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How to learn Spanish on line

Learning a language on line is becoming easier and easier within these times. Once you touch bases with the language and get some development in the four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) it is time to get practice on line with the wide range of options that are offered in www.youtube.com, vimeo.com, and an infinite list of websites which supply with specific material for language learners, but watch out! Not all of them are good or suitable for your level, interests, and general practice.

Talking about Spanish language, Instituto Cervantes provides a big amount of material and information about Spanish language, literature and culture in general. But maybe your level should be high enough to understand instructions and contents in full Spanish from Spain. Nonetheless, it is a great tool for keeping track of your Spanish and keeping your learning & practice up.

Besides, there are a lot of free dictionaries monolingual and multilingual. Hence www.wordreference.com is one of the best under my point of view, due to the multiple search options that can help you out a lot if you know how to get the best from definitions, definitions in context, groups of words and forum discussions about the word combined in different uses, whether they are in a metaphorical use or straight meanings.

Obviously, you need the right motivation for improving and not getting frustrated with the use of these tools. Here goes a piece of advice: try always to read and listen about something that is interesting for you. Apart from practicing grammar, this grammar needs to be used always in context if you want to improve your use of Spanish in reality. Not needed to say that being in the country were the […]

Por |junio 16th, 2014|Language learning, Sin categoría|0 comentarios

Spanish language coaching programs. Boost your Spanish this summer

Language learning is becoming more and more important in the globalized world we are living in nowadays. Great opportunities are waiting for us abroad or working with expats in our country of origin, whatever your trade is. This is a reality most of you may be aware and we can help you out with our language coaching programs. This will be one of your best investments in learning, growing and personal experience. Neuro-language approach is proved to be very appropriate especially for adults and professionals which want to develope their activity abroad or with expatriate clients.

As we always insist on, knowing the culture of our target language is as important as the language and grammar itself. there’s no way of understanding and  using properly this group of rules and lexicon without a deep knowledge of the culture and mentality of its speakers. Besides, being in the country where the language is spoken with the right guidance will definitely boost your learning to the maximun level of acquisition and assimilation of all the information provided in any second  language course.

By improving your learning paths with our language coaching you will realise how easy will become learning Spanish with us. Language coaching consist in analising students’ learning abilities to get the most out of their learning. It should be done one to one as the best structure, but small groups of professionals can also enjoy this kind of learning. So this new way of learning is convenient for both, individuals and companies which may be wanting to train workers to foucus their activity in any concrete sector and country.

Language teaching is developing faster than ever because human relationships are doing so. We need to adapt our […]

Por |mayo 31st, 2014|personal language training|0 comentarios

How learning Spanish in Spain can become one of your best assets in life.

Learning a language on location is something not affordable for everyb0dy. But, there are some steps which may be taken to make it cheaper and more fruitful. Here are some examples.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT SCHOOL IN TOWN

When you start learning a language, you should be aware of which is the best school in town, or, at least, you may pick one in which both culture and language are taken into account at the same level when you are still in your country of origin. The role of the language teacher as a carrier of cultural messages is central to certain understandings of language teaching. Implicit in the concept is that the culture and values that underpin a language cannot be divorced from the language itself, and that an appreciation of certain key cultural concepts are required for a true understanding of the language being learnt. This is what you need.

PICK A TOPIC OF INTEREST IN THE TARGET LANGUAGE

There must be something attractive to you in the target culture/language. This is crucial for your success. Find something interesting for you like music, art, business, costumes. Many students of Spanish are interested in our culture, folklore, flamenco, gastronomy, societal features, national parks, sports, wines, literature, etc. Find yours and you will feel very comfortable in your learning, once you have started to be competent in it and doing what you like, not what you have been said to do.

GET GOOD ADVISORY AND BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU WANT TO DO ONCE YOU DECIDE TO COME TO SPAIN

Many people come to our country knowing little from us. This creates a strong cultural shock not bearable to most of them. Learn from the country you are visiting and do it […]

Por |mayo 19th, 2014|Language learning|0 comentarios

SUMMER IN SEVILLE: HELL? NO WAY! WE HAVE PATIOS AND MORE…

There is this legend, mostly feed by locals, that Seville is an oven in summer and that it is impossible to be here from June to September. Well, guess what? It is only summer as in New York, Chicago, Los Ángeles, lisbon, etc. With the right advising and guidance you will get the best out of your staying during the holiday season.

Thanks to the varied cultures that inhabited this area during the passing of centuries, summer heat in Seville is something to which you can cope with smoothly and easy.

This, obviously, is not an attempt to convince you or give a wrong manipulated idea about Seville’s summer heat. It is hot and, sometimes too hot. But here are many interesting and ways of avoiding it and still enjoy the charms of this universal city.

