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Spain's Word of the Year

by John Bascombe on Sunday, January 18, 2015

Versión española abajo … read more »

The Messi Effect

by John Bascombe on Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spanish as a Second Language British students are increasingly choosing to study Spanish as a second language… read more »

Multilingual American Presidents

by John Bascombe on Thursday, June 05, 2014

Americans get a bad rap for not being able to speak a language other than English and that includes their global representative and leader—POTUS or The President of the United States. While heads of state from other countries can give speeches or press conferences in another language (English, more frequently than not) we always see American presidents with an interpreter in tow or just plain speaking in English like to a crowd of Germans at the Brandenburg Gate. Is this image representative of the American capacity to speak another language?… read more »

The Route of the Castilian Language

by John Bascombe on Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Camino de la Lengua Castellana is a private foundation that was created in February 2000 with three overarching intentions. Firstly, to encourage, develop and expand knowledge and awareness of the Castilian language ( Castellano = Spanish).  Secondly, to publicize the “Route of the Castilian Language” as a historical journey that started thousands of years ago and to display the global spreading of the language. Lastly, the Foundation serves to educate people about the cultural and ancient origins of the locations that the Route of the Castilian language encompasses and the affect that these places had on the evolution of the Spanish language … read more »

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 »

A look back at 2013 in the Spanish Speaking World

by John Bascombe on Thursday, January 02, 2014

Spanish Language Movies Two 2013 Mexican films broke box office records. Nosotros los nobles became one of Mexico’s highest grossing films of all time, a comedy about a wealthy Mexico City business man who decides to give his grown children a taste of the real world without the comforts that his fortune affords… read more »

New Dictionary of Dominican Spanish

by John Bascombe on Thursday, December 12, 2013

Dominican Spanish The Dominican Academy of Language has published a new 800 page dictionary designed to serve as a unique reference tool of Spanish as it is specifically spoken and used in the Dominican Republic. The dictionary includes common expressions and entries of words with Dominican origins. Readers will also find a number of existing standardized Spanish words that Dominicans use with different meanings … read more »

The North American Academy of Spanish Language

by Tyson on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Besides Spain’s Royal Spanish Academy, there are 21 other official Spanish academies around the world that promote and regulate the Spanish language, including the US’s misleadingly named North American Academy of Spanish ( Academia Norteamericana de la lengua española , known by its initials ANLE ).  … read more »

Spanish Language: Controversial Spanish Royal Academy Decisions

by Tyson on Thursday, November 07, 2013

Spanish Language Rules The Royal Spanish Academy ( Real Academia Española or RAE in Spanish) was created in Spain in 1713 to regulate the Spanish language. The academy’s existence today, still based in Spain, often seems to generate more questions than answers.  Should Spanish speakers outside of Spain adhere to the language rules dictated by the Spanish academy? How do academicians decide what words and grammar rules to accept? Why have only 8 women been elected to seats in its 300 year history?… read more »

Scrabble in Spanish

by Tyson on Thursday, October 03, 2013

2013 World Scrabble in Spanish Championship Airan Perez  (from Venezuela) clenched the title of World Scrabble in Spanish Champion last Saturday after facing  two time world champ Enric Hernandez (from Spain) in a dramatic final match of the popular word game… 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 03, 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 »

Spanish Stereotypes: True or false?

by Freddie Savundra on Thursday, August 08, 2013

What Spanish stereotypes exist and are they true? Every country is known for a particular stereotype, it doesn’t matter if it is actually true or not. Whether it’s a cup of tea, fish and chips or brussel sprouts in England, to cheese, wine, snails and frogs in France. The question is though what are the Spanish stereotypes and are they actually true? I am British and this might be a completely biased point of view but this is what I think when it comes to Spanish stereotypes:… read more »

International Spanish Language Conference in Salamanca

by Tyson on Thursday, June 13, 2013

News and trends related to Spanish The third international Spanish language conference (III Congreso Internacional del Español), taking place this year in Salamanca from June 26 – 28, promises to offer participants the valuable opportunity to make contacts with employers in fields related to Spanish. Conference organizers assert that Spanish is becoming a catalyst for a “cultural industry”, and this event provides a forum for exploring the latest research, news and trends related to Spanish as it is used and taught around the world. Salamanca’s counselor of culture and tourism has confirmed that over 500 people from nearly 40 different countries have already registered to attend the conference… read more »

