16% of the world population is represented by people aged 15 to 24 years, equivalent to 1.2 billion young people. Facing almost three times more unemployment, to perform low quality jobs or suffer inequality in the job market than an adult.
United Nations hand in hand with Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka, UNESCO and the International Labor Organization, today (June 15) create the world day of youth skills to raise awareness of the importance of investing in education of young people.
The UN estimated the number of young people unemployed worldwide at 74.5 million. 1 in 5 young people (125 million) work but the salary received is very low. Taking into account that the labor situation is more complex and competitive, we must prepare the new generations, developing their skills and providing them with tools.
To succeed in the labor market, good education and training is essential.
What are those skills and / or competences that it is recommended to develop?
In addition to theoretical knowledge, companies look for young people with soft skills, such as: teamwork, collaboration, imagination and leadership.
According to the Global Education and Skills Forum of 2018 (GESF), it recommends developing competencies such as tolerance, empathy, critical thinking and creativity. Complementing them with those mentioned in the Report of “The Future of Jobs of the World Economic Forum” which are problem solving, emotional intelligence, decision making, customer orientation, negotiation and cognitive flexibility.
At Via Families we promote the education of all the young people of the world. Connecting families internationally to carry out student exchanges between families. See more information, HERE
It seeks that young people can contribute to the company by improving performance and productivity.
“Education will not change the world, change the people who are going to change the world”
– Pablo Freire-
As always, I leave you a video in which Pablo Heinig (electrical engineer and doctoral candidate in Leisure and Development of Human Potential and professor at ESADE Business School in Barcelona) proposes a method to think, feel and act according to the people we want to be.
Living abroad means leaving the comfort zone, at the begging it may sound scary and exciting at the same time. The important thing is to try it because it really worth it.
It´s important to keep in mind the changes that your child will live in this incredible experience. It is true that each student will enjoy a different experience depending on the age in which they travel, their character and how independent they are. However, everyone will definitely change.
First he/she is likely to feel vulnerable and afraid, but it is completely normal, as he/she is experiencing a familiar detachment. But as time goes by, he/she will develop and grow both personally and academically.
Some changes that you will notice when he/she return are:
Personality: now he/she will be more open, strong and self-confident. The exchange will help him/her to define the personality and to develop skills
Influence: the level of influence will reduce, this means that it will improve the decision-making, based on the personal benefit (what suits or benefits him/her)
Maturity: obviously the maturity will be evident, living away from the family, helps the person to fend for himself (to be independent). Also to appreciate the family, the house, friends and even the material (everything around him , to the minimum aspect)
Self-knowledge: being “alone”, he/she will go through a stage of personal knowledge, he/she will know how to identify his/her emotions and he/she will learn to control them. In the same way he/she will know his/her limits.
The panorama will be completely open, therefore you will have a child who already has a different language, mature, sociable and with decision-making power, as well as increasing professional value and it is possible that he/she acquired skills that he/she had not acquired in his/her native country.
Due to so many changes, it is likely that there are some frictions or discussions when you are all back together under the same roof, but don´t worry, it is part of the process and you will soon overcome it.
We recommend you to read our post in which we talk about the possible situations when your child returns and how to handle them.
Share with us your experience, what changes do your child had after the exchange?
As always I leave you a video which some students share their experience and talk about some benefits when doing a student exchange
It is not enough to sit, read and underline to study. Help your child to have a more effective study. They are very simple recommendations, that if we make them part of the study routine, we will increase the level of learning and also be more dynamic and will be reflected with good grades.
Choose and adapt the study space: it is important that the space is clear, orderly, with good lighting and ventilation. It is always recommended to study in the same place, it will help to concentrate faster
Prepare the material (books, notebooks and pen / pencil) and remove possible distractors such as mobile and computer.
It determines the time of study: it is verified that more information is retained and assimilated stipulating periods of less than 30 minutes
Organize the information: if it is a very extensive topic, it is recommended to divide it into subtopics that are easy to remember or relate them to some topic of daily life.
It is recommended not to memorize the information but to understand it. If you want to know more about the types of learning, click here.
Make personal notes as a summary of what has been learned, it is recommended to use colors and other study techniques such as conceptual maps, mental maps, synoptic charts, sign cards, questionnaires, diagrams and drawings.
