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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 »

Rice Festival and Paella contest in Sueca

by Stacey on 7/9/2009 3:00:00 PM

If you like paella and other rice-based recipes don't miss the Fiesta del Arroz (Rice Festival) in Sueca, an agricultural town south of Valencia.Declared a tourist interest in 1966, the annual Rice Festival takes… more »

El Instituto Cervantes celebra la primera gran fiesta mundial del español

by Stacey on 6/17/2009 11:35:00 AM

El próximo 20 de junio se celebrará, en todos los centros del Instituto Cervantes, el Día del Español (el Día e), una jornada de puertas abiertas que pretende incrementar la visibilidad de… 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 »

Training for A1 Level DELE examinations

by Stacey on 5/7/2009 1:36:00 PM

Important DELE information:As it has been previously published, the DELE examinations for the official Spanish language diplomas taking place next week on May 15 and 16of 2009, will include for the first time,… more »

Spaniards featured in TIME Magazine's "100 most influential of 2009"

by Stacey on 5/4/2009 5:22:00 PM

TIME Magazine has published it's famous issue naming the world's "100 Most Influential People for 2009"Two Spaniards "se codean" (lit: rub shoulders) on this world list - actress Penelope… 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 »

No enrollment fee for Summer Camps when booking before May 31!

by Stacey on 3/23/2009 5:05:00 PM

Save on your SummerCamp experience in 2 simplesteps!Step 1- Choose your favorite summer camp destination:Step 2- Request your enrollment fee waiver (for an summer camp arrival in August 2009) when you book and fully… 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 »

Fallas and Spring in Valencia: 15% OFF on accomodation

by Stacey on 3/5/2009

Celebrate the arrival of spring with Las Fallas in Valencia this month: Stay in a shared student flat or a family residence between March 8 - April 4 and get 15% off on accommodation!fYou can take advantage of this… 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 »

Penelope Cruz wins 2009 Oscar and becomes first Spanish actress to do so!

by Stacey on 2/25/2009 5:00:00 PM

This is the moment Spain has been waiting for…Penélope Cruz, who was once nominated for the American Oscars in 2007 for her role in the movie Volver (and didn't win) finally got her statue in… more »

Information Office for Students of Spanish opening soon in Salamanca

by Stacey on 2/24/2009 1:43:00 PM

The new Office of Information geared towards students of Spanish in Salamanca will begin to provide its services this year in Salamanca's Plaza Mayor, as soon as the permit paperwork gets approved in 2 months. It… more »

Expansion of Spanish language in Japanese Universities

by Stacey on 2/10/2009 2:57:00 PM

It is a known fact that Japan has been an influential traditional market when it comes to studying Spanish as a foreign language. Learning Spanish in Japan is not as popular as learning English, but despite the… more »

"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 »

Help write a book about Salamanca!

by Stacey on 1/22/2009

Tina Christopulos is an American writer in the process of writing her first book: a fictional story about a study abroad program taking place in Salamanca and the characters' experiences in this wonderful city as… 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 »

Grand opening of our new Barcelona school!

by Stacey on 10/14/2008

We've moved!Our school in the exciting and stylish city of Barcelona has opened its doors… to a brand new spacious, state-of-the-art building! Our building is located on calle Mallorca 27, in the heart of the… 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 »

Salamanca's International Congress on the value of Spanish

by Stacey on 10/3/2008 1:20:00 PM

This Congress, which takes place in the city of Salamanca in November 24, 25 and 26 of 2008, is a high level three-session forum whose purpose is to analyze the value of the Spanish language as a cultural and touristic… more »

Save on your next Spanish course in Mexico!

by Stacey on 10/2/2008 1:26:00 PM

Live an unforgettable cultural immersion in a vibrant and colorful country: Mexico!Learn Spanish while you wander through the elegant colonial city of Oaxaca, or the charmingly bohemian beach towns of Playa del Carmen… more »

Interview with a don Quijote teacher who published first poetry book!

by Stacey on 9/22/2008 2:52:00 PM

In an interview conducted in Spanish by Natalia Sánchez for, Gloria de Castro Prieto speaks fondly of her first book, "bajo tus manos".A poet from Zamora, she wrote the book upon… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Expo Zaragoza 2008

by Stacey on 4/28/2008 10:40:00 AM

If you're visiting Spain anytime between June 14th and September 14th, you must make a pit stop in Zaragoza.The reason? The city is hosting this year's International Exposition, under the title theme of… 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 »

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 »

