Luis, thanks for your blog about Mexico's drug war. We hear a lot about it in the news, but it's fascinating to hear the point of view of someone who lives there. I went to Mexico two years ago and, as a tourist, I only saw the positive sides of the country: colourful streets, welcoming people and great food (I heartily recommend guacamole with fried crickets).
The ruins were a highlight for me, especially the pre-Aztec city of Teotihuacan which means 'City of the Gods' and contains huge pyramidal structures. I also love stories about Aztec gods -Xiuhtecuhtli, Chalchiuhtlicue, Mictlantecuhtli- though I've never been able to pronounce their names out loud.
It seems the Aztecs also loved gourmet food; they drank a chocolate drink called 'xocoatl' centuries before the Spanish conquistadores arrived, which they flavoured with vanilla. This, along with the fact the Aztecs paid for goods with chocolate -well OK, cocoa beans- gives me a romantic idea of what it used to be like in Aztec Mexico... although the common practice of human sacrifice makes it a bit less appealing!
LUIS'S BLOG - SOME SUGGESTIONS
1) You wrote: what is happening in México with all of those news ...
The word 'news' in English has the letter 's' at the end, but it is a singular noun. Therefore you should write 'this news': The news today is so depressing!
2) You write that: The big mistake of the narco war initiative was not existed the infrastructure, police corps and logistic to win the war in overwhelming.
Here the subject in English (the infrastructure) should be placed BEFORE the verb, so: The big mistake of the narco war initiative was that an infrastructure was not in place, so the police corps were not able to win the war.
In your sentence, 'in overwhelming' is incorrect. 'Overwhelming' is an adjective so you need to use it before a noun: The party was elected by an overwhelming majority.
3) You suggest that: many other hidden operations has made think of Mexican population in the drugs legalization
Here the subject should be placed before the verb 'think': many other hidden operations have made the Mexican population think about the legalization of drugs.
So remember that normally in English, the structure of a sentence is: subject, verb, object.
4) You wrote about the lives of 'the most of Mexican people'
In English you only need 'most' in this case: Most Mexican people... For instance: Most people think English weather is horrible, but I really like our cloudy, moody skies.
Complete the story about the Aztec Goddess Coatlicue with these words:
multifaceted / mortals / fertility / depicted / devours / name / skirt
Coatlicue is the Aztec Mother of gods and 1) __________ .
Her 2) __________ means 'Serpent Skirt' and she is represented with serpents on her 3) ___________ and around her head.
Snakes are often seen as a symbol of 4) __________ .
Coatlicue is also 5) ___________ with a necklace of human hearts and skulls.
This Goddess is 6) ___________ : she is a loving mother yet 7) __________ everything that lives.
Well done for finding the titles of Beatles songs in my blog... but there are some you missed out! These were the titles I included: 1) Hello, Goodbye 2) Day in the life 3) Across the universe 4) All things must pass 5) Come together 6) Yesterday 7) Help! 8) From me to you 9) The long and winding road 10) Yellow submarine 11) Ask me why 12) Hey Jude 13) Don't let me down
heartily - enthusiastically
crickets - a small insect that can jump very high!
ruins - the remains of a building or structure
highlight - most interesting part of something
pyramidal - in the shape of a pyramid
out loud - to speak aloud
gourmet - sophisticated food
conquistadores - Spanish conquerors
appealing - attractive