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Discover Buenos Aires with $100 off on your "Spanish + Volunteer" course

by Stacey on 10/15/2009 1:07:00 PM

Get a USD$100 discount on your Spanish + Volunteer course in Buenos Aires, the vibrant capital and hip culture heart of Argentina. City: Buenos Aires Course length: 4 weeks, anytime in 2009-2010 Discount: USD$100… more »

New Year's Eve in Spain!

by Lauren Somers on 10/14/2009 3:46:00 PM

New Year's Eve in Spain? Seems like a stupid question doesn't it? However, you can actually celebrate it 5 times in Spain if you want to! The first party kicks off in early December in Salamanca, with the… more »

Last minute offer: Spanish and Tango in Argentina!

by Stacey on 8/25/2009 1:13:00 PM

Pick up Spanish as you dance in Argentina, the Latin America country of strong European customs renowned for its marvelous art, culture, welcoming people, great food, wines, lively nightlife… and the sensual… 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 »

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 »

It is over! Health Warning for H1N1 Flu in Mexico is cancelled!

by Stacey on 5/25/2009 10:58:00 AM

LAST MINUTE NEWS:As of May 25th 2009, all travel warnings to Mexico due to the outbreak of novel H1N1 flu in Mexico have been lifted!This is great news considering that after taking all necessary health and safety… more »

To great drinks... and learning Spanish in Valencia

by Stacey on 4/8/2009 3:01:00 PM

From April 25-27 of 2009, Valencia will host the Concurso Mundial de Vinos (World Wide Wine Contest Event). The very first time this event is taking place in Spain with over 50 countries in attendance to… more »

Expolingua Lisboa promotes Spanish and Portuguese languages

by Stacey on 3/11/2009 11:24:00 AM

The 19th edition of the Expolingua Portugal fair, which was celebrated from March 4-6 of 2009 in the Portuguese capital  of Lisbon, actively promoted the Spanish and the Portuguese languages as international… more »

Last Minute Offer: 2009 Dakar Rally for US$999!

by Stacey on 12/16/2008 3:21:00 PM

If you enjoy listening to the engines roar and feel the adrenaline of a head-to-head competition, then you cannot miss the 2009 Dakar Rally Race… in Argentina!Sign up for a 2-week Intensive Spanish Course in… more »

Cervantes Institute opens in Tokyo

by Stacey on 12/1/2008 4:50:00 PM

The Cervantes Institute has inaugurated its new facility in Tokyo. The building will host as many as 12,000 students who want to learn Spanish and discover new things about Spain, out of the 400.000 students in Japan… 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 »

A don Quijote student wins Instituto Cervantes' Spanish short story contest!

by Stacey on 10/22/2008 2:08:00 PM

On June 25 of 2008, the Cervantes Institute in Paris organized a short story contest… and we are proud to announce that the winning story was The Enchanted Book by Françoise Corbillon-Epelboin a don… more »

2008 Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico

by Stacey on 10/7/2008 9:54:00 AM

Every year in the month of October the famous Festival Cervantino is held in honor of the illustrious author Miguel de Cervantes (author of Don Quijote de La Mancha), with a variety of national and international… more »

Carnival in Santiago de Cuba

by Stacey on 6/10/2008 2:52:00 PM

The carnival of Santiago de Cuba will be from July 21-27, and we hope you don't miss out on learning Spanish in such a vivacious country while experiencing what is considered to be one of the biggest festivities… more »

Pamplona's San Fermin

by Stacey on 6/2/2008 4:36:00 PM

San Fermin is a religious festivity dating back several centuries honoring Pamplona's patron saint. The typical San Fermin outfit is to be dressed in head-to-toe white and have a red scarf tied around your neck.… more »

Salamanca's summer 2008 festival

by Stacey on 5/26/2008 2:23:00 PM

The 4th International Arts Festival of Castilla y León is coming to Salamanca May 30-June 14. This 15-day event will distinguish Salamanca as one of the top hotspots this summer for musical & arts… 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 »

Podcasts and PDFS to help you learn Spanish:, the diary of a Spanish girl in Salamanca

by Erin on 8/20/2007 8:00:00 AM

Pili from Salamanca recently left a comment on several of our posts, so I wandered over to check out her site. It's a perfect addition to any how-I-can-learn-Spanish-from-home list. Here's a snippet from her… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Wondering what an immersion language course is like? British students tell their stories.

by Erin on 3/26/2007 11:54:00 AM

If you're not quite sure what to expect from an immersion Spanish language course, you might enjoy a read through this page on don Quijote's UK site. Britons who have studied with dQ in Spain tell their own… 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 »

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 »

Who wants to learn Spanish? 14 million of us, worldwide, according to the Cervantes

by Erin on 12/13/2006 7:00:00 AM

In October the Instituto Cervantes released a new 900 page volume titled "The Encyclopedia of Spanish in the world" (El enciclopedia del español en el mundo).Published in honor of the 15th anniversary of the… more »

