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Show us your Favorite Discovery and Win a Prize!

by laurence on Monday, July 13, 2015

Versión española abajo … read more »

Interview With Reza Emilio Juma

by John Bascombe on Monday, August 25, 2014

Reza Emilio Juma is a talented young author that has recently released his first book Mil Besos   (A Thousand Kisses). Born in Toronto and raised in countries around the world, he attended and graduated from the University of British Columbia. Upon graduating he came to Spain and fell in love with the country and culture, especially the diverse cultural mix that Andalusia offers. Presently living and working in Mexico as a university professor, we caught up with him on his tour of Spain promoting his work—the story of a young boy's journey from adolescence to manhood all the while following his dreams… read more »

Chinese Students Studying Spanish

by John Bascombe on Thursday, March 27, 2014

The following is largely a translated exerpt of an article that appeared this week in the online periodical El Confidencial :… read more »

British Council Says Spanish is Top Language to Learn

by Matthew Walters on Thursday, November 28, 2013

Language Learning A report published this month by the British Council, entitled Languages for the Future , has confirmed what most linguists and anyone who takes an interest in languages were thinking: Spanish is the best language for the UK population to learn . With an overall ‘score’ of 76, it easily surpasses Arabic (54), which takes second place, and French, Mandarin Chinese and German making up the top five… read more »

Spanish Accents: Choosing a destination

by Anna on Thursday, September 12, 2013

As the most spoken language in the western hemisphere and the second most spoken language in world , it comes as no surprise that regional varieties of Spanish vary. It’s important to remember however that no matter which destination you choose to learn Spanish in, speakers from Spain to Mexico to Central and South America will have relatively little difficulty understanding the Spanish you’ve learned. For a rough idea of how different Spanish accents can be, just consider the differences between British and American English; they don’t present much of language barrier and they are kind of cool to hear… read more »

New don Quijote Corporate Image

by Matthew Walters on Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Spanish Language Learning don Quijote , a market leader in the provision of Spanish language learning, is pleased to announce the launch of its new logo this month. Our company’s updated image reflects our renewed commitment to providing the same quality of education to more than 12,000 students each year. The transition also represents our continual drive for innovation and modernization across our product range, while maintaining the same corporate identity for which we’ve become renowned over the past three decades… read more »

Learn Spanish for Business

by Tyson on Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Business Solution The world is networking, cultures are coming together, economies are connecting, businesses unbound by borders are building bonds. Ours is an increasingly globalized world, a place where monolingual English speaking professionals are increasingly edged out of business positions by multilingual colleagues who can hurdle language barriers. It’s a world where nearly 500 million people speak Spanish. Having a great time in a business Spanish course preparing to share a special connection with roughly half a billion global citizens just makes good business sense… read more »

ALTO - Association of Language Travel Organizations

by Tyson on Friday, June 28, 2013

Language Study Abroad don Quijote is proud to announce that it has joined ALTO , the association that serves as an international forum for the world’s leading language schools and travel agencies to promote language study abroad. Membership to the association comes as one more source of quality guarantee that our schools have offered since 1986… read more »

Spanish Recipes from Castilla y Leon

by Tyson on Thursday, May 30, 2013

Castilla y León The local government of the Spanish autonomous community Castile and Leon has recently released a recipe book that showcases the most celebrated dishes of the region, an area with a reputation for pleasing the palates of even its most food-fussy visitors. The book, entitled Jornadas Gastronómicas de Castilla y León , offers anyone planning a trip there a tantalizing sneak preview of the rich culinary landscapes they can expect to explore. Spanish cooking has in very general terms grown in popularity around the world, and there is no better way to find out why than by journeying to its place of origin.  If you haven’t already booked your trip to Spain, the succulent creations sumptuously displayed throughout this handsome book seem to beg the question “what are you still waiting for?”… read more »

Wikilengua - an engaging resource for Spanish learners

by Tyson on Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wikilengua is a “wiki” designed and supervised by Fundeú BBVA (a foundation that the Royal Spanish Academy helped create to promote unity within the Spanish language ). This “wiki” is an engaging resource for Spanish learners , formatted in a way that invites the user to explore everything from common errors made by native speakers, to fun linguistic curios; the site features one section that lists the names of animals which Spanish speakers around the world use to refer to different types people according to personality traits. For example, according to wikilengua, in Peru the word pulpo (octopus) may refer to a person with the ability to carry out a number of tasks at the same time… read more »

Best Time to Visit Chile and Learn Spanish

by Dilek on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Chile , lies from north to south on the very west part of South America is neighbors with Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. Within various options to enjoy you can go skiing and continue chilling out at golden beaches next to Pacific Ocean… read more »

Read Comics to Learn Spanish

by Dilek on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

To learn Spanish by reading comics and improve yourself in such a short time is not a dream and %100 fun guaranteed. Some students are good at recalling what they hear, some what they write, and some of them what they read. The last group is usually better at learning a language with visual aid, and comics might be the perfect material for them to study Spanish … read more »

