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"Hier ist Spanisch kein Problem"

by Stacey on 2/9/2009 2:32:00 PM

Artikel durch Jutta Christoph für mallorcazeitung.esAuch die Sprachschule don Quijote ist in hübschen Gemäuern untergebracht: in einem ehemaligen Kloster aus dem 16. Jahrhundert. Nach dem Einstufungstest… more »

Experience Mexico for 15% less!

by Stacey on 2/1/2009

Would you like to study Spanish this spring on the shores of the Pacific Ocean or on the warm waters of the Caribbean?Now's your chance! Learn Spanish and get to know Mexico at an exceptional price!Plan your 2009… more »

Living Spanish in Barcelona celebration: 10% DISCOUNT OFFER!

by Stacey on 7/4/2008

The grand opening of our brand new school in Barcelona and the 2009 20th anniversary of the opening of the first don Quijote school in Spain are HUGE reasons to celebrate this year!To get the party going, we're… more »

Special member offer: no enrollment fee!

by Stacey on 6/24/2008

don Quijote is offering an exclusive discount for our members:When you book a Spanish course with us, we'll waive your enrollment fee saving you 65€/USD$100!!!It's our way of saying thank you for being a member!This… more »

What better practice than reading Pedro Almodovar's blog?

by Erin on 4/18/2008 12:47:00 AM

Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar is working on a new film, Los abrazos rotos. And in the process, he's created a wonderful opportunity for film fans and Spanish students to get an inside look at how a film… more »

Check out a few video testimonials from our Study and Work Program

by Celine on 2/21/2008 3:06:00 PM

don Quijote offers a Work & Study program which combines a Spanish course in any don Quijote destination followed by a job placement in Spain. You won't get rich, but you will earn enough to cover basic… more »

Spain's most famous: with vocabulary and phrases to learn

by Erin on 10/24/2007 5:00:00 PM

Here's a Spanish culture article prepared by don Quijote for the English language local press in Spain - with a bit of vocabulary and a few handy Spanish phrases waiting at the end of the read. These are people you… more »

A Guide to Spanish Wine - with a tapa of vocabulary

by Erin on 10/1/2007 9:00:00 AM

Here's a guide to Spanish wine, as published by don Quijote in the English language media in Spain.You'll find a little vocabulary and a few handy wine-ordering phrases at the end of the article. And should the… more »

¡Mira quién baila! - A Guide to Spanish Dance

by Erin on 9/24/2007 11:00:00 AM

Here's a quick guide to Spanish dance, complete with phrases and vocabulary to practice at the end of the article, as it was published in the Costa Blanca News.As you can see from the photo, our don Quijote schools… more »

The regions of Spain - With vocabulary and phrases to learn

by Erin on 9/17/2007 1:00:00 PM

Another of the "Living in Spain" pieces we've published in English language media, this article introduces you to the diversity of Spain's 17 regions, by offering a look at Andalucía, El… more »

Spanish television - and some TV related phrases to learn

by Erin on 9/10/2007 1:00:00 PM

Here's another practical "living in Spain" lesson published by don Quijote in English language media (primarily for a British audience) here in Spain.Read through… you 'll find vocabulary to… more »

The Telegraph on learning a language through immersion

by Erin on 7/26/2007 10:00:00 AM

"I had a wonderful time learning Spanish in Madrid", says Nick Bennett Britton, an IT consultant from Winchester. "After morning lessons, I'd go for long walks in the city, visiting museums, popping… more »

Poll Results: You want more lessons, and exercises, and slang and...

by Erin on 7/13/2007 2:21:00 PM

Well, you've spoken!And we're prepared to listen.Our latest poll asked what you'd like to see more of on this blog. 60 readers responded to our poll, and told us what they'd most like to see here on… more »

Learn Spanish while reading Spanish language blogs... or writing one!

by Erin on 6/27/2007 9:00:00 AM

Here's a 100% free way to improve your Spanish, boost your "slang" quotient, build vocabulary and learn to use expressions as natives do - read Spanish language blogs (and leave comments in Spanish!) If… more »

don Quijote on YouTube: Meet our students!

by Erin on 6/14/2007 12:40:00 AM

Meet a group of don Quijote students on their first day of their Spanish course - in their native languages, before they dive into the wonders of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. That's just one of the new videos… more »

Could you start your immersion in Spanish right where you are?

by Erin on 4/30/2007 9:00:00 AM

I ran across an idea-inspiring article from a US newspaper on the web today. A Spanish teacher from New Jersey took her high school Spanish students on a 20 minute bus ride to a largely Hispanic town, and then sent… more »

SICELE, a new international exam and proficiency certificate of Spanish

by Erin on 4/19/2007 9:00:00 AM

A new, international exam and proficiency certificate for the Spanish language was unveiled by Spanish language experts at last month's Congress of Spanish Language Academies in Medellin, Colombia.The new… more »

Ah, another easy way to learn Spanish at your keyboard...