Explain with your words the lesson studied to another person: this will achieve significant learning and not memorization. As Einstein said, you should explain things as if you were telling your grandmother, in this way you put to the test what you really learned.
Good nutrition: try to include foods high in antioxidants, such as almonds, walnuts, cranberries
Hydration: it is essential to drink water, you can also drink other drinks such as green tea
Restful sleep: it is very important to sleep for 6 to 8 hours, it helps to consolidate what has been learned.
If you like aromatherapy, you can use a diffuser with lavender essence, this will help your child concentrate more easily.
I leave a video that talks about the cientific study tips
Before knowing the different types of learning, it is important to understand that learning refers to the acquisition of knowledge, values, and the development of skills and attitudes. It is the method by which any human being assimilates certain information.
In the past, it was thought that there were only one or two ways to learn, however there are different, so it is relevant to know each student and the content we want them to learn, so we can choose the ideal type of learning. On this occasion we will mention 13 types.
The first type of learning is the implicit one: this is usually not intentional, it is given by the automatic execution of a motor behavior. If we think, we always learn without realizing it, for example to walk or talk.
The second is explicit learning, which, on the contrary of the implicit one, is conscious and intentional, therefore we require sustained and selective attention. This type of learning allows us to acquire information about places, people or objects.
The third type of learning is associative, as its name suggests it is to relate two stimuli or a stimulus + behavior. A clear example is the multiplication tables or the periodic table, it will be much more effective if it is reviewed with a song, so the brain will retain it more easily. So remember that, to achieve effective learning, use visual or audiovisual elements that the student likes. Ivan Pavlov (Russian psychologist) checks associative learning with his classical condition technique applied to his dog.
The fourth type is non-associative learning, it refers to the change of reaction to a repeated stimulus. They play a key role habituation (process in which a stimulus is repeated and the response is less and less intense) and awareness. For example when a baby is asleep and with the minimum noise, wakes up. If this happens every time he´s sleeping, the baby will stop waking up because of the noise.
The fifth learning is the significant, in this the student goes through a process in which he collects the information, selects it, organize and compares it with previous knowledge (new information vs. information that he already had).
The sixth type is cooperative learning, as the name implies it is carried out together with more students. This is given in educational classrooms, with a maximum of 5 people in the team, they have a teacher who guides and distributes roles.
The seventh learning is collaborative, it´s like the cooperative, more people are required, but the cooperative, unlike the cooperative, is more free; this means that the teacher only proposes the topic and the students decide how to approach it.
The eighth type is the emotional learning, this is very important, since it consists of knowing and managing the emotions efficiently.
The ninth learning is the observational one, also known as learning by imitation or modeling. It requires the participation of two people, the model (who will teach) and the student (who observes the behavior and learns).
The tenth type is the experiential learning. Learning from mistakes is the best example. This type of learning is produced as the name implies by experience.
The eleventh learning is by discovery, also known as heuristic learning (theory developed by the American psychologist Jerome Bruner), is usually an active learning that promotes the student to learn for himself, discovering, relating and reordering the concepts. The ideal for the teacher is to present situations stimulating their students through strategies of observation, comparison, analysis of similarities and differences.
The twelfth type is memoristic or repetitive learning, which consists in fixing in the memory in a mechanical and repetitive way concepts without deepening their meaning. It is when we repeat like parrot, therefore it is normal that we forget it in a short time. Some examples are: mathematical formulas, celebrities, phone numbers, birthdays, addresses among others.
The thirteenth learning is receptive, it is impulsive, passive and it is when the student receives the content but does not do it in his own way. A clear example is when you read a book, you recognize each word and the theme.
Talking about the education of children is a whole world in which we must be submerged, know new trends to apply them and obtain better results.
We invite you to join the international community of families, agreeing to student exchanges.
Since 1994, every may 15th it´s celebrated the International Family Day. It was proclaimed 25 years ago by the United Nations in order to raise awareness of the fundamental role played by families in the education of their children.
It is the main pillar that defines each person, since babies we adopt the values, customs, traditions and is formed by the hand of the family.
The concept of family has been transformed over the years according to trends and demographic changes. However, it is still the main unit of society. It is with whom we share moments full of laughter, love and sometimes anger, but we know that whatever happens there will be.
