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by Lauren Somers on 10/27/2009 9:40:00 AM

If you are staying in Madrid or Salamanca, why not take the opportunity to head to the beautiful town of Toledo for a day…Toledo is found almost directly in the centre of Spain and is the capital of the… more »

La Nochebuena

by Anthony Pemberton on 10/23/2009 1:20:00 PM

As we're approaching the end of October we are well into the autumn season. At this time of year many people start to think and talk about the upcoming festivities of Christmas. In other countries the buzz of… more »

Is Gwyneth Paltrow turning Latina?

by Stacey on 8/11/2009 10:30:00 AM

The following article was written by Sigal Ratner-Arias for - Original publication: 6 July 2009.Gwyneth Paltrow speaks almost perfect Spanish -- and she does it with an Iberian accent.The… more »


by Lauren Somers on 7/10/2009 3:14:00 PM

As many of you may know, students at don Quijote schools are not only given lessons in the Spanish language during the day, but are also have the opportunity to discover a little more about the Spanish culture itself… more »

Spanish Royal couple to promote Made in /Made by Spain in NY

by Stacey on 3/2/2009 1:29:00 PM

On March 16 -17 of 2009, the city of New York " also known as The Big Apple - will welcome future King and Queen of Spain, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia. The royal couple will inaugurate the "Made… more »

Travel tips and a bit of Spanish language

by Paqui on 5/9/2008 9:29:00 AM

Every month in don Quijote's newsletter we offer you travel tips for Spain and Latin America as well as bits of Spanish language to practice and learn.Subscribing is free and you will receive your newsletter in… more »

Teacher Appreciation Week 2008

by Stacey on 5/8/2008 1:19:00 PM

This week is dedicated to honoring the people that help contribute in making a difference in the world by molding, guiding, enlightening and inspiring the minds of the future. And because teachers are special, it is… more »

Today in Latin American and Spanish History: April 30th, 1492

by Stacey on 4/30/2008 1:02:00 PM

April 30th, 1492 ….what event happened 516 years ago today that played a key role in changing the history of the world?If you guessed the discovery of the New World - well, that happened a little later on in… 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 »

Was ist die Expo Zaragoza?

by Brian Meyer on 4/11/2008 11:02:00 AM

Auf der Weltausstellung in Zaragoza dreht sich vom 14. Juni bis 14. September 2008 alles um das Thema "Wasser und nachhaltige Entwicklung". Deutschland präsentiert auf der EXPO eine attraktive Mischung… more »

The incredible Machu Picchu

by Celine on 3/5/2008 1:48:00 PM

Machu Picchu is a pre-Columbian city that was created by the Inca in the 15th century. It is located at 2,430 m on an Andes mountain ridge in the Urubamba Valley in Peru, about 70 km northwest of Cuzco.Forgotten for… more »

¡CARNAVAL! Carnival Cádiz and Carnival Tenerife

by Erin on 1/25/2008 8:25:00 PM

It's Carnival time in Tenerife and Cádiz!If you thought that festive Carnival celebrations were the exclusive property of Brazil or Venice, you'll be in for a wild surprise during a February visit to… more »

Mexico's dia de los muertos

by Celine on 10/26/2007 1:37:00 PM

El día de los muertos ("the day of the dead") is celebrated on November 1st, throughout Mexico with variations seen in other Latin American countries and other parts of the world. It is a joyous… 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 »

Cava: Spain's Bubbly Stuff

by Erin on 10/15/2007 9:00:00 AM

One of our don Quijote interns from the UK prepared this cava "primer". She's included some pretty tempting cava cocktail ideas at the end:Cava, the bubbly stuffThe last time you cracked open a bottle of… more »

El Camino de Santiago

by Erin on 10/8/2007 10:00:00 AM

As published by don Quijote in the Costa Blanca News:El Camino de SantiagoThe pilgrimage is the new black. It's unlike anything seen since the 13th Century.People are once again taking to the road and following the… more »

El Dia de la Hispanidad

by Celine on 10/5/2007 11:14:00 AM

El Día de la Hispanidad (Hispanic Day or Columbus Day in the USA) is the national holiday of Spain. It is celebrated on October 12 and commemorates the exact date that Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus)… 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 »

On Fiestas, Festivos and Puentes...

by Erin on 9/4/2007 8:00:00 AM

This article was prepared for the English language press in Spain by a don Quijote intern from the UK earlier this year. Some of the fiesta dates vary each year…. so we've included links to handy sites where… more »

