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Art and architecture in Valencia
by Becca on Monday, September 26, 2016
If you come to learn with us in Valencia you’ll find our new, stunning school waiting for you. It is a beautiful new location with 18 modern and spacious classrooms, large courtyards, terraces and gardens where you can relax between and after classes.
The school is located right in the heart of the city on Calle de Cadirers. So besides being located in an excellent area that is well conntected with the rest of the city, the beach and beautiful parks, it is also found in the the most historic part of Valencia. To give you an idea of just how historic the area is our new building was a Gothic palace built in the 15th century and was the city's former Círculo de Bellas Arts (Fine Art Center). If its walls could talk, they would tell a thousand stories about the city, its culture, history and art!
It is an impressive, majestic building but at the same time, it is also very welcoming. You'll feel right at home while studying Spanish there... And you'll find treasures of Valencian art throughout the school! For example, if you find yourself learning Spanish with us in this beautiful school, take a good look at the stairs while you walk up to your classes. Did you know that the little column you find at the start could be the work of Pere Compte, the architect of the famous and beautiful Lonja de la seda?
Journey into Valencia's Golden Age
It’s not that far-fetched... after all the Lonja de la seda, an example of Valencian Gothic architecture, is only a three minutes' walk from the school! It’s true, as soon as you finish class you can walk to this incredible building that is as grand as a cathedral. Built between the 15th and 16th century, it was dedicated to the activity of the increasingly influential Valencian bourgeoisie. Its wide nave, its twisting columns, high ceilings and the hidden messages found in its reliefs will make you feel as if you've wandered into the bustling Valencia of the Golden Age… read more »
by Diego on Sunday, September 25, 2016
Si vienes a estudiar con nosotros a Valencia te encontrarás con nuestra nueva escuela. Una preciosa nueva ubicación con 18 modernas y espaciosas clases y grandes patios, terrazas y jardines para que te puedas relajar entre y después de las clases… read more »
by alison.chou on Monday, September 19, 2016
by Diego on Sunday, September 18, 2016
Disfruta del mejor otoño en Barcelona: los viñedos más extraordinarios, vinos exquisitos y paisajes que te dejarán sin habla por toda Cataluña. Es octubre, lo que significa que el otoño ya ha llegado. ¿Y quién no adora esta bella y refrescante estación? El sofocante calor del otoño finalmente se desvanece y es reemplazado por una fresca brisa que nos invita a ponernos nuestros jerséis y bufandas favoritos. ¡Atrás quedan los días de sudor y duchas de agua fría! Se han ido con las amargas luchas con el aire acondicionado (¡tanto porque se haya roto como porque haya hecho subir la factura de la electricidad!)… read more »
by alison.chou on Monday, September 12, 2016
One of the most curious phenomena of the Spanish language – and one that causes plenty of headaches for its students – is that our words have genders. As we know, masculine words tend to end in –o , and feminine words in –a (although there are plenty of exceptions to this rule!). Many times, the masculine or feminine character of a word is reflected by the actual gender of the person or animal; they are words that are within the same semantic category. For example chico vs. chica (boy vs. girl), toro vs. vaca (bull vs. cow) or caballo vs. yegua ( horse vs. mare) . However, there is another phenomenon regarding the variation of gender between words that isn't related to the masculine or feminine quality of the object. In fact, in changing the gender of the word, it actually takes on a completely different meaning. We'll give you some examples:… read more »