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Standard Spanish vs global Spanish

There is always this controversy in which variety of a language should be learnt. What is the most appropriate? What is the more convenient? What is the best or the standard variety?

Well, we are not going to deal with a deep lexicographic study here, but we are going to establish some points which can throw some light to this issue. We just want to offer the right guidance for your best gateway to Spanish Language.

As far as the Spanish language is concerned, it is said that “the best spoken Spanish” is the one Spoken in Castilla-León, which involves the city of Valladolid . Also the same happens in America where it is said that Colombian city of Bogotá is where you find “the best spoken Spanish”. I’m sure this issue affects to other languages as There are people which defend British English as the best spoken too. These people may not be aware that the dialectal differences within these Isles is bigger than the ones you find in the whole United States.

But let’s go back to the point. In the case of Spanish language, there is an institution that takes care and control its use in Spain: Real Academia de la Lengua Española. With the following motto: “Limpia, Fija y da Esplendor” (cleans, fixes and highlights). It has counterparts in most of the American countries where the language is spoken. Even in New York City, United States. This reduces our doubts a lot in deciding what place we may pick for learning and practice Spanish.

Besides, it doesn’t mean that what is recognised as authority is necessarily the most spoken variety… And now it gets twisted again.

The Media are, nowadays, the main responsible of language in […]

Por |marzo 7th, 2014|Language learning|0 comentarios

Learn Spanish in Seville being a Spaniard

There’s no better reward than the one we get from our customers enjoyment. Bruce and Beverly (Vancouver) are so glad and comfortable in Sevilla that they are staying one extra month before jumping to their following destination. They want to enjoy the best season for staying in Seville. Spring is the season when most and main local festivities take place. Namely Feria de Abril, Semana Santa (Easter), etc.

Please take a look if you want to get their feedback from their experience in their own words at:

bevbrucelexi.blogspot.com

Besides, this is the most beautiful season as flower blossoms invade the city with colours and delicious smells. For those who don’t know, Seville streets are full of orange trees and Azahar blossoms, mixed with the heat that timidly appears in the central hours of the day, give the city a magical environment. You just should come to see.

Actually, I think that sending this picture to Beverly and Bruce helped them to decide they are staying a bit longer…

Last week we paid a must visit to El Barrio de Santa Cruz. This is a hotspot for tourists in the city, but this doesn’t mean that Sevillian people don’t enjoy the place. Notwithstanding, is the best place in the city for covering yourself from the extreme temperatures and heat we suffer in the summer. It’s narrow streets cover you from the sun, not being dark at all due to the powerful light we enjoy at the south of Spain.

The wonderful output of flowered patios, whispers of waters from ancient fountains all around, silent streets which can get busy and empty in a minute, and the magic of the oldest part of the city together with the obvious Arabic heritage you […]

Por |marzo 3rd, 2014|culture|0 comentarios

OUTDOOR LANGUAGE LEARNING SPANISH IN SEVILLE

There’s nothing more fulfilling than finding professionals from your field that are innovative and coincide with your ideas and current practice. Even more in second language learning-teaching as one of the most challenging professional activities in teaching industry.
Building bases for second language learning is as important as the language itself or even more. Setting these bases on cultural approach as the main operating tool for learners of any age is our philosophy in Global Language Training.

Pragmatic and linguistic approach might go by hand in our learning process for the betterment of our understanding and acquisition of the target language. Daniel Goleman says that we have two minds, one that think and another one that feels. Reasoning/thinking is a multiple process in which man factors are involved. Emotion takes an important role in learning. It means that we don’t only think about the info we receive, we also feel that info at the same level.
Outdoor language learning is one of the most productive practices in second language learning. Our experiences have always been successful when doing this. Of course we need some classroom work before jumping to reality and going straight to our knowledge’s output. One of the advantages of learning Spanish in Seville is precisely this. Our students feel really outgoing when they have the chance of expressing what they have learned in class in the real scenario of the city interacting with locals. This knowledge gets strongly fixed in their minds as they are not only learning, they are living the language and feeling/experiencing it in a real practice.
Easy task for most of them as if, for instance, we have been dealing with food and trade vocab & grammar, we take them to […]

Por |febrero 24th, 2014|Language learning|0 comentarios

What is the best method for learning Spanish

There is this quest of looking for the best method for learning Spanish or any second language in general which drives people crazy and turns most of the times into a deep frustration which normally ends up in giving up your objective. Loving what you are doing or learning is the best asset for your success. Motivation is normally the key for achieving your objectives with good results.

Here I’m giving you some guidance for your success, both in this quest and in your learning process when learning a language.

