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Lesser Known Varieties of the Spanish Language

by John Bascombe on Thursday, January 23, 2014

Spanish outside of Spain and the Americas Equatoguinean Spanish Spanish is one of the official languages of the small African country of Equatorial Guinea (interestingly Spanish is not defined as an official language in two of the countries with the largest populations of Spanish speakers , Mexico and the United States). Equatorial Guinea was a Spanish territory from 1778 to 1968. Today, although Spanish is generally not used as a first language here, it is still spoken by an estimated 87.7% of the people. This unique variety of Spanish is influenced by local native languages such as Fang. The Association of Spanish Language Academies has proposed creating an Equatorial Guinea Spanish Language Academy… read more »

Flying Cars in Spain

by Tyson on Thursday, December 05, 2013

A Ferrari that flies Carlos Matilla, a Spanish aeronautical engineer, is developing a flying car that’s expected to take to the skies in a year and a half. Matilla says he just needs 2 million Euros to put together the prototype being described as 100% Spanish . … read more »

The Spanish language in Numbers

by Sheila on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spanish in numbers infographic Incredible world-wide growth and intriguing linguistic features help make Spanish an important and fun language to learn. Check out this fact-packed infographic we’ve created that illustrates a collection of curious stats on everything from how many people you can practice your Spanish skills with to how many palindrome words learners can expect to discover. What’s unique about the Spanish words pomposo , chiquitín and alpargata ? How about abuelito , murciélago and simultáneo ? Ever wonder what the longest Spanish word is?… read more »

How I Join a Conversation I Don't Understand

by Lauren Simmonds on Thursday, January 24, 2013

I am currently enjoying my Erasmus year in Salamanca , Spain. The friends I've made are mainly of French, German and Dutch orientation. Luckily for me, English is the common language between all of us, so usually when we are together, that is our language of choice. However, every now and then, those of the same nationality speak together in their mother tongue. On several occasions, I have found myself joining in, granted in English or Spanish, with a conversation that began in French, German or Dutch – three languages that I do not speak a word of… read more »

The Queen of the Languages: Spanish

by Dilek on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The recent news and statistics have suggested that Spanish is the second spoken language of communication and intercultural exchange after Mandarin… read more »

Fun Facts about Spain!

by John Bascombe on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

With powerful images of bullfighting , flamenco and sizzling paella on the beach, many people know of Spain. And more still know of Spain’s rich culture, from Picasso to Almodóvar , Gaudí to Barcelona FC . Added to all the news coverage about the difficult economic situation, there is a lot of information about Spain flooding the media at the moment. But! Did you know… … read more »

A Spanish Phenomenon - Gran Hermano

by Dilek on Monday, May 28, 2012

If George Orwell were alive today, he would want to learn the mystery behind how Big Brother has never lost his charm amongst Spanish people and has been on duty in Spain for 12 seasons. … read more »

Quality in Learning Spanish

by Dilek on Thursday, May 24, 2012

You have already decided to learn Spanish but don’t have a clue where to go. Choosing the right language course is a tough decision and based on some criteria… 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 »

Study Spanish in Summer Camps

by Dilek on Monday, May 14, 2012

It is time for parents to pick the right summer camp for their children and there are several summer camps for youngsters to study Spanish in Spain … read more »

The Importance of Spanish in Investment World

by Dilek on Friday, May 11, 2012

A recent study shows that Latin America is on the rise for long term international investments and the importance of Spanish language. … read more »

How NOT to Study Spanish!

by John Bascombe on Tuesday, May 08, 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 »

Videonovela Helps Spanish Speaking People To Understand Diabetes

by Dilek on Monday, April 30, 2012

A Spanish videonovela helps Spanish speaking people to understand better treatment of their diabetes in USA. … read more »

Getting Used to Spanish Idioms, Easy or No?

by Dilek on Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spanish people love to use expressions in their daily life and if you have just started learning Spanish it may create some funny moments when you talk with native people. … read more »