9 things to love about Salamanca

by Erin on 9/3/2007 9:00:00 AM

Here are 9 things to love about Salamanca, selected a couple of years ago by Christophe Rousseel, a Belgian student and writer who worked with don Quijote during his internship. Christophe spent at least 4 or 5 months… more »

A guide to the wonderful world of tapas...and some handy phrases to use while de tapeo

by Erin on 8/27/2007 9:00:00 AM

This fun guide to the art of tapeo was published by don Quijote in the Costa Blanca News. Read through - you'll find handy Spanish phrases to use during your bar outing at the end of the article. The author is an… more »

Practice Spanish reading the Spanish language blog of the world's oldest blogger

by Erin on 7/18/2007 8:00:00 AM

Here's the perfect blog to read regularly if you want to practice your Spanish, learn commonly used colloquial phrases and practice writing in Spanish by leaving comments.What's more, you will learn about… 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 »

Who is the most important Spaniard in history?

by Erin on 6/26/2007 7:00:00 AM

King Juan Carlos, according to the 3000 Spaniards who participated in a television show called "The Spaniard of History" in May of 2007.Miguel de Cervantes and Christopher Columbus (why, yes, in fact he was… more »

Ever wonder why or how a Spanish bullfighter does what he does?

by Erin on 6/22/2007 8:00:00 AM

Café Babel features Eduardo Dávila Miura, a 33 year old Spanish bullfighter who retired in 2006, in their June "Brunch" interview.Makes for interesting reading, whether you love, hate, or are… more »

Come work in Spain and experience Spanish culture first hand!!

by Celine on 6/21/2007 12:58:00 AM

Come work in Spain and experience Spanish culture first hand!! It is not always easy to get a job in a foreign country, although it's the best way to truly get to know a different culture. don Quijote can make your… more »

A new star is born

by Paqui on 5/30/2007 3:33:00 PM

Blogging Spanish is our new blog of Spanish language. A blog for students, teachers and for anyone interested in Spanish language and culture.In Blogging Spanish we will offer you the latest news about don Quijote, the… more »

Cafe Babel pays tribute to Madrid's Movida

by Erin on 4/27/2007 9:00:00 AM

"Si te acuerdas de ella, es que no estuviste allí.""If you remember it, it's because you weren't there."So goes the slogan Madrid is using for this year's homage to La Movida… more »

Wine Tasting in Salamanca

by Celine on 4/16/2007 12:47:00 AM

Last week I attended one of our wine tasting classes at don Quijote Salamanca to see what it was all about. I was pleasantly surprised!! In one class I learned more about Spanish wine than I have in the 2 and a half… 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 »

Spanish expressions: ¡El caballo del malo?

by Erin on 3/31/2007 9:00:00 AM

 El caballo del maloThis frase hecha has its origins in old time Westerns, many of which were filmed in Spain. Seems the Spanish noticed the good guys in the white hats always managed to catch up to the malos,… more »

New Poll is up

by Erin on 3/28/2007 6:25:00 PM

A new poll is up.As for the last, I can't say we're fascinated by cinema controversy at this blog.We asked:With the diversity of languages and nationalities of director and actors in this year's nominated… more »

The 10 Best Novels Written in Spanish During the Last 25 Years?

by Erin on 3/28/2007 9:00:00 AM

As part of the celebrations surrounding the 4th International Congress of the Spanish Language, taking place this week in Cartagena de las Indias in Colombia, the Colombian magazine Semana asked 81 writers, literary… more »

Tips and news about Spanish culture every month

by Paqui on 3/27/2007 2:44:00 PM

don Quijote monthly newsletter is packed with interesting information about Spain and Latin America, travel resources and language bits to learn every month: Spanish slang, a Spanish phrase and a piropo (love phrase).… more »

Semana Santa in Spain

by Erin on 3/26/2007 1:30:00 PM

If you're lucky enough to be wandering round Spain during April, here's a quick guide to Semana Santa activities in a few choice Spanish cities (okay, okay, don Quijote cities , we included this info in our… more »

If it's March, this must be Las Fallas in Valencia

by Erin on 3/7/2007 8:48:00 PM

¡LAS FALLAS!Valencia's ayuntamiento has announced the dates and events for this year's Las Fallas celebrations!You can read more about Las Fallas in this post, and you can download a PDF with photos,… more »

Poll: Would you go to a bullfight?

by Erin on 2/28/2007 8:00:00 AM

Bullfighting is undoubtedly the most controversial tradition in Spain. Yet, considering the role the corrida has played in Spanish culture, would you include a bullfight in your exploration of Spanish culture, given… more »

