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El rey Juan Carlos I de España abdica

El 2 de junio de 2014 nos ha sorprendido a todos los españoles debido a una noticia de alcance: el rey Juan Carlos I, tras 39 años en el trono de España, abdica.

Si sois residentes en España y habéis visto las noticias quizá os sorprenda: primero por el momento histórico y segundo por el uso de una palabra que apenas se utiliza en nuestro idioma.
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Madrid and the two May feasts

Don’t worry; what you’ve read on the title isn’t wrong. It is not a mistake that we didn’t write “the feasts of the second of May”. Madrid enjoys not only one, but two festivities in the same month. A quick glance at a calendar will reveal that the days 2 and 15 are marked as holidays.
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2020 Olympic Games

There’s not long left to find out who will be hosting the 2020 Olympic Games. On 7th September 2013 in Buenos Aires, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will select the host city for the summer Olympics which will take place in just under seven years’ time. But who is it going to be?

The three possibilities are that of Istanbul, Tokyo, or Spain’s very own capital city, Madrid.

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Code-Switching: How bilinguals switch between languages

People who learn two languages from an early age can switch between languages without even a second thought, sometimes even in the same sentence: It is known as “code-switching”. But how do they do it?

According to research, these lucky individuals have two separate processing modes/sound systems for each language, meaning that they can easily be distinguished in their head. When discussing the differences between two languages, the most obvious differences of words and grammatical rules are there, but people forget the simplest reason is that the sounds for each language are different. Continue reading…

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Pamplona and the San Fermín running of the bulls

Pamplona is famous for its fiesta of San Fermín, which is arguably the most famous festival in Spain. It is a long-standing festival, which was made famous by the American author Ernest Hemingway in his book “The Sun Also Rises”. Since this discovery, over a million of people visit this city of just 200,000 residents to enjoy nine days of non-stop partying and celebration and indeed the famed “running of the bulls”.

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News: Free online courses for DELE Exams in Salamanca

Universidad de Salamanca
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Frequently Asked Questions about Saint Fermin

If there is one Spanish Fiesta that is famous worldwide is Saint Fermin: every year on July 7th thousands of tourists, both Spanish and international, gather in this city to live the experience of running with the bulls and having fun until the next morning. But many of the visitors -both the Spanish and the foreigners- return to their homes missing some things. Well… we don’t mean that you should document yourself like a bookworm in order to have fun during this festivity, but we are going to answer some of the questions that every visitor has once asked.

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Spanish as a Foreign Language Teachers

Spanish is a language that is gaining more and more importance. We are not only speaking about the cultural sphere, but also in the scientific and even socio-politic fields. This is one of the reasons why becoming a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language is starting to be an option of work for many people.

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Sevilla’s April Fair: curiosities and anecdotes

One of the most eye-catching and well known feasts, not only in Andalucía, but in the whole of Spain has started. Ladies and gentlemen: Sevilla’s April Fair is on!
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A brief history of the Cadiz Carnival

This year from the 16th to the 26th of February Cadiz will dress itself up once again. The carnival begins and the residents are ready to enjoy themselves in a satirical mood. This year, due to the crisis, it will be done like never before, and given that the Cadiz carnival is a somewhat of a national treasure, the bar has been set very high for them.
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