Spanish courses in Spain, a vital choice.

Spanish courses in Spain have been designed with the twofold aim of improving two key areas of human life: the personal and the professional.

We must bear in mind that Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is estimated at being second in terms of speakers. It is spoken in Spain, the Caribbean islands (Cuba and Puerto Rico), the Dominican Republic, North America (Mexico), Central America (Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama) and South America (Colombia, Venezuela, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador). Spanish is also the second most spoken language in the United States. Leer más Sobre Spanish courses in Spain, a vital choice.

Intensive Spanish courses organized by Escuela de Idiomas Nerja

Escuela de Idiomas Nerja organizes intensive Spanish for learning and practising the language in the country of origin. The Intensive Spanish course consists of four hours per day, divided into two classes of two hours, with a 25-minute break in the middle. These courses are designed for people who want to live the experience of learning Spanish in a relaxed and dynamic atmosphere.

The timetable of all the courses can be either in the morning or in the afternoon from 9 am to 7 pm. In these classes students receive a full lesson on Spanish grammar. At the same time, they can see the teacher’s methodology, which is based on real and effective verbal communication. Furthermore, students have the possibility of enjoying the facilities located in a typical Andalusian whitewashed building.

In the Intensive Spanish course, it is the student who decides the pace to be followed to learn Spanish. Students are the protagonists, because they make a special effort in oral communication, in the practical interaction with their teacher and classmates. Leer más Sobre Intensive Spanish courses organized by Escuela de Idiomas Nerja

Spanish abroad, the fastest-growing language in the world.

Spanish is becoming the fastest-growing language in the world. Currently approximately 559 million people all over the world speak Spanish according to the latest data from the Instituto Cervantes, the most important Spanish language official academic institution. This figure includes native speakers, people who have Spanish as a second language and Spanish students (more than 21 million) studying Spanish in Spain and abroad.

Spanish is in fashion. Increasingly more people speak Spanish all over the world and more and more people decide to study Spanish outside Spain for professional or personal reasons. 21 million people study Spanish worldwide. This means a million and a half more students than in 2014.

The USA, Brazil and France are the foreign countries with most students learning Spanish. Many of them need the Spanish language to progress at work or for economic reasons. Brazil currently has eight cities where there is an Instituto Cervantes head office. The Brazilians’ interest in Spanish is due to the fact that their country is surrounded by Spanish-speaking countries, so it is necessary to know Spanish for international trade and financial issues. Leer más Sobre Spanish abroad, the fastest-growing language in the world.

Felipe VI will be crowned the new king of Spain on June 19

Felipe de Borbón, príncipe de España e hijo del actual Rey Juan Carlos I, será el nuevo Rey de España el jueves 19 de junio. Se proclamará Rey con el nombre de Felipe VI y será, según los expertos, el rey “más y mejor preparado de la Historia de la Monarquía”.

El actual Rey Juan Carlos I abdicó la semana pasada, anunció su retirada con el objetivo de que las generaciones jóvenes “guíen” el camino hacia el futuro y afronten los retos que tiene España, especialmente los relacionados con la crisis económica.

El Rey tomó la decisión de abdicar cuando cumplió 76 años el pasado 6 de enero. Durante estos cinco meses, Juan Carlos I ha mantenido una estrecha relación con su hijo para preparar el relevo.

El Rey Juan Carlos I ha reinado 38 años. Fue una persona clave para conseguir la democracia en España después de la muerte de Francisco Franco. No obstante, en los últimos años, diferentes escándalos han ensombrecido la buena imagen de la Monarquía. Leer más Sobre Felipe VI will be crowned the new king of Spain on June 19

“We have a unique and wonderful planet. With the help of us all, a better world is possible”

Andre Wehrli works in the Swiss  Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and he visits Nerja once a year to enjoy the town with his family. As an expert in sustainable development, Andre told us a lot of interesting things about taking care of the environment and the protection of nature.

 – What are the major environmental problems in the world of today?

Nowadays, there are many major ecological problems and they are often caused by the overexploitation of nature’s resources. The planet’s global warming is a really urgent problem, but also the lack of clean water, the depletion of biodiversity and natural habitats (both in amount and quality) are also very important problems.

 – Why is taking care of the environment so important?

