Category: Spanish

October 12, 2018 by Iván

Día de la Hispanidad: origins of this celebration

  Today, the 12th day of October is the most important day for all Spanish speaking countries together: the Hispanic Day (Día de la Hispanidad). As we already posted back in 2015 and 2016, today isn´t only Spain´s National Day, but also a public holiday in other Spanish speaking countries. Why ? First, we would […]

February 12, 2017 by Boris

The highest note to end the Year of the Monkey

Even in our young history, it already has become a tradition and a way of leading our company by being as transparent as possible, means sharing news and updates with you our friends, students and followers!   Hence, it is this time my turn to briefly summarise the amazing and very eventful last year of […]

December 25, 2016 by Iván

Christmas traditions around the world

As Christmas have arrived, we´d like to share with you some particular celebrations that most of you might not be aware of, happening in those countries represented by the languages we teach here at EIL: Spanish speaking countries During the previous and Christmas days, nativity scenes are not only put up at homes but also […]

November 7, 2016 by Iván

SIELE: A New Official Spanish Foreign Language Diploma

On 21st November, Cervantes Institute of Beijing will launch a new Spanish language certification focused on “Universal Spanish”, called SIELE (Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española; in English: International Assessment Service for the Spanish Language). This new test is taking the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) structure and score system […]

March 6, 2015 by Iván

Spanish Pronunciation

Spanish language writing is based on Latin (or Roman) script. This system is mostly used by Western languages. However, unlike the rest of them, Spanish has a unique particularity: it is pronounced the way it is written. Taking this into account, let´s have a look at some characteristics worth mentioning: – Letters associations, ‘CH’ and […]

February 6, 2015 by Iván

The Spanish Genders

This week we would like to turn to the Spanish genders. Unlike English or German, Spanish and French (along with Italian, Portuguese and Romanian) are different evolutions of Latin, called Romance languages or Neo-Latin languages. Therefore, all of them share some similarities either in vocabulary, grammar or pronunciation.   Spanish noun genders work differently for […]