Spanish for Sailors

2020-05-27T10:23:57+00:00

Ahoy, sailors out there! We are thrilled to have partnered up with our friends at First Class Sailing to create a “Spanish for Sailors” bespoke course. Our teachers characterise themselves for creating bespoke contents and tailoring the lessons to specific topics on their areas of expertise. In the last years we have run workshops on “Spanish for Business”, “Spanish & Art”, “Spanish for Holidays”, “Literature Evenings in Spanish”, “Spanish Cinema Workshops”, etc. Following the trend, we are now excited and proud to announce this new project! The “Spanish for Sailors” is a live online Spanish course tailored to all abilities. It [...]

Spanish for Sailors2020-05-27T10:23:57+00:00

Spanish Literature Workshop: “Mujeres de la Literatura. Cuando escribir es un acto de resistencia”

2020-04-21T08:31:40+00:00

Name the most notable Spanish writers of all times. You will probably think only of male names. However, Spanish and Latin American Literature produced remarkable female authors, often overlooked. Join us on 8th May for the workshop "Mujeres de la literatura: cuando escribir es un acto de resistencia", and discover how Spanish and Latin American women fought against gender inequality armed with lyrical poetry. We will work with the stirring texts of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Concha Méndez, las Sinsombrero, Alfonsina Storni and many other inspiring women. This live and interactive Literature/Spanish class will be held entirely in Spanish. [...]

Spanish Literature Workshop: “Mujeres de la Literatura. Cuando escribir es un acto de resistencia”2020-04-21T08:31:40+00:00

Spanish Conversation Evenings on Zoom

2020-04-16T09:58:33+00:00

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced everyone to adapt quickly to new ways of doing things. Our Spanish lessons have been running smoothly online for a few weeks now, and our Spanish Conversation Evenings have also been moved to Zoom. The system is working really well. Plus it is great to be able to keep on practising our Spanish and staying in touch with the familiar faces we are used to seeing every other week. It maintains a social sense of community and it helps us feel together and not isolated. When it comes to the Spanish Conversation Evenings, we have been [...]

Spanish Conversation Evenings on Zoom2020-04-16T09:58:33+00:00

Learn Spanish like a child

2019-11-07T12:05:40+00:00

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 [...]

Learn Spanish like a child2019-11-07T12:05:40+00:00

Spanish Literature Workshop

2019-10-28T10:53:39+00:00

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”, [...]

Spanish Literature Workshop2019-10-28T10:53:39+00:00

How to retain new vocabulary?

2019-10-18T13:37:04+00:00

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 [...]

How to retain new vocabulary?2019-10-18T13:37:04+00:00

Flash Fiction Writing Workshop in Spanish

2019-10-12T17:04:46+00:00

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” [...]

Flash Fiction Writing Workshop in Spanish2019-10-12T17:04:46+00:00

Learning Spanish at the theatre!

2019-10-03T15:36:13+00:00

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 [...]

Learning Spanish at the theatre!2019-10-03T15:36:13+00:00

Paella Masterclass

2019-06-27T13:18:21+00:00

"If you see a fluorescent yellow-rice paella, with the vegetables perfectly displayed in symmetrical order, run away. If it's offered in a menu together with a big jug of sangria, keep on running". Our Paella Masterclass chef is on a mission to make us experts, distinguishing between the tourist-trap, frozen paella and the real home-made paella. He continues by making us observe and feel the authentic Valencian "bomba" round-grain rice and the Asian long-grain rice, important when it comes to differentiate between a real cook and a cheating amateur: the long-grain rice can boil for hours and hours and [...]

Paella Masterclass2019-06-27T13:18:21+00:00

Chatting with Matteo

2019-06-27T13:03:21+00:00

Saludos! Hi my name is Matt, o ahora, Matteo. I did a 20 month journey on land across South America. Starting with a one-way ticket to Brazil I made my slow zag-zagging way to Colombia, then a flew up to Mexico. From hitting major landmarks and traveller cliches toward personal experience that changes ones 'self'. The generosity of all interactions seemed to multiple as time went on from the locals to the fellow travellers. My aims were casual but clear, to see and experience to people and places (claro que si- of course), importantly: while learning Spanish. No matter [...]

Chatting with Matteo2019-06-27T13:03:21+00:00