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The Arepa

The Arepa
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Welcome back to our Byte Blog! Continuing our Spanish learning journey with ViLaCa we will see time and time again all the fascinating topics our students will be learning! These last few weeks we have been sharing the many important locations that are found throughout Latin America. Last week we ventured into a world entirely different from our own. The Amazon is full of wonder and connects various countries in South America. Did you get a chance to read it? If not, check out The Amazon to learn more! The Arepa

A delicious topic this week at ViLaCa is the arepa. Have you tried it before? The arepa is a circular and somewhat flattened dough or cornmeal cake that is typically fried or roasted. It is a food that can be eaten as a main dish or as a side dish. It can be eaten alone or stuffed and it is enjoyed as part of any meal of the day. The origins of the arepa point towards indigenous groups in Venezuela and Colombia. European chroniclers mention the arepa and describe it as being made with cazabe and corn. They wrote that the aborigines made cakes as thick as a finger! Today the arepa is enjoyed in several ways, many are stuffed with meat, beans, cheese, avocado, fried banana and so much more. How would you like to prepare your arepa? The Arepa


They wrote that the aborigines made cakes as thick as a finger!


Activities to do with this lesson:

At ViLaCa we use activities to complement our lessons to help our students apply and retain the information they just learned.

  • To recreate the activities for this lesson at home you will need to print out the ingredients of the arepa known as arepa gringo. The ingredients in Spanish are: Queso, huevo, carne, aguacate, and sal. List the ingredients on one side and for each word leave out a few letters for your student to fill in. On the other side put in images of the ingredients so that your student can also identify the words to the image. 

Have you had the chance to try an arepa? Let us know in the comments below! If you created these activities with your child or student let us know how it went. We love to hear from our audience and more from those who are eager to learn and have curious minds.


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