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La Habana, Cuba

Pancha plancha con cuatro planchas. ¿Con cuántas planchas Pancha plancha?!

Can you say that three times fast? What is the answer?

Latin American Spanish and “Castilian Spanish”- referred by some as the Spanish spoken in Spain- are both available at Language Loop. Our Spanish faculty includes teachers from Spain, México, Colombia, Guatemala, Venezuela, and Argentina.

We can create specialized vocabulary curriculum (Health, Hospitality, Business, Law, Construction, Food & Beverage, etc.) to meet specific language needs.

Bring your desire to learn SPANISH, your taza de café o té, and get ready for the Language Loop!

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Restaurant in Bogota, Colombia

 

LANGUAGE LOOP SPANISH PROGRAMS AND SERVICES:

Live Instruction.   Face-to-Face. Spanish lessons for all proficiency levels.  If you have background in Spanish, please contact us to schedule a time for a free level evaluation.

INTENSIVE PROGRAMS

Dive & Survive in Spanish-an Immersion Program:  Language Loop’s most intensive private course, Dive & Survive is the ideal program for frequent travelers. This course requires from students 7 hours per day, for 5 consecutive days. Complimentary lunch is included for every day of the program.

Group Intensive Spanish Programs (2-5 students): These classes meet every day from Monday to Friday, 3 hours per lesson for the duration of: 

2 weeks (30 hours of instruction)

3 weeks (45 hours of instruction)

4 weeks (60 hours of instruction)

 

PRIVATE COURSES

Private Spanish Instruction:   One-on-one Spanish lessons.   Enjoy flexible schedule.   Minimum two hours per class.  Enroll in a customized program or take advantage of one of our packages designed with your language needs in mind.

Skype Lessons: If you prefer distance learning, we offer lessons via Skype.  Contact us for details.

Tutoring:  Private lessons. Flexible schedule.  Class content is focused on particular aspects of the Spanish language and the student’s needs.

GROUP CLASSES

Busy Loop Group (2-5 students): Meet once a week, two hours per lesson, for 8 weeks or accelerate your progress: meet twice a week for 4 weeks to complete 16 hours of instruction.   (Schedule updates).

SEMI-PRIVATE COURSES

Semi-Private Spanish Lessons: This course comprises of 2-3 students who wish to learn together, and who share the same proficiency level. This course features a flexible schedule.

 

OTHER PROGRAMS

Corporate Spanish Private and Group Programs onsite or in our language center:  Enjoy flexible schedule.   Minimum two hours per class.  Completely customized.

Spanish Literature Courses:  private instruction or in a small class setting.

Spanish for Lawyers: private instruction with personalized vocabulary.

Translation Services: Our team of experienced translators will be happy to assist you with the translation of documents in Spanish.

Cross Cultural Training: Cultural understanding is a key component in today’s global business efforts. Our trainers bring all their experience and knowledge in cultural awareness to ensure success in your company’s assignments abroad. Seminars and training are offered on-site or in our training center.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

Facts About The Spanish Language:

  • Spanish is part of the Indo-European family of languages, which are spoken by more than a third of the world’s population. Spanish can be classified further as a Romance language, a group that includes French, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan and Romanian. –Source: Wikipedia
  • El Cantar de MyoÇid (El Poema de MyoÇid or Mio Cid, literally The Song of my Cid), also known in English as The Poem of the Cid is the oldest preserved Castilian epic poem (epopeya).  Composed sometime between 1195-1207, it is based on a true story about the Castilian hero El Cid, and takes place during the Reconquista, or reconquest of Spain from the Moors.  – Source: Wikipedia
  • The Gramática de la lenguacastellana, written in Salamanca in 1492 by Elio Antonio de Nebrija, was the first grammar written for a modern European language.  – Source: Wikipedia
  • The Real Academia Española was founded in 1713, modelled after the Italian Accademia della Crusca (1582) and the French Académie française (1635), with the purpose “to fix the voices and vocabularies of the Castilian language with propriety, elegance, and purity”. King Philip V approved its constitution on 3 October 1714, placing it under the Crown’s protection. –Source: Wikipedia
  • With 406 million native speakers, Spanish ranks as the world’s No. 2 language in terms of how many people speak it as their first language. It is slightly ahead of English (328 million) but far behind Chinese (1.2 billion). -Source: Ethnologue and Wikipedia
  • Additionally, there are over 10,000,000 fluent second language speakers in both Brazil and the United States. Since the early 21st century, it has arguably superseded French in becoming the second-most-studied language and the second language in international communication, after English.- Source:  Wikipedia
  • There have been 11 Literature Nobel Prizes in Spanish: José Echegaray (Spain, 1904); Jacinto Benavente (Spain, 1922); Gabriela Mistral (Chile, 1945); Juan Ramón Jiménez (Spain, 1956); Miguel Ángel Asturias (Guatemala, 1967); Pablo Neruda (Chile, 1971); Vicente Aleixandre (Spain, 1977); Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia, 1982); Camilo José Cela (Spain, 1989); Octavio Paz (Mexico, 1990) and Mario Vargas Llosa (Spain -born in Perú-, 2010). –Source: Wikipedia
  • After Latin, the language that has had the biggest influence on Spanish is Arabic. Today, the foreign language exerting the most influence is English. –Source: About.com
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Managua, Nicaragua

FUN THINGS TO KNOW

Seseo is the merger of the phonemes /s/ and /θ/; both pronounced as [s]. Seseo is the most widespread pronunciation among Spanish speakers worldwide. Although a minority pronunciation in Spain, virtually all speakers in Hispanic America are seseantes, and seseo is considered standard in all varieties of Latin American Spanish. It coexists with distinción and ceceo in parts of Spain (e.g. in Canary Islands and in some areas of Andalusia). –Wikipedia
Etymologists trace the origin of the word “chocolate” to the Aztec word “xocoatl,” which referred to a bitter drink brewed from cacao beans. The Latin name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means “food of the gods.” – Smithsonian.com (Wikipedia)

 

A churro, sometimes referred to as a Spanish doughnut, is a fried-dough pastry—predominantly choux—based snack. Churros are popular in Spain, France, the Philippines, Portugal, Latin America (including Brazil and Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands) and the United States. There are two types of churros in Spain, one which is thin (and sometimes knotted) and the other which is long and thick (porra). They are both normally eaten for breakfast dipped in hot chocolate or café con leche. – Wikipedia

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