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Along the years, tapas and pinchos have become a form of national identification.

Indeed, nowadays, when you hear tapas or pinchos, you automatically imagine yourself at a terrace in Spain, sipping a nice Sangria or Tinto de Verano, while eating a mini snack.

But what is the difference between tapas and pinchos?

The Real Academia Española de la Lengua (REA) defines a tapa, like ‘a small portion of any food served to accompany a drink’ and defines a pincho like ‘a portion of food served, sometimes with a cocktail stick, as an aperitif’.

Both are small portions of food, but the difference is that a tapa is normally just a smaller sized portion of a main dish, served in a plate, which you eat with cutlery.

The pincho is normally served on a piece of bread or other, served usually with a cocktail stick which you can eat in one or two bites.

So if it is a mini bite of tortilla on a piece of bread, we can call it a pincho. But if it is a tortilla on a plate that you have to eat with a fork, then we can call it a tapa.

The 6th of January, the day of the 3 kings, ‘los Reyes Magos’, commemorates the moment when the 3 oriental kings Melchor, Gaspar and Balstazar met Jesus.

It is an important celebration in Spain, but also in Latin America. I

Every year, all the children in Spain write a letter to the kings exposing which gifts they wish and leave some candies for them in the nativity scene.

In Argentina, the children write the kings also a letter, but instead of sending it, they leave it in one of their shoes that they leave for the Kings to find. So the Kings know from the amount of shoes how many kids are in the house.

In Puerto Rico the children would also gather grass, hay or straw to place it in shoe-boxes for the Magi’s horses or camels to eat.

Traditionally, the families prepare or buy a ‘Roscón or Rosca de reyes’, which is a ring formed and orange blossom flavored cake, usually decorated with dry and candied fruits.

Also, most of the towns in Spain and in Mexico offer a parade, where the kings throw candies to the children in the street and create a magical moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It´s no wonder San Sebastian was named European Capital of Culture 2016, jam packed with music & film festivals, culinary events and traditional Basque festivals. Our school is just a short walk away from the centre and Zurriola surf beach. And yes, we do offer the opportunity to combine Spanish with Surfing!

We are based in a modern, spacious building with fully equipped classrooms as well as a terrace and chill out area. The school also has a library and film room full of resources for students to practice reading and listening comprehension.

Our Spanish courses are very interactive and are led by fully trained, highly qualified teachers. You will be taught directly in Spanish, even if you are an absolute beginner, in order to fully immerse yourself in the language. Don´t worry too much about this, teachers will explain things more than once in various different ways so that you are able to understand, you´ll be amazed at how effective this approach is.

Most students tend to opt for the Intensive 20 course, which consists of 20 group classes per week, but if you prefer something even more intensive it is also possible to book the Intensive 30 course. The group courses focus on all aspects of the language (speaking, reading, listening, writing, grammar, vocabulary) but if you have specific learning requirements and would prefer to focus solely on a certain aspect of the language you are able to book private classes. We offer the opportunity to combine group classes with private classes with our Intensive 20 + 5 and Intensive 20 + 10 courses.

Many students choose San Sebastian for its wide variety of activities on offer (particularly surfing!). We offer a Spanish and surf programme at our school which can be combined with our Intensive 20 course.  We usually recommend students to book fewer weeks of surf programme than course weeks as the surfing is dependent on the waves. You can always book more surf weeks directly at the school if you are lucky with the wave conditions.

Aside from surfing, San Sebastian is a great destination for thrill seekers, with lots of outdoor activities on offer, ranging from skiing in the Pyrenees in the winter to kayaking, mountain biking and hiking along part of the Camino de Santiago route.

For those not so keen on adventure, you will have plenty to occupy yourself with as San Sebastian has an event or festival every month (actually almost every week!). There are a broad range of music & film festivals, such as the Human Rights Film Festival in April, Youth Theatre Festival in May, Jazzaldia Jazz festival in July, Donostia-San Sebastian Muscial Fortnight in August (classical music), Zinemaldia International Film Festival in September and International Underwater Film festival in November, just to name a few!

Of course there is also the Running of the bulls in July as well as various other Basque traditions such as Saint Thomas Day in December, a farmers´ market selling traditional goods and cider, and Euskal Jaiak in September, which is a week-long celebration with traditional dances, local cider, boat races, sports competitions and Basque music.

And if all this is still not enough our school puts on a range of activities. Some are free but some have a cost depending on the activity. Here is an example of a few:

  • Language exchanges
  • Visits to local museums & cultural centres
  • Tapas & Pintxo tours
  • Tour of San Sebastian
  • Visits to a Basque cider house
  • Excursions to nearby cities such as Bilbao & Pamplona

Our Spanish school in Malaga welcomes students from all over the world into its beautiful historic building, just footsteps away from the birthplace of Picasso. Malaga is home to a wealth of museums & art galleries and the city really is shaped by its unique cultural past, left behind by numerous settlers ranging from Romans to Arabs.  The school is well situated to enjoy Malaga´s beaches, plazas, museums & monuments after class and our friendly, multilingual staff are always happy to advise you on the best places to go.

