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During my work and study internship at Spark Languages, I will become confident and competent in learning and using Spanish by making the most of the culture and people that I am surrounded by.

I will also develop a can do attitude towards any tasks that I am expected to carry out, in order to improve my independence skills and my value as an employee and colleague.

I will approach my work with a positive outlook in order to do the best I can especially with any challenges I face.

I will push myself to improve my communication skills in order to help the rest of the Spark team in whatever way I can.

I will make myself aware of my mistakes and use them in a constructive way so that I can learn and progress.   

Aoife McHugh

Hola, soy Steph y tengo dieciséis años y soy de Austria.

Voy a escribir sobre mi experencia en Spark!

Fue a clase de español desde 9:30 hasta la 13:30. Después trabajaba para la academia por las tardes.

A veces era dificil entender el idioma pero poco a poco fue mejorada y ahora yo sé que puedo comunicarme con españoles!

Trabajabo tres horas cada día; Escribía mi Blog y tambien decore la academia.

¡Mira!

Steph y Sevillana

Tambien salíamos de excursion; Fuemos a Sanlúca y me gustó mucho. Visitamos el “Castillo de Santiago” que es el más grande de la provincia de Cádiz.

Otro día fuemos de Tapas y comí ensaladilla de gambas – ¡Estaba muy buena!

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He aprendido mucho en estas semanas, no solo español, tambien a ser más independiente.

He crecido personalmente y me gustaría dar gracias al equipo Spark por haber hecho posible que esto sea así.

¡Nos vemos pronto!

Un abrazo,

Stephanie Stojadinovic.

 

Hola, today I will talk about the meals in Spain!

Before I start talking about Spanish cuisine, I want to mention that Spark gives you with the cultural activities the opportunity of cooking Spanish food! Such a great thing to combine with learning Spanish.

I did it, and we had so much fun!

“What are Tapas?”

Tapas are well known in Spain – these are appetizer of basically every dish in the Spanish cuisine.

“Which dishes are famous in El Puerto de Santa Maria?”

1.)Paella

We made seafood paella with as part of the cultural activities programme and it was delicious!

Paella is made of rice and fish/meat or other kinds of Seafood.

2.) Tortilla de Patatas

This was my first meal when I arrived at my host family’s house and I would definitely recommend it to every vegetarian!

It is an omelette made with eggs and potatoes.

3.) Potajes

El Potaje es un plato a base de verduras y legumbre cocidas en abundante agua.

In English please

Potaje is a Dish which is made of vegetables and legumes cooked in much water.

4.) Menudo

Menudo is made of beef stomach in broth with a red chili pepper base. Hominy, lime, onions, and oregano are used to season the broth.

…last but not least..

5.) Pavía

Pavía is basically fried fish and it tastes delicious – I tried it.

¡Me encanta pescado de españa!

I hope you enjoyed reading!

¿Vamos de Tapas?

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Jillian and Steph

Hola, today, as your personal travel guide, I will tell you a few things about Cadiz and what you need to see!

Before I start – I want to mention that as part of the cultural activities Spark offers a visit to Cadiz – and the more who join in, the better.Cádiz 1

“What makes Cadiz so beautiful?”

For me, it’s the old parts of Cadiz that make it so beautiful! Just walking through the City is…wonderful

The old houses.. streets.. Cadiz is basically the definition of antiquity!

“What can I do in Cadiz ?”

1.) I would definitely recommend going for a Meal at a Spanish restaurant –

Try the fish in Spain – you will taste the difference!

2.) Go for a Walk through the Barrios like Barrio the Santa Maria –

it will blow your mind!

3.) Who doesn’t like shopping? In Cadiz are many small clothing stores –

with clothes which you wouldn’t easily find in your country!

Cheap prices and good quality – sounds more than perfect, doesn’t it?

4.) Hot day? Why not going to the beach and get a tan?

…last but not least…

5.) Cadiz Cathedral, Torre Tavira, Castle of Santa Catalina.. so many sights which need to be seen!

You will fall in love with Cadiz!

– ¡Ven a Cadiz!

And don’t forget a great way to combine visiting Cadiz is to also study Spanish in Spark 🙂

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Hola, today I will tell you a few reasons why staying with a Spanish Host family is a good decision!

First of all, during your time in Spain, you’re a part of this family so you will definitely notice the different way of living and get to know the culture in a much more personal way!

“What are the benefits of living with a Host family?”

  1. You’re never alone! You always have somebody around you and maybe you get a Host sister or Host brother at your age who would love to do something with you!
  2. Your Host family will show you many places in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz or Sevilla just as mine did – and it was wonderful!
  3. You always have the opportunity of practising your spanish skills – and not only that – you will learn words and phrases which are only known in Spain
  4. Just as I said you will get to know the Spanish way of living for example eating habits! Spanish people eat a little bit late but the Spanish cuisine will make you always Hungry – Tapas, Paella.. ¿Tienes hambre?


….Last but not least..

5. You will have a really close relationship with your host family that will  hopefully            stay for years – and let’s be honest – it’s really nice to know someone or a family                  from an other Country!

