16
Jan

Brexit Update – Erasmus Student Exchange 2020

As we begin a new year and new decade, the academic year is one that should be filled with exciting advanced technologies and innovative systems to help our students. Instead it’s a feeling of negativity, which looms large due to Brexit. This will not only affect the educational sector within Britain but also students choosing to travel and study abroad. 
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6
Dec

Why do people choose Paris as a destination to live, work or study?

Known to many as the city of love and romance, filled with quirky cafés and tasty croissants, it’s clear why people decide on living in the “city of love.” It’s beautiful architecture, food and history draw people in from all corners of the globe.  After recently visiting Paris we decided to research in more detail about France’s economy, it’s education
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20
Nov

Introduction of MFL Teacher Bursaries by the UK Government

“The inspirational role of a talented, dedicated and committed teacher can never be understated and is the one constant that all of us can remember from our time at school.” - Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. The words from the UK Education Secretary will no doubt resonate amongst teachers in the UK. When you think back to your time in school,
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18
Oct

Visit To Amsterdam: Discovering A High Level Of English Spoken By Dutch Citizens

We recently travelled to Amsterdam for a short weekend trip, enjoying the beautiful sites such as the canals and picturesque streets. No matter what time of the year you visit Amsterdam you’ll always find great people, food and drink. During our stay, there was one thing that really stood out and something that always comes to mind. The Dutch speak
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15
Oct

Thomas Cook Collapse | The Impact On The Travel and Leisure Industry

Thomas Cook was the world’s oldest travel company with around 22,000 staff worldwide, completing 178 years of business. With around 19 million customers a year and £9bn annual sales, Thomas Cook was successfully operating in 16 countries. However, in recent years the company have openly declared financial difficulties months before their announcement. In September 2019, the global company announced bankruptcy.
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11
Sep

2019 GCSE and A Level Results Are In!

Congratulations to our hardworking students on their recent results. 2018 was a successful year for us and 2019 was even better! All GCSE grades received have been 6 upwards, including 9’s (equivalent to A*-B). Our A level students achieved 100% A*-A grades, which is even better than last year’s results of 100% A*-B grades! What a fantastic achievement! Well done
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15
May

Infographic | Spanish Holiday Homeowners

In this infographic, we provide facts and statistics on our students who have holiday homes abroad, the most popular areas to purchase and the main reasons why they want to learn Spanish with us. We also share the most challenging aspects of learning Spanish for these students, such as the level they started studying Spanish at, to getting used to

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14
Apr

The effects of Brexit for expats and students

On Thursday 23rd June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. Almost three years have gone by and the future is still unclear for students and expats. Expats According to Eurostat statistics, approximately 3.6 million citizens from 27 EU countries live in the UK, whilst around 850,000 British citizens live elsewhere in the EU. The UK government and

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5
Mar

Business Student Spotlight – Nicola (Google)

We would like to give a warm welcome to Nicola, one of our Business Skype students working for Google! She’s currently focusing on conversational and general Spanish and will progress onto Business Spanish. Nicola’s boyfriend is from Buenos Aires in Argentina and he has a lot of Argentinian friends. Her aim is to be able to communicate with them more confidently. She’s currently focusing on

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17
Feb

Case study – Rastreator

Rastreator is Spain‘s biggest price comparison website and a subsidiary of Admiral, one of our FTSE 100 clients. Here at The Spanish Academy, we teach them online from various locations including Cardiff, Madrid, Seville and Mexico City. “Drew teaches me Business English and she has amazing patience! Thanks to [her] good level of Spanish [she] teaches me all kinds of expressions. For the first time I want to

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12
Nov

Tourism in Barcelona 2018

With it’s all-year-round comfortable climate, traditional buildings and vibrant culture, Barcelona is seen to most as the perfect city break. In 2012, Barcelona reached record numbers with 27 million visitors. Two years later, in 2016, the city recorded 34 million visitors – 25% up in four years! In conclusion, that sounds like a healthy economy. However in recent years Barcelona has

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2
Oct

Will EdTech Become A Global Standard In The Way We Learn New Languages?

Research carried out by London & Partners shows that EdTech is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK. The industry’s worth is predicted to reach around £130bn in 2020. So what’s all the fuss about? Why have we seen an increase in investment for this area of education? Described as digital technology that will change and enhance the

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15
Aug

Manual Transcription – Can it be Replaced by Transcription Apps?