by Erin on 4/2/2007 9:00:00 AM

If you haven't yet discovered Pandora, or you didn't know it was well-stocked with Spanish language music, you're in for a treat.Pandora is a free web-based juke-box that lets you set up your own radio… more »

Learn Spanish by Podcast

by Erin on 3/14/2007 6:51:00 PM

Every time I'd return to the US between language courses, back before I'd even dreamed of living in Spain, I'd struggle to keep all I'd learned in Spain in tip-top shape.I've just checked out two… more »

An interview with Victor Garcia de la Concha, director of the Real Academia Española

by Erin on 12/28/2006 8:00:00 AM

"To learn Spanish well, it is wise to choose an accredited center and, if possible, a center in a Spanish-speaking country, in order to pick up the everyday language". Back in March of 2004, our director of… more »

Making a New Year's resolution to improve your Spanish?

by Erin on 12/26/2006 6:00:00 AM

A recent comment on an old post prompted me to bump that old post up to the top here. Last year around this time, our teachers put together a list of 10 tips to help you come through on your New Year's resolution… more »

Got a minute? Practice your Spanish - Playing Hangman or Wordsearch Online

by Erin on 12/20/2006

Got a minute? How about a quick online game of hangman in Spanish?Checking out the word of the day on the don Quijote site, I just stumbled across the games page. Not a bad way to practice Spanish vocabulary and… more »

Christmas in Spanish: Learn Spanish Words and Phrases for the Holidays

by Erin on 12/4/2006 4:50:00 PM

In our November monthly newsletter we presented a glossary of Spanish Christmas words and phrases for beginning students….or for anyone who just hasn't had a chance to talk about Christmas in Spanish!… more »

A Spanish Student Reading List - Compliments of don Quijote Teachers

by Erin on 11/13/2006 8:00:00 AM

Here's the list of books our teachers recommended for intermediate level students eager to read in Spanish in our Meet the Teachers interviews:Sin Noticias de Gurb by Eduardo Mendoza, recommended by Ana… more »

A word a day for advanced students - and another for beginners

by Erin on 11/2/2006 4:51:00 PM

A few weeks ago I signed up for a Word of the Day I am truly enjoying. The daily definition hits my mailbox compliments of El Castellano's words come complete with history and etymology.… more »

Poll Results: Why Study Spanish?

by Erin on 10/11/2006 7:19:00 PM

Poll results are in! And a new poll is up.We asked why someone choosing a foreign language to study should choose Spanish.Here's what 44 of you told us:You can use it travelling to a long list of… more »

So what's a dog say in Spanish? The vocabulary you never knew you needed.

by Erin on 10/5/2006 6:26:00 PM

The part of my Spanish life that most amuses my Spanish friends is the dreaded black vocabulary hole - that mortifying moment when I suddenly realize I simply do not have a word. Or a clue to what the right word might… more »

Wikipedia on the Spanish Language: a Goldmine of Resources!

by Erin on 8/21/2006 12:10:00 AM

A quick Google search for "Spanish language" this morning led me to the Spanish Language page of Wikipedia. Hours later, I am still blissfully browsing and following links. The page is a goldmine of… more »

Cafe Babel: a Euro webzine in Spanish (or English, or French, or...)

by Erin on 8/18/2006 9:44:00 AM

If European culture, and current events and controversy interest you, especially if you'd like to combine those interests with your interest in the Spanish language, you'll enjoy Café Babel.Published in… more »

Read the News in Spanish

by Erin on 8/10/2006 2:00:00 PM

Here are few resources for reading the news in Spanish - from anywhere! (No excuses for not building your vocabulary!)Spain's El Pais is free online.El Mundo, also from Spain and also free, offers a translator, and… more »

Work with the sweet murmur of Spanish behind you: RNE Radio 3

by Erin on 7/27/2006 12:37:00 AM

As someone who is sure to be a lifelong student of Spanish, I have good news and bad news.The good news is you'll be astounded by how quickly you can improve your Spanish living in a Spanish-speaking country.… more »

Learning Spanish expressions: Growing Midgets

by Erin on 7/21/2006 1:09:00 PM

I've been collecting expressions in Spanish. As a further step in my neverending quest to improve my Spanish, I'm trying to pepper my castellano with slang. And colloquial expressions. I dream of sounding less… more »

Looking for a chance to speak Spanish? Try Meetup

by Erin on 7/20/2006 2:04:00 PM

As I sat here readying myself to post some tips about learning Spanish, ways I try to sound more naturally Spanish after more than 2 years in Spain, it occurred to me that you might not be learning Spanish surrounded… more »

Spanish Resources for Kids and Beginners

by Paqui on 1/19/2006 10:42:00 AM

One of the great things about the internet is that you can find easy to use, free resources, for almost everything. For those of you who have children or are beginners learning Spanish, we want to introduce you some… more »

Is Your New Year's Resolution to Learn Spanish?

by Paqui on 1/11/2006 1:49:00 PM

Top 10 Tips on How to Learn Spanish or Any Foreign Language:Set realistic expectations. When you begin to learn a new language, you will make mistakes and you will not understand everything. It's perfectly natural.… more »

