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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 »

Por qué no puedes "coger el autobus" en latinoamerica!

by Stacey on 3/27/2009 12:40:00 AM

Como en casi todos los idiomas, hay varios dialectos, vocabulario diferentes, etc.En español es igual, pero hay un factor muy importante en el que hay que acordarse. Ése factor es que en el español hay palabras… 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 »

Felipe's story: 8 weeks of learning Spanish

by Stacey on 7/21/2008 2:11:00 PM

Twenty-three year old Felipe Petri of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), studied for 8 weeks in don Quijote Madrid. This is his story...I had two friends that went to don Quijote for a short term period. She studied in Madrid… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

This Week's Joke in Spanish

by Erin on 9/6/2006 2:12:00 PM

I chuckled at this week's Joke in Spanish, published in the Weekly Lesson. It's a Spanish language "who's on first", if you're familiar with the old Abbott & Costello routine in… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Activities for Teaching Spanish to Children

by Paqui on 2/7/2006 10:50:00 AM

Internet offers so many resources that sometimes it can take a lot of time to find the information you are looking for. When I look for websites with Spanish activies and exercises, sometimes I end up in a site that… more »

Practice Spanish at home

by Paqui on 2/6/2006 11:50:00 AM

Essential holiday phrases: Beginners in Spanish will find in this website a good starting point where they can learn some basic words and sentences in Spanish such as "Hello", "my name is" or… 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 »

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 »