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 [...]
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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 [...]
The London Spanish Book and Zine Fair is the first fair of its kind in the United Kingdom showcasing books and fanzines in Spanish. LSBF aims to generate a place for promotion and recognition of literature written in Spanish (bilingual/English) generating new links between authors, publishers and new audiences in the UK while at the same time serving as a meeting place of book enthusiasts. Talks, workshops, activities and signings will take place throughout the fair. If you want to explore the beautiful world of Spanish literature with us, join us on Saturday 5th October from 2pm at InSpire at St [...]
Festelon, the Festival of Spanish Theatre, is returning to London with an array of plays performed by excellent Spanish theatre companies. Join us on Wednesday 2nd October at 7.30pm The John Lyon's Theatre (1-10 Keeley Street) to watch "La Calderona", played in Spanish with English surtitles (See plot below). Let us know you're coming in advance and we'll book the tickets together for a group discount! She was the bastard daughter that no one ever mentions. Who was María Inés Calderón, better known as La Calderona? For some, she was one of the most important actresses on the 17th century Spanish stage, [...]
Discover the masters of Spanish 20th century literature over a glass of wine! In this enjoyable evening we'll read short texts and poems by Lorca and Machado, 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. Spanish red wine will be served,but feel free to bring your own drinks! Friday 25th October from 7pm to 8.30pm at Spanish House London, (Clapham North Art Centre, 26-32 Voltaire Rd, London SW4 6DH). £20. It is essential to book your space in advance by clicking here!
Join us on Wednesday 11th September at Clapham or Stratford Picturehouse for a memorable evening of masterful cinema and inspiring film discussion over a glass of wine. The evening will start at 7pm with a workshop on Almodovar's masterpiece "Hable con ella". Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas. Halfway between a film discussion and a Spanish lesson, the workshop has been devised by one of the most experienced Spanish House London teachers, Agusti Guerrero, CLTA-qualified Spanish teacher and MA in Cinematography from the University of Barcelona. In a relaxed [...]
Join us on Wednesday 18th September at Stratford Picturehouse for a memorable evening of masterful cinema and inspiring film discussion over a glass of wine. The evening will start at 7pm with a workshop on Almodovar's masterpiece "La mala educación". The film focuses on two reunited childhood friends and lovers caught up in a stylised murder mystery. Along with meta-fiction, sexual abuse by Catholic priests, trans-sexuality and drug use are also important themes and devices in the plot Halfway between a film discussion and a Spanish lesson, the workshop has been devised by one of the most experienced Spanish House London [...]
Join us on Tuesday 24th September at Stratford Picturehouse for a memorable evening of masterful cinema and inspiring film discussion over a glass of wine. The evening will start at 7pm with a workshop on Almodovar's masterpiece "Volver". Calling the film “the deepest return to my roots”, the director goes back to his birthplace, La Mancha, to tell the story of a group of women, all inspired by women from his own childhood. Halfway between a film discussion and a Spanish lesson, the workshop has been devised by one of the most experienced Spanish House London teachers, Agusti Guerrero, CLTA-qualified Spanish teacher [...]