The school
All of our teachers are native speakers with extensive experience teaching Spanish as a foreign language. You will be immersed in the Spanish language from day one, with all lessons being taught directly in Spanish, even for beginners. We also have various learning resources at your disposal in the school, such as Spanish books and films which you can borrow from the library.

You will be in a group of maximum 10 students who will all have approximately the same level as you. Teachers are very passionate about the Spanish culture and really incorporate this into the classes. They will actively encourage group discussions to get you comfortable expressing yourself in the Spanish language and to get to know your fellow students.

Your fellow students will be from various different countries & backgrounds and of all ages (from 16 and above).

Accommodation 
Booking accommodation in one of our shared apartments will enable you to get to know more students from the school. For those who are keen to immerse themselves in the Spanish culture we also offer accommodation with host families, which is a great way to practice Spanish with native speakers and try local homemade dishes.

Activities 
Malaga is an excellent destination for outdoor activities thanks to its Mediterranean climate. Water sports, golf, beach volleyball and plenty more! Why not take up flamenco dancing whilst studying in the home region of flamenco? This is sometimes offered in the school as well as salsa classes, but if they are not available during your stay then the school will be happy to recommend you various dance schools in the area.

The school arranges different activities each week as well as weekend excursions. Mid-week you can expect things like Spanish movie nights, cookery workshops, visits to local museums and dance classes. Some activities are free and some have a small cost depending on the activity. Weekend excursions on offer tend to be visits to nearby cities, such as Seville and Granada.

Aside from its outdoor activities Malaga has a lot to offer. Explore the old pedestrian streets in the historic centre where you will find the Alcazaba, which is said to be the most well preserved fortress in Spain. Enjoy some of the city´s various tapas routes and, depending on when you arrive, you can also experience some of Malaga´s Andalusian festivals, such as the “Feria de Malaga” in August.

Read more about Málaga and find out why it is called “the city of “Boquéron”.

Where better to learn Spanish than in Spain´s capital; home to The Golden Triangle of Art and renowned for its fashion. Our school is situated around the corner from the vibrant gay district of Chueca, within easy reach of the city centre. We offer fun and dynamic classes in groups of maximum 9 students with native Spanish teachers. Madrid is an energetic and welcoming city, offering excellent night life, delicious local cuisine and a wealth of beautiful sights.

Our Spanish school

In Madrid we offer Spanish courses from absolute beginner level to upper intermediate. Courses run from Monday to Friday and you are free to choose for how many weeks you study with us. Please bear in mind that if you are an absolute beginner there are specific start dates. We offer a comfortable learning environment, fully equipped with a lounge, library and computers and there is a typical Spanish tapas bar just around the corner from the school.

Most of our group courses focus on general Spanish and you will work on all aspects of the language (reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, vocabulary). If you prefer something more tailored we offer private classes and there is also the option to combine group courses with private classes.

Our teachers are specialized in teaching Spanish as a foreign language and their passion for the job really shines through during the classes. Groups are very interactive and as well as immersing yourself in the Spanish language & culture you will be getting to know students from a wide range of nationalities and backgrounds.

Home to various works of Picasso, Dalí and Miró; Madrid is the perfect location for art enthusiasts. Our school offers the opportunity to combine a Spanish course with an Arts programme, in which you will visit all 3 museums with a teacher who is an expert on Spanish Arts.

Activities

Madrid offers a diverse range of attractions, such as Museo del Prado, Parque del Retiro, Estado Santiago Bernabéu. Our school organises a range of activities, some for free and some at a small cost depending on the activity.

Here is an example of some of the activities regularly organised:

  • Guided tour of the city
  • Theatre trips
  • Wine tasting
  • Spanish cookery workshops
  • Spanish & Latin American literature workshops
  • Trips to various museums
  • Spanish films
  • Visits to concerts or dance events
  • Weekend excursions to nearby cities such as Toledo, Segovia & Salamanca
  • Weekend hiking trips

Madrid is a very vibrant and multicultural city and the welcoming nature of the locals really makes our students feel at home very quickly. Here you will have the best of both worlds in the sense that you can enjoy the bustling city life whilst escaping to one of several beautiful parks for some peace & quiet. Madrid has an excellent transport system and for a capital city it is reasonably priced and not overcrowded. So if you are looking for an authentic city with exceptional museums, cheap eats and nightlife like nowhere else in Spain then Madrid is the best place for you to study.

Linguaschools Granada lies in the heart of the city centre; in a pleasant historic building just footsteps away from many of the city´s cultural sights. Our school offers spacious, air-conditioned classrooms and we are proud to have a team of enthusiastic & experienced teachers who provide students with a unique Spanish language learning experience. Granada is a very popular choice among our students thanks to its beautiful architecture & picturesque landscapes combined with its wide range of activities & historical sights, offering a cultural experience as well as a language experience.