The family is the home to return to, they are our memories of childhood and adolescence and should be the foundation to create our own. Enjoy together, talk often and be attentive to each other.
It is true that we all by nature need a tribe, a place to which we belong, someone who loves us, a family to belong (anonymous).
In Via Families we believe that among all families we can make a better world if we help each other, because we all want the best for our children, since we all belong to the great family of the world.
All families seek the same, after all: we want our children to be open, empathetic and good people, who contribute their bit to society to make it better.
In Via Families we unite two important aspects in the growth of a person that are: family and education. That is why we offer an international platform of families interested in the international education of their children, proposing three options:
Exchanges, whether simultaneous or not
If you can not send your child, do not worry, you can receive another student at home and learn the culture and language of your guest’s origin.
You can not receive another student at home, do not worry, send your child with a family like yours.
Choose the family with who you want to share with the education of your children.
Living a linguistic / cultural experience of this magnitude brings many benefits, some of them are:
Overcome fears, therefore enhances security, personal growth and self-esteem
In Via Families you decide where, when and with whom, saving you up to 90% of the cost, all the details are freely agreed between interested families. Join the international community of families, by clicking HERE.
I leave the campaign that Ikea made for Christmas last year to reflect if the time we share with the family is of quality. Let’s take a moment to ask our loved ones how are they, what do they do, feel good? enjoy every moment and transform it into a unique, quality moment.
There are many quotes of philosophers, thinkers and pedagogues related with education throughout history of the humanity, but for the International Education Day we want to collect specially those that are focus on one type of endure education and is base on the human creation to create a better world.
Easy, honest, logic and deep quotes that doesn´t matter if these was said 2500 years ago but they are still current. I hope you enjoy it!
“The most important and principal public business is the good education of the youth people”
Platon (S V-IV a DC)
“Educate the mind without educate the heart, is educate absolutely nothing”
“Is the mark of an educated mind to be able to understand the though, is to accept it”
Aristoteles (S IV AC)
“The education is the fire of a flame, is not filling a container”
Socrates (Atenas, S IV AC)
“The school should be a grate prelude of our life”
Comenius (Nivnice March 28th, 1592 – Amsetrad (November 15th, 1670)
“Tell me and I forget it, teach me and I remember it, involve me and I learn it”
Benjamin Franklin (Boston, January 17th, 1706 – Philadelphia, April 17th, 1790)
“If we teach to the students of today as we teach yesterday, we are stealing them tomorrow”
John Dewey (Burlington, October 20th, 1859 – New York, June 1st, 1952)
“Sow it good ideas in kids, even though they don´t understand; the years will be in charge of deciphering them in their understanding and making them flourish in their hearts”
Maria Montessori (Italy August, 31st, 1870 – Netherlands May 6th, 1952)
“The education is the most powerful weapon to change the world”
Nelson Mandela (Mvezo, July 18th, 1918 – Johannesburgo, December 5th, 2013)
“To teach is not to transmit knowledge, is to create the possibility of producing them”
Paulo Freire (Recife, Brazil, 1921 – São Paulo, 1997)
“The unlettered of the 21th Century will not be those who cant know how to read or write, but those who can´t learn, unlearn and relearn”.
Alvin Toffler (New York, October 3rd, 1928 -LA, June 27th, 2016)
As usual, there you have a video, this time is to understand why Maria Montesori was an important pedagogue and why her methodology is still valid
Every 4th of January, is celebrated the World Braille Day, the alphabetic embossed system created to represent letters, punctuation marks, numbers and mathematic symbols contributing to the blind people a valid and efficient tool for Reading, writing and giving the Access to the education, the culture and the information.
It consists on a combination of six raised points divided into cells, organized as a matrix of 3 rows and 2 columns that allows to get 64 different combinations, including the one without a point, which is used as blank (to separate the words), also the differentiating special signs to convert a capital letter, number or a musical note. Usually they are listed top to bottom and left to right.
The UN has recognized and proclaimed the World Braille Day, to celebrate each 4th of January, highlighting multilingualism as a basic value of de UN. The principal main is promote awareness about the importance of braille as a media for full human fulfillment toward the blind people or visually impaired individuals. This day was chosen because of the inventor of the language, Louis Braille birthday (January 4th, 1809).