Spanish Language Book Fair in Los Angeles

by Tyson on Wednesday, May 08, 2013

The Spanish Language in the US The University of Guadalajara is putting on the 3 rd annual Spanish language book fair of Los Angeles ( LéaLA ) at the L.A. Convention Center from the 17 th to the 19 th of May. Organizers of the fair, the largest of its kind in the US, aim to strengthen the Spanish language in the country, particularly among the children of its Latino community. They expect record turn out this year, planning to attract over one hundred thousand book enthusiasts and more than 300 publishers including the Penguin group and Random House. … 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 »

Spanish as a foreign language: Information about the DELE

by Sheila on Thursday, March 14, 2013

Spanish learners around the world are taking the DELE exam to earn their DELE diplomas, which certify Spanish skills of a wide range of levels. We’ve created the following helpful infographic that illustrates the value of the DELE and the specific steps you can take to earn this official diploma… 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 »

Practice Spanish by watching Spanish language television

by Tyson on Thursday, December 13, 2012

It’s no secret that the most effective method of learning a language is by speaking it. Studies confirm that learners that use new language skills to interact with others in meaningful or practical situations build and retain those skills much more than people that concentrate on passive study methods. Full Spanish immersion through a study abroad course, such as those offered by don Quijote, is the best way to learn Spanish . Television provides limited educational value, and passive study time may be better spent reading a novel in Spanish . One glance however at the programming from America’s biggest Spanish language TV networks, and learners may find it difficult, if not impossible, to resist taking a peek at some of the shows from the seemingly endless list of exciting titles on offer. Abismo de Pasión , Amor Bravío and Besos Ardientes are just a few of the intriguing series they air. New digital formats also make viewing more convenient, allowing viewers to watch shows whenever they want, and even where ever they want on their cell phones. … read more »

The Associated Press Spanish Language Stylebook

by Tyson on Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Associated Press (AP) has recently launched their first Spanish language stylebook, in an ambitious effort to standardize universal Spanish language usage for journalists around the world. The American news agency, which boldly claims that over half the world’s population sees its news every day, hopes their book will promote correct and consistent use of Spanish in the international media and avoid regionalisms that often cause confusion… read more »

Castile and Leon Set to Start Language Tourism

by Dilek on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Spain, the home of Spanish language or in original form Castilian (Castellano), can be the perfect location to start your language education. There are several options, as the country has 17 autonomous communities and each has its own characteristic features. For this reason most of the time the question “ Where is the best Spanish spoken? ” arises in minds. Spanish spoken in Spain differs in dialect and local language of some provinces so the answers vary as well. The history, culture and to be the source of the language are the biggest reasons in the process of selecting a Spanish course … read more »

Spanish Language and Internet Slang: How to write in Spanish

by Tyson on Thursday, November 01, 2012

The R oy al Spanish Academy or RAE ( Real Academia Española ), an institution that has been dedicated throughout three solid centuries to maintaining the correct usage of the Spanish language , is making a timid and somewhat belated entrance into the age of text messages, facebook and twitter communication. The RAE is the official authority on the Spanish language; its members literally wrote (and are writing) the book on correct Spanish usage. In the last decade, royal members have watched on in helpless frustration as countless cell phone users and facebook fans around the Spanish speaking world have busied themselves with butchering long standing spelling and grammar standards. It seems that interest in economizing on time and on button-pushing finger effort has inspired widespread language carelessness. Many internet users also feel that writing on non-traditional supports justifies non-traditional writing habits, in other words invented rules that consider only users’ convenience, and may compromise comprehension or even courtesy and professionalism in certain contexts. The RAE, traditionally reluctant to make royal modifications to proper Castilian , has taken only dainty stabs at addressing the overwhelming spread and influence of communication technologies on the language. It has made a modest smattering of additions to the recent royal dictionary, taking something of an if you can’t beat them, join them attitude with entries such as tableta (referring to an electronic tablet), and tuitear (to correspond on twitter)… 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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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

by John Bascombe on Thursday, May 03, 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 »

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 »

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 »