Let's celebrate Christmas together, students and teachers of Spanish House London. And this time we will do it the Spanish way, in an informal setting with free tapas! The location couldn’t be more genuine: the Spanish bar “La Rueda” (on 66 Clapham High St, SW4 7UL) will offer us a free tapa with any wine, beer, or glass of sangria, on Thursday 12th December from 6.30pm to 11pm. Just pop by at anytime that suits you! You will find us by the bar, celebrating in the most authentic Spanish way. Mingle with your teachers and fellow students before the end of [...]
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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that children are naturally good at learning languages. Or is it? Maybe not. Polyglot Gabriel Wyner thinks this is just a myth. According to Wyner, “it is not fair to compare yourself to a child who has had thousands of hours of exposure to their mother tongue”. (Remember this when you have just started a 15-hour Inicial 1 course and don’t be too harsh on yourself!) During the last term I had the amazing opportunity of observing our Montessori Spanish lessons for children aged between 4 and 7 years old. Leaving scientific theories aside, I [...]
Latin American action thriller Monos (O.V. Spanish with English subtitles) has been one of the highlights of 2019 BFI London Film Festival. A group of eight heavily-armed child-soldiers are left entirely alone in a deserted lime mine, high up in the mountains, to guard a hostage. Set against a stunningly beautiful but dangerous landscape, Alejandro Landes’ awe-inspiring film is a breathtakingly epic vision that will leave you both mesmerised and utterly gripped. Do you want to watch it with us? Join us on Friday 1st November at 6.30pm at BFI Southbank (South Bank Centre), followed by drinks in a nearby pub. You must let [...]
Last night we started our new series of workshops focused on learning Spanish through Literature. What a true delight it is to discover the best Literature in Spanish, whilst enjoying a glass of wine in a cosy classroom, while it’s cold and rainy outside! The opening workshop was dedicated to two masters of the 20th century Spanish Literature: Antonio Machado and Federico Garcia Lorca. We started by learning about the historical context of early 20th century Spain, and how it forged their personalities and subjects. Then we worked with a short dialogue from Lorca’s theatre piece “La Casa de Bernarda Alba”, [...]
Learn Spanish through Literature. After the immense success of last month's Literature Workshop, we're doing it again! This time we're travelling to Latin America. Discover the masters of Latin American 20th century literature over a glass of wine! In this enjoyable evening we'll read short texts by Isabel Allende and Julio Cortázar, we'll learn about their historical context, work with comprehension exercises, and discuss their main topics and style. All levels from A2 (Continuacion) are welcome. Latin American red wine will be served, but feel free to bring your own drinks! Friday 22nd November from 7pm to 8.30pm at Spanish House London, (Clapham [...]
"The world is a stage and we are the actors". So, is there a better way to learn Spanish than through theatre performance? Join us on Saturday 30th November for a fun, sociable and playful theatre workshop, in which we will: work with brief dialogues to learn vocabulary and improve pronunciation use fun acting games play with improvisation exercises put together short scenes learn performing techniques applicable to real life situations You will gain confidence speaking in Spanish in a playful and welcoming environment. Repetition of short dialogues will improve your vocabulary, diction and self-assurance. But most importantly, you will have fun! This [...]
So, you happily learn a new word in a foreign language; Just a few days later you come across that same word, only to realise that you can’t even recall an inkling of its meaning… Like when you bump into an acquaintance on the street and you can’t remember their name. Frustrating! These tips will help you retain new vocabulary efficiently. Keep track of the new words you learn. Write them down in alphabetical order, together with their meaning, on a Word or Excel list or on a traditional A to Z alphabetic notebook. When you write something down, you [...]
Last weekend the first Spanish Book Fair took place in London. A variety of Spanish and Latin American exhibitors, from magazines to bookshop stands, settled in the crypt of St Peters church. They did not arrive alone: a rich programme of talks, workshops, discussions with the authors, poetry open mic and storytelling unfolded nonstop during the two days of the fair. The response from the public could not have been better. This promises to be the first of many book fairs to come. Spanish House London had the enormous privilege to take part in the workshop “Flash Fiction. Less is more” [...]
Festelon, the Festival of Spanish Theatre in London, is back this year with an array of excellent theatre companies landing in the city directly from Spain. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to get a bit closer to the Spanish culture without leaving London, because learning Spanish is not just about going to a classroom but also about discovering the culture and, most importantly, about having fun whilst learning. As part of our social activities in Spanish, we thoroughly enjoyed last night’s performance of La Calderona, mix of thriller and comedy, followed by a super interesting Q&A session with [...]
Legendary flamenco fusion band, Ketama, returns to London after 15 years to present their ‘No Estamos Locos’ tour on Saturday 5th October at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire. If any Spanish-speaking band can come back together, it’s Ketama, because their music never left! Hispanic music would be different without the appearance in the eighties of a band that changed internationally the approach to flamenco forever. At a time when the Spanish musical scene was opening to new sounds and Spanish pop-rock was recovering lost time, the band led by Antonio, Juan and Josemi Carmona was a breath of fresh air and [...]