Louis was playing with some tools in his father’s workshop, and he had an accident with the sharp awl in one of his eyes, so he got an infection, that soon spread and blinding him in both eyes when he was 3 years old. He was learnt to read by feeling studs hammered into pieces of wood in the shapes of letters and numbers. Later, when he was 10 years old, he was accepted in a school, called Institute for Blind Children in Paris where they used crossed twigs were used to signify the letters of the alphabet. There, he also learnt to play cello and organ.
The idea of create the braille language started by the French Captain Charles Barbier, after the Napoleonic Wars; he invented the “night writing” that consisted of raised dots on cardboard used to send written messages on battlefields by night. The Captain continued promoting his writing method to other militaries, but they refused to use it. In 1820, Captain Barbier had the idea that maybe his system could be used by the blind people, so he took it to the school in the rue St-Victor (where Louis was a student).
Louis was tasked to evaluate the Barbiers system; he thought it was interesting but very plain to help blind people. Since that day, Louis Braille got inspired to adapt and complete his own system. And till 1824 (when he was 15 years old), finally he had finished his six dots system in varying patterns cells as domino, providing 63 permutations for different letters and numbers, including the “space” symbol. Later he also included musical notes.
The other students started using his method, because it was a tool to learn easily. Nevertheless, the school didn’t make it official because of the high price, they didn’t have enough money. Years later, Louis Braille, started to teach in that school using his own method of learning.
In 1826, he published his 32 pages book, named “Method of Writing Language, Plain Chant and Music, by Means of Raised Points for the Use of Blind Persons” (printed in embossed text).
Curious fact: on December 30 of 2014, the Braille language had been patented; therefore, it limited its use in any product. The Spanish Braille Commission and the ONCE Foundation, fought for the freedom of use, fulfilling the communicative and inclusive purpose.
As usual, there you have a video in which Deinny, a nine years old girl (part of the skating team, she plays some percussion instruments, sings, participate in the Astronomy club, she loves to read and enjoys every single moment of her live even though she could not see), she teach us how the braille system works and how her process has been.
When seeing an exchange student, it is inevitable to ask questions like these: What language will they speak? Will they be kind people? Will they do well in their new educational institution? We may also wonder if it is worth for them to be part of an exchange program. In this article, we will tell you what the advantages for your professional life of going on an exchange program are.
1. The chance to attain additional knowledge
Learning while traveling
Whenever an exchange program takes place, knowledge is acquired in at least two areas: 1. the host country’s culture and 2. The content of the chosen study program. Additionally, if the language of the host country is different from that spoken at home, there is the possibility of learning that other language. It is not that you can’t learn all the above from home, but it would be like learning about Europe with a geography book: no matter how good such book is, it will never be the same as the experience of going to the Old Continent.
2. It opens your mind
Even if a student goes to a university in another state of the same country, and that is why they have to make certain changes in their life. While being an exchange student, there are many more situations to handle, and this causes that said student is forced to leave their comfort zone and, subsequently, develop the skills that allow them to solve these problems. In effect, the exchange student is always giving the extra mile to solve some everyday situation, ranging from the simple fact of being able to communicate an idea in another language to handle another currency, adapt to a special system of public transport, etc.
3. Traveling is implicit
Although the main objective of being an exchange student is learning, it is also the perfect opportunity to travel. Again, it is very likely that within one’s country there are many wonderful places to know, but traveling by using your passport is a different experience because it allows us to have a first-hand experience of other places, colors, smells and tastes that simply can’t be appreciated on YouTube. Whether you go to any European country or the United States, the possibilities of traveling cheap are endless, especially in the case of an exchange student. Finally, traveling not only gives us pleasure but also allows us to see how people from other places live and take that learning to our professional life.
4. You’ll build new social relationships
Making new friends
For a time, the exchange student will be far from their family and usual social relationships so they will need to bond with other people. Although that may be uncomfortable at first, it will make these students more sociable people by having to share for months and even years with their host family, as well as with their new classmates and teachers. As a consequence of this, it is quite likely that they will develop a strong bond with many of these people, some of which will end up becoming great friends and even allies in their professional life.
