Madrid’s Centennial Taverns – After Class Activities

Come join AIL Madrid on an exciting tour of Madrid’s centennial taverns!
AIL Madrid´s daily fun after class activities programme allows our students to dive into the Spanish culture and undergo experiences that regular tourists can´t. This month we want tell you all about our visit to the Madrid’s centennial taverns!

They are enjoying one of the Madrid's centennial taverns

We chose two historical establishments for our special tour: Casa Alberto and Casa Labra. As we walked towards the first one, Sergio, one of the native Spanish speaking teachers from AIL and a true madrileño, told us about traditional dishes we were about to taste and right there our mouths started watering.

Our first round of tapas was a couple of classics known and loved by everyone: refreshing gazpacho and patatas bravas. The element of surprise came when our teacher ordered soldaditos de Pavía and chatos de vino and nobody knew what to expect. A few bites of soldaditos (deep-fried cod) and some sips of chatos (little glasses of wine) and we all were delighted. Good choice, teacher!

Thanks to this tour around Madrid’s centennial taverns, we found some of the best examples of Spanish traditions in the taverns we visited! If you’re looking for fun and sociable way to explore the city, why not join us for the next AIL Madrid’s after class activity?

Also, If you want to learn how to cook Spanish food maybe you will want to check out this post about Spanish cooking classes in Madrid.

Expressions Related with Bullfighting – Spanish Exercises

There are many different ways of express yourself in Spanish language. Some of them include direct comparisons with animals.  These animals are rarely located outside of Spain, so which animal is one of the huge representations of Spain, not because of its food providing, but because of the show they are usually involved in? Indeed, we are talking about bulls, and specially, expressions related with bullfighting.

In Spanish, there are some expressions that involves certain items related with bullfighting, like “capote”; or that directly involve the bull itself. For example, one common sentence we use, translated literally, is: “catch the bull by the horns”, which usually means confronting some kind of problems with initiative.

In this image you will be able to see other expressions related with bullfighting:

Expressions Related with Bullfighting

If you are thirsty for more knowledge about Spanish and our very curious ways of talking and expressing ourselves, take a look at the infographic section at our website.

We have a lot of different articles about Spanish that you can find interesting. For instance, if follow the link you will find out how to order drinks in Spanish, which it is very useful if you go out at night in Spain.

Featured AIL Student – Franco

Franco Imperial, Student in AIL Madrid

The Philippines
28 years old
I like Spain a lot and I’m not planning on leaving. This is my country now!

When and why did you decided to study Spanish?
I have started taking Spanish classes when I was 18 years old, just before going to university. I wanted to learn another language and I chose Spanish because of its similarities with my native tongue, Filipino.

You arrived in Spain two years ago to do your Master’s degree. Why did you choose Spain?
I wanted to do my degree abroad and I chose Spain because it gave me the opportunity to perfect my Spanish skills. Spanish is spoken by loads of people world-wide, which facilitates communication on both a personal and a professional level.

Why did you sign up for classes at AIL?
I was captivated by Madrid and Spanish culture, so after I had finished my Master’s degree, I didn’t want to leave and I started looking for a job here. I was hired by a Spanish banking and consulting company, and after confusing “hipotecas” (mortgages) with hypothesis I realized I really needed Spanish business classes. AIL Madrid was the one that always appeared when searching for the best school in the Internet, so when Steven from AIL’s Student Care Team confirmed the school offered a Spanish Business programme, I signed up almost immediately.

What was your experience like with your teachers?
My teacher, Andrea has always been able to answer all my questions and she knows a lot. I benefited enormously; not only did she follow the books, but she used real-life materials filling in “grey areas”, which has been SO helpful.

Would you recommend AIL Madrid?
Of course! I have already recommended AIL Madrid to my American friends who want to come to Spain and learn Spanish. I think AIL gives a lot of facilities to people with busy agendas; I can schedule my classes whenever I need.

Do you want to meet another AIL Madrid Student? You can get to know Sandra, who started as a total beginner, in our Spanish Language Students section.

Amounts in Spanish – Spanish exercises

Have you ever tried to cook something with your Spanish friends or have you been in a Spanish cooking class but have no idea about how to say amounts in Spanish? Do not worry, because with this post you will master the next Spanish cooking session!

The little amounts are the most difficult ones, so we give you some ways to express small amounts in Spanish like “una pizca de…” or “un pelín de…“. But, of course, you not only can use this terms in a cooking space, but also in some expressions like the two we show you below. Can you think in other expressions with this amounts in Spanish?

Amounts in Spanish – Spanish exercises

Do you want to continue your Spanish learning? Check out the infographics of different levels that we have in our Learning resources section page.

Do you want to further expand your knowledge of Spanish? We recommend you this post about the Top 1000 most used words in Spanish.

Flamenco vocabulary – Spanish exercises

Have you ever been in a flamenco show? Do you enjoy the clapping hands, the way they taconean when they dance? Do you enjoy the sound of their voices and the special and unique sound their guitars made? We are sure you do! But… but do you know how to refer to flamenco artists? Maybe you need some flamenco vocabulary.

If you really enjoy a good flamenco show you need to know how to refer to those people who perform in the stage and flamenco vocabulary needed to say in Spanish what they are doing that you enjoy so much.

In order to help you with this, we give you some Flamenco vocabulary, can you say what this words means in English? Or, even better, are you brave enough to describe the words in Spanish? Let’s see!

Flamenco Spanish vocabulary

Did this flamenco vocabulary gave you the energy to continue your Spanish learning? Check out our Learning resources section page to test your Spanish level with our quizzes.