Te Quiero - En más de 40 idiomas

by Erin on 2/13/2007 8:00:00 AM

Our collection of "te quieros" has grown to over 40 languages. I've added the newest translations from the comments box to the original post. Keep 'em coming and we'll keep posting them. Thanks… more »

Super-Long Spanish Names!

by Celine on 2/5/2007 10:55:00 AM

When I first got to Spain, right away I noticed that Spanish people had very long names. From the beginning, I learned that when a child is born, he/she receives the first surname from the father and the second surname… 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 »

Spanglish en la BBC

by Erin on 12/19/2006 11:00:00 AM

La "BBC en español" ha publicado un artículo interesante sobre el uso del "spanglish": Spanglish, entre lengua y jerga.En el foro que acompaña al artículo, el autor invita a los… more »

Ya se puede decir "internet" - The New "Essential Dictionary of Spanish"

by Erin on 12/11/2006 10:00:00 AM

It's official! You can now officially use "internet", "rap" and "chat" in your Spanish conversations and homework. If your teacher complains, tell her or him to take it up with the… more »

A Quick Guide to Spanish Christmas Posts on Spanish Teaching

by Erin on 12/10/2006 8:48:00 PM

With the holidays close at hand, our web stats show more and more of you arriving from Google searches for Spanish Christmas songs, Spanish Christmas traditions, Spanish vocabulary about Christmas, etc.To make finding… more »

Speaking of Don Quijote...

by Erin on 11/9/2006 9:00:00 AM

Have you ever explored the don Quijote virtual museum?Added to the don Quijote website in honor of the 400th anniversary of the publication of Cervantes' novel in 2005, the museum receives and posts art, news, etc.… more »

Blog Poll Results: Have you read Don Quijote?

by Erin on 11/8/2006 3:41:00 PM

A tip off the hat today to you, our well read, clearly diligent Spanish-studying visitors.41% of the 68 visitors who responded to our most recent poll reported that they had indeed read Cervantes' Don Quijote - in… more »

Christmas Activities!

by Erin on 10/18/2006 1:08:00 PM

Christmas Course activities are up on the schools' Activity Agenda.All of the cultural classes and special activities going on at each school are listed here for the week starting December 18 and here for the… more »

Meet Our Teachers: Today from Guanajuato, we present Aracely

by Erin on 9/19/2006 10:46:00 AM

In this week's interview with a don Quijote teacher, we stop by the don Quijote school in Guanajuato, México, to talk a while with Aracely Judith Hernández Delgado:How long have you been teaching… more »

Results of our first poll: What do you think of Spanglish?

by Erin on 9/17/2006 5:07:00 PM

The results are in! We've closed our first poll.We asked: What do you think of Spanglish?Here's what you told us.Of the 60 visitors who voted:55% (33 voters) consider Spanglish a dangerous threat to the Spanish… 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 »

Have you read this?

by Maquil on 8/14/2006 1:12:00 PM

Fist of all, my goal is to learn Spanish, this blog has helped me find information that I don't think I would have found otherwise. It has also given me a good insight into other people's views of Spanish and… more »

Wonderful Salamanca

by Olga on 8/10/2006 11:57:00 AM

From the moment the bus drove me into Salamanca I was amazed by its beauty. Salamanca is a city and therefore has all the facilities you could wish for. At the same time is has all the charming aspects of a small… more »

Is the Alhambra one of the New 7 Wonders?

by Erin on 8/9/2006 2:20:00 PM

Have you seen Granada's stunning Alhambra?In person? In a book or film about Spain?Well, the Alhambra is a finalist in a new campaign to choose the New Seven Wonders of The World, and you can help make sure… more »

The Differences Between Home and Spain

by Maquil on 8/4/2006 10:48:00 AM

When you come to a different country there are certain things that stand out for you, but these things will not be the same for everyone. During my stay here in Spain I have gone around trying to find out what people… 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 »

Teaching Spanish is my passion

by Salomé Torres on 7/19/2006 5:08:00 PM

Back when I was a very small child my father used to tell me that inviting a guest into your house is a great honour but when this guest then spends his time and money learning about our language and culture, it is… more »

El Quijote hits Everest!

by Erin on 7/13/2006 6:35:00 PM

It's inspired ballets, operas, stage shows, countless works of art and generations of readers. They say it's the world's most translated book, after the Bible. Still, in its 401st year, Cervantes' Don… more »

