Spanish

I Love Siestas!

According to the press, the siesta is dying out in Spain as businesses have to stay open for as long as possible to try and make money. There are even reports that the tradition in many hot European countries to close down for the whole of August may be finishing too. It appears the global recession is really making people question traditional ways of living and doing business.

Nancy taking a siesta

In a busy tourist resort like Playa Blanca, many shops stay open all day and every day. I love coming back from a restaurant or night out and being able to call into a supermarket to do some shopping at 22.00 or even  read more »

Dictionary of Canarian Words

How many times have you looked to translate a word that you’ve heard in conversation or read in Lanzarote and not found it in your dictionary or translator?

Diccionario_de_palabras_Canarias

I know I have lots of times! I’ve found  read more »

Salt Carpets in Teguise

Corpus Christi, the Catholic celebration of the Eucharist, is marked in Lanzarote by the creation of intricate and brightly coloured alfombras de sal or salt carpets.

Salt Carpet

Sea salt dyed in bright colours is used in huge quantities to make the carpets. The carpets depict events or organisations or simply local views. They are laid in the plazas near to the church and are walked over, and ultimately destroyed, by the Sunday Corpus Christi procession.

Roller Skate Salt Carpet Children at Alfombras de Sal

In Teguise, the old capital of Lanzarote, best known for its Sunday market, they made the carpets yesterday,  read more »

Spanish Coach Lanzarote, Janet Harper

Many Lanzarote residents know of Janet Harper as someone who has helped them to grasp the Spanish language in Lanzarote.

Janet Harper Spanish Coach Lanzarote

Janet offers private lessons in the comfort of your own home, so that you can learn at a time to suit you, comfortably and at your own pace. Also,  read more »

Batucada

Batucada is the sound of carnival in Lanzarote, you just can’t help but move your feet to the beat!

Batucada Puerto del Carmen Carnival Woman Batuca

The rhythm of batucada originates from the Brazilian sound of samba. A large group is required to play the wide variety of percussion instruments which include some or all of the following:

Apito – whistle, usually played by the leader to instruct the group  read more »

New Intercambio Group, Playa Honda, 2nd March 2011

The third Intercambio group for Lanzarote will start from this Wednesday 2nd March 2011 and the following first Wednesday each month after.Intercambio_Playa_Honda 

Intercambio is proving a really popular way for people in Lanzarote to practice their language skills whilst making new friends. The aim of the session is to find a native speaker in the language that you are learning, spend 30 minutes talking in that language and then swap for 30 minutes of the other language so that both sides get an equal time of practice. There are lots of Spanish who would like to improve their English as well as Brits wanting to improve their Spanish.

We’ve been along to some of these sessions and found them good fun as well as being practical, you get to know some of the local colloquialisms and a gentle correction if you’re not saying something quite right. You don’t have to live here, if you’re just visiting but would like to join in please do!

There is no charge for Intercambio  read more »

Traditional New Year in Lanzarote

Plaza Mayor Clock Casa de CorreosNew Year in Lanzarote is traditionally celebrated with Uvas, Cotillón, Cava and Fuego Artificiales. You still have time to organise the following if you want to celebrate a traditional Spanish Nochevieja this year.

Uvas

Before midnight select 12 grapes per person off the bunch and place in a plastic cup. If you haven’t bought seedless grapes, cut and extract the seeds. The challenge is to eat one grape per bong of midnight! This tradition dates back to 1909 in Alicante where following an unusually large harvest of grapes everyone was given them to eat. The grapes signify good luck for the coming year.

Cotillón

You can buy bags of Cotillón from  read more »

Día de los Santos Inocentes

Paper_Doll_Chain (1) Beware what you read or watch on TV in Spain today, it’s Día de los Santos Inocentes!

Día de los Santos Inocentes is held on the 28th December and is similar to our April’s Fools day on the 1st April.

In Spain there are lots of different traditions across the regions from sticking a white paper doll on the back of someone to flour/ egg battles.

The media generally like to play a trick by publishing a fake news story.  read more »


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