Watch the locals: Main rule is observe the locals behavior. Here is a summarized description of a regular day for a Sevillano:

Wake up early: Mornings in Seville are beautiful and combine warmth and chill innuendos. Plenty of light and full of terraces for enjoying amazing Mediterranean breakfasts in the quiet morning. Not mentioning that it won’t go over 5-6€ even in the most expensive place. Then do your errands before 12pm when the sun really starts beating. In the case of a tourist, just stroll the city visiting the places you are interested, leaving always gardens and indoor places for the last hours of the morning.

Go and get some refreshment before lunch (which you may know is typical at around 2pm). It will release you from the last unduly moments of the morning. Hydrating yourself and avoiding direct sunlight after 12pm as possible. For this, the Arabs created the Barrio Santa Cruz. […]

Por |mayo 6th, 2014|culture|0 comentarios

EASTER IN SEVILLE. A MUST IN SPRING AND A GREAT CULTURAL INPUT FOR THOSE WHO LEARN SPANISH.

This week is especially important in Seville for Religion, tradition and culture. The mellow vibe in the streets, the respectful behavior of its followers and the very unique features of this event makes it, sometimes, a highly criticized one. You simply have to come over and get involved in all the issue to really appreciate what is it about by yourself.

The Christian celebrations are pretty much the same everywhere: Palm Sunday opening the week and Thursday-Friday as the main dates of Christ passion and death. The week closes up on Resurrection Sunday.

 

The Processions mark the difference in Seville as they are the real protagonists for which the sevillanos work almost 6 months ahead for having every detail ready. Families work and enjoy the preparations and the celebration of Easter making a whole social event out of it. Every procession consist normally of two “Pasos” (wagons) carried by strong men in groups of 30-40. The pasos are followed by penitents and nazarenos which make a little symbolic pilgrimage. The core events in Semana Santa are the processions of the brotherhoods, known as estación de penitencia(stations of penance), from their home church to the Cathedral of Seville and back. The last section of the itinerary before arriving to the Cathedral is common to all brotherhoods and is called the Carrera Oficial. By means of mandatory path for every brotherhood to be covered. It is actually the most crowded and laureate. But, if you really want to feel the local vibe and pure authentic adoration you may get lost among the narrow city centre streets for real contact.

Watch a little sample of this salutation ceremony when every brotherhood encounters another church on their way.

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Even in the video you can feel the admiration and respect […]

Por |abril 17th, 2014|culture|0 comentarios

How to speak Spanish, Study Spanish?? No way!

Learning a language must be useful for your everyday life. Also learning Spanish in Seville. Any method is good if it fulfills your needs, and it has to be directed always on your behalf. That’s why we think that personal language training will be your best option when you are approaching a culture and its language. Your learning must be directed to your necessities and your language output developed in real context. The city of Seville offers one of the best frames for your success in this task. Associating your learning with your Spanish life’s experience will make easier both to achieve and acquire the target language.

Your learning will be monitorized by a professor with wide experience on teaching both English and Spanish. The advantages of being with this tutor are that he will be aware of your shortcomings, obstacles and advantages in your learning process. He will also be ready to modify contents being always able to adapt them to your learning rhythm at any moment. The adaptability of this methodology will offer you the following incentives:

1)      Increased motivation.

2)      Best concentration on learning due to the individual method.

3)      Personal needs covered as your will.

4)      No distraction directed towards other people learning rhythms.

5)      Opportunity of specializing the use of the target language to student’s professional interests.

6)      Developing learning through student’s best skills or abilities to get their best results.

7)      Absence of fear toward making mistakes during his/her language output in front of other learners.

8)      Reducing time between learning and assimilation of grammar and uses.

9)      Having the opportunity of using the concepts achieved during classes in truly real contexts in everyday Spanish life.

New technologies can be used in class and your learning is going to […]

Learn Spanish in Seville in Easter

 

EASTER SPANISH IN SEVILLE:

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Learning Spanish in Seville offers the possibility of getting the vibe of a city with the greatest environment for learning Spanish. It’s a choice of quality and excellence for completing your learning in real context with Global Language Training.

Any language is created and tailored by its speakers. It’s the product of their own culture used as the most important vehicle for communication at any social level. As a result, there must be synergies between cultural and linguistic learning in order to acquire the language in a most confident and real way, especially for keeping away from what is known as cultural crash, that represents an obstacle in any language practice.

 

This method consists in what we could call: “living the language”. Our cognitive processes get better when we know why are we doing something in one way and not in another. Our brain acquires those concepts logically and they get permanent easily in our cognitive brain-system. In second language acquisition, knowing how to say something is as important as knowing why (through cultural understanding). This is crucial for our success in our learning process for a total acquisition and assimilation of a knowledge that sometimes is just disordered.

