Discover Spain's hidden gem of a wine region "Ribera del Duero", with its amazing wineries, castles and historical towns. Join us for a fun and Spanish-language immersive school trip from 24th to 26th April 2020. This is an off the beaten track destination, and a difficult one to reach on one's own! The price (£360) includes (see leaflet above): transport to and from Madrid, accommodation in a 4* hotel or boutique hostel, guided visit in Valladolid, visit to the Museum of Wine, visit to Protos winery with wine tasting, visit to the Castillo the Peñafiel, transport to medieval village Urueña, transport [...]
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Discover the 20th-century Spanish masters at the Tate Modern: Picasso, Dali and Miro. In this guided art visit in Spanish, we will explore the avant-gardes of the 20th century, especially Cubism and Surrealism and we will learn about the main Spanish artists who stood out in each tendency. Find out about Picasso's, Dali's and Miro's artistic careers; uncover the hidden meaning of cryptic works of art; dissect the characteristics of the most famous art movements of the 20th century; and explore how these trends were influenced by their historical context and how they in turn influenced future generations. This is a [...]
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 [...]
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” [...]