How to prepare for the DELE exam outside your Spanish classes

Whilst many of our students have chosen to learn Spanish in Granada just for fun, others want an official certificate stating their level of Spanish. The DELE is the offical exam from the Instituto Cervantes and is internationally recognised. We offer courses specifically for students preparing for the DELE, but students will need to study individually in order to pass the exam. Here are some tips for revising in the weeks approaching the DELE exam, and how to prepare on the day.

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  • Invest in the right materials: There are many books aimed at students preparing for the DELE exams. When choosing your study materials, it´s important you ask your teacher which resources they tend to use in the DELE preparation Spanish courses, or which books they would recommend as complementary materials. Delengua students can borrow books from the school library whilst learning Spanish in Granada, so it´s likely that we already have everything you need.
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses: In order to optimise your time in the weeks leading up to the exam, it´s important that you know which areas to focus on. Be sure to talk to your teachers about the aspects of the language you need to improve. The DELE classes at Escuela Delengua consist of 1 – 5 students, but you may wish to organise some additional individual classes in order to concentrate on the areas you´re struggling with. Once you´ve identified your strengths and weaknesses, draw up a plan of action to help you make the most of the time you have left before the exam.

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  • Immerse yourself in the language: When you´re studying for a specific language exam, it´s easy to get carried away with grammar practice and neglect other areas of the language. Continue practising Spanish in the ways that you enjoy most: watch television, read the news or organise conversation exchanges. Remember that these activities and will give you a more rounded knowledge of the Spanish language that will undoubtedly be useful in the final exam.
  • Study effectively: Remember that the same advice applies for the DELE exam as for any other exam you´ve taken in your life. Be sure to take breaks whilst revising, eat well and aim to study in a comfortable space without distractions. Most importantly, try to get a good night´s sleep the before the exam and don´t panic! If you prepare well then you should have no problems on the day.

If you are soon to be taking your DELE exam then we wish you the best of luck! For more information on our Spanish Language School in Granada, visit our website or follow us on facebook.

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How to keep practising your Spanish after completing your Spanish course in Granada

During their time at our language school, most of our students choose to take the intensive course, meaning they have 20 Spanish classes a week. After such regular contact with the Spanish language, students might be daunted by the prospect of returning home and forgetting everything they have learnt. We aim to equip our students with the skills they need to continue studying Spanish when they return to their own countries. Here are some ways you can continue learning Spanish at home:

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  • Take a night class: many cities will have institutions offering night classes in the Spanish language. Usually you only need to devote one evening a week, and you´d be surprised how much difference a few hour´s practise could make.
  • Read a book in Spanish: Reading will not only help you learn new vocabulary, but it will help reinforce words and conjugations that you learnt whilst studying Spanish in Granada. Pick a book appropriate for your level, and resist looking up every word you don´t know: instead, try to guess the meaning from the context. You could ask your teacher to recommend you a book whilst you are learning Spanish in Granada, so that you are well prepared to continue studying when you arrive home.
  • Keep up to date with the news: If you´re not a big reader, tuning into the Spanish news for a few minutes a day is a great way to keep up-to-date, whilst also improving your language. There are many national and regional news websites that offer written articles as well as videos, making it easy for you to practise your listening and reading skills.
  • Write in Spanish: Writing is a fantastic way to improve all aspects of a language. Use the handouts and notes that you made in class and try to use the grammar and vocabulary that you learned during your Spanish courses in Granada. It doesn´t matter what you write about but try to pick something that you enjoy – you could even write a postcard to your teachers here at Escuela Delengua!

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  • Organise a conversation exchange: In order to improve your command of a language, it is essential to practise speaking. Look online to find out if there is a Spanish conversation exchange group near you, or arrange a one-to-one exchange through a website such as conversationexchange.com or Gumtree. If you can´t find a native speaker to chat to, or your level is still very basic, try reading aloud. This will help you improve your pronunciation and reinforce vocabulary.
  • Follow us on facebook, twitter and google+: All of our facebook posts are in Spanish and we post grammar tips on google+ and twitter. Reading just a few sentences a day can help increase your vocabulary, so be sure to like and follow our pages.
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5 easy ways to become more immersed in the language whilst you learn Spanish in Granada

Learning a new language can be difficult and tiring, and sometimes it´s tempting to swtich off after you´ve finished your classes and your homework. However, in order to make the most of your Spanish courses in Spain, it´s important to keep your target language in mind even outside the classroom. This might be easier than you think. By taking simple steps in your everyday life you can increase your exposure to the Spanish language without it feeling like a chore. Here are our top 5 tips

-Cook using Spanish recipes: Tired of tapas? Try your hand in the kitchen using a Spanish recipe. You don´t even have to cook a Spanish dish, but just make sure the cooking instructions are in Spanish. Through the process of making your shopping list, going to buy the items and then following the recipe step by step, you´ll increase your vocabulary of food and kitchen utensils, as well as picking up the imperative tense! We sometimes organise cooking classes as part of our weekly schedule of activities, so to be sure to look out for that whilst you´re studying at our Spanish language school!

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-Read everything : You don´t need to struggle through Don Quijote de la Mancha to improve your Spanish through reading. Simply take advantage of the fact that almost every product you encounter in daily life will have Spanish written on it. Read the back of the shampoo bottle while you´re in the shower, and the cereal box whilst you´re having breakfast. Try to figure out words that you don´t recognise through the context, keeping in mind that instructions on things like shampoo and shaving foam are more or less the same in any language ! Soon you´ll have absorbed this vocabulary without even trying.