Recently, The Spanish Academy carried out video transcribing of a live panel event in Madrid for The Economist. Following completion of the work, we began thinking about apps and whether they can replace manual transcription work – after all, we have an app for almost everything these days. We need apps, there is no denying it Every smart device that

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4
Jul

What happened to Spain in the 2018 Russia World Cup?

The world cup stage was set and Spain were touted to be one of the favourites to take the famous trophy home again. They have a team filled with superstars but sometimes, even the best quality does not always guarantee success and that was proven in the end. Spain were eliminated from the World Cup for a number of reasons.

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9
Jun

Why are French teachers helping with the shortage of Spanish teachers in school?

There’s no denying the fact that the number of full-time teachers is falling and this is backed up by studies and research. There are many reasons as to why this is happening such as workload and pay but Modern Languages is one of the areas being affected. Spanish in particular is one language that’s affected as there aren’t enough qualified

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10
May

6 popular Hispanic series to watch

The way in which we learn languages has changed and with a lot of Spanish tuition being carried out beyond the classroom, it is no surprise that people are now turning to Hispanic TV shows to enhance their Spanish conversation and grasp of the language as an additional learning tool. TV shows are now more accessible than ever before so

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14
Apr

6 ways to overcome lack of motivation in language learning

Learning a new language such as Spanish is an exciting prospect but you might find that you lack the motivation that you once had but don’t worry, that is usual. This lack of focus or drive is common, so how can you keep yourself motivated when taking part in Spanish classes or Spanish lessons? Change your attitude When learning Spanish,

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19
Mar

Former students living the Spanish dream (Part 2)

This month’s blogs come from Málaga in Andalusia, where we’re catching up with different students we used to teach who are now happily settled in their new homes and communities. Next up is Tim and his son Jack, who moved out here along with mum Julie, all from Cardiff. We used to teach them 10 years ago (10 years!) and

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16
Mar

Former students living the Spanish dream (Part 1)

This month’s blogs come from Málaga in Andalusia, where we’re catching up with different students we used to teach who are now happily settled in their new homes and communities. First up is Grantley and his son Louie, who used to learn Spanish in our Cardiff centre 4 years ago. I meet them for tapas and a drink in San

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18
Feb

Skype calling!

Skype Classes – What are the benefits? Learning a new language is no longer about sitting in a classroom because the world has changed. Access to languages and Spanish in particular has been enhanced through the implementation of Skype as part of the tuition experience. The majority of people have access to the internet whereas not that many people have

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14
Jan

New Year, New Start? Finding work in Spain

There is a lot to love about Spain. There is the year round sunshine, the stunning coastal areas with glorious beaches and the beautiful cities with unmistakable art and architecture. It is little wonder that more and more people are looking for a change of life by moving to Spain, which does require them to find work that suits them.

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12
Dec

How will Brexit affect the British moving to Spain? 

Many people choose to move to Spain to take advantage of the laid-back lifestyle, the great weather and the culture but has the Brexit vote resulted in a rise in concerns for individuals who were thinking about moving to Spain? Following the Brexit vote, those who were thinking of moving to Spain have a concern about how much time they

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14
Nov

Spotlight on Business Spanish

There is no denying that world is a lot smaller than it used to be. This is because communication is easier and faster but also because businesses are spreading their wings and working in other countries throughout the world. Whether you are an international banker or a production supervisor, Spanish in the workplace is in demand more than ever before.

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15
Oct

The rise of technology and interactive resources in language learning

The way in which we learn is changing. When you consider that you can obtain a degree through open learning, it’s clear to see that learning a language in this way is also possible. This has all become possible through the rise in technology and interactive resources and that makes learning a language and taking part in Spanish classes more

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23
Sep

Property buying in Spain

Buying a property in Spain Moving to Spain is a big ordeal – it can be both exciting and stressful, much like in your own country, but with a different language, currency and legal system. It’s clear that you should be well informed before and during your move to make the process as pleasant as possible. So, take a look

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24
Aug

Useful Spanish news resources

Learning Spanish is a great skill to possess and one that is taught in many environments and mediums. However, beyond the classroom, be it virtual or in person, learning Spanish can be enhanced by reading the Spanish news. Vocabulary is vital to the way in which you learn Spanish whether it’s for Spanish A level, Spanish GCSE or just general

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30
Jul

Why students give up language learning and how to maintain the rhythm

It’s not easy to reach a high level of a language, and unfortunately many language learners give up when things get tricky and they never push past that intermediate level. Language learning seems to be a little like long distance running – it gets harder and harder as you get faster or as you acquire more vocabulary, until you reach

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16
Jul

Will Brexit affect language learning in Great Britain?