Don’t miss this opportunity and join our individual training limited offer. We will be glad to take you to one of your best learning experience. 

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Por |abril 1st, 2014|Language learning|1 comentario

Christopher Columbus paths. Outdoor Spanish culture learning

Everything happens for a reason and when you are in the pursuit of something, the best things can happen on your way to achieve your goals. At least, this always happens to me when learning or researching about something. A teacher must be a natural born learner and, in fact I learn a lot from my students.

This time we went to follow Christopher Columbus departing paths and did some sailing by the shores which witnessed his departure with the 3 caravels around the wharf from which he and his crew departed blessed and sponsored by the Catholic Kings Ferdinand and Isabella.

On the way to the marina we crossed San Juan del Puerto, Moguer (Juan Ramón Jiménez town of origin) and Palos de la Frontera. All these towns live of Strawberry farming and fishing.

We had a very relaxing morning in which we sailed just with the Genova due to the powerful wind we faced, But our captain is an experienced one which has already crossed the Atlantic and been sailing most of his life. So our paseo was smooth and comfortable.

Off our little ocean session, from where we had a different perspective of Spain’s shores, left Raul and went to eat lunch at Nino’s Tavern. A famous and almost always crowded restaurant where you can enjoy the best products of Huelva Province, the nicest pork grilled meats and amazing seafood. We ate a lot and we were in the need of a coffee, but we decided to take it at the Three Caravels wharf in Palos de la Frontera.

There is a museum where the replicas of the first expeditions boats: La Pinta, la Niña and La Santa María. We went through the wharf and the […]

Por |marzo 25th, 2014|culture, Spanish gastronomy, Speaking|0 comentarios

Seville roots. Ancient Roman Ruins

Not many people know, including Sevillians, that the origins of Sevilla, formerly known as Hispalis, Isbilya, etc, weren’t founded where the city is settled nowadays. Everything, related to its significant importance in terms of civilization started 9 km NW from where it is now. The Romans established the city of Itálica 2200 years ago in the northern part of the Aljarafe.

This is due to the fact that the river bed was wider and had a different orientation so they took advantage of what the Guadalquivir (called Betis in those times) could offer them.

Last week we went with Bev & Bruce to the Roman Ruins in a beautiful March day, which made our visit a pleasure to the senses. From the top of the town you are able to see all the surroundings and also how the topography has changed  during the passing of the centuries.

This is a great scenario for understanding a bit more about Hispanic heritage and culture. The place heads to Sierra norte of Seville Province and Guadalquivir river beds and this is where we drove after our little walk among the ruins.

We (Bev, Bruce and me) drove from Santiponce (the town where the ruins are now) to Cazalla de la Sierra. This town is also an ancient settlement where you can enjoy fresh air and beautiful forrest and Dehesas.  The Spanish dehesa is a traditional Mediterranean agrosilvopastoral  system. It might be regarded as one of the most successful and efficient examples of how extensive agrosilvopastoral management is not only compatible with nature conservation and sustainable rural development within its environment, but also necessary for the achievement of both goals. It is marked by two fundamental features:  Mediterranean climate and low soil fertility.

It is […]

Por |marzo 18th, 2014|Sin categoría|0 comentarios

Reales Alcazares in Spring. Oasis in the city of Seville

Last week I had the pleasure of taking Beverly and Bruce to the Reales Alcazares and after our productive morning, we went to taste the wonderful dishes of one of the best restaurants in Sevilla. An amazing day for welcoming Spring in the best setting of the city. Situated among the Cathedral and the Archivo de Indias (place where trade with the indies was controlled and managed). Some parts of the Alcazar are outside its walls nowadays, but it used to be bigger.

“The Alcázar of Seville (Spanish “Reales Alcázares de Sevilla” or “Royal Alcazars of Seville”, Spanish pronunciation: [alˈkaθar])) is a royal palace in Seville, Spain, originally a Moorish fort. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe, and it was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the Seville Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies.

 

The Almohades were the first to build a palace, which was called Al-Muwarak, on the site of the modern day Alcázar. The palace is one of the best remaining examples of mudéjar architecture. Subsequent monarchs have added their own additions to the Alcázar. The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence and are administered by the Patrimonio Nacional.”

Info from:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc%C3%A1zar_of_Seville

We started visiting the different palaces were aristocracy from different cultures were lodged. Starting with the almohades, Peter I “the cruel”, Carlos V, etc. The places are full of stories as many important historical events occurred in this Alcazar (which is the arabic word for fortress).

As you can see, the day couldn’t be better for the visit as Spring is flourishing timidly in Seville, so we enjoyed the still not too […]

Por |marzo 11th, 2014|culture|1 comentario