I Love Teaching Spanish

by Salomé Torres on 6/27/2006 11:27:00 AM

Mis padres me enseñaron que recibir como invitado a un desconocido es un honor, porque esa persona emplea su tiempo en dirigirse a ti y conocer tu casa- y todos sabemos cuánto vale hoy el tiempo-. Por eso yo me… more »

Real Federación Española de Fútbol

by Bas on 6/9/2006 10:10:00 AM

Spanje en WK's is eigenlijk nog nooit een goed huwelijk geweest. Het beste resultaat stamt alweer uit 1950 (4e plaats). Het probleem is dat Spanje nog nooit een hecht team heeft gehad. De oorzaken? De verschillende… more »

Spain and the World Cup

by Bas on 6/5/2006 11:04:00 AM

Spain and World Cups have never been a suitable combination. The best result was in 1950 (4th place). The main problem probably is that Spain never had a 'tight' team. The main causes? The different… more »

My Trip to Toledo

by Maquil on 5/31/2006 4:59:00 PM

After my first week in the lovely city of Salamanca, I went on a little excursion with my school (don Quijote) to Toledo. Since we left at 8 in the morning, the bus ride there was really quite. Everyone was very tried,… more »

Spanish for Beginners

by Paqui on 5/11/2006 11:13:00 AM

Here are some great ideas for beginners in Spanish:Free Spanish lessons by email don Quijote members is a community with free services and resources for anyone wanting to learn or practice Spanish. You'll get free… more »

Le dernier film d'Almodovár: VOLVER

by Camille on 5/3/2006 10:53:00 AM

VOLVER nous raconte l'Espagne, nous fait vivre l'Espagne et nous fait partager la force de caractére de son peuple et la profondeur de ses sentiments. Almodóvar nous touche avec la… more »

ELLEgirlzz Leren Spaans in Barcelona

by Emmelien on 2/6/2006

Judith en Lonneke wonnen een tijdje geleden via het meidenblad ELLEgirl een weekje taalcursus in Barcelona met don Quijote. In de meivakantie was het dan zover: op naar Barcelona! Zeven dagen lang Spaans leren, de stad… more »

Noêl en Espagne

by Carine on 1/9/2006 11:14:00 AM

En Espagne, les fêtes de Nöel commencent à la mi-décembre et se clôturent en beauté le 6 janvier, le «jour des rois». En effet, même si «Papa… more »

Spanish Christmas Calendar

by Lee on 12/15/2005 10:25:00 AM

With the holiday season fast approaching, it's only natural that our thoughts turn to celebrations, family gatherings, and all things Christmas! The main difference between a Spanish Christmas (Navidad) and many… 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 »

El Spanglish Existe

by Paqui on 11/16/2005 11:02:00 AM

Sabemos que el Spanglish existe porque lo hemos oido alguna vez. Podriamos definirlo como esa mezcla explosiva de inglés y español, que identifica a los latinos afincados en los Estados Unidos, pero por… more »

Learning about Spanish Wines

by Paqui on 11/14/2005 11:41:00 AM

Spanish wines are famous worldwide, the most popular are probably the red wines such as Rioja or Ribera del Duero, Jerez (sherry) or cava (also known as the Spanish champagne).You can discover these and other excellent… more »

Discovering Spanish life in the mountains

by Jeroen on 10/27/2005 3:32:00 PM

During the free weekends of my language course, I can do a lot. Enjoy the nightlife till I drop and take an XL-siesta afterwards, grab my Spanish study book and study a bit, stroll through the city, go for some… more »

don Quijote de la Mancha-mania

by Christophe on 10/26/2005 1:48:00 PM

In a student city like Salamanca, where the streets are awash with quixotic, aspiring intellectuals, it is not at all uncommon to inadvertently become involved in a philosophical debate. Such a thing happened to me… more »

Where's Fidel?

by Christophe on 10/14/2005 5:38:00 PM

First off I would like to apologize for not writing in Spanish. I probably could by now but it just takes me longer and there is so much to do here!Although a fascinating place, the eyes of the world are not usually… more »

Discovering Spanish Culture

by Monique on 10/10/2005 11:14:00 AM

Monique Wright (Nueva Zelanda) Hola, me llamo Monique Wright, soy neozelandesa, esta es mi segunda vez en España y me encanta. España para mí siempre ha sido un país exótico y… more »

La Corrida de Toros

by Yolanda on 9/20/2005 7:14:00 PM

Se han definido las corridas de toros como la fiesta nacional, sin embargo no es exclusiva de España, también son importantes las celebradas en Hispanoamérica (especialmente México y… more »