Probably one of my favourite places in Madrid, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando holds a stunning collection that is really worth the visit. Why?
After the most French video EVER I would like to share what has been the highlight of the day in my opinion.
After spending endless hours compiling a collection of free to use and share photos I’ve created this free presentation in order to help students with the Spanish speaking exam.
Warning! This post contains swearing.
Sometimes when you are in a foreign country or in a place where a foreign language is being used you can experience this phenomenon when a word or expression means something different in another language you are familiar with.
Some of the most recent cases I bumped into are:
Firstly. this fabulous frame that I found while I was shopping at Paperchase (damn I love stationary!).
I was looking for some photos for the What’s in the photo bit of the Spanish GCSE speaking exam and I’ve found this one that could be great for the students of German (*Not that I teach German but just in case it is useful for someone else).
To be more specific: Topic 1 Identity and culture > Technology in everyday life.
What’s on the picture?
It is not even summer yet and I think we can officially declare “Despacito“ by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee as THE song of the summer of 2017. Unless you’ve been isolated in a remote location you must be familiar with this song:
It’s been played on radio stations all over the world several times a day and then, back in April Justin Bieber made it even more viral if possible by releasing his own version (even though he is not quite familiar with the lyrics still).
How stunning does this location look like? Well… it is, in fact, a photograph of a picture. A massive one that makes you feel like you were actually there and that it is part of a fabulous international exhibition called The Maya – Mystery of the lost cities that it is taking place at the MARQ in Alicante until the 7th of January of 2018.
When I was a teaching assistant, one of the most popular questions I got asked was: “Do you actually talk to the students in Spanish ALL THE TIME?”
This ‘Spanish only’ approach is actually quite old*. A great example that illustrates how old this matter is is the following sketch from SNL. *Eddie Murphy old.
There is a thin line between helping the students and making them feel stupid (big mistake) or disengaged. So where is the key for me? It is not that simple.