As it’s been lately said in health: “There are not illnesses, there are patients.”

And so it goes with language learning.

We are overwhelmed by marketing campaigns with claims like: “Start learning Spanish by conversation, talk from the begining!”, or “The natural way is the definitive method, don’t loose your time with others”, also “Forget about grammar, we have the solution for your Spanish to be fluent without studying…”, “The 1000 words method”, etc.

As I said, the perfect method does not exist, or at least, it does not necessarily work with everybody, and here relies the secret…. All of them maybe perfect but perhaps some just do not fit us.

Tayloring methodologies for different people is my best. Depending on your personality, your likes, your job, your skills, your hobbies, etc, you have to pick your method and even change it during your learning process. Simple as this.

This is what differentiates Global Language Training from other schools. We are very aware that we work with people, and the most important feature of human beings is that we are all different, not any single equal pair (not even twins).

Not every bolt fit the same nut.

A person who is more keen […]

Por |febrero 13th, 2014|Language learning|0 comentarios

Slow travelling Sevilla

We are here again with more stories. Beverly and Bruce didn’t come to learn Spanish in Sevilla, but they are enjoying the vibe of the city and boosting their language knowledge without effort as it is getting into them through the senses.

We had another wonderful day together in one of the most emblematic places of the city. My own “barrio” (neighbourhood). Walking its streets, joining the city life and participating in local activity. We started our Paseo in the oldest street market of Sevilla.

Calle Feria (formerly named calle ancha) is one of the streets with more personality of the city. Its name was precisely taken by this street market celebrated every thursday since October 18th 1254. This street and its sorroundings is traditionally associated with crafts and artisans activity of a wide range.

Important personalities were born in this barrio, namely the great Torero (bull-fighter) Juan Belmonte (1892) and one of the fathers of Spanish Art: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617).

It belongs to the Parroquia Omnium Sanctorum (all saints church built in XII century), as the spiritual figure of this area.

It was drizzling a bit but not enough to stop the barrio lively activity last thursday. After a walk by the market, we went into the church for some rest and peace. Its thick romanic walls gave us shelter during the short shower falling.

In the same block you find the church, the “Mercado de Abastos” (food market) and the Palacio de los Marqueses de la Algaba which holds a permanent exposition about Mudejar Art and, sometimes, other cultural shows and exhibitions.

After the slow walk we took, we headed to the old food market where we interacted with locals ending up in one of the taverns that surround […]

Por |febrero 7th, 2014|culture, Spanish gastronomy|0 comentarios

Spanish School in Seville. Not only language

Learning a language is full of random factors which can both ruin or boost our learning process in a highly significant way. Depending on our approach and interests on the target culture we can be easily affected and our concerns may vary.

This is the case of some foreign people that simply want to approach the culture at the begining, but most of them end up learning the language without effort just by their love towards the culture, lifestyle and customes of a country like Spain.

Learning Spanish in Seville is something that some people look for or they just get embebded by their experiences here. As we have referred previously, it’s very important to mantain a balance between language learning and culture acquisition. Something that can be easily done with our guidance. Enjoying the culture boosts our motivation and lows our anxiety when learning.

 

This week we had a nice slow traveller’s  visit to the beautiful and ancient town of Ayamonte. It’s located in the southern border with Portugal and it’s one of the best places to get in tune with the culture by just walking its streets, visiting the food market, which is a very lively space where you can find a wide variety of products from Huelva’s Province.

We started by getting lost among it’s crooked old white streets spending our time watching the beautiful patios, plants, bougainvilleas, fountains and lemon-trees. The contrasts that this town offers are strong as you go down the streets from the top of a mountain to finish down at the fisheries and docks settled in the Guadiana’s river mouth.

This is a very unique experience which our traveller’s Beverly and Bruce enjoyed a lot as the views from these streets […]

Por |febrero 1st, 2014|culture|0 comentarios

Problems on language learning from the new era. Part 2

This post is related to Problems on language learning from the new era. Part 1, posted last week. It dealed with the porblems we face nowadays in second language learning, but from the reading point of view.

Well, the second part, obviously, has to do with the way we write. In the same way we look for info, more than actually reading, we write to give information as fast as possible and many times we just cannot make ourselves understood. sadly, not all of us are writers, scholars or know how to express our ideas most of the times.

How many times have you read a post, a tweet, an update of a friend in facebook, etc… And you say: “what is he really trying to convey? His he or her meaning truly what he/she wants to?” Or simply, you don’t understand what is being expresed. Apparently, not everything, any idea, can be said or expressed in 160 characters. Maybe languages evolve into a form in which it can be done in a further future, but for the momment this is what we have and what we have to deal with.