Being a largely monolingual nation, Britain has always struggled a little bit when it comes to learning foreign languages. With the Brexit vote to leave the European Union, what is the future of foreign language learning and use in Britain? Will studying foreign languages become less useful and more discouraged? Will it be easier or harder to find employment if

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30
Jun

Brexit: What is the future for all of our students with homes in Spain?

With approximately 1.3 million British expats living in Europe, it is no wonder so many of our students here at The Spanish Academy have properties in Spain and other countries in Europe. They are probably currently making the most of them in the wonderful heat of the summer! However, with the results of the Brexit vote, students are probably wondering

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17
Jun

Using Languages in Your Career

Speaking more than one language is an extra extremely important and sought-after asset for many companies in the UK and abroad. Linguists often push their language abilities right down to the bottom of your CV, appearing just on the last line. As a result, these skills are often overlooked or ignored. Whether you are 100% bilingual, or whether you still

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6
Jun

How to keep your child’s Spanish going after their exam

Your son or daughter’s Spanish will hopefully be at its best in May, but many parents worry about how they may forget their language skills over the long holiday period. Even if your son or daughter decides not to continue with Spanish at A-level, having a language is a big plus for future job opportunities. Therefore, I am going to

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24
May

Time for Holiday Spanish!

Now that the holidays are well under way you may be thinking about going to a warm and sunny place during the summer period. Spain is an excellent location for the summer months due to its warm climate, glorious beaches, exquisite food and marvellous culture. Spain can be quite inexpensive and there are numerous activities that can be carried out, such

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12
May

From Mallorca…

This blog post comes to our readers from the beautiful island of Mallorca. I first visited Mallorca over 15 years ago, taking part in the typical tourist attractions that the island has to offer, from the Sóller railway ride, to visiting the various marinas and ports for evening dinners and sunsets to a day out in Palma, ambling through the

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2
May

Business Spanish Classes – Alicia’s Video Podcast

The Spanish Academy has many students who study Spanish for business related reasons. There are an estimated 399 million Spanish speakers in the world, thus Spanish can be extremely useful for employability in numerous job sectors. Alicia is one of our business specialist tutors, based in our London centre. Originally from Argentina, she has a business background and is knowledgeable on

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25
Apr

Three differences between Spanish and English

Spanish and English have many linguistic similarities but they also have their fair share of differences, which is what makes learning Spanish challenging at times. There are three differences which are frequently forgotten and their importance is often not emphasised at schools and language centres. In this blog I will emphasise these differences and explain why it is important to

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13
Apr

Exam Preparation Classes

As exams are approaching we have many new students who would like to improve their Spanish before their exams and have signed up for classes with us at our branches in London, Cardiff and Bristol. Here at The Spanish Academy, we are delighted to have on board these new students and we look forward to helping them to prepare for

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3
Apr

Medellín – The City of Eternal Spring

As we get comfortably nestled into Spring here in the UK, I’d like to take this time to introduce to you Medellín in Colombia, which is known as ‘la ciudad de la eterna primavera”. For many of us, Spring is one of our favourite seasons, full of life, colour, sun and greenery. Whereas Spring as we know it only lasts

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27
Mar

Tutor Podcast – Spanish Resources and Materials

At The Spanish Academy we use a wide range of resources and materials in our Spanish classes. Each lesson contains a variety of different reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises, according to the requirements of each student. Here you will be able to watch Lucía discussing the types of materials that we tend to use in beginner’s classes. As Lucía

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18
Mar

Spanish exam preparation classes

There is no point denying it – exams are approaching! Whether you are a nervous student or a hopeful parent, it’s time to get serious about your studying. Now that the Easter break is drawing near, most GCSE and A level students will be making the most of their study leave to cram. While the exam period is always nerve-racking,

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4
Mar

How are we different from your average learning provider?

