I just can’t imagine living in Mexico but being handicapped by not being able to understand the language. What do you listen to? With whom do you speak? Do you watch no Mexican programs or movies? Listen to no local music? Read no local books or newspapers? Before the days of smartphones I carried a Larousse-American Heritage Spanish-English hardback dictionary almost everywhere with me for most of my first two years here until I could understand almost everything. Must’ve read every page a dozen times at least, especially the part about grammar and verb conjugation. Nowadays with the knowledge of the entire world available in every cellphone there are no excuses for not being conversant in the language of any country where you spend much time. There’s so much you’re missing.

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by HolyMole @, Monday, October 01, 2018, 13:20 (17 days ago) @ ZihuaRob
edited by HolyMole, Monday, October 01, 2018, 17:05

All the Facebook posts in connection with the above refer to "toma de protesta" and I can't figure out what that means. Sounds like an odd term to use. Is the correct translation a "swearing-in ceremony"?


“Swearing in” sounds like such an odd term. Do they cuss much? I’ll stay with toma de protesta. :o)


I keep seeing those signs along the highways....something like "Si maneje, no tomar".


I just can’t imagine living in Mexico but being handicapped by not being able to understand the language. What do you listen to? With whom do you speak? Do you watch no Mexican programs or movies? Listen to no local music? Read no local books or newspapers? Before the days of smartphones I carried a Larousse-American Heritage Spanish-English hardback dictionary almost everywhere with me for most of my first two years here until I could understand almost everything. Must’ve read every page a dozen times at least, especially the part about grammar and verb conjugation. Nowadays with the knowledge of the entire world available in every cellphone there are no excuses for not being conversant in the language of any country where you spend much time. There’s so much you’re missing.

I don't much feel like a dressing-down today, so let's just say that I apologize for not measuring up to your high standards. Guess I'm just bone-lazy.
Oh, and I don't have a cellphone. I guess that explains it.

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by islandgirl @, Cowichan Valley, Monday, October 01, 2018, 13:29 (17 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Sometimes you just can't teach old dogs new tricks! ;-)
I knew a Ukrainian woman who immigrated and lived in Montreal for over 50 years. She never learned English or French but was still a productive, active citizen.

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by cd69 @, Winnipeg,MB,Canada, Monday, October 01, 2018, 17:21 (17 days ago) @ islandgirl

Pretty sad statement to move to a new country for 50 years and not bother to learn at least one of the two official languages. No excuse for this!

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by islandgirl @, Cowichan Valley, Tuesday, October 02, 2018, 23:15 (15 days ago) @ cd69

So she had trouble with languages. Some people do, you know. She lived in an immigrant area with people who spoke the same language as her. She worked hard, raised her family on her own after her husband passed away, never got in trouble with the law and paid her taxes all the way.
Shame on you for passing judgement on someone you never met. She was a cool old lady!

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by HolyMole @, Wednesday, October 03, 2018, 01:57 (15 days ago) @ islandgirl

So she had trouble with languages. Some people do, you know. She lived in an immigrant area with people who spoke the same language as her. She worked hard, raised her family on her own after her husband passed away, never got in trouble with the law and paid her taxes all the way.
Shame on you for passing judgement on someone you never met. She was a cool old lady!

Good on you, Islandgirl. As born-and-bred, relatively unilingual English-speaking Montrealers, my wife and I had a fairly unique perspective on the language issues of minorities, be they isolated in immigrant communities, or, as we were, a sizeable English-speaking minority surrounded by a French-speaking majority, who were themselves surrounded by 350 million English-speakers.

And you're absolutely correct: some people have great difficulty learning a language....even their own. Take Trump, for example.......please. ;-)

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Language "Laziness"

by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Wednesday, October 03, 2018, 06:38 (15 days ago) @ HolyMole

Agreed. A good friend of mine was born in Serbia, raised there and in Austria. He moved to the States in the late fifties. Although he is extremely intelligent, he no longer speaks Serbian and his German and English are heavily accented. Sad, but some folks just don't have the ear for language.

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Language learning

by islandgirl @, Cowichan Valley, Thursday, October 04, 2018, 11:48 (14 days ago) @ frostbite

They say if a child learns a second language young enough, it tweeks their brain so as to make it easier to pick up other languages after that. So I put my son in French Immersion starting in kindergarten. His buddy started with him, but dropped out after grade one as he just wasn't catching on, yet his older brother did well and went thru to graduation. Every year, a few more kids drop out. He is now in grade 11 and fully fluent. His group of fellow 'Frenchies' as they call themselves, is less than half what it was in kindergarten.
While I was struggling away with Rosetta Stone Spanish some years back when he was about 8, he was watching me and said hey, this is similar to French and just zoomed along with it.
Like I said, pretty hard to teach an old dog new tricks. Easier if you start them when they are young.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Thursday, October 04, 2018, 14:37 (14 days ago) @ islandgirl

Friends on mine in Anchorage drove their kids daily to a Spanish immersion school in another part of town. Upon graduation, they took them to Spain for a few weeks. Not even once did they hear their kids speak Spanish there. Truly sad.

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by Talley Ho @, Monday, October 01, 2018, 11:30 (17 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

No water to Playa la Ropa yet.

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by JACK @, Monday, October 01, 2018, 11:52 (17 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Just walked by City Hall. There had to be 10 new garbage trucks, some 5 pipas with CAPAZ on the side along with some Conagua pipas, a grader, back hoe, dump truck and who knows what else I couldn't see.
Also got a tinaco full of water last night.
Things are looking up.

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by Talley Ho @, Monday, October 01, 2018, 12:09 (17 days ago) @ JACK

No trash pick up today either, day 4.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, October 01, 2018, 12:39 (17 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Has anyone at La Ropa contacted the ayuntamiento? A common problem is apathy, coupled with all the foreign and non-Spanish speaking residents of La Ropa, it is certainly possible the city authorities have no idea of the colonia’s problems. On the morning radio program Zona Libre I almost never hear any callers or text comments from La Ropa residents. Old Mexican proverb: Dios no oye a quien no le habla.

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Here comes your water

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Thursday, October 04, 2018, 10:15 (14 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Get ready 'cause here it comes.

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Here comes your water

by Talley Ho @, Thursday, October 04, 2018, 11:47 (14 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Finally! And thanks to you, I found them on Facebook, complained and also discovered the daily list of who was getting water.

Thank you Rob!

Here comes your water

by norcal, Thursday, October 04, 2018, 15:43 (14 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Get ready 'cause here it comes.

Can someone explain what this chart is about? Is it a schedule of when plumbing is being installed and local water service will be shut off? Or is it a schedule of when water will be available due to a water shortage? Or something else?
Thank you.