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Escuela Internacional Newsletter

December 2005

In this issue:

E.I. News: "December Spanish Course offers"
Festivals and Holidays: "Celebrate Christmas Holidays in Spain"
E.I. News: "E.I. Malaga Student"
Learning Spanish: "Classroom Phrases"
Culture: "Customs in Spain"

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E.I. News: "December Spanish Course offers"

Escuela Internacional has a Holiday gift for you! If you enroll in a course during the month of December for a course that begins between December 5, 2005 and April 24, 2006, E.I. will discount the enrollment fee. 

Take advantage of December Course offers to visit Spain and study Spanish anytime from  December 2005 to April 2006.

And don't forget you can enjoy a learning adventure during the Christmas holiday season. Registration open for our Christmas course which begins December 19, 2005. Learn Spanish and enjoy the Christmas holidays in Spain.


Festivals and Holidays: "Celebrate in Spain in December and January"


December 6: día de la Constitución.

December 8: La Inmaculada concepción

December 28. Día de los Santos Inocentes. People usually play tricks on friends (similar to April Fools Day). In Malaga it coincides with Fiesta Mayor de Verdiales. Groups go around the city singing and playing music. The Verdial is supposedly the historic predecessor to flamenco.  

December 24 and 25. Fiestas Navideñas. Christmas celebration of Christmas eve and Christmas day. More...

December 31: Noche Vieja (New Year’s Eve), people gather at Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, to eat 12 grapes, one on each stroke of midnight. More...

January 1. New Years Day. Family celebration to welcome the new year. 

January 2: Fiesta de la reconquista en Granada.
Festival to commemorate the re-conquest of Granada. 

January 6: Epiphany or Three Kings Day
is Spanish children's Christmas. Kids leave their shoes out to be filled with gifts by the three wise men, or Three Kings. In towns throughout the country the Kings arrive by car or by camel in parades the night of January 5th.  More...



E.I. News: "E.I. Malaga student"

Three days before my trip to Málaga to begin my studies with Escuela Internacional, a friend invited me to a wedding. I agreed to go, because I love weddings and receptions, and there is always a wonderful banquet after the ceremony. I enjoyed myself thoroughly that evening, and while I was there, I met many people. I was speaking with a friend of the groom, and commenting to him of my imminent departure to Spain. This person, who had travelled quite a bit, gave me some advice. “Take full advantage of your time there” he said, “You are going to learn many things, not just Spanish. When you come back here, you won’t be the same person.” At that moment, I began to laugh. I never imagined the truth that lay behind his words.

Read More about this student's experiences in Malaga. . .


Learning Spanish: "Classroom phrases"

¿Cómo se deletrea . . .?

¿Puedes hablar más despacio, por favor?

¿Cómo se pronuncia . . .?

¿Puedes repetir?
How do you spell . . .?

Can you speak more slowly, please?

How do you pronounce . . . ?

Can you say that again, please?




Spanish Culture: "Customs in Spain"

Learning a language goes far beyond just knowing the grammar and vocabulary. You need to know its native speakers. If a language is like it is, it is probably because its native speakers are like they are.
It is as important to know how to conjugate verbs correctly as it is to know that you shouldn't pay for your drink at the bar individually if you are accompanied by Spaniards. What we mean is that you should familiarize yourself with the culture of the place, the small details of daily life which define us. We aren't talking about fine art, literature, film or local festivals and holidays, but about those differences that the student perceives in daily life and his/her relationships with Spaniards Read more about Spanish customs
. . .


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