There are many language schools, academies and agencies in London, Bristol and Cardiff, and sometimes it’s a little tricky to know which one to go with. You may find yourself asking, “What is the difference between them anyway?” The Spanish Academy is, evidently from its name, an academy rather than an agency. Often agencies are large organisations, which have hundreds

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26
Feb

Spanish GCSE Easter Revision Course in Cardiff

GCSE Easter Revision Course in Cardiff: Saturday 2nd April at 10am – 12pm The Spanish Academy is delighted to announce our Easter revision course, which will be held in our Cardiff branch on Saturday 2nd April at 10am – 12pm. This course is aimed at GCSE and A level students who are looking to brush up their language skills and

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15
Feb

AS and A2 Level Spanish Easter Revision Course – London

The Spanish Academy in London are offering 1 day AS and A2 Level Easter revision courses for students who wish to consolidate their knowledge and practice exam techniques. Course outline: The course is suitable for all exam boards including AQA, Edexcel, OCR, CIE and IB and is tailored to each student’s requirements (determined at pre-booking assessment). It is an excellent

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12
Feb

The Spanish Academy has arrived in Bristol!

The Spanish Academy is delighted to announce that it has opened its third centre in Bristol. We’ll be providing excellent quality one-on-one Spanish tuition to GCSE and A level students, business clients, holiday makers and anyone else who is interested in learning! We teach in a central location on Portwell Lane with modern teaching facilities, and offer both centre and

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1
Feb

How regular trips abroad can compliment your Spanish classes

      Recently, I’ve come to realise how beneficial regular trips to a Spanish speaking country can be for one’s language skills, particularly when complimented by tailored Spanish tuition. Most of us have heard that living abroad for an extended period of time is highly advantageous for improving your ability to speak the language, and you’re likely to come home

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23
Jan

Spanish Punctuation

Correct use of punctuation is important in any language. If you are preparing for a Spanish exam, you’ll need to make sure your punctuation is tiptop for the best mark. Likewise, if you need Spanish for work and you are in constant contact with clients, it would be embarrassing to makes silly spelling mistakes or miss out commas, accents or question

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16
Jan

Masculine and Feminine

For native English speakers, the idea of masculine and feminine nouns and agreements is initially a hard one to grasp. After all, how could an object be a man or a woman? Gender is something that is very common among the languages of the world, and English is one of the few languages that have very few agreements. On the

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9
Jan

Spanish Accents

In English, we have many different accents across many different English-speaking countries: Deep-south, New York, Canadian, Scottish, Northern Irish, Southern Irish, Welsh, East London, Queen’s English, Scouse, Geordie, Yorkshire, Dorset…..just to mention a few. Now that you’ve started your Spanish classes, have you ever wondered if this is the case for all languages? Does Spanish have distinct accents in different

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2
Jan

Colombia

Colombia is a rich and beautiful country that cannot be missed from your itinerary if you are heading that way. You’ll be in for a treat as you crisp up on the beautiful beaches, salsa away until dawn and meet some of the happiest and friendliest people on earth. Take a look at my list of places in Colombia that

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27
Dec

A Daily Dose of Spanish

Learning a new language takes time, patience and concentration – something a lot of us don’t have much of with all of our other daily duties. For this reason I’d like to share a few tips about ways in which you can keep your Spanish going on a daily basis. 1.) Listen If you can find 10 minutes a day

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19
Dec

How to Master Spanish Spelling

Getting used to the orthographic rules in any language can always be a little tricky and may take some time. However, it is crucial for accurate communication and can be especially important for formal settings, such as in business contexts. The good news is that in Spanish spelling is not as intricate as many other languages and it can usually

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12
Dec

Differences Between Spanish from Spain and Latin American Spanish

As part of the UK education system, it is common for schools to teach Spanish from Spain, due to the proximity to the UK. However, many students who pursue their studies in Spanish go on to travel to South or Central America on their gap year, or work in companies that have links with Latin America. Thus, it is important

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5
Dec

Best Ways To Improve Your Spanish Accent

Pronunciation is something that everybody wants to improve when learning a language. While having a perfect and native-sounding accent is not at all essential in order to communicate fluently in a language, having clear and accurate pronunciation can definitely help us to be understood and can also give us the confidence we need to progress in a language. Here I

