New Delhi, 13th April, 2018: Indian origin author, Ms. Shalu Chopra has converted over 12,000 hrs and 12 years of her experience in teaching into this 2nd in the series, methodology book focused on Latin American Spanish Viva Latino 2.
The launch event, held here in the capital was an exclusive, awe-inspiring extravaganza which began with the book launch by the Chief Guest Dr. Udit Raj (ex I.R.S), Hon’ble Member of Parliament in the presence of the Guest of Honor H.E. Sr. Jorge Castaneda, Ambassador of Peru. All in all, the event was a signifier of bringing the Latin American culture alive with authentic food, music, dance at the Art Gallery, Embassy of Peru. The evening was hosted by Leher Sethi, social activist (Director – Something Creative), who has been a front face for several prestigious book launches in the capital.
The evening also witnessed some of the honorable special guests like Sr. Oscar Martinez, H.E. Ambassador of Cuba, Sr. Augusto Montiel, H.E. Ambassador of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Sr. Sergio Arispe, H.E. Ambassador of Plurinational State of Bolivia. The launch was attended by over a 150 eminent invitees including top academia, Latin American Ambassadors, Senior Govt officials, Diplomats, Corporate leaders, artists and creative personalities, in all making the launch a grand success.
“Quote from Ambassador of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela– “This second level of the Viva Latino book series for teaching Spanish with a Latin flavor deserves highest recognition and praise. Shalu’s productive and creative teaching methodology has trained thousands of students in India, and that asset is amplified with her living experience as an Ambassador of the Latin culture in India!!!! The Venezuelan Embassy will always be there with Shalu and Mundo Latino!”
Viva Latino Español 2 decodes some of the very intricate details of the Spanish grammar through very easy to follow formulae and resources such as ‘El Balance’ and ‘Zona Cafeteria’. It articulates very illustratively core concepts of the language through skill building exercises under the methodology ‘SWIRRL’. For the very first time there is a dictionary in 3 languages – Spanish, English and Hindi making it much easier for the Hindi speakers to learn the language. The book includes very special section on ‘Swachh Bharat’ and interestingly, the book, throughout its journey, narrates conversation between an Indian origin student ‘Sanskaar’ (meaning ‘Culture’) who engages a seeking learner in a journey to understand this beautiful romance language – Spanish. With all these striking inclusions it has been very rightly referred to as a pioneering ‘Make In India’ initiative in the realm of foreign language teaching in our country.
Speaking on the occasion, the ecstatic author, Ms Shalu Chopra says, “Quote from Shalu”- It has been a living dream and passion for me over the past decade to share my learning experiences from my teaching sessions. Viva Latino Español 2 is a manifestation of that vision and the exciting journey. It builds on the phenomenal success of the first level book Viva Latino Espanol 1, which within the first year of launch has been adopted as a text and reference book in some of the top schools, universities and professional Institutions of the country.
Coming from a creative background I made my own interpretations of the construct of the language, and then tried to deconstruct like a chef to present the ingredients of Spanish with a Latin American flavor. Looking forward to more discoveries and sharing along the journey! I am deeply indebted to the gurus of the language and the entire Latin American Diplomatic community who have collaborated with us and critiqued my work for it to be appreciated as much.
With the book already receiving rave reviews from Prof S.P Ganguly, Former Professor & Chairperson, Center of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Latin American Studies, J.N.U. , New Delhi, Prof. Sonya Surbhi Gupta, Director & Professor, Center for European and Latin American Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Prof Anil Dhingra, Phd, former Chairperson, Center Of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Latin American Studies, JNU, New Delhi and Program Co-ordinator, MULTIELE (European Consortium) and Prof. Minni Sawhney, Deptt of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi, all of whom regarded as top authorities in the country for Spanish Language, it looks set to build on the success of the first book and become the ultimate go-to book for both aspiring and experienced Spanish learners and institutions, respectively.