Barcelona Vs Madrid, and what an exciting game it will be!

by Hannah Ryan on Friday, April 20, 2012

8pm, Saturday 21st April 2012, Camp Nou . Be there, in front of a TV if needs be, but just don't miss out on a Spanish cultural phenomenon; El Cl á sico … 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 »

Spain on Strike

by Hannah Ryan on Thursday, March 29, 2012

Today, there is a strike all over Spain. (Since I’m writing this at work, you can probably tell that I’m not joining in!)… read more »

Will Ferrell dives into Spanish in "Casa de Mi Padre"

by Dilek on Monday, March 26, 2012

The American actor, is mainly known for his comedy performances, comes with another movie and makes a remarkable move. In his new movie Casa de mi Padre, he not only speaks Spanish but also sings in Spanish… read more »

Everything You Want To Know About DELE

by Dilek on Thursday, March 22, 2012

The DELE diploma is an official qualification demonstrating Spanish competence that is internationally recognized in academic and business areas for non-native Spanish speakers… read more »

A Pleasing Summer Activity: Football Camps

by Dilek on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Football can be accepted as one of the most favourite sports in Europe and in Spain it is almost impossible not to be addicted. Young or old everyone is interested in watching games and it is very rare that anyone who misses watching “El Clasico”. Because of this huge interest football clubs offer summer camps. Football camps are specifically for children and adolescents from 6 to 18 years and there is no need to be an expert to participate in the camp , just be willing to learn more technical and tactical about the game… 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 »

Barcelona's best bits

by Amy Lambert on Friday, March 11, 2011

This weekend I had the chance to visit Barcelona , Spain’s second biggest city and arguably one of Europe’s most spectacular places to visit. In three days there was no way I was going to have time to see everything that this wonderful city has to offer, but I was going to give it a try!… read more »

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem looking great at the Oscars

by Amy Lambert on Thursday, March 03, 2011

The 83 rd Academy Awards, the Oscars, took place this week and one of the most talked about couples to hit the red carpet was the Spanish actor and actress Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz … read more »

Spanish across the world

by Amy Lambert on Thursday, February 24, 2011

Did you know that over 300 million people in the world speak Spanish as their first language?… read more »

Romantic Spanish vocab for Valentine's day!

by Amy Lambert on Friday, February 11, 2011

It's St Valentine’s day, known as Día de San Valentín in Spanish , and the Spaniards will be celebrating in the traditional ways, with cards, presents and flowers for the ones they love. It is also a popular tradition throughout the Spanish speaking countries of South and Central America too, although customs and traditions vary from place to place. In Central America the day is known as Día el Amor y la Amistad , as cards are also exchanged between close friends as well as lovers, in Chile it is known as Día de los Enamorados , and in Colombia they won’t be celebrating anything at all until September, when they have their day, instead of 14 th February… read more »

How to write a CV and cover letter in Spanish

by John Bascombe on Thursday, February 03, 2011

Doing a job or internship in Spain is a great way to practice your Spanish in a real Spanish-speaking environment. Your CV ( curriculum ) and cover letter ( carta de presentación ) are key to helping you get the job that you want, so here are a few tips on how to put them together and some vocab that you might find useful:… read more »

Livin' La Vida Salmantina

by Olivia Elson on Thursday, January 28, 2010

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15% off on your course when volunteering in Guanajuato (Mexico)

by Stacey on Thursday, November 26, 2009

Book your course before 29 October and receive a 15% discount on your volunteer program in Guanajuato (Mexico). … read more »

Special member offer: no enrollment fee!

by Stacey on Thursday, November 26, 2009

don Quijote is offering an exclusive discount for our members:… read more »

Living Spanish in Barcelona celebration: 10% DISCOUNT OFFER!