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28
Nov

Summary of our Spanish tutors

If you are interested in starting Spanish classes and are wondering who our tutors are, what experience they have and what areas they specialise in, below you will find a short and concise summary of each of our in-house tutors at The Spanish Academy in London: Evie Oswald – Spanish tutor and Language Co-ordinator Evie has completed a course in translation
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24
Nov

Peruvian Gastronomy

Peru is famous around the world for its exquisite national delicacies. If you are planning a trip to Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, Iquitos, Lago Titicaca or any other of Peru’s numerous gems, make sure you try as many of the following platos típicos as possible! Ceviche Probably the most renowned Peruvian dish, this will be the first to tick off your

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16
Nov

A typical holiday Spanish course outline at Cardiff Spanish Academy

If you have a holiday planned to Spain or Latin America, you’re probably going to need the language basics to get yourself about. Therefore, at Cardiff Spanish Academy we have put together a specialised holiday Spanish course outline so that you can impress the locals with your language skills and so you don’t have to embarrass yourself by asking them

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16
Nov

Spanish Skype classes

Busy, busy, busy – if you hear this word coming out of your mouth several times a day, you’re probably thinking you’ve got no time to take up a hobby, like learning a new language. Your diary may seem full to the brim with work, school, university, cooking, cleaning, children, a work out at the gym, Christmas shopping and planning….just

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9
Nov

Spanish GCSE & A level Exam Preparation

Many students and parents worry about how well their school is preparing them or their children for their GCSE or A level language exams, as the results have a big impact on the universities that they will be able to apply and be accepted to. For that reason, many parents choose to put their children into private tuition in order

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8
Nov

The “Voseo”

If you have every travelled to Argentina, or watched an Argentinian film, you will have heard the word vos being used quite a bit, or at least in its conjugated form. Voseo refers to the use of vos. Vos is a subject pronoun, which has a similar meaning to the more commonly taught form tú. It is used extensively in

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4
Nov

Día de los Muertos

We are seeing more and more about the mysterious Día de los Muertos every year around Halloween, but many people are still “in the dark” about what it is for and what is represents. I’m here to settle a few of those uncertainties! When, where and who? Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a two-day festival

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4
Nov

Starting Spanish from Scratch

Many people find the thought of starting a new language from scratch a bit overwhelming. Maybe you need Spanish for work, in which case you probably are under of a lot of pressure to improve your knowledge and ability within a certain time frame. Maybe you are moving to a Spanish speaking country because your partner’s work is taking you

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26
Oct

Group Classes vs. Private Tuition

At Cardiff Spanish Academy we often receive enquiries from adult learners who have taken part in Spanish courses, perhaps after work or at the weekends, but then decided to give it up for various reasons. At Cardiff Spanish Academy we like to take these reasons into consideration and ensure that we provide a unique and customized service. Take a peak

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26
Oct

Learning Spanish for work – how can we assist you?

At London Spanish Academy we are proud to provide excellent customised Spanish tuition for our students. While we have experience in tutoring school and university exam students, holiday Spanish students as well as providing tuition to those who want to brush up their skills after a while without studying, we also have a significant amount of experience in assisting students

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19
Oct

London Language Show Experience

The Language Show was held last weekend in Olympia, London and was a fantastic opportunity to do everything a linguistic could want to do. Firstly, there were free 30-minute classes as well as the paid 2-hour courses in several different languages, even British Sign Language. Furthermore, there were CV clinics where you could receive a second opinion on your current

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19
Oct

Barcelona – Spain’s architectural hub

If you are planning on venturing to Barcelona, I’m sure that one of the first things on your itinerary will be a visit Gaudí’s numerous architectural wonders. Antoni Gaudí was born in Reus in 1852 and graduated with a degree in architecture in 1878. On the contrary to being influenced by the other contemporary architectural styles of the time, his

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12
Oct

Best Online Spanish Learning Resources

When it comes to learning languages, the Internet is your oyster. Take a peak at my top tips for the best websites for improving your Spanish skills. Podcasts These are sequential online programmes in the form of audio, video or document files and they are based on interesting topics that can help you through your Spanish language learning process. For

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12
Oct

A Visit to Andalucía & the Cultural Significance of Flamenco

If someone says the word “Andalucía” – what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Most likely it is something under the lines of colourful gypsy dresses, beautifully hand painted fans, castanets, stomping of the feet, elderly couples dancing away their years of Andalucían experience and culture in the striking plazas. Many would say that Flamenco is more

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7
Oct

Catalonia – soon no longer a part of Spain?

