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Flamenco Festival London 2018

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Flamenco Festival: The Best Flamenco Artists Visit London

The acclaimed Flamenco Festival London celebrates its 15th anniversary from February 14th to February 25th at the Sadlers Wells Theatre, just a few minutes away from our schools in Islington, Kings Cross and Holborn.

The audience will have the chance to enjoy a range of vibrant flamenco styles, performed by some of the leading flamenco dancers and singers in the world. Additionally, the festival offers a film screening ofLa Chana directed by Lucija Stojevic. After a 30-year break, the legendary flamenco performer ‘La Chana’ returns not only to the stage but also shares her life and secrets in Stojevic’s film as well.

These exceptional shows are the perfect way to dive into Spanish culture and experience the magical arte flamenco and it’s a great way to complement your Spanish studies, as it gives an additional insight into the culture of the language you are learning.

Flamenco Festival London Programme

The festival will display the main flamenco techniques – from its traditional Gypsy roots through to its modern-day innovations.

The opening performance will take place on February 14 featuring the renowned singer Carmen Linares and the experienced dancer Ana Morales. From Impetus by the charismatic Jesus Carmona and Gala Flamenca, to the legendary singer La Chana and the dance master Antonio Canales, you can choose from many great live performances at Sadlers Wells this year. Find out more about the festival and the full programme here.

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To find out more about learning Spanish, or information on any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

13th London Spanish Film Festival

Improve Your Spanish with the 13th London Spanish Film Festival

London’s 13th Spanish film festival brings us a wide range of genres from all corners of Spain, and gives us the opportunity to watch some epic performances on the big screen in their original version. Between Thursday 21st September to Sunday 24th September you can choose from 10 different films, all delivered with English subtitles, which will not only present some interesting aspects of Spanish culture but may even help you learn some new vocabulary! If you live in London and are learning Spanish then don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience a little of Spain whilst in the UK. Tickets are £12 with concessions for £11.

London Spanish Film Festival Locations

Ciné Lumière
17 Queensberry Place, South Kensington
London SW7 2DT
Box Office: 020 7871 3515

Regent Street Cinema
309 Regent Street
London W1B 2HW
Tel: 020 7911 5050

London Spanish Film Festival Dates and Showings

Thursday 21st September – 6.30pm
MIL COSES QUE FARIA PER TU/Mil cosas que haría por ti/A Thousand Things I’d Do For You
Director: Dídac Cervera
Ciné Lumière

Thursday 21st September – 8.50pm
LA REINA DE ESPAÑA/The Queen of Spain
Director: Fernando Trueba
Ciné Lumière

Friday 22nd September – 6.30pm
LA NIEBLA Y LA DONCELLA/Mist and the Maiden
Director: Andrés Koppel
Ciné Lumière

Friday 22nd September – 8.30pm
EL INTERCAMBIO/The Exchange
Director: Ignacio Nacho
Regent Street Cinema

Saturday 23rd September – 4.00pm
DEMONIOS TUS OJOS/Sister of Mine
Director: Pedro Aguilera
Regent Street Cinema

Saturday 23rd September – 6.00pm
MARIA (Y LOS DEMAS)/María (and the Others)
Director: Nely Reguera
Preceded by the short
SIBERIA ISN’T THAT COLD/No es tan fría Siberia
Director: Isabel Coixet
Regent Street Cinema

Saturday 23rd September – 8.30pm
EL BAR/The Bar
Director: Álex de la Iglesia
Preceded by the short RENOVABLE/Renewable
Directors: Jose Mari Goenaga, Jon Garaño
Regent Street Cinema

Sunday 24th September – 4.00pm
GERNIKA
Director: Koldo Serra
Regent Street Cinema
£12, conc. £11,

Sunday 24th September – 6.15pm
SELFIE
Director: Víctor García León
Ciné Lumière

Sunday 24th September – 8.30pm
LA PROPERA PELL/La próxima piel/The Next Skin
Directors: Isa Campo, Isaki Lacuesta
Ciné Lumière

Contact Us

Cactus offers language courses to all levels. To find out more about learning Spanish, or information on any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

How To Roll Your Rs In Spanish

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How To Roll Your Rs In Spanish: Top Tips For Spanish Learners

By Maria Ansede

The double ‘r’ sound in Spanish is one of the most difficult things for many learners not used to it in their native language. This sound is usually the last one a Spanish-speaking child learns to produce. Not everyone is able to do it perfectly but if this is challenging for you, practise is the only way to master it, so you just need to be persistent and patient. Being able to mark the distinction between words such as ‘perro’ (dog) and ‘pero’ (but) or ‘caro’ (expensive) and ‘carro’ (carriage and also car in Latin America) and many others will make a significant difference in your ability to communicate effectively in Spanish. In order to help you to achieve this, we’ve put together a few important tips about how to roll your Rs that you can easily follow.

Train Your Tongue

The placement of your tongue is essential: it should touch your palate and flap rapidly to vibrate. The ‘tr’ or ‘dr’ sounds in English are a good starting place to positioning your tongue for the Spanish ‘rr’. Try to practice first with words such as ‘drop’, ‘tree’, ‘track’ or ‘Dracula’.

