Learn Spanish like a child


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


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?


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


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!


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


"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


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

History of Art Workshop: “Sorolla, Spanish Master of Light”


On the occasion of the National Gallery’s exhibition on Spanish Impressionist painter Sorolla, we organised a workshop to explore the work of the so called “Spanish Master of Light”. As always, our lovely Victoria filled a grey and overcast Saturday afternoon with brightness and warmth. Through the paintings of Sorolla, we were transported from dark London to the sunny beaches of Valencia. On the occasion of the National Gallery’s exhibition on Spanish Impressionist painter Sorolla, we organised a workshop to explore the work of the so called “Spanish Master of Light”. As always, our lovely Victoria filled [...]

History of Art Workshop: “Sorolla, Spanish Master of Light”2019-06-27T12:52:29+00:00