5. It makes a big difference in your resumé
Naturally, any human resources manager is interested in hiring the most suitable person for a given position. Now, although qualifications play a major role in this regard, certain qualities tend to tilt the balance in favor of certain candidates over others. Former exchange students possess such qualities: in any case, they went to another country, learn its culture, and had to adapt and respond to situations that they would not have lived otherwise.
So, as you can see, being an exchange student is not just about going to another country; it gives you a series of advantages for your professional life. Do you want to participate in an exchange program? Contact us so we can help you.
The old continent is a huge place, full of wonders all kinds. It was not there where humans emerged, but it undoubtedly saw our species spread throughout the world. Each European corner has hundreds of different stories about nations and empires that arose and fell, kings, knights, legends, and feats. In short, Europe is a place where there is much to discover, and for those who are interested in doing go on an exchange program, there is one place that’s perfect for that: Spain. In the following article, we will tell you five great reasons to go to Spain on an exchange program.
Learn to speak Spanish from its bases
By going to Spain, you can learn to speak fluent Spanish, since you will be in constant contact with Spanish native speakers in the land where this language was born, so you’ll be able to learn it from its bases. Also, Spanish educational institutes will also help you increase your Spanish proficiency, which in turn will make your process of adapting to the exchange program faster and more enjoyable. It should be noted that Spanish is the official language of 20 countries, but it’s also the second most spoken in the United States. Thus, learning Spanish opens doors for making connections with people and companies that have a relationship with this audience, which exceeds half a billion people.
Spain is the second most visited country in the world. Its inhabitants’ kindness, that joy that spreads in all directions, allows a pleasant coexistence. In addition, Spaniards are passionate people, which can be seen in their music, dances, stories and other cultural expressions. One of the advantages of going to Spain on an exchange program is precisely that: everybody appreciates being well treated but with much more reason the exchange students, who are far away from their country, so they give a lot of value to Spaniard’s warmth.
Internationally renowned educational institutions
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Spain has some of the finest universities worldwide, such as the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, and other educational institutions of the highest level whose degrees have international validity. In other words, going to Spain on an exchange program can give a boost to your resumé, and this will subsequently help you get better job opportunities all around the world.
Artistic expressions everywhere
Spanish fan with a floral design
Spain is full of art. Its architecture, gastronomy, literature, poetry and typical music genres such as flamenco and pasodoble (among many others) make cultural events a unique explosion for the bodily senses. It is almost impossible to travel any Spanish street without witnessing any of these artistic expressions.
Unrivaled tourist destinations
Ibiza town view
Besides Madrid, Spain has many other cities filled with tourist attractions such as Barcelona, Seville, Valencia and the Canary Islands, to name a few. By visiting these places, you will live different and exciting experiences. No matter how many times you go to one of these cities, you will see new things.
In short, Spain is a country where you will find many places to visit, people to know and unforgettable experiences to live. It is no coincidence that Spaniards are so nationalistic and that this country is always flooded with tourists, many of whom return for future vacations or make Spain their new home.
The same is experienced by those who go to Spain on an exchange program: after obtaining such a valuable education, surrounded by pleasant people and so many possibilities for recreation, they end up falling in love with this country. Are you ready to go to Spain on an exchange program? Please contact us so we can help you.
Are you interesting in joining an exchange program? Let us help you. In this article, we’ll give you five tips that will help you learn the language spoken in the exchange program’s country. When going on an exchange program, the most crucial thing is to learn the host country’s language. Not only from the point of what this may imply in the future at a professional level, but also because the exchange student must at times be able to communicate on their own in the host country.
Incredible as it sounds, people can learn the basics of any language in a matter of weeks and handle its fundamental aspects after a few months. From this, we can deduce that the best method to learn a language is to practice it intensively in the shortest possible time. This is why exchange programs are so beneficial to learn a language: students are constantly exposed to such language during the time of their stay in the host country. It’s very likely that during the first months, a student will not have a mastery of the new language to understand literary classics but it will not take them too long to reach the necessary level to hold informal conversations about current affairs, culture, etc. These are the tips:
If you have not started studying the new language, do it immediately
The “perfect moment” to start studying a language does not exist. Waiting to be in a “more favorable” situation ends up becoming a waste of time, a delay in the education process, so when you decide to learn a new language, the best thing you can do is to start doing it as soon as possible. You certainly don’t have to wait for the exchange program to start studying the exchange program’s host country’s language. You can begin by studying its grammar and basic vocabulary. That way, once you are in the exchange program’s host country, you’ll be able to express basic ideas, and this will help you communicate better with your host family contact.