Begin your Spanish experience in Spain or Latin America!

by Tyson on Thursday, October 18, 2012

The school year has already started for most students. It’s not too late however to: drop what you’re doing, sign up for a don Quijote Spanish course in Spain or Latin America , pack your bags and experience the richness of the Spanish language and a vibrant new culture. In fact, it’s never too late to get away from it all and embark on an international adventure that will build your Spanish skills (enhancing your resumé), and give you life-long memories making new friends and discovering new worlds in the Spanish speaking destination(s) of your choice.  … read more »

False Friends in Spanish

by John Bascombe on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

False friends are every language learner’s nightmare. It takes a huge amount of linguistic competence, let alone confidence, to express yourself in a foreign language, and these tricky words don’t help. While hoping for the best and adding an o onto English words flukily works sometimes, false friends will stop your Spanglish becoming fully fledged español. False friends are words that are similar to a word in your language, but mean something completely different. Here are some false friends you want to be very wary of!… read more »

The Economics of Learning a Language

by Hannah Ryan on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

In this harsh economic climate, taking the time and effort to learn a language seems a silly diversion, right? WRONG! It turns out, that prospective employers really value linguistic abilities, and that appreciation translates to your paycheck!… read more »

How NOT to Study Spanish!

by John Bascombe on Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Learning a language can seem a never ending task. And in truth, it is really (sorry!) - language is constantly evolving, it’s not like algebra where you find what equals x and that’s the end of it. But there are some ways to make the task a lot easier, and some common mistakes people make when learning a language that you should avoid like the plague (and algebra)… read more »

What's the Difference between European and Latin American Spanish?!

by John Bascombe on Thursday, May 3, 2012

Well, how long is a piece of string?! While this is a very common question amongst Spanish learners (the regional differences, not the string one I hope!), there really is no definite answer. Do Americans not understand Aussies?! Can Canadians and Brits not communicate?! It’s the same principal with Spanish; yes there are differences, but linguistic variety is the spice of life! … read more »

A Relaxing Time-Out in the Dominican Republic

by Dilek on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dominican Republic is a shining pearl in the heart of Carribean to learn Spanish and an excellent choice for its golden beaches and green forests to have a rest… read more »

Celebrities Learning Spanish

by Hannah Ryan on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spanish speakers are taking Tinseltown by storm; Jennifer Lopez has released Spanish language albums, Oscar Winner Penelope Cruz had a madrileña career before cracking Hollywood, Sofía Vergara currently stars in the hit show Modern Family , Antonio Banderas, Enrique Iglesias, Eva Longoria etc etc etc. The list goes on. And on and on and on… read more »

Helpful Tips For Zero Spanish Learners

by Dilek on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Many people travel to Spanish speaking countries depending on several reasons such as study, work or live. If you have no idea about the language before coming, it is pretty sure that you will have problems for a while. If you think you can communicate with your native language or in English as a common langauge, let’s make something clear you are wrong. So it is a necessity to know the basic words at least… read more »

Speak like an Argentine

by Dilek on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Although Argentina's official language is Spanish, Argentine Spanish is different from the Spanish spoken in Spain. In some ways it sounds more like Italian than Spanish and it is called Rioplatense Spanish or River Plate Spanish . It is a dialect spoken mainly in and around the areas of Buenos Aires , La Plata, Mar del Plata, Santa Fe and Rosario in Argentina, Montevideo in Uruguay, and far south of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil… read more »

Studying in Salamanca- a student's standpoint

by John Bascombe on Thursday, November 24, 2011

There are obvious benefits to studying Spanish . The fact that it is the world’s second most widely spoken language, in terms of native speakers, is reason enough for most people to try their hand at it. And with an ever increasing presence on a global scale, knowledge of Spanish is an incredibly useful tool that can offer speakers a range of employment opportunities… read more »

Learn Spanish at World Youth Day - Madrid 2011

by Paqui on Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Celebrations for World Youth Day will take place, from the 16th August 2011 until the 21st of the same month, in Madrid . A mass event organised by the Catholic Church along with the visit of Pope Benedict XVI. There are expected to be 1.5 million people attending the multitude of organised events that include a High Mass, confessions, museum visits, concerts etc. The majority of the events will be conducted in Spanish language , however, during these days, almost all the languages of the World will be spoken in Madrid as World Youth Day is designed to bring young people from all over the world together… read more »

Cervantes Institute in Gibraltar has 120 people signed up for courses before its open!

by Amy Lambert on Friday, April 8, 2011

The Cervantes Institute in Gibraltar already has 120 people signed up to take courses there. However at present the Institute is still being finished and has yet to officially open its doors!… read more »

Thinking about studying at don Quijote?

by Laura Ellis on Monday, September 20, 2010

Whilst researching things to do in Salamanca this weekend, an article that I stumbled across caught my eye. Detailing the experience had by a Don Quijote competition winner, one can clearly see within this why you should consider a stay here with us!… read more »