The Olympics are in the air. You’re in Spain, and conversation about what’s happening in Rio seems to be everywhere you turn. But what are people talking about and how do you jump right in there and keep up with the conversation in Spanish? Who are the most famous Spanish athletes? What are some common ways to talk about sports (and in particular the Olympics) in Spanish? Check out some of these tips for talking about the Olympics with Spaniards (in Spanish) and to keep up with all the chatter.
The Spanish love of soccer is something mythical, but its passion for its national team, Spain’s national selection, is truly legendary. If the team, known as “The Red Fury”, “The Fury”, or simply “The Red” (although technically that nickname also corresponds to the Chilean national team) is playing, the country comes to a standstill. Everything becomes eerily quiet, at least until one of their players begins approaching the opposite goal… And God help the channel that isn’t playing the game on TV, because its ratings are guaranteed to fall sharply! It doesn’t matter if it’s for a huge championship competition or just a friendly game: if The Red is playing, the fans will follow.
El régimen político que rige el Estado Español y su organización política es una democracia parlamentaria con una jefatura del Estado que reside en una monarquía constitucional hereditaria. El Rey es la máxima autoridad del país pero no participa en el poder político. Así quedó establecido en la Constitución de 1978, la Carta Magna española que tuvo la aprobación en las urnas de todos los españoles a través de un referéndum.
After October 29 of this year, if you want to apply for Spanish citizenship you will have to pass a test to prove you have basic knowledge of the Spanish language, culture, politics and society. Knowing this you may ask yourself, “Who has the authority to choose the questions on the exam?” Well, there’s no need to worry; the institution in charge in this case is the Instituto Cervantes.
In recent news, during a visit by the King and Queen of Spain to Mexico, various institutions, including the Universidad Autónoma of Mexico, the Instituto Cervantes and the Universidad de Salamanca, signed a collaboration agreement with the objective of creating an electronic accreditation system to evaluate students’ level of Spanish lasting two years.
Some people think that Spanish could become the most spoken language in the United States, others think that it is no big deal; but everything points towards the fact that our language is really important in this country. And because figures are worth a thousand words, here are some of the most eye-catching ones about Spanish in the United States.
As February nears, the great fashion capitals of the world prepare for the start of their fashion weeks. The runway at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid will be open in February. For six days, fashion lovers will be able to enjoy the presentations from the best Spanish fashion designers. Here they will present their collections for next winter within unique surroundings and with the all the prestige that accompanies this fashion show.
In our previous post we told you about the memories of some of our students on their first day at our school in Valencia, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary. There are more of our adventurers who want to tell us something.
El 19 de junio de 2014 nuestro país asiste a un evento histórico, la coronación de un nuevo rey. Será una ceremonia sencilla en parte debido a los tiempos de crisis, en parte debido a su precedente pues la ceremonia de coronación del rey Juan Carlos también fue austera. Se resumirá en la proclamación de un nuevo rey ante las Cortes con la corona y el cetro real como testigos; un desfile por la principal calle de Madrid y una recepción en el Palacio Real.