by Stacey on Thursday, November 26, 2009

The 2009 20th anniversary of the opening of the first don Quijote school in Spain is a HUGE reason to celebrate this year!… read more »

Letter from a don Quijote student to a Salamanca newspaper

by Stacey on Monday, November 23, 2009

We are very proud to announce that “ La Gaceta de Salamanca ,” a local newspaper in Salamanca, recently published in November 2009 a letter written ( in Spanish! ) by a don Quijote student … read more »

Book your 2009 course online and save Enrollment Fee or Accomodation Fee!

by Stacey on Friday, October 30, 2009

Is studying Spanish abroad your goal for 2009? Then get ready for a lucky year of Spanish learning! From now until November 27, you'll get:… read more »

2010 courses at 2009 prices!

by Stacey on Friday, October 23, 2009

One great way to get to know a place the way only locals know it is by experiencing it thoroughly when learning Spanish. If you want to discover Spanish, then this is your chance: sign up to take a Spanish course in 2010 -and pay 2009 prices! Don't let this opportunity pass you by!… read more »

12-weeks of Spanish for 1.536 Euros!

by Stacey on Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Learn Spanish for just 1536€ by booking a 12-week Intensive Course in Barcelona , Madrid , Salamanca , or Valencia ! You'll save 384€* from the regular intensive course price and enjoy your stay anytime in 2009! … read more »

Special Offer: Learn Spanish and the Tango in Argentina!

by Stacey on Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pick up Spanish as you dance in Argentina, the Latin America country renowned for its European customs, marvelous art, culture, welcoming people, great food, wines, lively nightlife... and the sensual tango!… read more »

Upcoming registration for November 2009 DELE exams

by Stacey on Thursday, August 20, 2009

Remember that the upcoming registration for the November 2009 DELE exams is starting! Visit www.dele.org to find out more about the DELE qualifications, registration requirements, payment information and other important information… read more »

Emma Ferrer participates in don Quijote's Spanish programs!

by Stacey on Monday, August 03, 2009

16-year old Emma Ferrer is studying Spanish in our summer camp in Granada and very kindly agreed to answer a few interview questions for donQuijote.org . Oh, and did we mention that she’s the granddaughter of legendary actress Audrey Hepburn and multifaceted actor Mel Ferrer? … read more »

Spanish in Madrid for 15% less!

by Stacey on Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Are you eager to learn Spanish in a city full of centuries-old history? Then Madrid, the capital of Spain since the XVII century and the center of Spanish culture, is the perfect destination for you! Explore Madrid and learn Spanish with a 15% discount on our Intensive course , Super-Intensive course or Spanish Talk course. … read more »

Spanish in Barcelona for 20% less!

by Stacey on Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Barcelona is possibly the most famed Spanish city around the world because of its design, fashion, history, modernity, gastronomy, beach and arts. So what better place to enhance your Spanish skills with an Intensive course , Super-Intensive course or Spanish Talk course than this cosmopolitan city?… read more »

Cervantes Institute to celebrate world's first

by Stacey on Wednesday, June 17, 2009

June 20th, 2009 marks the first annual Día del español "Spanish Language Day" celebration in all of the Instituto Cervantes branches throughout the world. The purpose of this day is to establish a meeting point for Spanish speakers and to increase the visibility of the Spanish language, validating it as aninternational means of communication. An event to be enjoyed by the whole family family and visitors, Instituto Cervantes has organized a series of activities around Spanish words, their diversity and how they are perceived which begin at 11am local time of each branch… read more »

Salamanca Offer: Accomodation and Spanish Course for 399 euros a week!

by Stacey on Thursday, June 11, 2009

The anniversary celebrations in Salamanca are not over yet!… read more »

Videos of don Quijote's Summer Camps!

by Stacey on Monday, June 08, 2009

Our Summer Camp programs in Barcelona , Salamanca , Sevilla , Madrid , Granada , Valencia , Guanajuato and Marbella (with 3 camps: Albergue , Alborán , Aleman !) perfectly coordinate your child’s class schedule with social and leisure activities they will enjoy participating in as they are immersed learning a language that would last them a lifetime… read more »

