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El Instituto Cervantes enseñará español a los empleados de Starbucks en Estados Unidos

by Stacey on 6/16/2009 11:52:00 AM

(To read in English, click here)Los cien mil trabajadores que tiene en Estados Unidos la cadena de cafeterías Starbucks aprenderán español con la plataforma del Aula Virtual de Español (AVE) del Instituto… more »

USA students in Salamanca, Citrus College & others - Spring 2009

by Stacey on 5/25/2009 5:40:00 PM

U.S.A. students during their 3-month stay in Salamanca (11 Feb 2009- 15 May 2009)This is the 12th year Citrus College and various other colleges members of the Southern California Foothills Consortium for Study Abroad… more »

Our 2009 course prices are now available!

by Stacey on 11/7/2008 11:34:00 AM

We have just finished uploading our 2009 price list on our website!You can now view and download a clear layout of our course prices in PDF format.You can also visit our courses page for a complete list of don Quijote… more »

The U.S. may become the country with the highest Spanish-speaking population

by Stacey on 11/4/2008 12:12:00 AM

Carmen Caffarel, director of Instituto Cervantes, presented the book La Enciclopedia del Español en Estados Unidos in Washington D.C. in a ceremony organized by the Library of Congress a few days ago.The book… more »

Register now for November 2009 DELE exams!

by Stacey on 8/25/2008 10:49:00 AM

Remember that the upcoming registration for the November 2009 DELE exams is starting!DELE (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera) is Spanish for Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language. Visit to… 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 »

The bilingual advantage: a buff brain

by Erin on 4/17/2008 10:00:00 AM

El Castellano published an intriguing article a few weeks back about the effects of bilingualism on the brain. The article, titled "Los idiomas entrenan el cerebro" (Languages train the brain), describes the… more »

Three great resources for intermediate and advanced students

by Erin on 1/12/2008 1:00:00 PM

I've just discovered three great resources for students and newer practitioners (like myself) of Spanish. All three are projects of Fundéu BBVA , a nonprofit organization formed to "collaborate in the… more »

A quick lesson: expressions / Una lección rápida: expresiones

by Erin on 1/4/2008

From the don Quijote weekly lesson:Expresiones con partes del cuerpo: La caraExpressions using body parts: The face(FORMAL, INFORMAL y luego traducción en inglés)Tener cara de pocos amigos (Tener aspecto serio o… more »

Eager to learn Spanish expressions? Here's the blog you're looking for!

by Erin on 11/21/2007 4:40:00 PM

Every month I surf my way across the web and through the refraneros we keep around the office, searching for the "expression of the month" to be published in don Quijote's monthly newsletter.Today I… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Expresiones en español: partes del cuerpo

by Erin on 3/2/2007 8:00:00 AM

¿Sabes que quiere decir "buscarle tres pies al gato"?Acabo de encontrar un listado de expresiones divertidas y comunes en una lección de nuestra comunidad de miembros.¿Las has oido alguna… more »

Student story: Agnes in Salamanca, Granada and Sevilla

by Erin on 2/20/2007 2:00:00 AM

Agnes, 19 years old and from France, spent 7 months studying Spanish with don Quijote in Spain. She recommends combining cities during a Spanish course to see more of Spain. Here's her story: (Scroll down to read… more »

Welcome to the Museum of Spanish Horrors

by Erin on 12/31/2006 8:00:00 AM

I stumbled across a nice feature on the Instituto Cervantes site the other day: The Museo de Horrores, a collection of errors commonly made by native speakers and students of Spanish. It's worth checking out, even… 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 »

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 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 »