Etiqueta: inglés

Cambridge para Erasmus


¿Necesitas una titulación de inglés (niveles B1 y B2) para poder solicitar tu plaza de Erasmus antes del final de Noviembre?
Apúntate a uno de nuestros cursos intensivos de inglés de preparación a CAMBRIDGE LINGUASKILL.
Es un título reconocido por el Programa Erasmus y, además, te permite conocer tu resultado en tan solo 48 horas.
Los cursos empiezan el día 20 de Septiembre y acaban el 19 de Noviembre, dándote tiempo para tramitar tu solicitud.
¡Llámanos al 957475035 o escríbenos para obtener tu plaza!

Cursos Intensivos Verano 2021

Cursos intensivos verano 2021

¿Estás buscando un curso intensivo este verano? Quieres aprovechar de más tiempo libre para mejorar tu nivel de inglés, francés o alemán, o bien sacarte titulación oficial de Cambridge, DELF/DALF, DELE y Goethe-Institut? Pues, llámanos al 957475035 o escríbenos. Estaremos encantado de asesorarte personalmente.

🇬🇧 Fancy Spanish classes this summer? Would you like to learn or improve the language in the beautiful city of Córdoba? Drop us a line or give us a call, we have the perfect solution for you.

🇩🇪 Suchst du diesen Sommer Spanischunterricht? Möchst du in der schönen Stadt Córdoba die Sprache lernen oder verbessern? Schreibe uns oder rufe uns an, wir haben die perfekte Lösung für dich.

Tres horas de inglés por semana

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De cara el nuevo año academico 2020/21, Eurolingua Córdoba presenta una oferta excepcional para todos los alumnos que están preparando un examen de Cambridge (a partir del nivel B1).

Por 89,50€ al mes, a las dos horas semanales de clase se añadirá una tercera hora, cada viernes, dedicada exclusivamente a ejercicios y práctica de Speaking. Y además sin tener que salir de casa, porque la tercera hora será online.

¡Llámanos al 957475035 o escríbenos para apuntarte!

Las ventajas de aprender idiomas desde pequeños

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Siempre se dice que los niños aprenden los idiomas como “esponjas” y de forma natural. Por eso en Eurolingua Córdoba creemos que un aprendizaje temprano del inglés proporciona ventajas tales como:

+ beneficio cognitivo (memoria, flexibilidad, multitarea)
+ comunicación (mejor soltura y pronunciación)
+ confianza en si mismo
+ enriquecimiento cultural
+ oportunidades futuras de trabajo y de viaje.


Si quieres conocer nuestra oferta para niños de infantil y primaria, llámanos al 957475035 o escríbenos.

An interview with Paul Barham

From Leeds to Córdoba: meet our English teacher behind “8-Track Mind EP”.

Did you know that over the years one of the English teachers at Eurolingua built up a parallel -and distinguished – career as one of the most appreciated guitarists and songwriters of the Córdoba scene?

After twenty-seven years in Andalucía and a lead role in a number of bands, ploughing a lone furrow within the local underground scene, Paul Anthony Barhamhas finally decided to go it alone. A collection of songs with a number of eclectic yet very well-defined cultural and artistic influences, his album “8-Track Mind EP” was released at the end of March.
From the kitchen sink movement that defined British cinema in the 1950s to echoes of Lou Reed and P.i.L., from Bowie (“It Doesn’t Matter” carrying notes of the “Kooks”-era) to The Kinks, and from The Jam to the Smiths-like flavours of “You Might”, listening to Paul Barham’s debut album is like a poignant trip through the most inspired chapters of the last 50 years of British music and art history.
There are even references to one of the most brutal moments of 20th-century UK political history, with the folksy “Wood Came Down” recounting the 1984 miners’ strike – a year-long struggle that marked an entire generation of British people.
Even though I’ve lived in Spain for more years than England, I suppose I’ve maintained the “essence” of Britishness (whatever that may be) and cultural roots run deep”, says Paul. “You can take the boy out of Leeds, but you can’t take Leeds out of the boy, haha. I still follow British culture very closely. Contemporary and past music, film and literature”.
Given Paul Barham’s history, some listeners may wonder why his album doesn’t carry more obvious punk overtones. And whilethat may be the case musically, it does have a punk aesthetic in that it’s an independent, d.i.y. and be yourself attitude.
I’d never been very prolific as a songwriter before”, Barham points out, “but about this time last year I was without a band and just jamming alone at home with the acoustic I wrote about 15 songs in the space of a few weeks”. And so he recorded at home: acoustic, electric guitars and vocals, thinking of just posting a homemade demo online.

