Tango songs and movements were so successful that in the early 20th century entire orchestras made them a major theme. They traveled around the world to entertain audiences, all the way to the United States and Europe where they took root in remote Finnish towns and became a local tradition. Today, for many Argentines and Uruguayans, the tango is a monument, a true pride in an established musical expression that was listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2009. However, it is also worth mentioning how tango has evolved in the modern era thanks to several musical enterprises such as the Gotan Project and Bajo Fondo Tango Club, promoters of the so-called “neo-tango”. The dance can be defined as a full embrace to the limit with rules and conventions about how each partner can move and behave while the music continues, although in general tango can be seen as a “paseo” with a partner and a melody. Tango was born in the late 19th century as a social dance in the poor neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Talk about tango is a rhythmic and intimate journey from Argentina and Uruguay to the rest of the world. But just as important as the way the tango is composed are the themes and the dance itself, fundamental characteristics of the genre. And even the military dictatorships of the 20th century could not erase the institution of the tango. All tango texts speak of sadness, long-lost love, and the desire for happiness, written directly or indirectly. Beginning in the 1880s, the tango became a phenomenon after it spread through Rio de la Plata through taverns and local theaters, and gradually gained a reputation for more than just some working-class habits. Like many other Latin American musical styles, it was inspired by several sources at once: the African-influenced candomba, the Latin American controversy, and the local milonga. Since 1977, there has even been a national tango day, December 11. I’m a culture and language nerd and a great foodie! I’m very excited to share my language and culture with all of you and, why not, some recipes for our traditional cuisine. Develop your vocabulary, practice your pronunciation, and more with Transparent Language Online.