If we encounter these problems in our own mother tongue, these problems get bigger when we face a new language. Mostly when we are facing it from a low level or a basic knowledge.

Learning Spanish is not an easy task and when we learn it, we must be aware of this kind of troubles that may affect to our motivation. We need to understand, but fully. In context. Then, after hitting this point, we may be in equal conditions when finding these non-sense comments that continuously appear in social media.

Whether we like it or not, this is […]

Por |enero 20th, 2014|Language learning|0 comentarios

Problems on language learning from the new era. Part one

Maybe we are not still aware, but we are facing different problems in our language learning process. We haven’t realised yet but they are present in our everyday life. In the era of communications, our misscommunication is increasingly growing very fast.

This may sound wierd, but, let me tell you something that happened with one of my students whose job is online broker.

He was reading aloud a text related to his field. I do this a lot with my students as a way of empowering their motivation and improving his pronounciation in English in this case. He had some problems in his reading pace because, as he said, he usually read very fast so that’s why he wasn’t being very good at reading aloud, even in his mother tongue.

I quickly realized the source of the problem. He was reading and, sometimes, he would introduce similar words to the ones written but many of them didn’t correspond with the text…

The problem was that his brain was selecting these similar words just because they were known by him. Avoiding the real ones, unknown by him… hmmm… I said: let me think about this for a moment. Do we really think about what we read? Or we just eat info without thinking if it’s right, wrong, true or false?

He wasn’t making an actual reading, he was just looking for information and not paying atention to intonation, meanings, ryhtm patterns or logical sense in the output of the ideas from the text.

Human beings are getting used to look for info and not reading. We live in the tweet era. If we find a long text over 160 characters, most of us are not gonna take the time of reading […]

Por |enero 8th, 2014|Language learning|0 comentarios

Spanish Christmas

Christmas is the most important celebration in Spain and Spanish Culture in general terms. I mean, There are many local festivities which are also relevant but at a local level. As many of you know, Spain is very varied in the output of its celebrations. But Christmas is the main and more spread holiday in Hispanic countries.

This is more for tradition than for real faith nowadays, but not for special reasons different from the ones of the globalized world we are living in.

The three most important dates are December 25th, December 31st and January 6th. These days are as familiar as Thanksgiving Day, including New Year’s Eve. It should be pointed out that family life is very important for Hispanic cultures. Hispanic people, and specially Spaniards are very family orientated and Christmas is the season for gathering with family and friends.

The most typical features are Villancicos (Christmas carols) and the celebration of the “Three Kings Day” if we compare with the anglo speaking cultures. Three Kings Day (Día de los Reyes Magos) is when Christmas presents are traditionally given and there is a whole protocol regarding kids. They have to write a letter to the kings telling them how well they did behave during the year and what they think they deserve for that. Pretty alike to the Santa’s protocol.

Besides, The Christmas Spirit is so present in Spain that even companies offer Christmas dinners and meals to their employees with the aim of making them feel as a family within their company and with their job colleages. These celebrations normally occur during the previous fortnight.

Any excuse is a good reason for gathering and celebrate the season and meals are big and exhagerated to the most […]

Por |diciembre 23rd, 2013|culture|0 comentarios

Spanish Culture crash

Cultural crash is something always present when you get to Spain during the first, at least, two months. It doesn’t have to be taken as something negative, but as something from what you can learn and improve your language awareness in real context. This topic is related to the one I posted about El significado de las Palabras.

When a foreign person arrive to the city of Seville there are many  funny  situations created due to the diference of scopes and perceptions of language, life and historical background of every individual. Many of them come from vocabulary missunderstandings or senses of humour. But there are also a whole bunch of situations in which we don’t know how to react. And I’m sure those who travel understand perfectly what I’m talking about.

I remember when a swedish friend of mine told me about her first months in Seville. She told me she tought everybody had sport cars here and that everyone would eat inside the cars. This is because we call the frot terrace of houses “el porche” and many people like eating in that terrace thanks to the fantastic weather. So there comes the crash when we say something like: “Comemos en el porche?/ shall we eat on at the front terrace?

Hopefully nowadays she is totally immerse in our culture working here as a translator.

Another thing that normally happens to students that come here to spend their University school year is they find many problems in hiring an apartment in Sevilla in August because everybody (literally everybody) is on holidays at the beach. Everybody agree in going on holidays that month so if you take a walk around the city, it looks as a ghost abandoned […]

Por |diciembre 12th, 2013|Sin categoría|0 comentarios