We’ve nearly at the end of our free activites in Ciudad Lineal season and we’re finishing with Juegos de Trivia. Lauren, one of our native English teachers in Madrid is hosting a trivia quiz covering a wide range of subjects. The quiz should be suitable for all levels, the challenge is – do have the general knowledge needed to win???
Come along to the academy in la Elipa on Tuesday for a relaxed hour practising your English in a natural way. It’s completely free and there are prizes!!!
You can reserve your space at the Language Corner academies in La Elipa or San Blas/Ascao or call us on 673340106 or 910014281
We ‘re looking forward to seeing you there!
Summer is coming soon and it’s time to start planning trips away! Our Free English Activities in Ciudad Lineal season continues with an English conversation group for learners with minimum B1 level.
The group is an invitation to practice your English and start dreaming about all the wonderful trips you have planned in the coming months.
We will meet in Bar La Oficina near our the Language Corner academy in San Blas/Ascao in Ciudad Lineal. It is between Metro La Almudena and Metro Garcia Noblejas.
You can also have lunch during the class or just have a drink while we chat.
With the rain we are having this weekend, it´s the perfect time to think about the summer and the relaxing months ahead. To reserve your place, call us on 673 340 106/ 910 014 281 or visit us in the academies in San Blas or la Elipa.
See you there!
This week we continue our season of free English activites in Ciudad Lineal season. Max, one of our native English teachers in Madrid, will be hosting a conversation hour on many people´s favourite topic –football!
Which team do you support?
Who scored the best goal this season?
Who was your player of the year?
And why is it that British football fans sing “Ole Ole Ole????”
All of these questions and many more will be discussed – it’s a great chance to learn terms to talk about the beautiful game in a relaxed environment. To reserve your place, just contact us on 673340106 or visit us at the academies in La Elipa or San Blas/Ascao.
And remember, it’s free!
See you there 🙂
Season 6 of Game of thrones started this week! Have you seen it yet?? With no more books to cover NOBODY knows what is going to happen next, including maybe writer George R Martin himself!
This Thursday at the Language Corner academy in La Elipa, Andy, one of our native English teachers in Madrid, will be leading a conversation class all about the sensational series. We’ll be discussing: what happened in the episode, how the story has developed so far, your predicitons for the future and just how do you think all the different elements of this massive fantasy world going to come together?!!
You can even wear fancy dress, if you want 😉 see you there!
The first, this Wednesday is our Taller de Teatre – Theatre workshop. It will be hosted by Josh, one of our native English teachers in Madrid. Students will use their English skills to play theatre games and act out scenes. No acting experience is necessary, you just to need to come along and be ready to have fun.
Theatre is an excellent way to practice speaking, reading and listening skills and you never know, maybe after this exciting workshop, you´ll even feel inspired to practice your writing too!!
The workshop with be held on Wednesday 27 Abril at 20.30 at the Language Corner, our English academy on Calle Gandhi, San Blas/Ascao. To reserve your place, call us on 673 340 106/91001 42 81 or visit us at the academy.
And remember, it´s completely free!
This spring we are very pleased to announce our programme of free, fun activities in English which will be taking place in the academies in La Elipa and San Blas/Ascao as well as in other places around Pueblo Nuevo and Ciudad Lineal. Learning English isn’t only about grammar and studying, it’s also important to use the language naturally and doing fun activites in a relaxed environment is an excellent way to practice and build your fluency.
So don’t wait, take a look at our programme below! We have a great variety ranging from converation about your favourite topics (football and Game of thrones), practical help with English interviews, talking about your life via drawing and trivia games, including the great English tradition – the pub quiz, where not only your English, but also your general knowledge (and maybe your drinking skills?) will be put the the test!
And remember, these activites are completely free! Just call to confirm your place, or visit us at the academies. All the activities are run by our experienced native English teachers and everyone is welcome, whether a new of current student of the academy.
We’re looking forward to seeing you!
Madrid rock band El Enano Rojo have recently released their new album “Memoria Selectiva.” As their bassist Jorge is also a Language Corner student in the academy at La Elipa, we took the opportunity to find about more about the band.
The Language Corner: Why did you choose the name El Enano rojo. In English it means “Red Dwarf”
Jorge: I wasn’t part of the band when El Enano Rojo was formed… It happened in 2002 and band members decided to be named after the English series “Red Dwarf” because they liked the name and the series was very funny.
TLC: How would you describe your music?
J: It’s difficult to explain because we make Rock without a particular style, we don’t attempt to copy anybody when composing our own music. We could say we are a cross of 70s rock and metal, with some flashes of punk and urban rock. I prefer people judge for themselves and can listen to us on the net!
TLC: How did the band get together? Did you meet in Madrid?
J: I suppose it was born between neighborhood friends (Fuenlabrada)… but you know, at that time I didn’t think one day I would have a rock band!
My teenage dream was always to have a rock band and since I had a little independence I’ve always been connected to the music world in some way. After a time living in Madrid I started looking for bands which needed a bass player to complete their formation … And so on December 25, 2010 (one symbolic day) I got in contact by phone with the guitarist of the band and we arranged to do an audition after the Christmas holidays.
