Learn the parts of the house and the furniture in Spanish here.

To learn the vocabulary you could put stickers or post-its on your furniture for a couple of weeks.

THE PARTS OF THE HOUSE IN SPANISH

LA COCINA – THE KITCHEN

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EL DORMITORIO – THE BEDROOM

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EL SALÓN – THE LIVING ROOM

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EL CUARTO DE BAÑO – THE BATHROOM

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OTHERS: el jardín – the garden, la terraza – the terrace, el garaje – the garage, el estudio – the study

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There are several mistakes which occur frequently while learning Spanish. You should have a look at this overview to see if you make one of the mistakes listed.

1. THE VERBS “SER” AND “ESTAR”

Our spanish students are repeatedly confused between the verbs “ser” and “estar”. The uses of these verbs are explained in the blog article How to use “ser” and “estar” in Spanish.

THE USE OF “SER”

These are the most common uses of the verb:

NAME/ORIGIN/NATIONALITY AND PROFESSION: Soy Clara. – I’m Clara.
RELIGION: Soy católica. – I’m Catholic.
DEFINITION: Blanco es un color. – White is a colour.
DESCRIPTION: Soy alto. – I’m tall.
TIME: Son las 6 y media. – It’s half past 6.
DATE: Hoy es 26 de abril. – It’s the 26th of April.
DESCRIPTION OF MATERIALS: La mesa es de madera. – The table is made of wood.
PROPERTY: El libro es mio. – The book is mine.
PRICE: Son 10 euro. – That’s 10 euros.
PASSIVE: El Quijote es escrito por Cervantes. – El Quijote was written by Cervantes.

THE USE OF “ESTAR”

These are the most common uses of the verb:

LOCALISATION: Dénia está* en España. – Dénia is located in Spain. (*Exception: Events ¿Dónde es el cumpleaños? – Where will the birthday take place?)
PRESENCE: ¿Estás en el cine? – Are you in the cinema?
TO BE READY: ¿Cuándo estarán los resultados de las pruebas médicas? – When will the results of the medical testing be available?
ESTAR + GERUND: Estoy aprendiendo español. – I’m learning Spanish.

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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 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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To completely learn Spanish it is essential to pack your bags and visit Spain where the language you are learning is spoken. More often than not this is the only way students learn to speak it naturally. But to get the full benefit from the experience you must do more than just attend Spanish courses, you must immerse yourself in that country’s culture and interact with Spanish native speakers.

If you come to Dénia because you want to follow Spanish courses in Spain, we recommend that you follow these tips in order to practice the language as much as possible:

1. Take part in the activities organized by the TLCdénia Spanish school, and why not keep in touch with classmates outside the classroom? This will help you to continue communicating in Spanish for longer.

2. Visit the town’s hot spots, for example Dénia’s street markets (Mondays in Torrecremada from 8.30 to 14 h, the fruit and vegetable market in Magallanes Street on Friday mornings 9-14 h, close to the Municipal Market or the second-hand market in La Via street also on at the same time).

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Spanish students in Denia market

3. Go out to bars and restaurants. Listening to native Spanish speakers having informal conversations whilst enjoying some tapas will teach you many colloquial expressions, and will also sharpen your understanding of the language.

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Students of Spanish going for tapas in Denia

4. Take part in salsa classes. Although dancing is not everyone’s strong point, going along to salsa classes organized by several of the town’s pubs (like Dorian Gray or Saladin) will help you socialize and learn Spanish.

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Students of Spanish in salsa lessons

5. Take a guided tour. The town offers a wide range of sightseeing tours: Dénia throughout the millennium, Stories of the castle, Dénia’s gastronomy and a sea of pirates. For reservations, please contact the Tourist Office.

6. Hiking in a group. Enjoy guided hiking trails or cycle routes arranged by different organizations and companies.
Practicar_espanol_Denia7. Take advantage of Dénia’s cultural events: live music, theater, monologues, exhibitions, lectures, films, to name but a few.

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8. Take part in the Spanish-English language exchange programme organized by TLCdénia and you will meet native speakers wishing to practice various languages. These conversations will greatly help to improve your fluency.

Join the Facebook Group:
facebook.com/groups/intercambioidiomasTLCdenia/

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The last and perhaps the most important tip is to always keep the desire to continue learning going and to keep yourself motivated. So take advantage every available opportunity to practice Spanish in Dénia!