What do you think of when you hear “Spanish food”? You may think of Paella and Churros, but there are so many dishes that are typical for Spain and especially for Valencia! We have created a list of delicious spanish dishes that are worth a try. Make sure to try them while studying at our school!

GAZPACHO

Spanish tomato soup

is dish is made by blending together the ripest tomatoes with olive oil, garlic, bread, cucumber and peppers. This is then served in glasses or bowls after being chilled in the fridge. This makes for a very refreshing soup or drink. It is very popular in Andalucia, Southern Spain and most people have it every day during summer and you can always find a jug on the counter in tapas bars. In Cordoba they have a similar but thicker version which you need to try. It is often served with chunks of Iberico ham on top.

 

ALBONDIGAS

Spanish meatballs

This is a very typical item on any tapas menu, albondigas, or meatballs in tomato sauce, can be found all over Spain. An alternative, but equally tasty, version consists of serving the meatballs with an almond sauce, without tomatoes.

CHURROS CON CHOCOLATE

Spanish churros with chocolate

If you have a sweet tooth then you will love churros con chocolate! These long, fried, sugary sticks of dough are served with a cup of thick Spanish hot chocolate for dipping the churros.

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23 Common Questions in Spanish

It’s always hard to talk to someone you don’t know yet and it’s even more difficult to talk to someone who speaks another language. Sometimes a few simple questions can help to have a conversation and with the following examples you’ll have no trouble making small talk with native speakers.

Here you can find 23 common questions in Spanish in order to start a conversation.

BASIC CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE NEW

To start, here are some typical questions in Spanish to start the conversation. These are questions you would ask in any language such as their name, where they’re from or asking for help.

Making friends

1. ¿Cómo te llamas? – What’s your name?
Examples:
1. Me llamo Maria. ¿Y tú, cómo te llamas? My name is Maria. And what’s your name?
2. Soy Juan, encantado. I’m Juan. Nice to meet you.

2. ¿De dónde eres? – Where are you from?
Examples:
1. ¿De dónde es usted? Where are you from?
2. Soy de Francia. I’m from France.

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HOW DO YOU LEARN SPANISH?

While being in class you may find some exercises more difficult than others. After all, every student has to face this problem. Don’t worry about that! We are all human and as human beings, we learn things in different ways. To learn Spanish it’s a great help to know what your learning style is.

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FIND OUT WHAT KIND OF STUDENT YOU ARE

Make this short test and find out what type of learner you are:

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The Moors and Christians Festival in Dénia

Download here the programme of the Moors and Christians Festival in Dénia 2017.

With the celebration of the Moors and Christians Festival in honour of Sant Roc, the streets of Dénia will be brought back in time during the festivities. They will take place from 13th to 16th of August, although there are some events at the beginning of the month.
These festivities are held to remember the fight that took place between Moorish and Christian people over the territory of Spain, a fight that ended with the recapture of the territory by the Christians and the stop of the centuries-long occupation of the Moors.

This period of history will be presented through events such as the landing of the Moors at the port of Dénia which symbolises the invasion on the part of the moslems of the territory. This event is followed by the sign of the truce by the ambassadors of both sides at the plaza del Consell. The Moors decided to breake the ceasefire and the Christians took up arms.

Once the battle of the territory has begun, you can see the Moors and the Christians in their traditional uniform and the “filaes” marching and proudly defending their pride. This pageant will walk through the main streets of Dénia: on 14th of August the younger ones and on 15th (the “día grande” of the festivities”) the adults. This pageant is the most important act of the festival. The unfolding of music, grace and art of both fronts will amaze the viewers.

On the last day of the festival (16th of August) the disembarkation of the Christians takes place, on which the “festeros” of the Christians come to the port and challenge the Moors (the parliaments). The meeting will culminate in a fight, “la batalla de arcabucería“. The Moors can not defeat the Christians (milagro de la niebla) and finally surrender (la rendición).

Despite of this result of battle, the festeros march toward the plaza de Convent in an informal pageant to listen to the hymn of Dénia.

The festivities will finally end at midnight with the artificial fires of the castell. The fire you can watch from the beach marks the end of a magical and unforgettable night.

It’s a festival in honour of the history, the tradition and the magic of a town, which revives the spirit of the past every year. If you visit Dénia for this Festival, you won’t forget it!