But then, this is what happened: “A great friend, Juan Valera, who has a studio, ‘Estudios el Doblao‘, and is a multi-instrumentalist, heard the demo and suggested we add other instruments in the studio. So, last July we met up in his studio and recorded the other instruments on top of the original recording, making it up as we went along.”
And that’s how Paul Barham came up with an authentic masterpiece, one that no doubt would have turned heads aplenty in many a quarter, if only it’d been released at a more prosperous time for the music industry. “Because there are so many other offers and distractions today, fewer and fewer people are getting into music, obsessively collecting”, he observes. “Music is a throwaway commodity these days, people sort of chew it and spit it out, like a chewing gum. They  don’t really savour it. They tend to listen to playlists and one-off songs. They don’t sit down and listen to an album from start to finish, which I love to do”.
And yet, dear reader, not all is doom ‘n’ gloom. Because, while the cultural weight carried by  7” singles and LPs may be on the wane, living in 2020 at least means that ease of access is guaranteed, with  8-Track Mind EP” readily available here.
Also available online is the video of his “Saturday Matinee” (take a peek here), ingeniously conjured up and edited by his own daughter Elisa. “That particular song is inspired by the John Osborne play/film The Entertainer, starring Laurence Olivier”, Barham tells us. “It’s the story of an aging, bitter, semi-alcoholic actor/performer in musical hall production with dwindling numbers and difficulties to find finance. It also touches on the emergence of the teenager with money to spend and the birth of R n R, both of which played their part in the demise of the Musical Hall tradition”.
In order to find out more about Barham’s art and inspiration, we thought we’d hand the microphone to our English-speaking staff at Eurolingua. You can’t get any more “teamwork” than this. Each of them prepared a question or two for Paul to answer. Here they are.

QUESTION: What  do you miss the most about the UK? (Molly, Manchester, England).
PAUL: Apart from the obvious (family/friends), the pubs, the number of music venues/gig opportunities, record shops, book shops, second-hand shops… the seaside, the sense of humour…
Q: In your opinion, how is the North of England different to the South of Spain and do you think there are any similarities? (Molly, Manchester, England)
P: There is a world of difference on all levels. However, they have an expression in Spanish, “gente salada” (down to earth, honest people with a very particular sense of humour). I think both share that.
Q: How old were you when you realised that you loved music? (Emma, Bexhill-on-Sea, England)
P: The radio was always on at home and I would become obsessed by certain songs. The earliest memory I have of that would be Hey Jude (1968, so I was 4). I stopped in my tracks everytime it came on the radio, apparently. Many more examples, but another that had the same effect was Life on Mars by Bowie. It was so different to the rest of the pop music of the day, lyrically and musically. To this day the song still hypnotises me.
Q: Was it difficult to make your way into the music scene here in Córdoba? (Kelsey, Seattle, USA)
P: As I didn’t know anyone when I first arrived in Córdoba, I began by playing solo acoustic sets and through that I met like-minded musicians. However, Córdoba is not the best place for attracting crowds given the styles I have played (punk, blues, indie rock-pop). It’s not a natural fit with the musical history and culture here.

