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HALLOWEEN IN MADRID

The 31st of October is Halloween. Although often thought of as an, “American Holiday”, this festival has taken over Madrid and many parts of the world. One need not be interested in learning English in Madrid, or in the Anglo-Saxon culture, to enjoy this fun-filled holiday.
Many Spaniards, and expats alike, take to the streets of Madrid and the clubs of Madrid dressed in costumes that frighten. Jessica, an American Teacher from The Language Corner Gandhi (a Language Academy near La Almudena, metro line 2) stated she is surprised at how many English students in San Blas dress for terror at Halloween. She said, “In the USA it is typical to see many different kinds of costumes. Halloween is really a time to get creative, when teaching English Lessons in Madrid. I talk to my students about different costume choices: movie themes, super heroes, sports stars, famous people, etc. Scary costumes are just another genre of the many costumes people wear”.

Dan, an English Teacher at The Language Corner La Elipa spoke of the increase he sees in children dressed in costumes walking around the English Academy located in the Ciudad Lineal neighbourhood. It is true, each year Halloween becomes more and more common.
Though Spain has taken on the costume ritual, Trick-or-Treating is not so popular. If learning English, it is interesting to understand the meaning of “Trick-or-Treating”. Trick means doing something mischievous and Treat means receiving candy. As an English language learner, don’t get confused. The person in costume says “Trick-or-Treat” and the person answering the door chooses rather or not to give candy.

TLC Gandhi’s (near Metro Gracia Noblejas in Ciudad Lineal) Lyndsey, one of the English Language teachers from Scotland, shares an interesting fact. “In Scotland country we celebrate Halloween rather differently; children must earn their candy as opposed to merely receiving it without merit”. Children earn candy by singing songs or reciting poetry.

Are you living in Madrid and want to improve your English skills? Why not try the Scottish way of Trick-or-Treating. It is called “Guising” (from the English word disguising). Make sure the song or poem you memorize is in English! The Language Corner and all of the native teachers would love to welcome you into this English school located 20 minutes from Sol. The academy has English classes for children and adults. You will improve your English, but also learn all about Anglo cultures around the world with a diverse Native staff in Madrid.

NEW FRENCH CLASSES THIS NOVEMBER!

This November in the language academy in San Blas/Ascao we are starting a new French class for beginners. As usual, this will be with one of our native teachers.

The class will start Thursday 15th november at 6.30pm.

Please call us now on 673340106, or visit us in the langauge academies on Calle Gandhi.

We look forward to seeing you!

COLOUR IDIOMS QUIZ

Here at The Language Corner Madrid we are always looking to improve your English in many different ways. As well as our conversation or Cambridge exam classes with native teachers we want to provide you with extra help. This comes in the form of our Blog posts that give you advice and information on how to improve specific areas of English such as listening, reading or pronunciation skills.

Today we have one of our favourite topics… Idioms!

Can you work out which of the 2 options make these English idioms about colours correct? Answers will be coming soon so keep visiting the page to see if you are right!

The black sheep/black horse is somebody who behaves very differently or badly, and is considered shameful by other members of their family.

If something happens out of the blue/out of the purple, it happens very suddenly or unexpectedly.

If you are greened off/browned off, you are bored or fed up.

The most important thing to remember when doing something is called the golden rule/golden law.

A person who is blue with envy/green with envy is someone who is very jealous.

To be tickled pink/licked pink, means are very happy about something.

If you paint the town gold/paint the town red, you go out and have a really good time in bars and clubs.

A silver lining/silver rain refers to the good or pleasant side-effects of an unpleasant situation.

A pink elephant/white elephant, is something that is useless even though it might cost a lot of money.

Don’t forget that if you have any questions about English – grammar, pronunciation, idioms etc – then visit our forum to ask us whenever you like: http://the-language-corner.com/foro/

As well as English classes in the academies in La Elipa/El Carmen and La Almudena/García Noblejas we also provide excellent home classes and company classes throughout the community of Madrid. And… we don’t only provide English classes but also French, German and Spanish from beginner to advanced, all with native teachers.

3 WAYS TO LEARN A LANGUAGE FOR FREE ON THE INTERNET

30 years ago Tim Berners-Lee wrote his first proposal for what would be the World Wide Web. His idea was an open initiative that would give everybody access to a universe of information. For this reason, here at The Language Corner, we would like to celebrate the birth of the World Wide Web by listing 3 if the many ways you can learn a language for free using the internet.

As with any new skill, learning a language requires practice – lots and lots of practice! The best way to do this is to try to dedicate as much time as possible to this new activity, but also remember that consistency is more important than perfection.

Having someone who can help you learn a language is always a good idea, and our native teachers at The Language Corner in Gandhi and La Elipa in Madrid would be delighted to help guide you through this learning process and answer any questions that you may have. However, if you are looking to boost your learning, or even start learning a new language from scratch, there are so many resources readily available at your fingertips online which you don’t even have to look hard for!

Here are 3 tips to get you started:

  1. Be organised:
    Yes, organisation is very important. It is also very important to have clear and specific goals and targets to aim for, as well as setting reminders for yourself and having specific time-slots to dedicate to learning a new language. Services such as Google Calendar or Outlook can be extremely useful tools which can be used to schedule the time you want to use during the week to learn a new language and to set reminders for yourself. These reminders can be daily, weekly, or even monthly.