In our school the classrooms are fully equipped and there is Wi-Fi throughout. Our teachers use a wide range of resources to aid your language learning and their teaching method is very interactive.  This enables classes to be taught directly in the Spanish language, even for beginner groups, providing students with a complete language immersion.

You will be in a group of maximum 8 students and teachers will actively encourage group conversations to develop your confidence when communicating in Spanish. All teachers have a university degree and ample experience teaching Spanish as a foreign language to students of all nationalities, so they understand the difficulties which students tend to come across and are able to adapt to each student´s needs.

For those music enthusiasts among us, we offer the chance to combine Spanish lessons with flamenco guitar or flamenco dance classes.

Spanish courses in Granada run from Monday to Friday. You can start a course with us on any Monday of the year (except on public holidays) and you are free to choose how many weeks you would like to study with us. Upon your arrival at the school you will complete both a written and oral level test (unless you are an absolute beginner in which case it is not necessary!) to give us an indication of your Spanish knowledge and make sure you are placed in a group with students of the same level. Our group courses focus on all language skills (grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading and writing) and we also offer private classes for those who prefer something more tailored to their specific learning requirements.

Activities

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Home to the Alhambra & Sierra Nevada, Granada offers something for everyone, whether it be theatre, music, museums, architecture, hiking, skiing, or water sports that tickle your fancy. Granada is a city rich in history and magnificent architecture, along with a thriving flamenco scene. It has something for all seasons, from skiing to mountain biking, and is within easy reach of a handful of beautiful beaches along the Tropical Coast.

Our school organizes weekly activities ranging from local sight-seeing to weekend excursions a little further afield.

Here is an example of our most frequent activities:

  • Weekend excursion to nearby cities such as Seville & Cordoba
  • Weekend excursion to Sierra Nevada
  • Weekend excursion to Alpujarra
  • Visit to the Alhambra
  • Tapas tours
  • Flamenco shows
  • Beach trips

Granada is a small city within a big city, in the sense that there is so much to explore but without being overwhelming. It has a very traditional Andalusian feel to it and many of its bars still offer very generous sized tapas for free with your drinks, a tradition which has sadly died out in many other cities! So to sum up; for those who wish to learn Spanish in a culture rich city with picturesque views and a very unique charm, Linguaschools Granada will not disappoint.

Linguaschools Valencia is based in a villa located in a unique setting where you can enjoy your classes, lounge on one of our terraces or study in our library. The high quality of our Spanish classes has been our key to success from the moment we opened. Due to our great results, many of our students recommend Linguaschools Valencia, converting it into the most popular school in Valencia. Our school offers a cosmopolitan, but at the same time homely atmosphere. Our teachers and staff will do their best to resolve any question or doubts you may have in order to make you stay as comfortable as possible. We will also help you to understand Spanish culture, and the Spanish way of life.

At our school in Valencia, we use our own teaching method based on the conversation as the way to learning language skills, where the student has the leading role in the communication. The philosophy of our method takes the error as the beginning of learning, creating a pleasant atmosphere which encourages the students to participate in the classroom without fear of making mistakes. Teachers are key to developing our method. With their professionalism and effort, we create “a la carte” Spanish courses. Our classes are weekly designed depending on the number of students attending the classes, so that all classes are profitable to each student, rather than following a manual or a specific textbook. The coordinated work of the teachers, and the fact that we always work with small groups of students, enables an evaluation of the student’s progression in class, so it is not necessary to perform frequently written examinations to determine the changes in the students’ levels.

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Each class is designed so that the student reaches a linguistic objective according to his or her level. Thus, every class has a beginning and an end, so that all students make the most of all classes and so that those who attend classes fewer days per week don’t get lost. Since the learning pace of each student is different, each student will change levels individually. In this way, students can learn Spanish “at their own pace”, and won’t have to keep pace with the rest of the students.


Activities

Our school offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, both cultural and recreational. It is an opportunity for knowing the cultural richness of Valencia and its surroundings, as well as the most tourist attractions. Specially in Summer, we also go on trips to other cities in Spain, like Madrid, Barcelona or Mallorca. Our activity program is also a way of making friends with other Linguaschools students that aren’t classmates, and also a way of having fun and unforgettable moments.

Some of the most frequent activities are:

  • Salsa and Flamenco lessons
  • Tour guided in the city of Valencia
  • Football and volleyball matches
  • Lessons in Spanish cookery
  • Bowling
  • Visits to the city’s museums
  • Attendance to plays, concerts and regional dances
  • Attendance to popular celebrations in towns surrounding Valencia
  • International dinners
  • School parties (Christmas and D.E.L.E. End of class, among others)

The most common excursions are:

  • Visit to the Calpe beach
  • Visit to Morella
  • Excursion to Aquarama
  • Weekend trips to Madrid, Barcelona and Mallorca

Spanish courses

Linguaschools Valencia offers different types of Spanish language courses which are designed to meet the needs of each one of our students.

 

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