Q: Have you ever given flamenco guitar a go? (Claude, Birmingham, England)

P: When I lived in Badajoz in the early 90s, I took flamenco guitar lessons with a gypsy guitarist I knew. I was more interested in the technique than in becoming a flamenco guitarist, but it was difficult for me. Especially the right-hand rhythmic technique and the different “compas” (the structure/number of counts per bar).

In Córdoba I took it up again briefly with an English friend Jeremy, who plays like a native flamenco player, but the distractions of playing other styles interfered and I lacked the necessary discipline to really dominate it (though that was never the intention), though it did give me a good understanding and appreciation of the genre.

Q: If you could choose one artist or group to mentor you (current or past), who would it be and why? (Kelsey, Seattle, EE UU)

P: As a mentor I would choose someone who could guide me in song composition, do for their originality and diversity, both musical and lyrical, it would be a tough choice between Lou Reed, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan (with Lennon/McCartney maybe getting a look in). Joe Strummer too is a strong contender. Most people only know him for his work with the Clash, but his later solo material mixed all kinds of ecclectic styles and lyrically he had the attitude and the turn of phrase. Still though, the winner would probably be Ray Davies from The Kinks…!

Q:
What tips would you give someone wanting to take up the guitar? (Emma, Bexhill-on-Sea and Pete, Stockport, England)

P: Play til your fingers bleed! Play along to songs you like. It’s so much easier today with tutorials on youtube, chords available online etc. I had to learn by ear (I still can’t read music score). Just sit with it, make sounds with it, experiment. Depends on the instrument, of course, but with an acoustic guitar that’s how I began to learn, picking out melodies on one string, then progressing to chords. classes are fine, but you’ve got to have the drive/will to learn it.

Q: What’s your favourite music to relax to? (Molly, Manchester, England)

P: Any music of an artist I like will relax me, from punk to acoustic folk, as I just get lost in the song(s), time disappears and the only moment is the then and there. Same with performing. You get totally lost in moment.

Q:  How do you feel music genres have changed over the last 25 years? (Alec, Edinburgh, Scotland)

P: Speaking of genres on a more general level, I’d say that the lines have become more blurred in the last 30 years. There was a clear progression from 50s Rock ‘n’ Roll, through to 60s beat/pop, psychodelia, to 70s glam then punk and so on, which were normally the product (musical, sartorial) of youth sub-cultures and urban tribes. I don’t see such clear lines of distinction today.

Q: When you write a song, do you first choose a theme or topic and then begin work on it or does the inspiration come to you ‘from the ether’ in the form of a song “asking to be written”? (John, Glasgow, Scotland)

P: I invariably follow the same process. Sat on the sofa “doodling” on the acoustic, a riff or chord sequence comes out and I’ll get a melody line in my head. The lyric nearly always comes last. The I’ll polish the composition (how many verses before first chorus, where to include a middle-eight, how to end, etc).

Q: Have you had any funny/strange/memorable experiences with fans or people in the audience? (Rob, Gloucestershire, England)

P: The typical ones, like hecklers. I learned quickly how to deal with hecklers early on. Give an acid reply and straight into the next song before they have a chance to come back at you. I learned that from watching Joe Strummer, having seen The Clash live a few times. Once, many moons ago, while busking in the centre of Leeds, an old lady stopped me mid-song, handed me 50p and said, “get some singing lessons, love“. I didn’t have a come back for that one!

Q: Do you have a name for your guitar? Do you carry a lucky charm on you when you perform? (Iselin, Christchurch, New Zealand )

P: No, I don’t have a name for my guitars (I have 9) and I don’t have a lucky charm or a set ritual before gigs. Sorry, I wish I could give a more interesting answer, haha!

Q: Are there any new bands/musicians who you enjoy? (Alec, Edinburgh, Scotland)

P: A current artist I really admire is Ezra Furman. I flew to England to see him play at a festival last summer. It was a small festival with loads of up and coming young bands. Brilliant.

