A husband steps down, a wife steps in

On Oct 29, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner won the presidential election in Argentina and will become its next president on December 10th. The current president, Néstor Kirchner, is her husband and has decided to step down. Cristina, born in 1953, studied to be a lawyer and has been a senator. Cristina and Néstor met while they were in law school.

Argentina was a Spanish colony until 1816. When the first Spanish voyagers arrived in this part of the world, the locals gave them gifts of silver. That’s how Argentina got its name – from “Argentum”, the Latin word for silver.

Argentina is a very educated nation – almost 97% of its population over the age of 15 can read and write. Argentina has both the highest and lowest points in all of South America. It was also the place that produced the first animated feature film – El Apostol – in 1917, using 58,000 drawings.

The capital of Argentina is Buenos Aires, which is also home to a slang called Lunfardo. A slang is a kind of language where one uses playful words instead of regular ones. Lunfardo often uses the syllables of words in reverse, so as to confuse listeners who don’t know it. For example, “gomia” means “amigo” (friend), “zapi” is “pizza”, and “feca” is “café” (coffee). So if we tried something similar, can you guess what “lasku kavarhom” might mean?