Travelling across the USA only in Spanish... Follow along on BBC Mundo blog in Spanish

by Erin on 8/24/2007

What happens when you wander across the Southern U.S., from east coast to west coast, asking every person you meet "¿Hablas español?" (Do you speak Spanish?). How many Americans can get by in a conversation in Spanish?… more »

From the US press: Second language can provide edge in US job market

by Erin on 7/30/2007 7:10:00 PM

 A recent article from Gannett, a leading US news service, stresses the growing demand for bilingual professionals in the U.S. job market. Recruiters now not only seek conversational skills but the ability to read… 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 »

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 »

So how important is a second language to landing a job in the EU?

by Erin on 6/25/2007 9:00:00 AM

A while back, I posted about worries in the UK that the country's (largely monolingual) graduates are less than prepared, linguistically, to compete for internationally focused jobs. Now the Irish Times reports… 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 »

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 »

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 »

How to finish Gaudí's Sagrada Familia

by Erin on 4/3/2007 9:00:00 AM

According to an article published in El Pais a week or two ago (to which I unfortunately cannot link since it is in the paid archives section of the website), work on Gaudí's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is… 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 »

Blog Poll Results: Is Spanish Sexist?

by Erin on 1/7/2007 11:52:00 PM

Is Spanish sexist?Our blog poll says no.We asked what you thought about the recent storm of editorial and forum debates sparked in part by the RAE's new Diccionario Esencial. One side of the debate called for the… more »

The Guardian: Is language a barrier for monolingual grads seeking work?

by Erin on 12/22/2006 9:00:00 AM

The Education Guardian recently published a thought-provoking article about languages and jobs: Language barrier blocks British graduates.The article quotes Bill Houston, director of the undergrad international… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Why would don Quijote give away 20 Spanish courses?

by Erin on 11/3/2006 6:09:00 PM

Here's how we announced our 4th annual Scholarship Programme, launched last week, in our Weekly Lesson newsletter: We've just launched our 4th annual Fundación don Quijote Scholarship Programme. First… more »

don Quijote announces special Christmas Offer: 3 weeks for 2

by Erin on 10/9/2006 3:28:00 PM

More great news on the Christmas Course!don Quijote has just announced that the annual special Christmas offer will be 3 weeks for the price of 2.Here's the promotion as it hits the streets today:Had enough of… 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 »

A good way to "prove" your Spanish skills: the DELE

by Erin on 9/11/2006 12:57:00 AM

I noticed while working on the don Quijote Weekly Lesson this morning that the last 2006 exam date for the DELE is quickly approaching.Whether you want to certify your Spanish proficiency for your CV, for your… 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 »

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 »

Job Opportunities

by Maquil on 6/21/2006 6:12:00 PM

Need a job? How about in Spain?Check this out …don Quijote Language Schools has a job opening in Salamanca, Spain, for a Course Counsellor. In this position you will be responsible for advising and helping… 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 »

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 »

Photo Contest! Your Pictures of Spain

by Christophe on 11/24/2005 10:32:00 AM

After last year's smashing success, we are proud to present another much-anticipated don Quijote photo contest. This contest is open to all current or former students of don Quijote. Contestants can enter up to 6… 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 »

Introducing the New Pan-Hispanic Dictionary

by Paqui on 11/10/2005

The new Pan-hispanic dictionary of doubts or Diccionario Panhispánico de Dudas (DPD) has just been presented today in Madrid. The dictionary has been compiled by the 22 academies of Spanish speaking countries and seeks… more »

La Cumbre Iberoamericana

by Mirjam on 10/18/2005 12:07:00 AM

De top van de latijns amerikaanse landen die elk jaar plaats vindt, vond vorige week plaats in Salamanca. De staatshoofden van 22 landen zijn hier bij elkaar gekomen en ook waren Kofi Annan en de koning en koningin van… 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 »

Cumbre Iberoamericana en Salamanca

by Paqui on 10/11/2005 10:48:00 AM

La Cumbre de Países Iberoamericanos se celebrará en Salamanca en los próximos días constituyendo uno de los eventos más importantes del año en España y especialmente en… more »

Spanish Dictionary for SMS - Diccionario Español de SMS

by Paqui on 10/7/2005 4:16:00 PM

hexo x ti y xa ti, tú pones las reglas es el título de un nuevo diccionario de español.Si no entiendes lo que significa, no es que no sepas español, es que no conoces la nueva jerga que… more »

Brasil busca 24.000 profesores de español

by Paqui on 8/18/2005 4:52:00 PM

El español está ganando importancia en Brasil como lengua extranjera. El gobierno brasileño ha aprobado una nueva ley por la cual se ofrecerán clases de español a los alumnos de… more »