Q: If you could only listen to 3 albums for the rest if your life, what would they be? (Lorraine, Bristol, England)

P: Almost impossible to answer. It would change by day/week, depending on my mood. I’ve been nominated several times in the last few weeks by friends on Facebook to do the “name one album a day for 10 days. One that has inspired you, etc…”, but the task to choose 10 seemed so daunting that I haven’t participated. But, given that you ask (but don’t hold me to it) today I would say the first album by the Velvet Underground, Hunky Dory by David Bowie and maybe Never Mind the Bollocks by the Sex Pistols (for when I really want to let off steam!)

Q: What song would you say is your “guilty pleasure”? A song that you like but wouldn’t admit to liking. (Alec, Edinburgh, Scotland)

P: Haha, you want the skeletons in the closet! Maybe Mr Blue Sky by E.L.O or something by the Carpenters. It’s nostalgia. Reminds of the cassettes my dad would play on long car journeys.

P.A. Barham’s “8-Track Mind EP” is available to preview and buy here.

In English, please: lo que no se puede decir en inglés (4)

La cuarta cita de Eurolingua sobre las normas culturales del inglés.
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¡Welcome back,  amigos y lectores de Eurolingua! Como ya abordado la semana pasada, hoy nos gustaría hablar de algunos matices sobre la expresión de obligaciones y deberes en inglés.

Muchos estudiantes de nuestro idioma suelen aprender que “must” and “have to” son la traducción literal del verbo “deber” y, por supuesto, sobre eso no hay duda.

No obstante, hay una larga lista de expresiones que los angloparlantes prefieren utilizar en lugar de “must” and “have to“. Si has leído los precedentes artículos de esta serie (1, 2, 3), quizás te harás dado cuenta de un patrón clarísmo: en inglés las formulas demasiado directas y contundentes no se suelen utilizar. El riesgo es que la gente interprete lo que tú digas como borde y, por lo tanto, es mejor actuar de otra manera.

Fijémonos en el siguiente cuadro. Imaginamos por ejemplo que un gerente (o un profesor) diga a sus empleados (o alumnos) que deben acudir a una reunión online cinco minutos antes para averiguar que no esistan problemas de conexión, audio o micrófono.

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A pesar de ser gramaticalmente correcta, la primera frase (“You must log in five minutes before the  meeting“) no suena como la opción más natural para un nativo angloparlante. “Must” lleva una connotación demasiado tajante y prescriptiva, incluso casi hostil.

Mejor sería utilizar una opción alternativa más suave. Las que proponemos son una selección, pero existen muchas más. Por ejemplo, se podría expresar el mismo concepto bien en forma de pregunta (“Why don’t you log in five minutes before the meeting?“, pero también: “Will you please log in five minutes before the meeting“, o incluso: “Do you mind logging in, [etc]?”), recomendación, o petición. En caso de que se quisiera escoger el imperativo (“Please log in five minutes before the meeting“), el papel diplomático que juega la palabra “please” es fundamental.

Dentro del código de conducta británico, el oyente sabe que no se trata de algo optativo, sino de una obligación. No obstante le cabrá mejor recibir instrucciones en un tono que no suene tan prescriptivo.

Así que, a no ser que se trate de las dinámicas de una prisión, de infracciones, multas y leyes (y aún así, “you can’t” es preferible a “you must not“), o de un internado de antes de los años sesenta, recuerda: ¡menos “must” y más “should“!

ANTERIORES ARTICULOS:

In English, please: lo que no se puede decir en inglés (3). Preguntas coletilla y “is that alright?
In English, please: lo que no se puede decir en inglés (2). Desacuerdo, diplomacia y distancia.
In English, please: lo que no se puede decir en inglés (1). Etiqueta, peticiones y “What?

¿Buscas clases online con Eurolingua?