Special 20th Anniversary Offer: 15% OFF on any Spanish Course!

by Stacey on Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The celebrations keep on happening at don Quijote...!… read more »

Save 20% on your Spanish Courses in Valencia

by Stacey on Wednesday, May 27, 2009

This summer is all about learning Spanish in a warm, coastal Mediterranean city where the sun always shines and the nightlife goes on forever... Valencia for 20% less! … read more »

USA colleges return to Salamanca in 2009 for the 12th consecutive year!

by Stacey on Monday, May 25, 2009

U.S.A. students during their 3 month stay in Salamanca from Feb-May 2009... … read more »

Spanish in Granada - one week free!

by Stacey on Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Spend more time in Granada this summer... for a lot less! Immerse yourself in the Spanish language and discover the history behind Granada's rich Moorish past:… read more »

Learn Spanish and dance Flamenco in Madrid and Granada

by Stacey on Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Flamenco is a genuine Spanish art; to be more precise - a genuine Southern Spanish art… read more »

Discover our Spanish and Latin Culture section!

by Stacey on Monday, March 09, 2009

We are proud to announce the updating and translating of our Spanish and Latin culture section... You can now read all of the English texts in Spanish and vice versa! … read more »

Celebrate spring in Valencia with 15% discount on accommodation

by Stacey on Thursday, March 05, 2009

Celebrate the arrival of spring with Las Fallas in Valencia this month:… read more »

UK students learn Spanish in Salamanca

by Stacey on Tuesday, February 17, 2009

In March of 2008, 4 students of England's Lincoln Minster School had a week-long Spanish immersion experience in don Quijote Salamanca . … read more »

Cultural Agenda ¿Qué pasa en...?

by Stacey on Monday, February 09, 2009

Activities and Excursions in don Quijote schools Want to take up a dance class? Interested in watching a movie? Take a complementary Spanish culture course or go on an excursion. Consult the agenda and start planning your after-class cultural activities!… read more »

"Spanish" is no problem here in salamanca

by Stacey on Monday, February 09, 2009

Fragment taken from original article (in German) by Jutta Christoph for mallorcazeitung.es … read more »

Santiago de Chile announcement

by Stacey on Thursday, January 22, 2009

GREAT news again!… read more »

Special Offer: Carnaval de Tenerife

by Stacey on Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sign up for a 2-week Intensive Spanish course in the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife and participate in the second largest carnival in the world after Rio de Janeiro’s!… read more »

Last Minute Offer: 2009 Dakar Rally…for US$999!

by Stacey on Tuesday, December 16, 2008

If you enjoy listening to the engines roar and feel the adrenaline of a head-to-head competition, then you cannot miss the 2009 Dakar Rally Race... in Argentina !… read more »

don Quijote is now in Facebook

by Stacey on Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Social networking sites are setting the pace when it comes to making it easier for companies to get closer to their fans on the web. We’ve caught on to the trend and are proud to announce don Quijote has launched its own Facebook page!… read more »

Special Birthday Offer: Study in Dominican Republic in 2009 and only pay 1994 prices!

by Stacey on Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Our don Quijote schools in Dominican Republic are turning 15 years old in 2009… and we want you to take part in our birthday celebration!… read more »

Our 2009 Spanish course prices are now available!

by Stacey on Thursday, November 06, 2008

We have just finished uploading our 2009 price list on our website!… read more »

A don Quijote student wins Instituto Cervantes' Spanish short story contest!

by Stacey on Wednesday, October 22, 2008

On June 25 of 2008, the Cervantes Institute in Paris organized a short story contest...and we are proud to announce that the winning story was The Enchanted Book by Françoise Corbillon-Epelboin -- a don Quijote student! … read more »

Grand opening of our new Barcelona school!

