When a teenager decides to go abroad and study a Spanish course, life changes them completely.

This is what happens to young people who follow a Spanish program for juniors in Denia, Spain. Every summer, they come to Denia and attend a Spanish course program with family accommodation, activities outside of class and excursions. This experience is a before and after in their lives!

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How a teenager´s life changes after a Spanish program in Spain


Teens acquire maturity. 
For most of these young people, it is the first time they have lived outside the home. This makes them take on more responsibilities. The situation forces them to be more independent and, therefore, they acquire great maturity.

Teens open their mind. In this program they coexist with Spaniards so they are immersed in a different culture from their own. In addition, during classes and activities, they meet people from all over the world so they open their minds to new ways of seeing life.

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TLCdénia has benn here for more than 30 years and more than 15 receiving foreign tourists who come to Dénia to learn Spanish with our Intensive courses.

When a foreigner decides to come to Spain to do a program of linguistic and cultural immersion, they have at their disposal an innumerable range of destinations throughout the country, with great diversity and attractiveness. The first reason why they come to Spain is their love for the Spanish and Spanish culture. (In addition to other reasons that you can read in our article: Why do you learn Spanish? The 12 most curious answers).

They come to do an immersion course in Spanish, but at the same time, they look for a place to live new experiences and in Dénia, what seduces them enormously is the gastronomy.

Dénia has been, since 2015, Creative City of Gastronomy by UNESCO and this is a deserved recognition thanks to the passion for cooking and the great professionals of the city.

Our students recognize that gastronomy is a great point in Denia’s favor when choosing a destination to learn Spanish, as well as the charm of the city, its temperature, its mountains and its beaches.

Denia’s gastronomy is part of our students’ day

During the Spanish course in Dénia, gastronomy is an important part of the stays of our students. So much so, that at the school, a large part of the activities we organize for them, are gastronomic. Here you can see some examples with photos:

VISITS TO THE MARKET

Interest in the local product and traditional cuisine makes a visit with to the municipal market of Dénia a must. There you can see the richness of our products and the importance of promoting the local product.

Spanish student visiting the Denia market

Spanish students in the main market in Denia

VISITS TO THE LONJA

At the fish market they can enjoy the traditional fishing concept and watch as the boats arrive to the coast, they prepare the fish, they carry out the auction and afterwards, buy fish to cook at home. Most of the students show great curiosity about our fish recipes and the monitor, who accompanies this activity, is in charge of recommending a recipe for them to do at home

Fishing boat in the fish market of Denia

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If you are going to take a Spanish course, take note of these questions. They will be very useful in class.

We wait for you in our Spanish courses in Dénia!

QUESTIONS TO ASK TO THE TEACHER:

Spanish teacher during the course

Me gustaría hacer una pregunta.
EN: I would like to ask a question.

¿Qué quiere decir eso? ¿Qué significa?
EN: What does that mean?

¿Qué es esto? 
EN: What is it?

¿Cómo se pronuncia?
EN: How do you pronounce it?

No entiendo / no lo entiendo.
EN: I don’t understand.

No he entendido bien / no lo he entendido bien / no entendí bien / no lo entendí bien.
EN: I didn’t understand

¿Podría explicar lo otra vez, por favor?
EN: Can you explain it again, please?

No entiendo qué hay que hacer / No entiendo lo que hay que hacer.
EN: I don’t understand what to do.

SPEAK ABOUT DUTIES:

¿Hay deberes?
EN: Is there any homework?

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Are you a lover of famous quotes? Do you collect phrases that you like in a notebook?

If so, surely you will love some of these phrases. Would you add any more. Spanish is a very beautiful language or at least, that’s what our students think.

 

«La pluma es la lengua del alma»

Miguel de Cervantes

In English: The pen is the tongue of the soul.

Miguel de Cervantes

 

 

« El que quiere interesar a los demás tiene que provocarlos. »

Salvador Dalí

In English: He who wants to interest others has to provoke them.

salvador Dali

« Todos los niños nacen artistas. El problema es cómo seguir siendo artistas al crecer. »

Pablo Picasso

In English: All children are born artists. The problem is how to continue being artists while growing up.

Pablo Picasso

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The Spanish is a language with very rich expressions. These are some of the expressions we use with animals’ names. Which is your favourite?

 

A CABALLO REGALADO NO SE LE MIRA EL DIENTE 

A smiling horse

Cuando recibes un regalo, debes estar agradecido aunque no te guste mucho.

In English: When receiving a gift, we should be grateful even though you don’t like it very much. A similar expression in English is: “Never look a gift horse in the mouth”.

SER MUY MONO 

monkey pulls the tongue

Ser bonito o ser guapo.

In English: To be cute

MÁS VALE PÁJARO EN MANO QUE CIENTO VOLANDO

a bird that takes food in a person's hand

Es mejor tener algo seguro, que no muchas cosas pero ninguna de ellas con seguridad. 

In English: It’s better to have few things but that those are yours and have them safe, than having a lot of good things in the world, but none of them belong to you. A similar expression in English is “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”

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