It is one thing to say ‘I am going to learn Italian‘ and another to actually follow it through. If you write down your objectives and have more specific goals in mind (e.g. ‘by the end of this year I will be reading Umberto Eco in Italian’, ‘I will have watched 20 Italian films’ or ‘I will have successfully given my presentation in English this time next year‘) you will be far more likely to conquer those goals and reach your targets.

  1. Have fun while studying.
    With so many resources readily available online, it should be no problem whatsoever finding the right material to learn a new language. Duolingo is an excellent example of this, as well as other sites such as this one which offers 48 different languages. The most important thing is to find a way that you like and would actually enjoy dedicating some of your time to.
  2. Immersion, immersion, immersion.
    It is extremely important to try to increase your exposure to the language that you are trying to learn as much as possible. On sites such as Youtube, you can find many different types of videos in different languages, as well as music to listen to in other languages, which is always an excellent way to help learn another language. On Internet Archive you can also find a large number of films to watch in other languages.

Podcasts are also a great way to learn languages, as they allow you to listen to your other language while you are carrying out different activities during your daily routine. Here you can find some of the best podcasts to learn another language.
As well as podcasts, twitter can also be a useful way to keep yourself up-to-date or simply to give you access to conversations in other languages. For example, on @TheLangCorner, you’ll see Phrasal Verbs and Idioms of the week, as well as all the news of our activities and events. You can also see all of this on our Facebook page!

Home Classes in English in Madrid

We offer all types of classes across Madrid to cover every need, both in our academies and at your house. Home classes in English in Madrid are one of the most in-demand classes we offer, so it is our pleasure to provide high quality home classes, all with native teachers.

We have two schools in the areas of La Elipa and La Almudena (Pueblo Nuevo) in the East of Madrid, but if for personal reasons you cant attend our conversation or Cambridge (FCE, CAE) exam preparation classes then home classes will suit you better. And that’s just our English classes! We also offer French, German and Spanish classes at home throughout the community of Madrid.

If you are looking to improve your level of English or another language we can offer you a team of native teachers who will perfect your conversation, grammar or presentations. Whether you are preparing for a Cambridge (First, Advanced) exam, looking to improve you position at work or complete your CV our home classes in English in Madrid will give you the push you need to achieve it.

In addition the people who have chosen the Language Corner to receive home classes in English in Madrid have given us great feedback about the quality of their classes. Many have then chosen to attend classes in our Madrid academies near to the Metro stations of El Carmen and García Noblejas.

HOW TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF TO LEARN ENGLISH THIS AUTUMN

WATCH A FILM

Watching a film (or TV series) that you already know you enjoy can keep you motivated as you’ll already have an idea of what they’re talking about and the kinds of things that are being said, which means you won’t need to concentrate as much on the storyline and you can pay more attention to the language being used. If necessary, try turning on the subtitles IN ENGLISH so that you can read and listen at the same time (but be aware that sometimes the text doesn’t always match the audio 100%)

SPEAK TO FOREIGNERS

Here in Spain, there are so many English-speaking foreigners that you won’t have to look hard to find native English speakers in Madrid to practise with. Something as simple as giving someone directions on the metro in English, or even having an in-depth conversation about local history, can be enough to show that you know more than you think you do, as is the case with many English students in Madrid, and can be enough to give you that much-needed confidence boost and keep you motivated to continue learning and improving your English in Madrid.

TAKE CLASSES AT AN ACADEMY

Although it can sometimes be hard to find the motivation to get started, once you’ve had that first English class in an English academy, you’ll find that your level of motivation will also increase. Here at our language academies in La Elipa and García Noblejas, we often find that our English students are a bit unsure at the beginning but with time and more English classes both their motivation and their confidence increases.

SUBSCRIBE TO A YOUTUBE CHANNEL

With the same benefits of watching films on TV series in English, but in a much shorter length of time, watching YouTube videos in English can be a great way of staying motivated. Most of us in 2019 probably have a YouTube account and watch videos on the platform regularly, so why not give it a try?

PLAN A TRIP

What better way to motivate yourself (or scaring yourself!) into learning more English could there be than knowing than you will soon be in an English-speaking country, surrounded by people who only speak English and not being able to reply on your native language? Having a specific goal like this in mind can be the perfect way to motivate yourself to improve your English quickly.

SET GOALS AND REMINDERS FOR YOURSELF

As previously mentioned, whether it’s the FCE or CAE exam, or an upcoming trip to an English-speaking country, having a specific goal in mind can be an excellent way of maintaining your level of motivation. If you set reminders for yourself, such as leaving post-its around the house or having weekly meet-ups or English classes to prepare for, you’ll be less likely to forget about these your goals and you’ll be surprised by just how quickly you’re able to advance.

If you’d like to know more and are interested in our English classes in Madrid, feel free to contact us or drop by either of our English academies in La Elipa and La Almudena, where any one of our native English teachers will be able to give you more information on our highly economical English classes in Madrid this autumn.

We hope to see you soon!

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!

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)