If you have visited Catalonia recently, you will have noticed that it is not uncommon to find “visca catalunya” (long live Catalonia) or “som una nació, nosaltré decidim” (we are a nation, we will decide) slogans and political propaganda throughout. You may have even had the chance to witness the crowds on Friday 11th September in which 1.5 million people
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7
Oct

Benefits of watching a Spanish “peli”

There is no doubt that for learning languages, textbooks, grammar books, vocabulary lists and worksheets are great – they give you heaps of useful words, essential grammar constructions and verbs that are conjugated in every possible tense. However, while knowing the “facts and figures” of a language is essential to be able to correctly express oneself, there are many other
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28
Sep

Bringing Latin America’s Best Treasures Back Home

Latin America is stuffed to the brim with hand made crafts – whether it be painted, woven, sewn or baked, you’ll find whatever floats your boat. However, between the cheap and tacky tourist stalls, the re sale tiendas where everything has just arrived on the latest ship from China, and the overpriced boutiques, sometimes it’s hard to know what is

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28
Sep

Visiting Cuba – getting to know Afro-Cuban culture

Cuba is a fantastic mix people and cultures from Spanish and African origins, which is portrayed all over Cuba’s towns of Matanzas, La Habana and Santiago de Cuba, among others, with their colourful European style architecture and sizzling Afro-style music and flavour. It’s definitely worth a visit! Here I’m going to highlight one of Cuba’s many fascinating religions, known as

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22
Sep

Cuban Revival

It appears that Cuba is changing significantly both socially and economically, in order to provide a more modern lifestyle for its citizens and increased growth and opportunities in the economy. This is partly due to the revised relationship between President Obama and government officials in Cuba as well as the fact that Cuba is now vastly widening its public use

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20
Sep

Beyond Capital Federal

So you’ve tasted all there is to taste, seen all there is to see and spoken all the Argentinian Spanish you can in Buenos Aires – now its time to explore the rest of this vast and plentiful country. Take a glance at my tips on where not to miss outside of the great Capital Federal de Buenos Aires. Mendoza

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15
Sep

The Concept of Time in Latin America

A topic that is widely discussed when talking about the cultural differences between Latin Americans and Europeans is the concept of time. When I say time, I mean a number of factors. Firstly, the notion of preciseness; for instance, how late is it acceptable to turn up to a meeting with a friend or at work? The second factor is

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15
Sep

Castellano Argentino

Mastering Argentinian Spanish is certainly an art! Not only do they have their very own expressions, colloquialisms and an accent as thick as glue, but they also conjugate verbs in a way in which you were definitely not taught at school. If you’re considering a trip to Argentina, getting the hang of the local jargon is essential for your survival!

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8
Sep

Colombians and Britons – Cultural Differences

To follow on from my discussion on languages and translation from last week with my Colombian and British family, this week I’d like to highlight some interesting cultural differences that I’ve noticed throughout my Colombian family’s stay here in England. Keep reading to have a glance at the differences that I found most striking. Expressing emotions Firstly, I’ve noticed that

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8
Sep

Buenos Aires – Where Not to Miss

To continue on from last week’s blog, which discussed the food and beverages of Buenos Aires, now we’re talking places to visit. Buenos Aires is one of the most visited cities in South America, and the reason why can’t just be down to its sizzling steaks. Buenos Aires is a fantastic mestizo of South America and Italy in many of

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1
Sep

From Aloha, Bogotá to Fiddleford, Dorset

This weekend my Colombian in-laws met my British parents, brothers and sisters for the first time – an unforgettable experience for many reasons but particularly from a linguistic point of view. I realised (not for the first time) how crucial knowing a foreign language can be in order to transmit beautiful and meaningful messages, thoughts and feelings. Without this skill,

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31
Aug

Steak and Tango, anyone?