TLC: When did you learn to play the bass? What´s the first song you learned to play?
J:I think when I was 14, my father had worked as a bassist in a orchestra for 20 years and he had a bass to lend me to practise.
I don’t remember the first song, I liked playing Red Hot Chili Peppers songs because the bassist (Flea), is one of my favourite bass players and RHCP as band too. I remember I was hooked by the “Can’t Stop” riff. I love playing it!
TLC: All of the songs on the album are in Spanish. Would you ever write a song in English?
J: It wouldn’t be problem to me now that I’m learning at Language Corner hehehe. I think the problem would be for the singer, although he exerts himself a lot when we play English covers on gigs.
TLC: We have spanish classes at the academy. Would listening to your songs be a good way to learn Spanish? Any songs in particular?
J: If students like rock music it would be a motivating way to learn, otherwise probably it could be a torture!
I don’t know, I like all of them but… the most popular in the last album could be “Aprienta los dientes” and “Para qué !!!”
TLC: What bands influced you? A few weeks ago we posted an article about Burning who formed in La Elipa. Do you think there are many bands in this part of town?
J: The list can be huge: Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, Marcus Miller, Queen, ACDC, Muse, O’Funk’illo, Michael Jackson… I have always listened to a lot of kinds of music, especially rock and funk.
Madrid is a big city and is full of bands everywhere. An example is Burning who started at the end of the spanish dictatorship and it was a new stage for people and new music emerged.
Now in the neighborhood, we have a self-managed social center called La Dragona in which different groups are playing and different types of activities are held such as gigs, lectures, workshops, film-forum, etc.
TLC: Both of our academies are in Ciudad Lineal. Are there any good places to watch music in this area?
J: Maybe there are some places to watch music but I’m not too sure in this district. We have The Barracudas Rock Bar near Ventas… I’m sure there’re more, of course. I usually check a magazine called “nvivo” what informs about the most popular gig venues and all the concerts in Madrid city every month… It’s very interesting because you can discover more bands than you can imagine!!!
TLC: How often to you play gigs in Madrid?
J: It depends on the month because we have had 0-3 gigs in a month, we try to play at least one time. Now that we have released the second album “Memoria Selectiva” we have a little more activity.
LC: What is the future for the band?
J: We don’t think much in future, we have all our jobs and play music because it makes us feel good and in this way we try to enjoy life.
At present, we only hope to reach more people who like this kind of music and enjoy it with them at our gigs!
TLC: When is your next gig?
J: The next 22 of April we will play with two other bands (Platea and Descendientes) in Sala Olvido (Usera) to release a Compilation of 21 Underground Rock Bands (including us) titled “Latidos de RokanRol 5.0.
TLC: Good luck with the gigs and the album!!!
You can listen to El Enano Rojo’s album “Memoria Selectiva” here.
and contact them on their website here:
Have you or your child ever wanted to study English abroad? This could be the summer to do it!!!
This summer we are working with a partner company to organise study breaks in a variety of countries. UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Malta; there are lots of different places to go where you will be able to be immersed in an all English environment. There are a wide variety of locations to choose from, ranging from big bustling cities such as London or New York, smaller capitals bursting with culture and excitement (Edinburgh, Dublin) or more relaxed seaside towns (Bournemouth in England, Bray in Ireland)
Courses take place in a variety of carefully selected institutions including universities and private language schools, Students have a full course of English lessons and with native speaking teachers in an all English environment, you are bound to improve your language skills in a short time.
Students stay with a local family or in halls of residence (depending on which location you choose). Kids and teenagers are accompanied with Spanish monitors, so parents needn´t worry about their children being far from home!
The programes for kids and teenagers also include activites such as sports, discos, themed parties and of course day trips to visit the local area and other parts of the country!
If you are really serious about learning English, spending time in an English speaking country is a great way to make faster progress. And it’s not just because you will be surrounded by native speakers, its also an exciting adventure! When learning about other places and cultures nothing beats experiencing it for yourself, the sights, smells, people, the food!! (no comments about fish ‘n chips thank you!) It is a great life experience and will inspire you or your children with their language learning.
In addition to summer courses there are options available all year round for teenagers and adults, as well as working placement programes, au pair work, and even opportunities for English languages courses in Spain too.
So don’t delay, you can enquire about programmes and prices today at our language academies in La Elipa or San Blas, and this summer, you or your child could be off on their English learning adventure!
For those people that are not interested in having English classes in Madrid and also are not able to participate in the Saturday workshops we have planned, how about giving The Language Corner’s Idiom calendar as a present. You, or your friends, can spend each month of 2016 learning a new idiom. (Idioms are common English expressions. Learning them will help you speak with more fluency). This calendar was designed by one of our very own native and qualified teachers, Daniel Matthews. Calendars are 10€ and are available for order at either Language School: Calle Gerardo Cordón, 51 Metro: La Elipa (l2) or Calle Gandi, 19 Metro: La Almudena (L2) or Garcia Noblejas (L7).
A beautiful gift for yourself or a friend, this calender will help you improve your English at home. Each month you will have a wonderful idiom on display with an explanation and sample sentence. If you are trying to improve your English in Madrid, this is an excellent idea!