My First Christmas in Spain

by Paqui on 11/30/2005 4:09:00 PM

Hola a todos, soy Ellinor Nordstrom de Suecia.La primera vez que estuve en España y tuve que "hablar" con gente española, fue en diciembre el año pasado. Vine a Málaga con mi… more »

Guide for living in Spain

by Paqui on 11/28/2005 6:06:00 PM

Download here a complete guide about Spain especially created for foreigners thinking of settling in Spain: Guide for living in Spain. The guide includes practical information, tips and advice on subjects such as… more »

Racing in Salamanca

by Jeroen on 11/8/2005

It was the 'Tour de España'; an annual race with old cars which normally only takes place in Andalucia, in the south of Spain. But for the first time in the seven years history of this event, the competitors are also… more »

Finished your studies? Be a Spaniard for a year!

by Jeroen on 10/13/2005 11:51:00 AM

¡Hola! My name is Jeroen, I am from The Netherlands and 23 years old. In June this year I graduated and chose to combine the three mentioned options. I always wanted to travel abroad for a longer time than what… more »

Students in Sevilla

by Mirjam on 8/30/2005 1:35:00 PM

"Cuando me fui a Sevilla tenía mucho miedo porque estaba sólo en un país donde no había estado antes. Pero ya los primeros días tuve la suerte de encontrar personas muy amables,… more »

Lee's Blog Part III - Coming to an End

by Lee on 8/18/2005 5:01:00 PM

…Ya es miércoles y todavía no he tenido tiempo para escribir. La semana pasa tan rápida, y Salamanca es una ciudad donde siempre hay muchas cosas que hacer. Además, el buen tiempo… more »

Diary of a beginner in Salamanca part II

by Lee on 8/8/2005 10:39:00 AM

Settling inHaving just about recovered from the welcome party, I put my student hat back on and attended my next set of lessons.Our class has eight people from seven different countries. The teachers are friendly and… more »

Diary of a Beginner in Salamanca

by Lee on 8/5/2005 11:01:00 AM

My name is Lee and I'm from county Wicklow in Ireland. This is the story of my first Spanish class Upon arriving in Spain from Ireland, I knew how to say:Hola, por favor, gracias and no habla español!… more »

Tips for the Spanish verbs ser and estar

by Paqui on 8/1/2005 11:14:00 AM

No es lo mismo ser que estar…One of the most difficult lessons when learning or teaching Spanish, is the difference between the two Spanish verbs: Ser and Estar, since both verbs translate as the unique English… more »

Games with Spanish words

by Paqui on 7/28/2005 10:15:00 AM

Learn Spanish vocabulary playing word search or the hang man with Spanish words. A good way to teach Spanish to children too.Here is an example, find the names of these animals in Spanish:Now try with other words,… more »

SPAIN: The Best College Experience

by Emily on 7/22/2005 1:13:00 PM

¡Hola! My name is Emily Anderson. I am a United States college student attending the University of Alabama in Huntsville. I am currently in Salamanca, Spain working for don Quijote in the marketing department for… more »

Vocabulary for the Family - Vocabulario para la Familia

by Paqui on 7/21/2005 5:52:00 PM

A short lesson about how to talk about your family in Spanish.Words to know:Father: padreMother: madreGrandfather/Grandmother: abuelo/aBrother: hermanoSister: hermanaUncle: tíoAunt: tíaCousin: primo or… more »

Common Mistakes in Spanish

by Paqui on 7/21/2005 11:37:00 AM

Here are some common mistakes which you should try to avoid when speaking or writing in Spanish:Femenine nouns with masculine articlesThe word eagle, in Spanish "águila " is a feminine noun, however… more »

Welcome Dinner Pictures

by Paqui on 7/18/2005 12:49:00 AM

We have a new section in our blog: welcome dinner pictures where we will post the photos of our just-arrived students.Every week the school invites the new students to a dinner on their first monday of course so that… more »

Information about Spanish Courses

by Paqui on 7/6/2005 9:44:00 AM

If you are interested in learning Spanish and or if you are thinking about taking a course in a Spanish Speaking country the first thing you will need is as much information as possible about the different places where… more »

Introduction - Presentación

by Paqui on 7/5/2005 5:14:00 PM

Time to introduce myself a bit I am native of Salamanca in Spain, here you can see a map showing where Salamanca is located.Since the age of 14 I started taking language courses abroad, my first destination being… more »

Teaching method of don Quijote - Método didáctico de don Quijote

by Cari on 6/10/2005 12:07:00 AM

don Quijote has developed an open, flexible and interactive method of teaching, drawing on our years of experience, our understanding of the cognitive process of language learning, and our continual reflection on the… more »

Learn the months of the year in Spanish

by Paqui on 6/3/2005 4:21:00 PM

Start learning some Spanish right now! These are the months of the year in Spanish, you'll see you can learn it easily:¡Empieza a aprender español ahora mismo! Estos son los meses del año,… more »