Do you want to further expand your knowledge of Spanish? We recommend you this post about co-official languages of Spain.

Co-official languages of Spain – Spanish exercises

Did you know that in some territories of Spain there are other spoken languages besides Spanish? Two of the most known co-official languages of Spain are Catalan in Cataluña (Catalán) or Basque in País Vasco (Euskera), but there are several more like Galician in Galicia (Gallego) or Valencian in Comunidad Valenciana (Valenciano).

We have look for the translation of some words from Spanish to other co-official languages of Spain: Catalan, Basque and Galician. Do you think they are similar to Spanish?

Co-official languages of Spain – Spanish exercises

Do you want to continue your Spanish learning? Check out the infographics of different levels that we have in our Learning resources section page.

Discover interesting and fun activities to do in Madrid in our After-class activities section.

Top 1000 most used words in Spanish – Spanish exercises

Did you know that there is a Top 1000 most used words in Spanish? If you didn’t, I´m sure that you also didn’t know the following: among those 1000 words there are sixteen verbs in their infinitive form. You can see which ones and their position in the Top 1000, just take a look bellow.

Top 1000 most used words in Spanish – Spanish exercises

Did the Top 1000 most used words in Spanish gave you the energy to continue your Spanish learning? Check out our Learning resources section page to test your Spanish level with our quizzes.

Do you want to further expand your knowledge of Spanish? We recommend you this post about modismos españoles .

Modismos españoles – Spanish exercises

We give you some really interesting resources to use in order to express how we do something: “modismos españoles“. We dare you to answer some questions using any of this idioms. But, first, match them with the corresponding picture.

1.A empujones        2.A gatas        3.A tientas        4.De carrerilla        5.A regañadientes

Modismos españoles - Spanish exercises
  • ¿Cómo recitas la tabla del 9?
  • ¿Cómo aceptas que tu jefe te pida trabajar un domingo por la mañana?
  • ¿Cómo entras y sales de los vagones del metro en las horas punta?
  • ¿Cómo buscas una vela si estás en casa y de repente se va la luz y tu móvil está sin batería?
  • ¿Cómo recuperas tus llaves si se te caen debajo de la mesa?

SOLUCIONES: 1.A 2.C 3.D 4.B 5.E | De carrerilla, A regañadientes, A empujones, A tientas, A gatas

Did you enjoy the “modismos españoles” and want to continue your Spanish learning and test your level? You can go to our Learning resources section page and and put you to the test with our quizzes.

If you want to continue your Spanish learning while discovering how to cook a tasty Spanish meal, check out this post.

Madrid’s Teleférico – Featured after-class activity

How would you like to soar through the bright blue skies of Madrid without needing wings, feathers or even a boarding pass? With our featured activity this month, you can do just that! Madrid’s Teleférico cable car system is an exciting way to discover hidden areas of Madrid from a unique bird’s eye view.

Our journey begins

Our students join us in catching the Metro to the Argüelles station, from which we only need to walk for two minutes to arrive at the base of the Rosales Teleférico station. We climb into the stylish glass pods of the Teleférico and quickly begin our ascent into the air!

Madrid's Teleférico – Featured after-class activity

The landscape unfurls below us, revealing trickling mini waterfalls of the Parque del Oeste and the pink blossoms of the Rosaleda. We hover over the Ermita de San Antonio de la Florida, home to a stunning fresco painted by Goya, before gliding over the Manzanares river.

The beauty of the biggest park of Madrid

Our cable cars finally puncture the green lung of the city, the Casa de Campo, the biggest park of Madrid. If the day is nice and sun is shining, we often prepare a nice picnic basket and enjoy some treats at Casa the Campo, near to the lake while families paddle row boats lazily across it. Our students love this little green corner of the capital. We disembark from our pods, find a shaded spot and enjoy a picnic in the relaxing surroundings.

The striking beauty of the city of Madrid is often referred to with the saying ‘De Madrid al cielo’ (from Madrid to Heaven). We can’t think of a better way to live out this phrase than by taking to the skies yourself! Why not come along for our next visit to the Madrid Teleférico?

If you enjoyed the Madrid’s Teleférico ride, learn everything about this kind of activity in AIL Madrid and find out about other featured after-class activities, like our Spanish Cooking workshop.

Featured AIL Student – Roy

Featured AIL Student – Roy

Hi! My name is Abhinav, but you can call me Roy. I’m from Calcutta, India, and I decided to come to AIL Madrid to take the Intensive and Evening Spanish Course.

My story

I need Spanish because of my work here in Madrid and I chose to enrol at AIL Madrid because a friend who was already taking classes told me that it was the best option. He was totally right! The thing that I love the most about AIL it’s the schedule flexibility and the fact that the Student Care members like Martin or Steven always have a solution for any problem that I could have. Right now, I’m only taking the Evening Spanish Course, but in the past I was in both Intensive and Evening Spanish course.

My teacher

I have already been in AIL for more than a year and I love all my teachers. We not only learn theory, we also practise a lot and that’s great because it’s exactly what I want. I have also had the opportunity to meet many friends from all over the world which is fantastic. We always try to speak in Spanish between us inside and outside the classroom and that’s great for practice.

Spanish and me

When I started to learn Spanish, I found the subjunctive difficult, but now… it’s what I love the most! I know this it’s hard to believe, but I promise it’s the truth! What I’m recently struggling with is direct and indirect style, but that’s ok, because I love a challenge. For people who are considering taking up Spanish lessons, my advice would be to think out of the box and just don’t be afraid to take the first step!

Do you want to read another AIL Student experience? You can get to know Junko, a semi-intensive Spanish course student, in our Spanish Language Students of AIL Madrid section.