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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Do you know how Christmas is celebrated in Spain? Here you can find vocabulary related to Christmas in Spanish plus the most important celebrations. Are they different in your country? Tell us in the comments.

Merry Christmas!

Here we have the list of the most common vocabulary about Christmas in Spanish, so you know a little more about Christmas in Spain.

 

SPANISH CHRISTMAS VOCABULARY:


La decoración navideña (Christmas decoration)

Christmas tree - Spanish decoration for Christmas

La guirnalda (The wreath)
El árbol de Navidad (Christmas tree)
La flor de Pascua (The poinsettia)
Las luces (Lights)
Las velas (The candles)
El belén = nacimiento (The nativity scene)

La lotería de Navidad (Christmas lottery)

Spanish lotterly - tenth of a share of a ticket

El día del sorteo (The day of the draw)
El décimo o boleto (The tenth of a share of a ticket)
El gordo = primer premio (The big prize of the lottery in Spain)
El día del sorteo (The day of the draw) (Date: 22nd December)

Nochebuena (Christmas’ Eve) (Date: 24th December)

Table decorate for Christmas Eve

El turrón (The nougat)
La cena de Nochebuena (Christmas Eve dinner)
Papá Noel (Santa Claus)

Día de los inocentes (Day of the Innocents) (Date: 28th December)

Gastar bromas (play tricks or jokes)

Spanish Christmas Day of Innocents

Inocente (Innocent)
Gastar bromas (Spend jokes)

Nochevieja y Año Nuevo (New Year’s Eve and New Year Day
(Dates: 30th December and 1st January)

Spanish New Year Eve 12 grapes tradition
Los fuegos artificiales (Fireworks)
Las campanadas (The chimes)
Las doce uvas (The twelve grapes)
El cotillón (The cotillion or French country dance, also the accesories you put on to celebrate)
El brindis (The toast)

La noche y el día de Reyes (The night and the day of Kings) (Dates: 5th and 6th January)

The Three Wise Men in Spain

Melchor, Gaspar y Baltasar (The Three Wise Men)
El roscón de reyes (a Spanish and Spanish American king’s cake pastry traditionally eaten to celebrate the day of the Wise Men)
El carbón (Charcoal / given by the Kings to children who does not behave)
La cabalgata (The cavalcade or parade of the Three Wise Men)
La carta de los Reyes Magos (The letter for Three Wise Men to ask for presents)
Los regalos (Gifts)

We hope that you now know a little bit more about Christmas in Spain and its essential vocabulary. We also wish you a Merry Christmas and hope that all your wishes are fulfilled in 2018.