Madrid University has to be one of the best universities in Spain for the budding student of Spanish for, not only is Madrid the area of Spain where the clearest Spanish is spoken but its university has a stunning reputation for the quality of its Spanish language courses. This university has two campuses, the Campus de la Dehesa de la Villa which is only fifteen minutes from the city centre and the Campus de la Berzosa, in the outskirts. Most of the Spanish courses take place at the city campus …CONTINUE READING

When going on a trip, do you have a checklist of ‘to do/to remember’ points because, if you do, you’ll know that the contents of that list will vary, depending on where you are heading. That’s because, if you are in your own country, certain situations like getting directions, finding the nearest doctors’ surgery, asking which is the cheapest bar for an evening meal, and other needs like these, can be handled in a trice. However, when you’re organising a trip to another country, your checklist needs a little more …CONTINUE READING

 No matter which country is our native home, we now live in a very cosmopolitan society and so languages are definitely the future.  If we look at the spread of language use over the world as a whole, English comes in first as the business language of the world, with Spanish the next most widely-spoken language.  So, if you excel in both, that opens up a lot of opportunities for you in the world of work. Not only does having expertise open up the work of interpreting the spoken word, …CONTINUE READING

If you’re studying Spanish in Spain, the chances are you need accommodation and this is an integral part of the overall learning plan, so getting it right will enhance that learning experience.  While looking for accommodation for just you might seem fairly easy, what about if you’re travelling with others and want to stay together as a group? We all have different needs, so now some extra planning will have to go into finding the right place. So what do you look for in temporary accommodation?   Proximity to the …CONTINUE READING

As countries do business with each other, bonds are hopefully forged and so it makes sense to understand a little bit about other countries’ cultures, don’t you think?  And this makes me remember that wonderful quote, ‘Great Spirit, help me never to judge another until I have walked in his moccasins. ….’ When it comes to doing business with people from other cultures, it is so easy to lose out on a really sound business deal, because you make an error which is based on a false presumption, one which …CONTINUE READING

The one who has been there, done it and worn the tee-shirt will say that the best way to learn a language is to study in that country and this does make sense but what about when, as with Spanish, the language is spoken in many countries around the world?  Here are six reasons why it makes sense to study Spanish in the country of origin, rather than in some other country where the language turned up later. When learning Spanish, pronunciation is so very important and, if we compare …CONTINUE READING

Does an expensive Spanish school always guarantee a better quality experience? In this article, we compare the most and least expensive schools that we at UniSpain offer: Malaca Instituto and Hispania Valencia, respectively. Malaca Instituto is widely considered to be the best private Spanish school in the country, whereas Hispania Valencia is known to be a cost-effective option. Of course, it is not one of the cheapest schools in the country, because we only work with the best schools in Spain. However, amongst the established schools with good reputations, it …CONTINUE READING

Spanish is one of the most popular choices for the study of a second language. Take a look at some famous people that have studied Spanish and discover how they learned the language, as well as how they use it in their lives. Gwyneth Paltrow While still a teenager, the Hollywood actress spent a year studying Spanish in Talavera de la Reina, in the province of Toledo. She has claimed that it was a life-changing experience and that she fell in love with the country and the lifestyle. She has …CONTINUE READING

Without doubt, one of the most frequently discussed topics amongst new students of Spanish is whether to choose to study Spanish in Spain or in Latin America. Firstly, it is important to clarify that the differences between Peninsular and Latin American Spanish are not so marked as to inhibit understanding. Yes, pronunciation varies, as does vocabulary, but all Spanish-speakers can understand one another. It is also worth mentioning that there is no single ‘Latin American’ dialect- each Latin country has its own (or in many cases more than one) variety …CONTINUE READING

Au pairing is an enriching cultural experience: the chance to travel to a new country, live with a host family, learn a new language and immerse yourself in a new culture. It is also an inexpensive way to spend a longer period of time in a foreign country. However, some common complaints that au pairs have are: Not learning enough Spanish because the family requested that they speak in English all the time with the children Picking up wrong grammar or baby language from the children they were looking after …CONTINUE READING