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Escuela Internacional Newsletter

April 2007

In this issue:

Proverb: "Tres españoles, 4 opiniones."
City feature: "Alcalá de Henares"

E.I. News: "Summer Offer"
E.I. News: "Premio Cervantes"
Holidays and Festivals: "Summer"
Recipe: "Potaje Castellano"
Learn Spanish: "Travel"

Welcome to the April 2007 Newsletter. We continue to share with you everything we love about Spain and the Spanish language. This month we focus on the E.I. destination in Alcalá de Henares, Spain very near Madrid. Try a typical recipe from this region: Potaje Castellano. And if you are planning a Spanish course abroad this year don't forget to check out the multitude of options available in 2007 on our website: www.escuelai.com and take advantage of our current offer for Spanish courses in Summer.


Proverb: "Tres españoles, cuatro opiniones."

"Tres españoles, 4 opiniones."

Refers to the individualistic nature of Spanish people who never bend to others opinions and always try to impose their own will.

City Feature: "Alcalá de Henares"

This Escuela Internacional Spanish language school is located in the heart of the charming and historic university city of Alcalá de Henares. Alcalá is a peaceful and enjoyable city for Spanish studies. Learn to speak Spanish in this beautiful city. With a population of 170,000 people, Alcalá is a very comfortable, safe, and walkable city. Living in Alcalá’s pleasant surroundings with the school just a short walk from your accommodations allows for a relaxing daily schedule. E.I. students enjoy meeting with friends after class in the popular Plaza de Cervantes. Surrounded by historical buildings and landscaped gardens, this plaza is the true social center of the city. With numerous shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants in the area, Calle Mayor's the perfect place to take an afternoon stroll or gather with friends at an outdoor café on a warm sunny day. The friendly and peaceful atmosphere of the city, its beautiful Spanish Renaissance architecture and the hospitality of the local Alcalaínos create the perfect environment for immersing yourself in the Spanish language and culture. Don’t miss the population of storks who make their home among the steeples, towers and rooftops of the city center.

Learn more about Alcalá de Henares in these links:

Alcalá a place to study Spanish
Alcalá Town Hall
More tourist information for Alcalá de Henares
Fundación Colegio del Rey


E.I. News: "Summer Course offer"


Escuela Internacional offers you the possibility of visiting Spain and studying the Spanish language this summer with a discount of 10% off of the course price for courses starting from June through September 2007.

See details here: http://www.escuelai.com/oferta_10verano-in.html


E.I. News: "Premio Cervantes"

Each year on April 23 the King of Spain visits Alcalá de Henares to present the "Nobel Prize" of Spanish literature in the Paraninfo of the University of Alcalá de Henares. You could be strolling through the Book fair this day and see the royal committee arrive, and will observe them accompanied by great Spanish and Latin American authors.

King Juan Carlos I, presented Antionio Garmoneda with the Cervantes Prize on April 23, 2007 in an Official Act in the Paraninfo of the university of Alcala de Henares. The King pronounced a discourse in which he honored the writers literary trajectory, and the works of Miguel de Cervantes.

Antonio Gamoneda -born in Oviedo in 1931, but lived in Leon for many years - received this prize in honor of his life work. The event was presided over by the King and Queen of Spain, also attending the ceremony were the Minister of Culture, Carmen Calvo, and the president of Spain, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.

The Cervantes prize coincides with the Book Fair which includes a traditional uninterrupted reading of Don Quixote in the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, which Gamoneda began at 6 pm.

Including Garmoneda, sixteen Spaniards and 15 Latin-American authors have been distinguished with this honor, among them only 2 women the Spanish author María Zambrano, in 1988, and the Cuban poet Dulce María Loynaz, in 1992.


Holidays and festivals : "Summer festivals"


June July

La Batalla del vino en Haro (La Rioja)

In this spectacular festival the participants through liters and liters of wine at each other.

San Juan (Málaga)

On the beaches of Malaga people sing, dance and burn the typical JÚAS.

San Juan de Sahagún

Celebration for the Patron Saint of Salamanca, this is celebrated with bullfights and fireworks.

San Fermín (Pamplona)

A mixture of local festival with carnival type atmosphere where the running of the bulls is the central focus.


August - September

Feria de Alcalá

In the summer festival in Alcalá de Henares there are concerts, bullfights local fair rides and fireworks.

Feria de Málaga

Colorful festival on the Southern coast.

La Tomatina (Buñol)

Tomato battle on the last Wednesday in August in Buñol, Valencia.

La Semana Grande
(San Sebastián)

During one week the streets of San Sebastián are filled with all types of festival events and spectacle for all ages and likes.

Ferias de Salamanca

Summer festival with musical concerts and theater program.





Receta: "Potaje Castellano"

Potaje Castellano

1/2 Kg. chick peas
1/2 Kg. spinach
2 carrots
1 potato
2 cloves of garlic
2 laurel leaves
1 onion
1 teaspoon of paprika
1 tablespoon of flour
Olive oil

On the previous day place the check peas in warm water to soak along with the laurel leaves and a teaspoon of baking soda.

Chop the carrots, half an onion and the spinach. Put water in a pot and when it boils add the chick peas, chopped vegetables and the other laurel leaf. Cook at medium heat for 3 hours. If you have less time you can use a pressure cooker to considerably reduce the cooking time.

In a frying pan fry the other half onion chopped in cubes along with the garlic cut in slices. When it is done add the paprika, flour and a cup of the liquid from the chick peas. When well mixed add all ingredients to the pot with the chick peas mixture and let it cook 5 minutes.

Serve with bits of hard boiled egg sprinkled on top.




Aprender español: "Los viajes"

autobús, el
avión, el
azafata, la
bolsa de mano, la
billete, el
bulto, el
carretera, la
cinta transportadora, la
coche, el
distancia, la
equipaje, el
kilómetros, los
maleta, la
metros, los
pasajero, el
puntualidad, la
retraso, el
ruta, la
tren, el
ventanilla, la
viaje, el
vuelo, el

airline attendant
hand luggage
conveyor belt
the route
ticket window

aduana, la
agencia de viajes, la
albergue, el
andén, el
aeropuerto, el
ciudad, la
estación, la
hostal, el
hotel, el
mirador, el
país, el
puerta de embarque, la
región, la
travel agency
bed and breakfast
observation point
arrival gate


to house
to land
to take
to take off (in a plane)
to disembark
to embark
to check in
to go
to arrive
to come
to travel

¿a cuántos kilómetros está...?
¿cuánto hay desde.... a....?
¿dónde está...?
a pie
en coche, en moto,
en tren, en avión
estar cerca
estar lejos
hacer la maleta
How many kilometers away is...?
How far is it from ...
to ...?
Where is...?
on foot
by car, by motorcycle
by train, by airplane
to be near
to be far
pack your suitcase





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