Ché, if you’re planning a trip to South America, make sure Buenos Aires is high up on your list of places to visit.  With an energetic scene of steak, wine and tango, an intriguing Italian inspired culture and a Spanish that will throw you, Buenos Aires cannot be missed. Keep reading for the ins and outs on the Argentinean food

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24
Aug

Enjoy the sabor de latinoamérica in London!

With around 200,000 Latin Americans estimated to be living in London, it’s no big surprise that the city has its fair share of Latino culture. For us Spanish speakers, there’s no better place to impress the natives with our brand spanking new expressions than at London’s very best Latino dance classes, film festivals, concerts, performances and conferences, just to name

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20
Aug

GCSE Results Day and A level Spanish

GCSE results are out - hopefully you will be taking a big sigh of relief when you open up your results envelope! We certainly have faith that you will have received the grade that you were hoping for, or better. If you are perusing your studies and taking them to A-level standard, you won’t regret it! Studying AS and A2
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18
Aug

GCSE Results!

If you took your GCSE Spanish exam this year you are bound to be anxious about your results, which are just days away! Perhaps you are wondering about the opportunities that are available to you if your results are as you hoped for, or maybe you have not quite reached that level yet and you are still deciding whether or

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12
Aug

AS and A Level Spanish Results Day

As AS and A level results day beckons tomorrow, we examine the importance of how studying Spanish at this level prepares students for future skills. Here we’re highlighting some of the main differences between AS and A2 and also discussing how taking Spanish at A2 level can provide you with many useful skills for your future. What are the main differences

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10
Aug

Let’s talk degree-level Spanish

The wait is nearly over for some of our AS and A2 Level students so this post is dedicated to Spanish exam students. Now that the day has arrived you might well be considering taking your Spanish to the next level – university. Maybe you’ve always known that you would go on to study languages and use them in your career, or

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30
Jul

Benefits of Being a Bilingual Baby

Did you know that in Africa those who speak just one language are amongst the minority? Imagine if you woke up one morning with the ability to speak two, three, or more languages. Life would be effortless – no more language classes, textbooks or memorizing masculine and feminine nouns! At Cardiff Spanish Academy, we tutor students who are bilingual in

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25
Jul

Back from holiday, now back to the books!

Are you eager to keep your Spanish language skills up to scratch but don’t have the time or means to travel to or live in Spanish-speaking countries? Don’t be dispirited, many people are in the same boat as you. Here at London Spanish Academy we have plenty of students who have come back from trips abroad, having practiced and improved

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27
Jun

¡Vamos pa’ Latinoamérica!

Planning on hiking your way up Machu Picchu in the historical town of Cuzco, Peru? Or perhaps you’d rather experience a glorious rainbow over the Iguazú Falls in Argentina whilst feasting on a sizzling steak and “papas fritas” and savouring a delicious glass of local Malbec? Whatever your plans may be for your trip to Latin America, they will most

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17
Jun

BBC Radio discussion on the importance of language learning

In the last 2 months, I’ve been asked to appear on BBC Radio to discuss the teaching of languages in primary up to degree level education. Both talk-ins explored the reasons why younger pupils weren’t taking up Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) in school and centred on the government’s initiatives to learn a foreign language from an earlier age. The discussion

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30
May

Cardiff Spanish Academy students visit Spain

Recently, several of our students have visited Spain for short trips and holidays, to practise their Spanish and take in the varied culture that Spain has to offer. The difference being, that this time our students were lucky enough to meet the parents of our tutors Elena and María! It’s great to see our students not only getting on well with

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21
May

Crashing at the Locals’

Have you ever thought about getting yourself involved in a Spanish exchange or homestay? Well if you haven’t, maybe it’s time! At London Spanish Academy we have quite a few enquiries from students who are thinking about this as a credible alternative to staying in a hotel or renting accommodation. Let’s admit it – it’s one of those things that

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23
Apr

Bienvenidos – welcome to our new site!

