Monthly Archives: September 2022

Autumn Idioms

Autumn years – often this is used to refer to the later years in someone’s life:
“In her autumn years, Debbie was able to enjoy her free time much more”

Turn over a new leaf – to reform and begin again:
“She has learned her lesson and has turned over a new leaf“.

To drive someone nuts – to make someone go crazy:
“That song is driving me nuts. Please stop playing it!”

To squirrel something away – to hide or store something like a squirrel:
“Paul squirreled away a lot of money while he was working and now he can enjoy his retirement”.

Golden handshake – Used in businesses to refer to a sum of money that is given to an employee (normally high level) when they leave:
“The CEO was given early retirement and a golden handshake of €500,000 when the company was restructured”.

IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH WITH MUSIC

Do you already listen to songs in English? Do you ever look up the lyrics? It is important to also look up the lyrics. Sometimes the artist is saying something different than what we originally thought.
Here is an example:
Son Reebok o Nike?
And here is the song (with the lyrics) of the song he actually likes: The Rhythm of the Night It is called, The Rhythm of the night.

Here are some tips for learning English with songs:
-Listen to the radio, go the the club, turn on MTV or VH1, find songs you like.
-Use Shazam or trackID or any other song identification program to remember songs you like.
-Sing out loud to your favorite songs. Songs are more than just lyrics, songs tell a story, they are emotion, passion, excitement, sadness, try to pick up on the emotion and try to capture that feeling while you sing.
-Next check out the lyrics in English azlyrics here is an excellent site with the lyrics to most songs. This step is important to be sure that you are singing the correct lyrics. I am a native speaker and many times I have looked up the lyrics to English songs. This ensures that you are learning the right words.
-If you have any doubts about words or meanings, get your dictionary and attempt to understand or look for the lyrics in Spanish.
-Sing along to the song while looking at the lyrics. You can also go to www.youtube.com and type the name of the song + singer + lyrics (ex: The Rhythm of the Night, Corona, Lyrics) to see the video with lyrics on the screen.
-Feeling brave? Want to have more fun with the song? Practice the song as a Karaoke. Here is a program to convert songs into Karaoke format. Karaoke player
-Keep practicing singing along and revising the lyrics until you have learned it. Once you have learned the words to a song it is something you will not easily forget.

We can guess a lot about a song by the tone of the singer, but please remember to always look up the lyrics!
The Dramatic Song: The Dramatic Song

Do you think you already understand enough English to not need to look up the lyrics? Please check out this site: lyrics training This site allows you to search English songs by level of difficulty and practice your listening skills by filling in the missing words of popular songs. It’s a fun way to enjoy training your listening and writing skills.
Here is another site that has popular songs ranked by level where you must fill in the blanks.

The Language Corner!

The Language Corner, we opened our doors in October 2013 and we are here to help you Learn English, German, and/or French!

Our office hours are:
Monday 16:30-21:30
Tuesday 10:00-14:00/16:30-21:30
Wednesday 16:30-21:30
Thursday 10:00-14:00/16:30-21:30
Friday 16:30-20:00

We have classes of all levels, and all ages. All of our teachers are native English speakers and we offer small class sizes.

Come visit us today! C/ Gandhi, 19
La Almudena, L2 or Garcia Noblejas, L7
or call today for more information: 673 340 106

 

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!

DO YOU THINK IN ENGLISH? OR SPANISH?

Many of our students here at the academy in Madrid still think about a new language by translating through their first. This leads to common mistakes often spotted by our native teachers. Here we have listed the top mistakes for you to learn quickly and sound more native today!

Using COMO – HOW for questions.

How is this?
How spell this?
Using WITH – INSTEAD OF TO

Married TO someone as opposed to married WITH

John has been married with to Caroline for 5 years.

They have five years together.

This is also not correct as we have to specificy what they have together,

They have been together for five years.

TENER V SER – AGE

In English we don´t have our years, but we are them, this often causes confusion for beginners who like to say I have 10 years old instead of I am 10 years old.

James and John have ten years.

If this sentence seems correct to you, you´d be among the hundreds of Spanish speakers who also incorrectly use HAVE instead of TO BE when discussing ages. This is a fairly common mistake as of course in Spanish we use ´tener´.

 

AGREEMENT

I am agree

This sentence should be I agree with no use of am as agree is a verb itself!

WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? INCLUDE THE SUBJECT!

It is very important to refer to the SUBJECT. In Spanish this can be omitted, so even advanced students are tempted to start their sentences with ´is very easy to´, but this leaves us feeling rather baffled; but what is easy? IT of course! IT is easy!

NEW WORD?

baffle
ˈbaf(ə)l/Enviar
verb
past tense: baffled; past participle: baffled
1.
totally bewilder or perplex.
“an unexplained occurrence that baffled everyone”
synonyms: perplex, puzzle, bewilder, mystify, bemuse, confuse, confound, nonplus, disconcert, throw, set someone thinking; More

The Language Corner has only Native Teachers!