Immerse yourself in the language you want to learn
Some experts believe that the best way to learn a foreign language is through complete immersion in it. This means that you should handle all your contacts with the outside world by using that language reading books, listening to local radio stations, watching programs and movies and using it exclusively while speaking with others. By doing this, you’ll practice what you learn, expand your vocabulary and train your ears to understand that language.
Sometimes we doubt our knowledge and skills, and we feel afraid to talk to others because we think that at some point we won’t be able to express ourselves and this will make the conversation stop uncomfortably. Although this fear is understandable, the way to overcome it is to face it. If you ever make a mistake or don’t know how to say something in the new language, take your time, breathe and find an alternative way to communicate yourself.
If you feel like abandoning the study of your new language you should know two things: 1. That happens to everyone and has to do with misunderstood words in the new language or in yours. For that reason, when you see a word that you don’t understand, be sure to translate it, clarify it in a dictionary of definitions and, if necessary, search Google for images related to it. 2. Success depends on perseverance. Even if you have problems, the most important thing is that you do not stop studying or practicing the new language for that reason. No matter how long the learning process takes, the only way to achieve your goal is by insisting on it.
As you study new content, try using mnemotechnics, which basically consist of associating each learned concept with something that makes it easier for you to remember it like colors, songs, memories, objects, etc. Each person has their particular way of memorizing content. Find what is most suitable for you. Also, using mnemotechnics can be fun because of the kind of associations you can come up with.
Do you want to go on to Spain on an exchange program? Contact us or keep reading for more information about this country’s most beautiful places.
If you like to have a good time discovering new flavors and an atmosphere of eternal joy, you must go to Spain to live an experience that will exalt all your senses. This country has landscapes with the most varied climates and landscapes to fall in love with, in the presence of live music, tapas, and good beer.
Madrid city tour
For starters, Madrid, its capital, offers endless adventures. A good option to get to know this city is to make a city tour. The only thing you need to do is pay for a ticket, choose one of the two routes and hop on the bus! Then, you’ll be able to ride Madrid’s streets at your pace, since on this bus tour you’ll be able to make stops in the places you prefer.
La Alhambra, Spain.
Beyond Madrid and its sumptuous western style, you’ll find the Alhambra‘s impressive architecture which invites you to relive the Nazari past. There you’ll find the palaces and gardens where emperors and kings lived. Similarly, in its corridors and courtyards, you can take incredible photographs, as well as in its beautifully decorated rooms, whose domes, tiles and perfectly preserved ornamentation await you. Keep in mind that you should get your ticket in advance because such a beautiful place is usually crowded with tourists.
Cave of Altamira
Next, we went from architectural opulence to the beginnings of civilization: the Cave of Altamira. There you will find a photo gallery where you’ll witness a sample of the European cultural heritage. Also, you must visit the mythical cave, where you can enter every Friday and recreate yourself with the pictorial creations that are there. On the other hand, you can visit the library and appreciate the rock art that is on display in this magnificent museum. Request information through the official website and get ready for an out-of-this-age experience.
Teide National Park
Teide National Park
Now’s the turn for the sensational National Park of Teide, in Tenerife, where you will find Spain’s highest point. Visit it to breathe pure air, walk along trails where volcanic lava made its appearance, and feel tiny in this place, declared as cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO. You can go up the cable car and reach the upper station at 3,555m and see a spectacular view. But this is not all; you must follow a path to ascend the crater for about 40 minutes. Once on the top, you’ll be able to watch up to 4 islands. To live this experience, you must request a special permit on the park’s website.
Hanging Houses of Cuenca
Speaking of heights, the Hanging Houses of Cuenca have a record for their beauty and particular location: they’re on a cliff. You can get to that place from the Bridge of San Pablo, which is by a stone bridge through which you must walk a bit to see these impressive houses whose interior is filled with various relics of a still-alive past.
