„Buongiorno, amore mio!” Does this sound like a music to your ears? If you have not yet decided to start learning Italian this year, here you will find some convincing reasons to start studying it now! The best place to learn Italian is in Italy. Where else?
Porto – a charming city in the north of Portugal, associated primarily with the wine of the same name, but the place has got a lot more to offer then the tasty, sweet wine. Delicious cuisine, specialized in fish and seafood (national dish is smoked cod bacalhau), magnificent architecture, the breeze from the ocean, which brings to mind the old conquest of distant lands, the narrow streets filled up with history and the breath-taking sights. What else? Beautiful language, even though similar in writing to Spanish, but very different when you hear it. (more…)
San Sebastián (Donostia in Basque) is located in the northern coast of Spain, just 20 Km away from the French border, in the Basque Country. This charming small city has a lot to offer, especially in 2016. We shortlist only the most important aspects that will encourage you to spend some (more…)
This is undoubtedly the most important holiday for the people of Valencia. It takes place between 15 and March 19 each year and is listed as festival of International Tourist Interest. Las Fallas are synonymous of fire, but we will explain a bit more:
Las Fallas refer to artistic constructions made of paper, cardboard, wood, plaster and currently also with styrofoam. These figures are called “ninots” and usually represent satirical figures (teasing politicians or celebrities). An intense work of artists and artisans (carpenters and sculptors) who spend months to build these impressive figures that can measure more than 30 meters high.
The word “falla” comes from the Latin (more…)
Is it possible to study Spanish language in Spain without spending a fortune? Yes!
Some people still think that studying languages abroad is accessible only for the well-to-do ones. Over the past couple of years more and more language learners have decided to spend some weeks/months abroad and attend a language course there. As a result many new language schools have emerged and the old ones have adapted their offer. All this to become more accessible to a broader public.
Overall, the Christmas traditions in Spain, except for some characteristics listed below, are similar to the rest of Europe as for Christmas dinner, family reunions and gifts.
Christmas officially begins on December 24th but unofficially Spaniards open the Christmas period on December 22nd with the draw of the Christmas lottery.
Why is the Christmas lottery so important and famous?
We will give you some data: average Spaniard spends on this particular lottery 50 euros every year. The draw achieved up to 50% of audience share (only football finals reach this figure). Also, about 2500 million euros (more…)
Portugal – a small country on the south-west edge of Europe characterised by warm, mediterranean climate. Whether you are looking for relax, adventure, stunning architecture, delicious cuisine and wines, you will not be disappointed with what Portugal has to offer. For most tourists, the country means hundreds of kilometers of sandy beaches, but there is so much more to discover! The Portuguese culture is so interesting and varied, but we picked up 5 most important cultural symbols that you will see (or hear) for sure when (more…)
This is the only international exam that is able to certify your level of fluency in Spanish.
Literally: International Assessment Service of the Spanish Language (Siele – Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española).
What is the purpose?
There are around 550 million Spanish speakers in the world (this includes more than 21 million of students who learn Spanish as a second language), yet there has been no internationally recognised examination to certify proficiency in the language.
That is why, SIELE has been created to enable to determine a student’s Spanish skills, and can be administered practically in any point of the planet.
It is a fruit of a collaboration of the Cervantes Institute and the National (more…)
As the summer is just round the corner and we are all waiting to set off for a journey, we have decided to help you a bit with the linguistic preparation if you are going to a Spanish speaking country. Here you will find some useful vocabulary and expression that you might need to use while traveling.