If you are looking for a native English teacher in Madrid. The Language Corner is for you! We have two schools located in the Cuidad Lineal neighborhood. One of our English academies is located near metro La Elipa and the other academy near metro La Almudena. Both are located on line 2 and easily connect to the city center. Our language schools are staffed with only native speakers. Our English teachers are from many different places including: England, Ireland, and United States.

At the Language Corner we can help you achieve your English Language goals. You will be exposed to native English, with diverse accents. What do you prefer the British accent or the American accent? Come visit a class to find out!

(The Language Corner also has native French and native German teachers)

Learning English through Social Media

There are various advantages to using social media to improve your English. Perhaps the simplest is that you can access the same information you would receive in your native language but instead in English. This way you can still keep up-to-date with the news, current events or your favourite celebrity but learn English at the same time! This is a great way to expand your vocabulary, on both the topics that you talk about regularly and others that may only be in the news a short time. Following specific topics or hashtags on Twitter will help you focus your reading on particular areas.

Another advantage is if you are overwhelmed by reading full newspaper articles in English then social media is a great place to start. You can use social media such as Facebook or Twitter to receive small bits of information daily. This way you can continually improve your English, not just your reading skills, little by little.

A further benefit is being able to learn in your spare time. If you are on the bus or train, standing in a queue or waiting to meet a friend then spending 5 minutes reading Facebook posts or Twitter feeds in English will mean you are using your time productively.

Facebook specifically is excellent for following discussions, and learning the associated vocabulary and relevant grammar structures that go with them. Posts on Facebook and the comments left are not restricted by the number of characters and so people will generally write grammatically correct sentences or spell correctly! On the other hand you need to watch out for grammar errors (native English speakers don’t always have the best English grammar!) or informal language, although this can also be a benefit as you can get used to up-to-date native English in its natural form.

You can also follow certain channels on Youtube, both for entertainment and for learning English.

You can find a variety of specific pages for learning English, whether that is grammar, vocabulary or for Cambridge Exam preparation. And of course you should follow The Language Corner for daily posts on learning English!

https://www.instagram.com/thelanguagecornermadrid/

https://www.facebook.com/thelanguagecornermadrid

A little chat with Dan in the Gandhi office

Hello! How are you?

I´m good thanks.

Where are you from?

I´m from Wimbledon in London.

Tell us a bit about yourself

Well, I´ve taught English in 4 different countries now, including Taiwan where I lived for 4 years. In my spare time I like drawing, hiking and eating!

How long have you been working at The Language Corner?

I´ve been here a year. I was teaching at the academy on Calle Gandhi and now I´m running the office at La Elipa, with a bit of teaching too

What do you like most about teaching?

I love talking and meeting new people, and discovering the differences between languages , and accents!

What do you think is difficult about learning Spanish?

Ooh I think pronouns are complicated and I just cannot do the spanish “r” sound at all. I try practising “pero” and “perro” and it just sounds like “Pedro!”

What kind of music do you like?

Lots of stuff, particularly electropop, folk and anything that sounds like Bjork.

Top tip for learning English

Try and do things you enjoy but in English. If you like films, watch English language films, if you like reading, try English books. At the moment I’m looking for more Spanish language music to listen to. Does anyone have any recommendations??

Tell us a random fact about yourself

I´ve been on television at least ten different times, mostly all embarrassing!

FACE YOUR FEARS

How has fear impacted on your language learning?
Many people suffer from anxiety at the idea of studying or improving English.
Now-a-days English is a very important part of life, but for some the thought of having to have a conversation in English can be nerve-wrecking.
Some students may think;
“I don’t know enough vocabulary.”
“My pronunciation is horrible.”
“I don’t think quickly enough to hold a conversation.”
“What if they laugh at me?”

And for some, listening can be just as frightening;
“I won’t understand anything.”

Today, and everyday, is an opportunity to face your fears!
At The Language Corner we offer English classes to help you gain confidence in your English abilities.
We have two language centers located in Madrid.

For learning English both academies offer small class sizes with native teachers.
We offer flexible class times in the morning and evening. You will be able to practice speaking, listening, writing, grammar, dialogue and practical English to use in your daily life.

At The Language Corner we understand learning a new language can present fears.

We invite you to visit one of our English schools on C/ Gerado Cordón, 51 or C/ Gandhi, 19
today. After a simple, stress-free, talk with one of our staff we will discuss your current level and your future English goals and place you in a class that will allow you to face your fears and develop your English skills!

Ian Brown – F.E.A.R (With Lyrics)

Already a student with The Langauge Corner, and still interested in more ways to face fears with English learning?

Set goals for your language learning. Be sure to set attainable and realistic goals. It is easier to stay motivated if you set an achievable goal that you later achieve. If you set a difficult goal and fail, it is harder to stay motivated.
Example: Instead of saying “I will do one hour of English study every night,” begin with 15 minutes and once that is achieved increase to 20 and then 30, etc.
Do things you enjoy, in English. Check out what’s happening at The Language Corner. Frequently there are Book Clubs, television series discussion groups, theater classes, laughter yoga sessions, and more.
Write and read daily in English. This is an excellent way to increase vocabulary and gain confidence to join in on conversations.