Monthly Archives: October 2018

Happy Halloween!

As a student’s father said to me today, just a few decades ago Halloween was barely even heard of. Today, however, almost all of our students here at the academy have arrived for their English classes wearing some form of costume, or carrying some novelty item which represents Halloween.

So why is Halloween becoming so popular here in Spain? Although we do celebrate Halloween to a certain extent in the UK, it has always seemed to me to be much more of an American tradition, so one reason for this sudden and dramatic rise in popularity of the tradition could possibly be because of the influence American TV programmes and films are having on other countries and cultures.

Because of this, many of our younger students have been asking about vocabulary in English related to this tradition. Here are a few examples of words related to Halloween , and their translations in Spanish:

Candy/Sweets – Dulces/Chuches

Costume – Disfraz

Pumpkin – Calabaza

Ghost – Fantasma

Witch – Bruja

Bat – Murcielago

Haunted house – Casa embrujada

Dress up – Disfrazarse

If you’d like any more information on specific subjects or topics in English, feel free to contact us or to visit one of our language academies in person in La Almudena or La Elipa in Madrid, where you can speak to our native teachers who can give you plenty of information about English and our courses.

How to improve your English in Madrid

5 ways to practise your English in Madrid

A very common question asked by our students is how to learn a foreign language, in this case English, in your home town. While travelling abroad and spending time in an English-speaking country, constantly surrounded by and interacting with English-speaking people is probably the fastest way to learn a new language, it can be quite expensive and also impractical for most people.

So how can you learn English in Madrid? (Or any other language in your hometown).

Here are some basic tips and ideas which should help you get started:

1. Online

While online apps probably won’t help you to develop much fluency, they are a great way to learn/reinforce vocabulary and can teach you how to construct basic sentences by yourself and most of them are free, although some can be quite expensive.

2. Read tourist info in English

The great thing about learning English in Madrid is that because there is so much tourism here, you’ll see signs and information translated into English almost everywhere you go. Really take note of these and try to understand and remember what is written in order to get more used to reading and thinking in English without having to rely so much on Spanish translations.

3. Speak to tourists in English

If you live in Madrid, you’ll know that certain areas of the city are absolutely bursting with foreign tourists amost all year round, the majority being from English-speaking countries, and if you use public transport in and around the centre, you’ll no doubt be hearing English on an almost-daily basis. Try to really listen to what people are saying, and offer to help if it sounds like people may be lost or trying to decipher a map of the area, etc.

4. Meet-ups

As well as on the official meetup website, there are many other ways of getting involved in local group meetups with the intention of practising your English with other people. Here at The Language corner we regularly schedule meet-ups in and near García Noblejas and Ventas, and there are many other websites and apps on which you can check to see if there are any near you.

5. Classes

Although there are many ways of learning and improving your English by yourself, the biggest benefits of taking classes at an academy is that your English teacher will be able to teach and guide you in a way which is not usually possilbe to do by yourself, and since there are so many language academies in Madrid you should have no problem finding a course to meet your needs.

If you are interested in learning more and would like some more tips and advice on how to improve your English in Madrid, why not drop into one of our language academies in La Elipa and La Almudena in Madrid, where one of our native English teachers can give you all the information and suggestions that you need in order to continue to improve your English.

We hope to see you soon!