 We have a unique planet, a unique world, and the environment is our best life insurance. It is not possible to live without the environment and natural resources. However, our planet can perfectly survive without the presence of human beings… That is the question. Leer más Sobre “We have a unique and wonderful planet. With the help of us all, a better world is possible”

The School gives away 0’7% of its benefit to humanitarian and sustainability causes

The School gives away approximately a 0’7% of its annual benefit in order to collaborate with humanitarian causes and with environmental sustainability. The School established in Nerja takes part in agreements with several NGOs, among which we can remark the close collaboration of more than ten years with Intermon Oxfam.

In recent days, the School gave its monetary contribution through this Non-governmental Organization, with the aim of helping to the reconstruction in Gaza, in the frame of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that is affecting to the civil population of both countries. Leer más Sobre The School gives away 0’7% of its benefit to humanitarian and sustainability causes

Summer activities come to an end with the big success of outdoor cooking lessons

Extracurricular specific Summer activities come to an end this month of September, showing a “very positive” balance, in words of the School’s Director of Activities, Celia Jiménez, who also highlights “the great reception afforded this year to the outdoor cooking lessons”, that have joined a total number of 200 people along the whole Summer. Besides, due to the students’ demand, the visit to theCaveofNerjahas increased its frequency.

Cooking lessons are held every week in the Andalusian patio located at Club Costa Nerja, the hall of residence for the students visiting the School. There, at dinner time, the students prepare a delicious paella or a fideuá, depending of the attendants’ taste that evening, always with the help of a chef-professor. The students themselves cook the main course, also preparing the drinks, salad and a tasty dessert that has had watermelon as its main ingredient this summer. While all the dishes are made, the teacher explains how the paella is prepared, including his/her cooking tricks to get a perfect dinner. Leer más Sobre Summer activities come to an end with the big success of outdoor cooking lessons

The School celebrates the success of Intensive Courses and Club 50+ Courses for adults

 The Intensive Spanish Course and the Club 50+ Course have been the most demanded by our students during 2014 Summer Season at Escuela de Idiomas Nerja. Inside the wide offer of different courses given by the School (One to One, Spanish + Golf, Spanish + Salsa, DELE Preparation Course, etc.) around 60% of an average number of 25 students per week have attended to the above mentioned courses: Intensive courses and Club 50+ Courses.

Intensive Spanish Courses include 20 hours per week, with a maximum of 32 weeks. Students are in a relaxed environment, as groups have a maximum capacity of ten students.

Both in morning or afternoon shift, students receive lessons adapted to their level A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) following a methodology in which oral communication, real and meaningful,  prevails. In this way, lessons are organised around the development of tasks that let the students exercise real communicative processes, aimed at putting into practice diverse language skills: speaking, reading, writing and listening. Leer más Sobre The School celebrates the success of Intensive Courses and Club 50+ Courses for adults

Avocados, mangos, lychees and many other delicious tropical fruits

Avocados, mangos, lychees, custard apples…The raising of tropical fruits and vegetables is one of the chief economic activities in Nerja and its surrounding area. This region in the east of the Costa del Sol is known as the Axarquía.

Other fruits that we can find in the countryside of Nerja are longans, papayas and mangos. Students love them. Moreover, the School has an avocado tree and a banana tree in its own garden.

At Nerja, if we look up to the mountains, in the inland, we can find many fields with tropical fruits that are raised by the local farmers, who mainly sell them to the European market.In fact, the region of the Axarquía is the most important in Europa regarding the exportation of these kinds of fruits. Leer más Sobre Avocados, mangos, lychees and many other delicious tropical fruits

Gomeran whistle: The Spanish language without words

Spanish is the official language in Spain, with Basque (Basque Country), Catalan (Catalonia) and Galician (Galicia) as co-official languages. However, there is another language in Spain: The Silbo Gomero (Gomeran whistle), which is a language from the Island of La Gomera, in The Canary Islands: No doubt it is a very special language, since it does not have any words, but sounds. Gomeran whistle is not spoken, but whistled. And surely there will be courses of this peculiar language.

La Gomera is a small island, very mountainous, historically devoted to agriculture and cattle raising, that is to say, work in the land. Due to the mountains, communication was very difficult among shepherds, and that is the reason why a new way of communication was born: whistling. Nowadays, Gomeran whistle has the honor of being Intangible Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO, since 2009, and it is a compulsory subject for children in the Gomeran schools. Leer más Sobre Gomeran whistle: The Spanish language without words