-Take a class or practise a hobby : Are you into sport, dance or music ? If so, this could be a fantastic way to learn new vocabulary. Take a yoga or dance class, or if you play a musical instrument, organise some lessons whilst you´re in Spain. The great thing about these types of activities is that they are physical and visual, meaning you don´t need a high level of Spanish to participate as you can usually get by just by following the movements of the teacher. However, they are a great way to learn vocabulary such as parts of the body.

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-Change the language on your digital devices : Do you know how to say ´low battery´ and ´switch off´ in Spanish ? If not, then it´s time you turned your phone, computer and tablet into Spanish. If you already know how your devices function, then this shouldn´t affect your ability to use them but instead will mean you´re constantly seeing words in Spanish.  Also, be sure to follow us on social media : everything we post on facebook is in Spanish and we post daily grammar tips on twitter.

-Take part in the activities : Take advantage of the school activities whilst studying Spanish in Granada. Our teachers will explain everything in Spanish, at a pace that will be easier to understand, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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5 Reasons why Granada is the best city to learn Spanish in Spain

Spain is a country with many faces. The climate, culture and cuisine vary greatly between north and south and from region to region, so when deciding on your Spanish course in Spain it´s important to choose the region most suited to you. With it´s rich history and vibrant student population, we believe that Granada is the ideal location for your Spanish learning experience. In fact, many of our students don´t want to leave after they´ve completed their Spanish course in Granada. Here are some of the reasons why we think Granada wins the hearts of students from all over the world.

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  • An international city: for hundreds of years Granada has been a melting pot of cultures, and this is still very evident today. The strong influence of other cultures is obvious in the architecture, music and food typical of Granada, and today you will hear many different languages being spoken on the streets of the city. We believe that this mixture of cultures and nationalities is what makes Granada so inviting to our students. We´re confident that, no matter how far   you´ve come, you´ll find something in Granada that will remind you of home.
  • A traditional city: despite being an international city, Granada has strong musical and culinary traditions that many people would consider to be quintessentially Spanish. Flamenco is very much alive on the streets of Granada, and you will regularly hear buskers playing traditional Andalusian music. Tapas, the small portion of food that you receive free with your drink, is another of the treats on offer in Granada. For this reason we believe that our students get a true taste of tradition during their stay at our Spanish language school.
  • Celebrations and Festivals: If the Spanish are famous for anything, it´s for their fiestas. There are many national, regional and religious festivals throughout the year, and the locals certainly know how to celebrate. Students at Delengua enjoy the dramatic processions of Semana Santa and the impressive funfairs of Corpus, which give them a better insight into the cultures and traditions of Andalusia. We encourage our students to get involved with celebrations and regularly organise activities according to the calendar of events in Granada.

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  • Low cost of living: The prices in Granada make it a more affordable option than many other cities in Spain. With low rent prices and many low-cost restaurants and bars, most of our students have no trouble in taking full advantage of their time in Granada. What´s more, the cost of our Spanish courses in Granada are extremely competitive, so you´ll have more money to spend enjoying the city.
  • Escuela Delengua: As Delengua is an independent language school, you can only get the Delengua experience here in Granada. We believe that our combination of fantastic teaching, excellent resources and engaging activities help immerse our students in Spanish language and culture so that they improve their language whilst having fun along the way. Take a look at our facebook page for photos and information about our daily activities, and check the reviews to find out what our students think of us.
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Reasons to attend our daily activities whilst studying Spanish at our language school in Granada

Students come to our language school for many different reasons: some need to learn Spanish for work, others in order to travel, and some simply want to do something a bit different with their holiday. Whilst we encourage students to focus on their studies in order to make the most of their stay at Delengua, we also wish for them to have a great time whilst they´re here. For this reason, we organise daily activities to help students learn more about Spanish culture and practise what they´ve learnt in the classroom, but most importantly to make sure that they have an unforgettable experience in this enchanting city. Here are some great reasons to join in:

  • Meet other students: At our Spanish School in Granada we pride ourselves on creating an international community that is inviting to people of all ages and from all walks of life. Not only will you learn Spanish whilst studying in Granada, but you´ll have the opportunity to meet students from all over the world.

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  • Learn more about Spain through our cultural activities: We aim to organise activities that give our students a real taste of the culture whilst they are learning Spanish in Granada. From tapas evenings, to Flamenco shows to Spanish cooking classes, we´re sure you´ll find an activity that you enjoy! We believe that learning a language is about more than just studying grammar and vocabulary, and for this reason we encourage our students to continue learning about Spain outside the classroom.

 

  • Discover the city: We´ve been situated in Granada since 1997, so we know all the best spots to visit in the city. As part of our daily activities we regularly organise walks and visits to the beautiful and little known parts of Granada that you won´t read about in the guide books. Our intensive courses take place in the morning so you will have afternoons free to explore the historic city and practise your Spanish with the locals.

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  • Get to know our enthusiastic teachers: We believe our excellent teachers are part of the reason that our Spanish courses in Spain are so popular. Our teachers organise and run all of our activities, and will be happy to answer any questions you have about Spanish language or culture. All the staff at the lanugage school help to create a welcoming atmosphere in which all students feel comfortable practising their Spanish, both in and out of the classroom.

 

We post information about activities on our website and on social media, so be sure to like our facebook page to find out more!

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