The Need to Learn Spanish in English-speaking Caribbean Islands

People in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago – two Caribbean nations where English is the official language – are starting to recognize the importance and practicality of learning Spanish as a foreign language. In an recent interview with JIS News, the Jamaican Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando […]

What is the SIELE exam?

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The SIELE is an international evaluation exam of the Spanish language. Is a unique multilevel test that allows you to obtain the SIELE certificate, a document that includes the score obtained in each of the four tests and their equivalence with the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR), as well […]

“I speak Spanish fluently… after a few drinks”

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You´ve probably heard this old joke more than once, and maybe you have even cracked it yourself when asked how your online Spanish classes were coming along. The joke is comical because it conjures up the image of an otherwise self-conscious Spanish learner who transforms into an eloquent, inspiring orator after a couple of cocktails. […]

Cincinnati Police Officers Learning Spanish

CINCINNATI – There are few scenarios where conveying clear, concise information is as important as the situations faced by law enforcement officials. It can be a matter of life and death on the street, or it can be building crucial ties with vulnerable elements in the immigrant community.  That’s why we were thrilled to read […]

“One can never have enough socks,”

“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. This is but one of many clever quotes taken from J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”, and if you are both a fan of Harry Potter, and a student of Spanish, you’ll be tickled to learn that you can finally download the first Spanish-language Harry […]

The Royal “Nosotros”

It’s no surprise that the Royals are polyglots, we got a kick to learn that the tiniest of the regal tribe, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, are learning Spanish.  Besides formal lessons, they have two in-house, or rather in-palace, support tutors. Their nanny is Spanish-speaking, and interestingly, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, also speaks […]

A Linguistic “Autogol”

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It’s time to take some Spanish classes online, Gareth Bale. It turns out that the Real Madrid soccer star has been feeling the wrath of his fans recently  in part because of his inability to speak Spanish after more than five years with the team. Bale was booed by his own fans recently when he […]

Two New SIELE Centers in Mexico

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The SIELE continues to increase its reach. The Cervantes Institute is on the move again, signing new agreements with two institutions in order to bring them into the network of institutions that offer the SIELE exam to students who want to take this cutting edge placement exam. The latest agreement is between the Cervantes Institute […]

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Happy holidays to everyone, especially our Web Spanish students. We had a smaller-than-average celebration as scheduling and travel conspired to keep a good number of our teachers away. Sill, we made the most of it.  In the photo from left to right is Giselle, Angela, Alan, Olivia, Kathy, Maria and Janette. We were missing Juan […]