Municipal Market of Vallehermoso
To close with a flourish, we can’t leave aside the best places to eat in Spain. In this nation, the culinary offer is very extensive, with Mediterranean, coastal and countryside environments. Tapas and other exquisite foods are the order of the day in establishments like the Municipal market of Vallehermoso, where you can find a wide range of fresh foods such as greengrocers, butchers, fishmongers and, of course, the best meats and sausages. Also, there are foreign gastronomic proposals such as Argentine cuisine, Thai, and even Japanese, combined with a range of recreational activities that will amaze both adults and children. Do not think twice and travel to Spain as soon as possible.
Do you want to study Spanish? In this article, we will give you some tips that will help you learn that language.
Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world. It is the official language of Spain, but also of 19 other countries located in Central and South America, the Caribbean islands (Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic) and Central Africa (Equatorial Guinea). It’s also worth mentioning that it is the second most spoken language in the United States and that, according to an article by the BBC, in the year 2017 it was estimated that there were 567 million Spanish speakers worldwide.
The Spanish typical letter ñ
Given the above, there are not a few companies that require a bridge that connects them linguistically with this public, and that is where a bilingual and trained worker becomes essential. Besides, learning Spanish opens the doors to a millenary culture, fascinating people and architectural structures whose context will make you hallucinate.
If you are already determined to learn Spanish, follow the tips below. It should be noted that to maximize your learning you must clarify every word you do not know in an English-Spanish dictionary and even in a dictionary of definitions in case you don’t understand the translation of a word or phrase in your native language. These are the tips:
Listen to Spanish music
Gustavo Cerati, Argentinian musician.
There is nothing as stimulating as a sticky melody. So if you want to feel good vibes and learn Spanish while you are at it, you may experiment with genres such as flamenco, salsa, merengue and captivating tango. You can also listen to the masters Gustavo Cerati (rock), Fito Páez (rock), Juan Luis Guerra (ballad, merengue, salsa, and bachata) and Rubén Blades (salsa) with whom you can not only learn new words but also enjoy their great melodies and exquisite prose.
Watch Spanish films, television series and documentaries related to topics that interest you.
Consider learning more about a given topic every single day. Make it your goal to progressively cover portions of this content and comment on what you have learned in class or with your acquaintances; you could also start your journal or Blog for this purpose. This way, you will stimulate your memory and comprehension of what you experienced, at the same time that you will be learning new words and expressions. Movies by Benicio del Toro, Antonio Banderas or those directed by Pedro Almodóvar and Alfonso Cuarón provide an excellent opportunity in this regard.
You can also enjoy your favorite films in a didactic way: If possible, first watch the movie in English with Spanish subtitles, a second time with Spanish dubbing and English subtitles, and a third time dubbed and subtitled in Spanish. By doing this, you will work on your reading comprehension and habituate your ears to understand this language.
Read as many Spanish authors as you can
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
If your passion is to put those little eyes of yours to work and devour books, you will enjoy the great classics of Spanish literature, by the hands of Gabriel García Márquez, Miguel Otero Silva, Rómulo Gallegos, Julio Cortázar, Ernesto Sábato, Horacio Quiroga, Mario Vargas Llosa, Isabel Allende, Garcilaso de la Vega and Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. In them, you will find a repertoire of stories that will take you on a historical and cultural journey.
Use mobile applications in Spanish
There are mobile applications such as Fun Spanish, Duolingo, Busuu, and Babbel whose daily use work miracles in learning any language, and Spanish is no exception. You can also configure your other applications so that their default language is Spanish. It is an additional way to continually expose yourself to this language’s learning process.
Go on a student exchange program
Enjoying a great album, song, book or television series in Spanish is an excellent way to practice that language but if you really want to take your learning to a new level, a trip to a Spanish-speaking country that immerses a student into a new language through natural learning contexts after hard study would constitute a motivational contribution that will reinforce the learning process of that language.
Now, if you are interested in studying Spanish in Spain or another Spanish-speaking country, we will be happy to help you in this regard. Please contact us to receive more information.
Are you interested in hosting an exchange student? Contact us or continue reading if you want to learn about the advantages of doing so.
