Chinese New Year in our Spanish classes

Chinese New Year in D7

Chinese New Year in D7 | Photo: Tom Walton

It's Chinese New Year and in Spanish class last week our teachers and learners produced some pretty cool activities and decorations to celebrate it.

In Spanish, not Chinese, that would have been, of course šŸ˜‰ !

Each class on our intensive Spanish courses did something different and then on Friday, each class went to visit the others. Apart from the multicultural exchanges that lead to, it also made a nice change from "normal" class and afforded lots of opportunities for communicative use of our Spanish.


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Your power to change climate change

March 28th is Earth Hour and if you're here at IH Barcelona with us you will have seen that we've been creating posters to promote the #YourPower campaign, using whatever there was in the recycle bins:

YourPower to change climate change

The politicians aren't going to do anything about climate change, are they? They've done nothing whatsoever, despite all their commitments and empty promises so it's now down to you.

You could just do nothing, as Naomi Klein points out in her latest book:

We know that if we continue on our current path of allowing emissions to rise year after year, climate change will change everything about our world. All we have to do is nothing.
Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything

But we suggest you don't do that and set yourself a challenge that will make a difference.

Downstairs, in the front hall we've started to post our own challenges on the noticeboard:


We like this one, done in one of our Spanish classes:

No more hairdryer

Giving up your hairdryer to help halt climate change (and it's great for your hair, too!)

And this one:

No more meet

No more meat — even if it's only for seven days… Or here's a really neat idea !

We liked them because they're small, because they're simple, and because — if we all did them, and carried on doing them — they'd make a difference.

Your challenge can be anything, it doesn't have to last the whole month, but you can't just do nothing!

Post it downstairs on the noticeboard (or here, in the comments, if you like…!)

NOTE We have an environment policy at IH Barcelona, an environment officer and EMASIII and ISO 14001 environmental seals of approval — but you have to help us.

En la clase de Amanda

La clase de Amanda

Like Vanesa's class, Amanda's Elementary group also wanted to present themselves here on our blog. It's amazing how much Spanish you can learn in a couple of weeks!

Linda ahora vive en la calle Industria en Barcelona. Quiere vivir en Barcelona dos semanas. Estudia espaƱol porque quiere visitar EspaƱa. Ahora es estudiante y viene a la escuela con el metro. Le gusta la paella, la luz y el clima en Barcelona. Su paĆ­s estĆ” cerca de Barcelona. Conoce la Sagrada Familiaā€¦ Pues, piensa ir a la playa.

Fredrik es sueco. Vive en Barcelona durante seis meses. ĀæPor quĆ© estudia espaƱol? Porque su amiga conoce mucha gente que habla espaƱol. Fredrik vive con unos compaƱeros en un piso. Sus compaƱeros vienen de Inglaterra, Israel y Brasil. No conoce la comida espaƱola y no visita lugares y cosas en Barcelona. Pero hoy va con sus compaƱeros a visitar la Sagrada Familia. ĀæQuĆ© le gusta mucho? Salir de noche.

Shan el prĆ³ximo aƱo va a la universidad por eso estudia espaƱol en Barcelona. Ella estĆ” aquĆ­ durante tres meses, Shan vive cerca de la escuela, en la calle Marina, con su familia. Le gusta visitar la playa y los monumentos. Por la maƱana Shan va a la escuela, tardaĀ  veinte minutos. Por la noche Shan le gusta estar con su familia en casa.

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En poco tiempo, mucho espaƱol

La clase de Vanesa

La clase de Vanesa | Foto: Tom Walton

En nuestro curso intensivo de espaƱol, en la clase de Vanesa (nivel Elemental), hemos podido comprobar cuƔnto se puede hacer en poco tiempo.

Aquƭ, sus estudiantes, que han hecho como mƔximo 3 semanas de clase, presentan a sus compaƱeras de clase despuƩs de hacerles una entrevista. Esto es lo que nos cuentan:

Annika | Annika es de Alemania, hace 2 semanas que vive en Barcelona, y piensa quedarse 4 semanas mĆ”s…

Annika tiene 18 aƱos, ella es una estudiante de espaƱol en la escuela IH. A Annika le gusta leer libros, escuchar mĆŗsica, quedar con sus amigosĀ  y viajar. Por las tardes le gusta ir de compras y salir de noche.Ā  Annika dice que los espaƱoles hablan muy rĆ”pido y le cuesta entenderlos. Pero le gusta la cultura de EspaƱa y el clima tambiĆ©n. Annika quiere volver a Barcelona en el prĆ³ximo aƱo.

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