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El Acento Andaluz-Part 2

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

To continue on from my previous, language-themed post on Monday, today I’m going to focus on misunderstandings and real experiences of Malagueño (from the Malaga region) words and phrases. After having invested a lot of time learning the intricacies of Spanish, when I arrived here I found that I didn’t ...

El Acento Andaluz-Part 1

Monday, August 9th, 2010

As a student, the phrases “last-minute revision” and “rote learning” are familiar to me, but neither of these, no matter how hard you try, fit into the brief of learning a language. Knowing a language is, in my opinion, about immersion, accents and culture, and so in this post, I’d ...

¿Hablas ingles?

Monday, July 26th, 2010

One of the things that really galls me (me fastidia, me cabrea, me molesta, me enfada) about living here in Spain is dubbed television. I loathe and detest it. The voices are all the same - I think there's a stable of about five people they use - young woman, ...

English a la Andaluz

Friday, December 19th, 2008

In my near 15 years in Spain I've heard many complaints about how few Spaniards speak English. Therefore, before I dive into the latest news about our regional government's attempts to raise the level of English instruction in state schools, I'd like to address this bit of criticism levied by ...