For many, it is a dream to travel to another country, be it just for pleasure, work or study purposes while learning a different language. However, only a few braves make this dream come true by joining an exchange program, thanks to which they stay in the house of people who at first are total strangers, but end up becoming great friends in the long run. These are the main benefits of hosting an exchange student:
The possibility of teaching valuable information to another human being
Being able to teach someone is as rewarding as giving a present: it feels better than receiving one- “Some fragrance always lingers in the hand that gives roses”. Hosting exchange students is a profoundly enriching experience for the hosting family because it allows its members to meet people from other cultures without leaving their house. It is an unparalleled opportunity to look at the world through the eyes of others and bring home some of its pieces.
At the precise moment in which a family accepts to host an exchange student, the latter is introduced to a new cultural system, and integrated into the new country. Likewise, hosting an exchange student is a commitment, since they must be treated as a new member of the family who needs help to learn the host country’s official language. Of course, the said student should ideally acquire a formal education in that language, but the home lessons will undoubtedly constitute an essential reinforcement in learning it.
If you are looking for a way to grow as a person, hosting an exchange student gives you the perfect opportunity to do so, since it exposes you to live a series of situations in which you must be patient, tolerant and, above all, empathetic.
The chance to step outside the comfort zone
At the beginning of this experience, everything may seem strange because of what it takes to host a foreign student that has its own customs. Therefore, for the exchange student to adapt better, it is important to know more about its origin, values, and interests. The advantage of this is that the members of the host family must, like the exchange student, leave their comfort zone and carry out actions to make coexistence sustainable.
In this sense, the exchange student must be adequately treated. To this end, the members of the host family should be passionate about cultural exchanges. On the other hand, concerning the maintenance of the exchange student, the hosting family is usually responsible for providing breakfast and dinner to the exchange student from Monday through Friday and all meals during weekends. However, details like these are established in documents that must be signed before the exchange program takes place.
Additional help concerning household chores
Of course, it’s a “two-way street”. The exchange student must comply with the host family’s rules and collaborate on household tasks. However, said family must also consider that in many cases these students are adolescents, so the responsibilities assigned to them should match their age and never interfere with their class schedule nor the fulfillment of their academic assignments.
Making new friends
Making new friends
In short, hosting exchange students is an unforgettable experience, a way to help other people and, subsequently, a chance to make new friends around the world. Naturally, a person who leaves their country of origin and is received and treated kindly by a host family will always be grateful to them for life. Then, hosting an exchange student can be the beginning of a lasting bond.
Making the person next to you feel comfortable is the best way to demonstrate your education, regardless of our customs or culture.
Always placing the needs of others above ours, would be a good premise.
But how do we have to act when having a guest at home? Here we leave you 9 useful recommendations that will help you:
Greet: the first thing to do as a househost is to welcome your guest. Invite him to come in. Fell totally relaxed and comfortable, this will emanate good energy and will create a nice environment.
Offer a drink, food: your guest might come from a long journey hungry, thirsty or tired. Invite them to have a drink or to eat something. They might be tired, offer them to wash up and rest if they want to.
Run of the house and boundaries of the stay: show your gest around, it is important that he gets familiar with the house. Show them their room and anything he needs to know for his stay. But don’t overwhelm him with too much information.
Give a Schedule: Give your guest a brief explanation or what your plans are, your timetables, when will you be at home, when will the meals take place, cooking menus…
Make them comfortable: make it clear “my house is your house”. Make everything that’s possible to make them feel like at home. For example, give them kitchen orientation, to help themselves whenever they want.
Basic needs: provide them with anything they can possible need. For example, clean towels, clean sheets, hygiene bath items…
Privacy: Give them space and privacy. If they want to be alone in their room, rest or take a nap, respect that. It is not necessary to keep them busy all the time.
Neat and clean house: make sure everything is clean tidy and neat, specially his or her room. You can even leave fresh flowers in their room as a way of saying welcome.
Ask for arrival information: and last but not least, coordinate with your guest so that you are ready for when he arrives and receive him at the right time with a great welcome.
Finally, any standard or custom of the house is much better and more comfortable for everyone to speak from the first day.
I hope you have served this post to prepare the arrival of your guests.
We found a video from the blogger Amy Aniobi about “How To Be a Good Host” vía Youtube, that might be helpful to complement this information.