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COMMON MISTAKES FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS

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/
verb
past tense: baffled; past participle: baffled
  1. 1.
    totally bewilder or perplex.
    “an unexplained occurrence that baffled everyone”
    synonyms: perplexpuzzlebewildermystifybemuseconfuseconfoundnonplusdisconcertthrow, set someone thinking; More

The Sights and Sounds of Avenida del Marqués de Corbera

At The Language Corner we feel very lucky to have our English school so close to such a vibrant and fascinating road as Avenida del Marqués de Corbera. It plays a very important role in the life of the La Elipa community and our native English teachers always comment on how much activity there is up and down the length of the road.La Elipa Metro

As well as being the main road through La Elipa the Avenida del Marqués de Corbera hosts some of the most popular social events. If you are from the Ciudad Lineal area you surely must have attended at least one of the Fiesta de Septiembre, Mercadillo Popular de la Artesanía, Carrera Popular, Fiesta de la Bicicleta and Cabalgatas de los Reyes!

Avenida del Marqués de Corbera was recently featured prominently on the RTVE program Comando Actualidad. It starred amongst other people the famous local band Burning, who themselves reference La Elipa and Avenida del Marqués de Corbera in many of their tunes. Also featured were the Asociación de Vecinos La Nueva Elipa, who we support in their important work in the local area.Dragon La Elipa

Other highlights of Avenida del Marqués de Corbera include the incredibly well-known Dragón of La Elipa and the fantastically friendly bar La Fornia, where you can often find The Language Corner teachers enjoying the great food and ambience. The road is a short distance from other important local sites such as the Cementerio de La Almudena, Fuente del Berro park, the TV tower El Pirulí and the adjoining padel courts.

So as you can see Avenida del Marqués de Corbera is much more than just a road, it’s an authentic piece of Madrid history!

The Language Corner Youtube Channel

Are you trying to learn or improve your English? The Language Corner has many ideas to help you. To learn about these ideas, tune into our youtube channel and be sure to visit our blog.

Check out our first video, an informative video featuring Joshua, who is the Quiz Master at the Language Corner. He talks to us about what a quiz is. What can you expect at Quiz Night? How can a quiz help you learn English?

Quizzes are a great way to practice English with Native English Speakers. The Language Corner held its first Quiz Night on March 13th, 2015. It was a lot of fun! We’d love to have you join our next event. Friend us on Facebook, to be updated on our events and activities.

Why is a pub called a “pub”? Watch this video to learn the answer.

Meet Sarah!

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAName: Sarah

Where are you from? I’m originally from the North of England but I grew up in Scotland

How long have you been working at the Language Corner? About a year and a half. Before that I taught English in various companies around Madrid

What do you like most about teaching? It’s lovely to meet lots of different people from La Elipa and see the students improve

What hobbies or talents do you have? I like reading, watching films and photography

What kind of music do you like? I like pretty much all kinds of music, except for reggaeton!

What is your favourite movie? It’s difficult to say as I love all types of cinema, so I’m glad there are several cinemas that show films in English in Madrid

What book are you reading right now? Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Where is your favourite place in Madrid? El Retiro on a sunny day!

Tell me something interesting about yourself: I can do traditional Scottish dancing

Top tip for learning English: Make sure you practice listening to English as much as you can. There’s no better way to improve your listening than by listening!

28th of March Saturday Workshops

The Language Corner La Elipa, calle Gerardo Cordón, 51 will have three English workshops on Saturday March 28th.

Each workshop is unique and is an opportunity to practice English in a fun way. The workshops are led by an experienced Native English teacher.

The workshops will by dynamic and entertaining. Forget translation and fill in the blank, leave the text-book at home. These workshops include movement, theater, laughter, creativity, poetry, games, and much more!

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10:00-11:15, 6-10 años
11:30-12:45, 11-14años
13:00-14:15, adultos
Each workshop costs 8€

This is an opportunity to practice English using methods that help you think in English, create in English, and speak in English. The Language Corner wants you to enjoy improving your English. We hope to see you on the 28th!

enjoy

 

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!Colour_Idioms_inglés_clases_Madrid

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.

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.

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.

Free Career Workshop

Do you want to have a perfect CV in English? Do you find interviews in English difficult? The Language Corner offers a professionally prepared 1.5 hour workshop that will give you the edge over rival candidates.Taller_gratis_nativo_ingles_madrid

Native CV

Mistakes on your CV could cost you the job you’ve been looking for. Our course gives you the key to writing your CV in a more native style, and offers a CV checking service.

Native Interview

A native teacher with a Human Resources background takes you through the most typical interview questions in English, before moving on to more specialised interview techniques used by many companies, such as Behavioural Interviews.

Thursday 26th March

Calle Gandhi 19, Madrid

Metro: La Almudena or García Noblejas

Christmas and Winter Idioms and Phrases

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Like turkeys voting for (an early) Christmas (to accept a situation with a bad outcome)

Working over the holiday period is like turkeys voting for Christmas!

Like Christmas came early (to receive some unexpected good news)

My boss gave us the afternoon off work, it was like Christmas came early!

To be snowed under: (to be very busy at work)

I can’t come out for a drink, I’m completely snowed under at work.

To put something on ice (to postpone something for later)

We’ll have to put the party on ice as not everyone can attend.

We re-open for classes on the 10th January so see you then! Over Christmas follow us on social media to keep learning and practising English:

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