Announcing a new don Quijote course designed for the busy professional

by Erin on 12/7/2006 5:18:00 PM

We have good don Quijote news! The web pages describing don Quijote's new Executive Premium Spanish course are up, and inscriptions are rolling in.If you have a pressing professional reason to learn Spanish, this… 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 »

Conoce a los profes: Hoy desde Granada, os presentamos a Raquel

by Erin on 9/12/2006 1:54:00 PM

Hoy estrenamos una sección nueva de nuestro blog: Conoce a los Profes. ¡Vamos a entrevistar a nuestros profes! Una vez a la semana, os presentaremos a un profesor de una de las escuelas de don Quijote.… more »

Meet our Teachers: Today, from Granada, we present Raquel

by Erin on 9/12/2006 1:40:00 PM

Today, we're pleased to launch a new feature on Spanish Teaching: Interviews with the don Quijote teachers! Each week we'll introduce you to a profe at one if the don Quijote schools. We'll publish the… more »

80 Years Old and Learning Spanish

by Erin on 9/1/2006 10:00:00 AM

Part of what I do here at don Quijote is watch the news for articles about Spanish learning, Spanish courses and the Spanish language.Today I ran into this story about an 80 year old woman who just finished a Spanish… 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 »

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 »

So what's all this fuss about Study Abroad?

by Erin on 7/29/2006

don Quijote prepared this editorial for a US-based Study Abroad site and we thought we'd share it here with all of you, too:Surely each of us has listened to the tale of a friend's semester or academic year… 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 »

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 »

Psssst... if you're thinking about a Spanish course next year...

by Erin on 7/14/2006 10:45:00 AM

…you might want to start planning it this year. Enroling before September will help you save a few euros, anyway.Head over to the offers page on the don Quijote website, and check out the current 2007 offer.… 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 »

State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen)

by Maquil on 6/8/2006 12:09:00 AM

The State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen) may grant a language grant of up to NOK 15 000 to students who participate in language courses that last for at least four weeks, with a minimum of 15 classes per… more »

Special UK meeting about Spanish Language Courses!

by Maquil on 6/7/2006 4:28:00 PM

PLANNING A SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSE IN SPAIN OR LATIN AMERICA THIS YEAR?If you're seriously thinking about taking an in-country Spanish language course at some point during the year or you're interested in… 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 »

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 »

Mil y una lenguas dicen TE QUIERO

by Yolanda on 11/16/2005

Este escrito nace como un canto de unión de pueblos, razas y países en una época en la que, por desgracia, asistimos a continuos episodios xenófobos y de intolerancia, en un mundo, el nuestro, que se supone abierto,… more »

Bildungsurlaub in Spanien

by Mirjam on 11/9/2005 4:01:00 PM

Verbinde Deinen Sprachkurs mit einem Bildungsurlaub!Sobald der Arbeitnehmer nachweisen kann, dass er regelmässig an mehr als 5 Tage der Woche arbeitet, können bis zu 12 Tage für einen Bildungsurlaub… 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 »

Read a book in Spanish!

by Paqui on 7/12/2005 10:35:00 AM

I am reading "el origen perdido" (The lost origin) by Matilde Asensi, a thrilling fiction story in which hackers, Inca civilisations, pyramids, and ancient languages of Latin America like Quechua and Aimara… 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 »

Madrid 2012

by Agustín Sánchez on 7/5/2005 2:21:00 PM

Everybody in Spain is really excited because the countdown is finishing to choose the best cadidate for the Olympic Games in 2012.Madrid is "fighting" to be the one chosen.It would be the second city in Spain… more »

Monday, Monday...

by Agustín Sánchez on 7/4/2005 1:59:00 PM

New group of students from everywhere: sixty…Eight in the morning everybody ready to prepare all the things for them.Runing…"¿cómo te llamas?¿de dónde eres?¿hablas… more »

Learning Spanish abroad

by Agustín Sánchez on 7/1/2005 2:15:00 PM

¿Qué es Spanish abroad? Spanish abroad supone la mejor oportunidad para aprender una de las lenguas más demandadas en el mundo empresarial y con una de las mejores perspectivas de crecimiento en… more »

Las lenguas de España - Languages of Spain

by Paqui on 6/20/2005 4:33:00 PM

El idioma oficial de España es el español, también llamado castellano por que en su origen era el idioma de Castilla. Además del español hay otros idiomas regionales reconocidos como… more »

The best Spanish dictionary - El mejor diccionario del español

by Paqui on 6/17/2005 4:47:00 PM

Choosing which is the best Spanish dictionary will depend a lot on your aim and needs, as well as on your level of Spanish. But these are some useful tips to take into account:Para elegir el diccionario de… more »

DELE Spanish Exams - Examenes de español DELE

by Paqui on 6/10/2005 11:23:00 AM

DELE exams (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera) give you an Official accreditation of your degree of fluency in Spanish language. Issued by the Spanish Ministry of Education, they are the only official… 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 »