En estos días de aislamiento, quizás estás buscando una manera de aprovechar del tiempo para ayudar tu familia, mejorar tu currículum o bien darle un valor añadido a tu empresa. Eurolingua Córdoba lleva 37 años liderando en la enseñanza de idiomas.
Si buscas clases de inglés, francés, alemán o español online, escríbenos o llámanos. Te atenderemos con placer.

Clases online con Eurolingua Córdoba

Las clases online de Eurolingua se están conviertiendo en el verdadero éxito de este mes. Gracias a la paciencia y capacidad de adaptación tanto de nuestros alumnos como de nuestros fantásticos profesores, cada día va mejor y mejor.
Apuntate, también. Tenemos clases de inglés, francés, alemán y español: clases para adultos y para niños, individuales y en grupos, de preparación a exámenes y a conferencias, para presentaciones y entrevistas de trabajo. Adem´sas tenemos cursos bonificados y cursos para colectivos especializados

¡Junto conseguiremos que estas semanas de aislamiento no se hagan tan largas!

COMUNICADO DE EUROLINGUA IDIOMAS SOBRE LA ACTUAL SITUACIÓN EXCEPCIONAL GENERADA POR EL CORONAVIRUS


COMUNICADO DE EUROLINGUA IDIOMAS SOBRE LA ACTUAL SITUACIÓN EXCEPCIONAL GENERADA POR EL CORONAVIRUS
Queridos alumnos y familia de Eurolingua,
Después del comunicado oficial por parte del Gobierno Autonómico de la suspensión de las clases en centros escolares, en todas las etapas educativas, consideramos importante sumarnos a la responsabilidad social para que esta situación excepcional sea lo más breve y efectiva posible.
Así, hemos decidido durante el periodo que nos recomiendan desde la Junta de Andalucía, cambiar la modalidad de clases a clases online en streaming y contenidos online.
Por tanto, no interrumpimos las clases sino que las impartiremos de un modo diferente y sin duda ¡divertido!.  Desde Eurolingua conseguiremos ayudaros a amenizar el tiempo que tengamos que pasar en casa.
Durante el día de hoy, viernes 13 de marzo, las clases se desarrollarán con normalidad en nuestro centro y será a partir del lunes 16 de marzo cuando iniciemos esta etapa que, entre todos, haremos breve pero interesante y fructífera.
Iremos informando puntualmente de cómo se desarrollarán estas clases, los medios y el procedimiento. Para eso será necesario que dispongamos de vuestros correos electrónicos y números de teléfono.
La Jefatura de Estudios de la academia y su secretaría permanecerán abiertas en su horario habitual, más disponibles que nunca para cualquier duda o consulta que pueda surgir. Igualmente estaremos disponibles 24 horas por email, que serán contestados rápidamente.
En Eurolingua siempre hemos creído en el trabajo en equipo y la colaboración entre compañeros, ahora en momentos particularmente excepcionales apelamos también a la familia de la que formáis parte, para que entre todos salgamos fortalecidos.
Especialmente en los días de adaptación a la nueva modalidad, agradecemos de antemano la paciencia y la colaboración y quedamos a vuestra disposición para lo que necesitéis.
Por nuestra parte reiteramos, iremos dando información precisa y puntual.
¡Un abrazo virtual a todos!

Cursos intensivos Cambridge: 5 horas/semanas

¿Sabes que en Eurolingua Córdoba los cursos intensivos de inglés de preparación a los exámenes Cambridge (B1, B2 y C1) consisten de 5 horas semanales?

Una de las horas está dedicada exclusivamente a la práctica del Speaking Paper, con simulacros de la parte oral del examen con frecuencia semanal.

Si estás buscando un curso intensivo de preparación a los exámenes Cambridge de Junio 2020 a buen precio, y estás consciente del valor añadido de una academia prestigiosa con profesores nativos, titulados y expertos de Cambridge, llámanos al 957 475 035 o escríbenos para conocer precios y fechas.

Aún quedan las plazas finales en nuestros grupos.