It is shown that bilingualism has positive effects on the intelligence of children. If your children learn Spanish from a young age this will increase a number of cognitive skills that will enhance their development.

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These are some of the benefits:

Intellectual development


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Bilingualism develops the executive function of the brain responsible for organizing and planning and facilitates the ability to multitask.

2. Improves short and long term memory.

3. Encourages creativity.

4. Promotes attention and concentration.

5. Stimulates cognitive ability by exercising the brain.

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There comes a time in the life of every student of Spanish in which you begin to learn and use colloquialisms and you will feel very proud of yourself!

Slowly you begin to use them in your conversations in Spanish and you realize that your language level is increasing and is more like a native. That time is very rewarding and very fun, especially when you learn some of the funniest colloquialisms in Spanish.

Here is a list of some of the funniest colloquialisms in Spanish. Which is your favorite? Do you know any more?

“Estar hasta en la sopa.” Algo o alguien está en todos los lugares. (Someone or something is everywhere!)
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“Tener mala leche/uva.” Tener mal carácter. (Be short tempered/Bad tempered)

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“Ser más pesado que una vaca en brazos.” Persona molesta o difícil de soportar. (Be very annoying or difficult to tolerate)

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 ”Se te va la olla.” Volverse loco. (Go crazy)
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 “Andar con la hora pegada al culo.” Ir con prisas, llegar tarde. (Be in a rush.)
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“Ser de puño cerrado.” Ser rácano. (Be tight fisted)
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“Estar al loro.” Estar atento. (Pay attention)
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“Cantar las 40.” Reñir a alguien, decir lo que piensas. (Tell someone off and not hold back.)Spanish-colloquialisms-8
“Pasarse tres pueblos.” Exagerar mucho algo.(Cross the line, exaggerate a lot)

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“Ser más largo que un día sin pan.” Algo que dura mucho. (Last a long time)
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“Tener el guapo subido.” Sentirse guapo, estar guapo. (Be and feel beautiful)
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“Le quedan dos telediarios.” A algo o alguien le queda poco para desaparecer. (Not have much future/life).

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“Estar en el quinto pino.” Estar muy lejos. (Be a long way away)
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“No ver tres en un burro.” No ver nada. (To see nothing)
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“Es más chulo que un ocho”. Ser muy chulo, muy guay. (He´s a cool cat)Spanish-colloquialisms-15
“No está el horno pa’ bollos.” La situación está tensa. (A very tense situation)

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Our students of the Intensive spanish course love this Spanish colloquialisms.


THE DIFFERENT USES OF THE VERB “SER”

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NAME / ORIGIN OR NATIONALITY AND PROFESSION

Soy Andrea, soy española y soy de Denia.

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RELIGION

Yo no soy cristiana, soy atea.

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DEFINITIONS

La amistad es un sentimiento.

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DESCRIPTIONS

El perro es blanco.

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TELL THE TIME

Son las siete y diez.

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DATES

Hoy es miércoles 15 de marzo.

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DESCRIBE MATERIAL

La mesa es de madera.

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OWNERSHIP

Los libros son míos.

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PRICE

Son veinte euros.

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PASSIVE VOICE

La canción ‘Imagine’ fue compuesta por Jonh Lennon.

ADJECTIVES THAT ONLY GO WITH “SER”
Absurdo (absurd)
Asequible (affordable)
Comprensible / incomprensible (comprehensible / incomprehensible)
Fiel / infiel (faithful / unfaithful)
Posible / imposible (possible / impossible)
Probable / improbable
Importante (important)
Imprescindible (essential)
Inteligente (inteligent)
Lógico (logical)
Necesario / innecesario (necessary / unnecessary)
Obvio (obvious)

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The fact that Spanish is the second most spoken language as a mother tongue is a crucial reason that drives millions of students to undertake the wonderful journey of learning Spanish. This motive is essential, but in TLCdénia we know that the reasons to learn Spanish are much more diverse.

We have found, throughout our years of experience, that there is an enormous bond with the language and this is the reason why, every year, students from around the world pack their bags for a stay in Spain combining holidays and an Spanish intensive course.

“Why learn Spanish?” Is one of the most frequently asked questions during the first day of class in TLCdénia. The responses of our students always give us a smile:

1. “I love Spain” It is the destination that moves students to study the language; a good experience in Spain or Latin America feeds the desire to return and learn Spanish. Our city also invokes passion and never leaves anyone indifferent.

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2. “The Spanish and Hispanic people are very friendly” Some of our students explain that in Spain and Latin America the friendliness of the people is what encouraged them to learn their language. We continually hear statements like: “People greet you with a smile and it’s a shame not to communicate with them in Spanish.”

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3. “Spanish food is my favorite” It is well known that Spanish cuisine is a triumph well beyond its borders and many of our students are not only big fans of the Spanish culture and language, but also its cuisine.

This interest is based not only on the pleasure of tasting the dishes of the country, but of learning more about the Spanish food culture. Our diet is world renowned for being so healthy, which is recognized as PATRIMONIO CULTURAL DE LA HUMANIDAD

Furthermore, Denia was named Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO and it is therefore not surprising that foreigners seize the opportunity to improve their Spanish while learning our culinary arts, thanks to our course: “Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine.”

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Students during the Spanish & Gastronomy course

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Although summer is soon to arrive and with it our long-awaited holidays, there is always a part of us that wants to make the most of the time we have. Being near the beach is of the utmost importance for most families during the summer period and it is often what governs the final choice of destination.

Year in, year out Denia is a holiday hotspot and TLCdénia bares witness to the needs of so many families who are committed to learning and improving their Spanish or English, while enjoying their dream holiday.

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