I hope you have enjoyed reading my Blog entry and hopefully you will love your host family just as I do!

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¡Hola y bienvenidos! This means “hello and welcome” in Spanish –

This blog entry is about learning Spanish with Spark!

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First of all:

Whether you are young or old – everyone can learn Spanish in Spark – it´s never too late.

“How is learning spanish with spark? Do I need prior knowledge?”

Just as I said – everyone has the opportunity of learning Spanish whether or not you have prior knowledge.

Spark uses a level test before you come, to put you in the class that suits you best  and to optimise your learning.

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What makes Spark different?  

I already had one year of Spanish in my school before I came to Spark:

It’s definitely not comparable.

Why?

1.)  People have come to Spark from all over the world to learn Spanish; you will be learning amongst other highly motivated students just like you!

This can make group work more enjoyable and create a relaxed atmosphere in classes.

2.) Every teacher in Spark is dedicated to helping you practise your Spanish and to see the progress you’ve made by the end of your course.

If you live in our Sparkville Residence, you may still find yourself conversing in Spanish over dinner  or with a fellow student or staff member!

IMG_27223.) Learning spanish with spark isn’t boring – quite the contrary – the personal and conversational elements of the classes make them more fun.

4.) You will never be afraid of asking a question – teachers in Spark are approachable and glad to answer any questions you may have.

…and last but not least…

5.) Learning Spanish in Spain is the best way you can learn it!

You can improve your skills so easily by talking with other Spanish people at the cultural activities! For example ordering something to eat, or getting to know someone… Spanish people are so friendly with learners of their language, and feeling that they’ve understood you speaking their language is unbeatable!

So don’t delay! Start your Spanish learning journey!

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Steph in CádizHola my name is Stephanie and welcome to my blog!

My blog is about during my time at the work and study programme in Spark – let me be your personal guide!

Have you ever asked yourself “Can I really survive in an other country without my parents? Am I mature enough?”

Then you’re not alone with this thought, I felt the same before coming here.

But let me tell you the reasons why you should definitely try this type of programme!

1.) Being in an other country will make you a much more independent and mature person, even if it means stepping outside of your comfort zone.

2.) Every week Spark offers cultural activities like Flamenco classes, walking through El Puerto de Santa Maria/Cadiz – so you will never get bored in Spain!

3.) Learning a new language can be a challenge – but with Spark you will have fun learning it! The classes are really exciting and personal – and learning a language by immersion, in the country where its spoken, is much easier than learning it at home.

And let’s be honest: Who doesn’t want to be in Spain?

4.) We all know that a full curriculum vitae looks better and every boss will be impressed by experience abroad – so why not take the opportunity of working in a spanish school with spanish people?

Spark is FUN and Professional.

You will get some tasks based on your interests and also learn new professional skills which will help you in the future.

…Last but not least…

5.) Don’t let your fear of being alone take your opportunity – you won’t feel alone when there are always friendly staff and students around!

It will be a life changing experience, so be open minded and take the opportunity – ¡Ven a España!

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During my three-weeks Work and Study Programme at Spark, I want to work on being more independent regarding to work and learning Spanish.

My Mission statement is about how I will accomplish my goals during this weeks.

I will take every task that I get serious and try my best, even if something doesn’t work how it should – I will ask my colleagues and learn from my mistakes.

I will be open to improve my Spanish skills by speaking with my staff and other Spanish speaking people without being scared – if I do not try, I will never learn.

I would like to be open and friendly with everybody I meet here during my time in Spark- I will take my chance to introduce myself and hopefully make new friendships.

I chose this opportunity to get a view of a different culture, a different workplace and learn from this experience as much as I can.

Finally, I want to be able speaking Spanish properly, being less bashful regarding to work/class and will hope to improve my self confidence.

I know that if I achieve all that I have listed above , then I will really enjoy my time here in Spain.

Stephanie Stojadinovic

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Mission Statement

Throughout my six month internship work experience at Spark languages, I know that I will learn and achieve a lot for myself, as this opportunity brings benefits in both professional and personal aspects. This can also translate into a bigger commitment on my behalf, as this means I will be more enthusiastic to do work that benefits me personally, rather than simply seeing it as a job.

I will develop a more open mindset to working long hours and putting in effort to the full, breaking down any notion in myself that I don’t have drive, or the temptation to leave tasks until later, and always being a reliable staff member.

I will also help in creating the nice atmosphere that Spark has to offer, being a welcoming, friendly place to all that come here, and a supportive environment, whether they are working or learning Spanish. Being a more outwardly positive person doesn´t just have an effect on others, but also yourself, so it is as much of a benefit to me as the students I welcome to Spark.

I will also build a stronger professionally-oriented mindset, as working in a business is different to studying in a university. I can already see in the Spark team on my second day that we all rely on things we have done for each other, such as scheduling tasks, communicating important information about one others jobs, etc… so learning to work as an effective part of a team is key goal for me.

I will also become competent at speaking Spanish, as I have never learned another language fluently before, this will be a challenge for me that I welcome taking on.