Cardiff Spanish Academy are excited to launch our new website after a recent re-branding. 2015 has been our busiest year yet, with more students taught per week than in any other year and this looks set to rise over the coming months. This month, we are preparing GCSE, AS and A2 level students for their forthcoming Spanish exams. Students are

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14
Apr

Our appearance on BBC Radio to discuss foreign language exams

Source: BBC News, Education correspondent Sean Coughlan, 13th April 2015 I was asked by BBC Radio to appear on their Good Morning show to discuss whether foreign language exams, especially at GCSE level, are too outdated and need to be more relevant to the younger generation. My thoughts on this are that generally, across all the boards I tutor in (OCR, Edexcel,

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24
Mar

Avoiding common GCSE Spanish exam mistakes

As we approach exam time here at London Spanish Academy, we’ll be releasing a series of blogs dedicated to avoiding the common pitfalls of the Spanish GCSE, AS and A2 level exams. This guidance will apply to all exams taken across the board: AQA, OCR, Edexcel, CIE and IB Spanish students: Here are some common mistakes students make in their

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23
Feb

Using technology to learn Spanish

As tutors, we often get asked by students how learning Spanish can fit seamlessly into their lives without becoming mundane or losing interest. One of those ways is with technology. The use of technology has enabled even the laziest of language learners to fit Spanish learning into their schedule without it even feeling like ‘work’. Plus learners can pick and choose

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27
Jan

Second venue now open & extended tutoring times

A second teaching venue: London Spanish Academy are pleased to announce a second teaching venue. For those that are unable to attend our venue in Bayswater, W2, we are now offering private one-to-one classes and group training in our new venue in Kings Cross/Angel, N1: York House, 207-221 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9UZ. Don’t forget we can also teach at your
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14
Dec

Thank you to our students and team

As London Spanish Academy approaches the end of the year, we wanted to thank our students, clients and affiliates for their continued support. We’ve come a long way since we first started in 2002! We now have two academies, several teaching venues and a growing team of tutors and office staff. We’ve tutored hundreds of students, from all ages and

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28
Oct

Learning Business Spanish

Why Learning Spanish Is Increasingly Important In Business In The British Council’s 2013 “Languages of the Future” report, which ranks non-English languages in order of importance for British citizens to learn based on a thorough analysis of cultural and economical factors, Spanish topped the list. There are an estimated 550 million Spanish speakers as a native or second language and

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24
Sep

GCSE, AS & A2 Spanish assessments

This month’s blog post is about the influx of exam level students we have had who are seeking guidance and support from us as they adjust to the next year in their Spanish level, from GCSE to AS Level or from AS to A2 Level Spanish. The jump from GCSE to AS and then again to A2 Level can be significant. The

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14
Aug

Recent developments

This month’s blog is about new features, additions, assessments and recent developments in general at London Spanish Academy. We have been tutoring Spanish for over 11 years so it was time for a re-brand. We have a fresh website, which we feel informs Spanish learners about what the Spanish classes we offer, the teaching resources we use, the tutors that work for us

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20
Jul

Tutor Trip to Central America

This month I’m writing to you from Central America! I’m here on a 6 week sabbatical, taking in the sights and wonders of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Cuba. The trip so far has been like nothing I’ve experienced before: imposing Mayan ruins, dense jungles steeped in wildlife, cascading waterfalls, river canyons, regional delicacies, artisan wares sold in bustling hilltop markets,

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21
Jun

Bienvenidos a la academia

This month has been our busiest yet with a record number of students starting Spanish lessons with us! We’re welcoming new students who are learning for various reasons: to improve their Spanish conversation, study for their Spanish GCSE exam, to grasp some holiday Spanish and also to learn business Spanish to communicate with their clients. Some have already put their

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20
May

Feedback from Spanish AS level exam revision course

Having recently completed the Easter Spanish AS level exam revision course, it was encouraging to see so many students take the opportunity to consolidate their learning and to fill in any gaps they may have as well as focus on proven exam techniques and past paper practices. Students often appreciate the chance to be able to address any last-minute concerns

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14
Apr

GCSE, AS and A level Spanish exam preparation

Hola, This post is for exam students who are taking GCSE, AS and A level exams this year and beyond. We offer exam preparation classes if students are experiencing difficulties in class. Often, students want extra tuition to bring their grade up a few boundaries, would like help with assessments or improve their general confidence in exams. The difference between

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17
Mar

New students and Spanish AS Level revision courses

In the last few weeks, we’re proud to say that we’ve taken on even more new students who are learning for a variety of different reasons, including those that have a holiday home in Spain, those learning for the pure fun of it and those who one day hope to live in a Spanish speaking country so a big welcome

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