by Stacey on Tuesday, October 14, 2008

We've moved! Our school in the exciting and stylish city of Barcelona has opened its doors… to a brand new spacious, state-of-the-art building! Our building is located on calle Mallorca 27, in the heart of the L’Eixample District. It’s 10 minutes from the Plaza de España, 10 minutes from the Plaza de Catalunya and within walking distance of the bustling Gran Via. An unbeatable location!… read more »

Save on your next course in Mexico!

by Stacey on Thursday, October 02, 2008

Live an unforgettable cultural immersion in a vibrant and colorful country: Mexico!… read more »

Special Offer: Study Spanish in Mexico!

by Stacey on Thursday, September 25, 2008

Experience the exotic culture of Mexico while you learn Spanish … read more »

don Quijote Salamanca School in print

by Stacey on Tuesday, July 01, 2008

don Quijote is BEAMING with pride!… read more »

Courses in Spain for the official DELE certification

by Stacey on Monday, June 23, 2008

The D.E.L.E. (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) is an internationally recognized diploma of great value if you want to study at a Spanish University or if you are going to work in a Spanish-speaking environment… read more »

Free Spanish literary text online

by Stacey on Friday, May 16, 2008

Spanish Reading aficionados and lovers of anything Spanish: listen up!… read more »

Practice Spanish with our free learning tools

by Paqui on Tuesday, April 29, 2008

don Quijote offers a wide range of free language resources to help you learn and practice Spanish. Here is a summary of some useful tools and free resources to learn Spanish online… read more »

Meet our Spanish teachers

by Paqui on Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Let us introduce you to Ana García Martín, she is one of our teachers of Spanish in don Quijote Salamanca school … read more »

Travel tips and language resources

by Paqui on Thursday, April 10, 2008

In don Quijote's newsletter you will find every month the best tips for your trips in Spain and Latin America , as well as useful language resources to help up keep up your Spanish at home… read more »

Where do you want to learn Spanish? Videos from our schools in Spain and Latin America

by Paqui on Tuesday, February 26, 2008

When choosing to learn Spanish with don Quijote you choose first quality Spanish courses and services. don Quijote also offers 12 destinations in Spain and 23 in Latin America to make sure you can pick the destination that is perfect for you… read more »

Want to study and work in Spain??

by Celine on Friday, February 22, 2008

Check out this super opportunity for you. … read more »

And the winner of the 2 week Spanish course with don Quijote is...

by Celine on Friday, February 22, 2008

Kamila Hazdrová from the Czech Republic is the winner of a free 2 week Spanish course with don Quijote… read more »

Travel to Mexico and learn Spanish with don Quijote

by Paqui on Tuesday, February 05, 2008

don Quijote offers you 4 schools in Mexico to learn Spanish: Guanajuato, Playa del Carmen, Oaxaca and Puerto Vallarta. Choose your destination and set off for a wonderful experience, discover Mexico and learn Spanish with don Quijote … read more »

10% off your next Spanish course in Mexico

by Celine on Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Save on your next course in Mexico! … read more »

Advantages for returning students and their friends.

by Celine on Tuesday, September 25, 2007

We want to say “ thank you ” to all our students and to show our appreciation, we want to invite you to come and study with us again, and this time, you can bring your friends along too… read more »

Interview in Canal Malaga TV

by Paqui on Friday, September 21, 2007

Learning to speak Spanish is an important challenge for many foreign residents living in Spain's Costa del Sol. Here is an interview in Canal Malaga Television with some interesting options for learning Spanish while living in the Costa del Sol… read more »

21 años enseñando español

by Paqui on Friday, September 21, 2007

Esta semana estamos de aniversario, don Quijote acaba de cumplir 21 años . Son más de 20 años enseñando español, proporcionando una experiencia única de immersión línguistica y cultural a miles de clientes y promocionando la lengua española en todo el mundo… read more »