Let Your Inner Animal Out

Think about a purring kitten or an angry lion. They sure know how to slowly roll their Rs. It may seem a bit silly for you but don’t hesitate to purr or growl to imitate their sound because it’s a good way to fix the position of your tongue for the following Spanish words.

Spanish Tongue Twisters

Once you warmed up your mouth muscles, you can practice trying to pronounce these well-known trabalenguas (tongue twisters):
El perro de San Roque no tiene rabo porque Ramon Ramirez se lo ha robado.
The dog from San Roque does not have a tail because RamA?n Ramirez has stolen it.
Tres tristes tigres tragaban trigo en tres tristes trastos sentados tras un trigal.
Three sad tigers swallowed wheat in three sad utensils seated behind a wheatfield.
Rapido ruedan las ruedas sobre los rieles del ferrocarril.
Quickly run the cars, over the rails of the railroad.

And remember, don’t feel awkward about not grasping the rolling sound at the beginning; native speakers love charming accents anyway and practicing as much as you can is the key to success!

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To find out more information about any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

The Best Spanish Restaurants In Brighton

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Photo: Katherine Lim (Attribution 2.0 Generic licence)

Spanish Culture & Tapas At Its Best

by Maria Ansede

There is a lot to love about Spanish cuisine. A mix of Mediterranean, American and regional influences, Spanish gastronomy provides an authentic paradise for any palate. If you can’t wait to go to Spain to savour its delicacies, check out our best restaurants for enjoying the Spanish cuisine and culture, just a few minutes walking distance from our school in Brighton.

Olé Olé

Founded in 2009 by Jorge Rodriguez and Karim Larbi, Olé Olé combines a lively tapas bar with a welcoming restaurant. They aim to give their clients an authentic experience, combining Spanish food and Spanish music. Try their wonderful tapas tasting menu or seafood paella, and a great sangria whilst watching the best flamenco show in the city. Just 6 minutes from our location in Brighton, Olé Olé is the perfect place to enjoy an entertaining Spanish evening.

AguaDulce

Aguadulce (sweet water) is a beautiful village in the Almeria Coast characterised by its Mediterranean cuisine. That’s where the owners of AguaDulce come from, a lovely venue divided in three sections: the tapas bar, the restaurant area and a private function room for up to 25 people. Enjoy one of their original tapas for free with a glass of wine or lager, and try their great selection of fresh seafood, meats and vegetarian dishes with an Andalucian touch. From boquerones to queso manchego or the best variety of paellas, without forgetting the great Rioja wines, your taste buds will have the chance to savour Spain very close to The Lanes.

Casa Don Carlos

A traditional Spanish atmosphere and a highly-praised Mediterranean cuisine meet in the heart of The Lanes at Casa Don Carlos. Combine a refreshing sangria in its typical clay jar or a glass of wonderful Spanish wine, with a selection of popular choices from the varied menu such as meatballs, patatas bravas, gambas al ajillo or tortilla with chorizo. The portions are as large, as in any characteristic Spanish home, and the friendly service will definitely remind you why Spanish is such a beautiful language to learn.

Why not enjoy a Spanish meal after your Spanish evening language course in Brighton? Or go before you take a Spanish language holiday in one of our many Spanish locations.

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To find out more information about any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

Prove Your Level of Spanish with the SIELE Online Exam

 

Cactus Language becomes an Official Exam Centre for SIELE

If you want to prove your level of Spanish then you need to look at taking the SIELE exam – online, adaptable, uniform and flexible. Check here for exam dates in Brighton & Hove.

What is SIELE?

SIELE (Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española) is an online exam, similar to IELTS for English, and is an internationally recognised qualification which certifies your command of the Spanish language. There are currently 186 exam centres all over the world where you can take your SIELE exam. Cactus Language Training is one of them.

Who Regulates the Exam?

SIELE is endorsed by the Instituto Cervantes, the Universidad Autónoma de México, the Universidad de Salamanca and the Universidad de Buenos Aires. These institutions guarantee the standards for quality and good practices in the design and delivery of the tests. They also guarantee the use of diverse linguistic varieties from the Hispanic world in the tests.

What is the Format?

SIELE is divided into four modules: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, written expression and interaction, and spoken expression and interaction. You can take all four modules together, or you can select one or module to take separately. The exam is mapped against the internationally recognised language levels established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Take a demo test here.

Who is it for?

SIELE is for anyone who wants to be able to prove their Spanish language level in a flexible format with fast results. The certificate guarantees a level of business language equivalent to that of English language certifications such as TOEIC and TOEFL. The exam is a great tool for business who wish to select candidates based on specific language skills.

What are the Benefits over the DELE exam?

SIELE is an online exam with online registration, reservation, and communication with the exam centre through the SIELE booking system. The process is quick and results are received within just 3 weeks. The format is adaptable, allowing candidates to take the whole exam or sections of the exam. The logistics of taking the exam are flexible with you choosing the day, the time and the place.

How to Take the Exam

1. Sign up on the SIELE website
2. Choose your modules
3. Choose your country, city, date and exam centre
4. Turn up to your exam centre 15 minutes before the start of the exam and take your exam
5. Receive your certificate after 3 weeks

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To find out more information about any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

 

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