George Lewington

 

 

Hola, me llamo Rebecca Kanevski, tengo 16 años y soy de Alemania. Hice prácticas y aprendi español durante tres semanas, aquí en Spark, en un puesto de secretaria general. En el siguiente texto voy a explicar qué cosas exactamente yo he estado haciendo durante estas tres semanas.

Cada día tenía una clase de español entre dos y cuatro horas, dependiendo de cuántas personas se unieran a mis clases. Con mi maravillosa profesora Pilar, nos divertimos, aprendimos y repetimos mucho, ¡lo que me ayudó a mejorar mi español muchísimo!

Después de mi descanso para el almuerzo, empezaba con mi trabajo en la oficina. Siempre empezaba escribiendo una publicación de Spark Spanish facebook. Además tenía otras tareas como pintar la pared en la terraza, escribir las opiniones de los grupos escolares y publicaciones de blog, tareas administrativas y generalmente, ayudar tanto como podía. Al final de mis tres semanas de las prácticas yo podía hacer la mayoría de mis tareas independientemente.

El último jueves participé en una clase de Flamenco como parte de las actividades culturales. ¡Me encanta! A mí me gustó mucho aprender este baile tradicional y estoy muy contenta de tener esa oportunidad. ¡Fue una de mis mejores experiencias durante mi tiempo en El Puerto de Santa Maria en Andalucia!

En general he ganado muchas experiencias y conseguí un gran desarrollo en mi personalidad, que era un de mis objetivos.

Especialmente, haber hecho el trabajo en la oficina, va a ser muy útil en mi futuro trabajo, ¡igual que el trabajo que voy a tener!

¡Muchas gracias a todos los que yo conozco en Spark! Extrañaré a mi profesores, mis amigos, mi trabajo, mi descanso – todo el tiempo que estuve en Spark!

¡Muchísimas gracias por hacer de mi práctica un tiempo fantástico!

¡Hasta luego!

Rebecca Kanevski

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Con mi profesora Pilar

When traveling to Spain, you’ll notice people’s warm hospitality, their idea of family, easy-going lifestyle, and just generally the spanish spirit, which is definitely one of the things I’m going to miss back home!

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¡Vamos a la playa! Who doesn’t love the beaches? Spain has lots of beautiful beaches, which are definitely worth a visit! You won’t regret, I promise!

 

Paella, tortilla and churros! Spanish food is known for its diversity, this is why I’m sure, everybody will find something they’ll enjoy! Also, most restaurants and bars offer tapas, which are basically just smaller meals, so you can try a couple of meals!

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You love summer? Well then you better plan your next holiday in Spain! Especially in southern parts of Spain the weather is awesome and the sun will be shining all day long!

Another amazing thing about Spain are the “fiestas”. Wherever you are in Spain, you will be able to experience breathtaking events! Wether it’s the Semana Santa, the Fallas of Valencia, Carnival or the crazy San Fermín! Just make sure you’re at the right place at the right time!

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These were just a few of the amazing things you definitely should consider visiting, whenever you’re in Spain! And don’t forget there is no better way to visit Spain than doing a language holiday learning Spanish.

¡Hasta luego!

 

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You are thinking about learning Spanish, but you don’t know where to start?

Well here are my suggestions how I think YOU will get the best out of your effort!

1. Get the basics!

Image result for spanish class photosWhenever you want to learn a new language, the most important thing is to get the basics. Phrases of everyday use, numbers, basic grammar rules and of course some vocabulary. The best way to learn these, is attending some kind of Spanish classes and especially, having a teacher, who can correct and help you, to make sure you learn Spanish properly, right away!

2. Vocabulary

Image result for flashsticks spanish homeBesides grammar, vocabulary one of the most important parts, when it comes to learning a new language. But no worries! There are other possibilities of learning vocabs, than desperately trying to remember them all, while spending hours  at your desk. One of my favourites is putting sticky notes on all objects you have at home, saying the Spanish word on them. Also, you can use two different colours, that will make it way easier for you to remember the article! For example you could put a red sticky note on your door saying “la puerta” and a blue one saying “el reloj” next to your watch. This works for rooms like bathroom, kitchen etc. real good as well!

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3. Include Spanish in your daily life!

Image result for spanish newspaperRead spanish books, listen to spanish songs, watch the news or your favourite movies in spanish, get yourself a Spanish-CD you can listen to, while using your car, to practice your listening/ reading comprehension! This is a good preparation for you to understand spanish-speaking people, without needing them to extremely slow down their speed of talking! Most spanish teacher won’t be speaking like natives, especially whilst giving spanish lessons. I experienced that myself, as I decided to do a three-week internship in Spain, after having learned Spanish for three years in school, and been struggling to understand what people were saying, when I first got here!

4. Practice makes perfect!

I don’t think there’s much more to say about this! We all know how much truth is behind those simple words! One thing I’d suggest is going abroad, ’cause it’s the simplest and best way to practice and use your spanish. Also, you’re travelling and exploring a new country and culture!

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