Monthly Archives: June 2016

It’s Summer!!!



It’s summer and we know what you’re thinking…beach, sea, a nice spot under a tree…but remember


are still open in July and August. Don’t miss the opportunity to keep practising your English. We will be open Monday to Thursday, mornings and evenings in both the academy in La Elipa and en San Blas/Pueblo Nuevo.

We are offering our usual general English, Cambridge exam preperation and conversation classes as well as French and German, all with native speaker teachers.

We are also running intensive First and Advanced Cambridge exam preperation classes. See details of our SPECIAL OFFER here.

And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and on our blog. Sea, tree, we…did you see the connection???

Wishing everyone a great summer!!!!


Phonics: the long and short e

Welcome to the next part of our phonics series. Today we are going to look at the long and short “e” sounds. (part one is here)

The short “e” sound has the same phonemic symbol e. It is a short sound used in many words. Some examples are below. The important lesson, if an e is between 2 consonants, it usually has the same sound.


The sound sound we are looking at is the long “e” sound, iː. It can be written using a variety of letter combinations.





or ie


but all of these letter combination often create the same sound.

One more important point, there is a shorter “long e” that is NOT included in the phonemic chart! It is a similar to but only appears at the end of words with more than one syllable. The phonemic symbol is i. Usually it is spelled with either y or ey. Here are some examples.


English can be inconsistent with its spelling so although you can never be 100% sure, these letter blends will help you guess how to pronounce and new word when you see it. And remember, you can always use a dictionary and the phonemic chart to check pronunciation of any word.


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English idioms #17


To Sit on the Fence


meaning: to be neutral in an argument or discussion, or to not know which side to choose.



Tom: I think we should have the party in a restaurant.

Dave: I disagree, we should have the party at my house. What do you think Bob?

Bob: I don’t know, I’m going to sit on the fence.

Learn Mandarin Chinese in Madrid


Here at the Language Corner academy in Ciudad Lineal, we are proud to teach a variety of languages. Between the academies in La Elipa and San Blas/Ascao we have had classes in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and now we are adding one more – Mandarin Chinese.

Mandarin Chinese is completely different from any our our European languages. First of all, the alphabet – there isn’t one! Instead there are characters. One single character can mean a whole word. However, there is also a system called pinyin that allows us to write a word using the roman alphabet, which is very helpful for learning the language.

For example

is written in pinyin as “hong.” it means “red”.

is written as “lu” It means “green”.

is written as “deng”. It means “light”

An interesting thing about Mandarin is that it is full of compund nouns, meaning, two or more words can go together to create a new one.

For example 紅綠燈 all together makes a new piece of vocabulary – traffic light!

Another example

(“fei”) is fly.

(“ji”) is machine

Together they mean aeroplane!

It means that, although it may seem difficult to learn reading the characters, building voculary is surprisingly easy.

Another interesting element of Mandarin is the sound. It is a tonal language, meaning if you say a word with a slightly different tone of voice, the word has a different meaning.

A classic example; (“ma”) with a high pitch tone means “mother”. But (also “ma”) with dipthong sound means “horse”. So you really don’t want to get the two words confused!

On the other hand, the grammar in Mandarin is relatively simple – there are no verb conjugations!!

Altogether, it is a fascinating language to learn and very satisfying. If you are looking for a new challenge, we will be starting Mandarin Chinese classes at our academies in La Elipa and San Blas/Ascao this summer. As always we have native speaker teachers to help you learn the language with fun and dynamic classes. Just contact us to reserve your place in the academies or call on 910014281 or 673340106