Interview with the author of ‘Shadow of the wind’ Carlos Ruiz Zafon

September 10th, 2010 @

El Mundo de la literatura espanola

Today’s programme is an edited version of World Book Club.

Harriett Gilbert and readers talk to writer Carlos Ruiz Zafon about his much acclaimed bestseller ‘The Shadow of the Wind’.

Part literary thriller, part gothic novel, ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ is a page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead. Sworn to secrecy, ten-year old Daniel is taken to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a labyrinthine library for obscure and neglected books hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona. Daniel is allowed to choose one book that he has to cherish for life. He picks The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax, and sets off on an exhilarating journey into Barcelona’s dark and disturbing past.

Harriett Gilbert and Carlos Ruiz Zafon in the Radio Theatre

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January learn to speak Spanish-Edgware-Harrow-online

August 26th, 2010 @


At AnasClassroom – we can tutor you from the comfort of your own home or on site. Call us on 020 8951 5868 to find out more”.

Here at offer Spanish courses for beginners, intermediate and advance levels. There are classes on site in Edgware/ Harrow available for small groups of students.

There are also Spanish conversation courses online via Skype, for those students who have a busy schedule during the week but still want to improve their conversational Spanish or simply want to learn Spanish. For those students the online Skype Spanish course at would be the best choice as can be accessed during the evenings and weeks ends. All you need is a broadband connection and a subscription to Skype.

If you still have not decided to learn Spanish perhaps the reflections below can help you to make the decision to start learning Spanish in September.

In Europe most people who choose to learn Spanish do so because of its popularity. They know that learning Spanish will give them practical knowledge – both in their daily and professional lives.

There is also another reason, and a very important one to start learning to speak Spanish. The reason is that Spanish is a romance language, a language that descends from Latin, the language of ancient Rome. Learning to speak Spanish will open the doors of communication with many millions of other people who speak one of the other romance languages.

The six most widely spoken standardized Romance languages are Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Romanian, and Catalan. Among numerous other Romance languages are Corsican, Lombard, Occitan, Gascon, Aromanian, Sardinian, Sicilian, Venetian, Galician, Neapolitan and Friulian. How many people!

Language acquisition requires special skills that, once learned, can be used to become fluent in other romance languages in much less time than it would take someone who is learning their first romance language.

Basically, this is due to the similarities that the romance languages have in grammar structure and vocabulary. Understanding a language means understanding culturally enriching aspects of different societies. In order to stay competitive in today’s world, it is imperative that we learn more about other cultures.

Is Spanish the new French?

August 24th, 2010 @

Part of the Spanish flag

According to recent statistics on the number of students taking A Levels in foreign languages, the take-up of Spanish has increased by 4%. The number of students taking French and German however, has fallen 3.4% and 3.8% respectively.

Over the last few years Spanish has certainly overtaken German in the popularity stakes when it comes to GCSE and A Level learning, but French has always remained constant in its take-up. Could this be changing, though?

In the globalised world of today, it’s much easier to live and work abroad, and there are far more large, international companies with a need for foreign language speakers. Whilst French still plays an important role on the world stage, possibly the most useful language on a global scale is Spanish. Spanish gives you access not only to Spain, but also to the scores of countries on the South American continent that have Spanish as a first language.

Read more: Is Spanish the new French?


June 11th, 2010 @

Asi es cómo va la conversación de unas amigos cuando van juntas a cenar en el restaurante ‘Pepe’.

  • Camarero
  • ¿Qué van a tomar?
  • Luisa
  • Para mí una paella.
  • Mary
  • para mi gambas al ajillo.
  • Lucyy
  • Para mí medio pollo al horno con patatas fritas.
  • Camarero¿y para beber?
  • Luisa
  • Para mi un zumo de naranja.
  • Mary
  • Para mi una cerveza.
  • Lucy
  • Para mi un vaso de vino tinto.
  • Camarero
  • ¡Qué os aproveche!
  • Mary
  • ¿Cómo está tu paella?
  • Luisa
  • Muy buena y tus gambas ¿Cómo están?
  • Mary
  • Muy buenas, tambien. Y Lucy ¿Cómo está el pollo y las patatas?
  • Lucy
  • ¡Están buenísimas! ¡las patatas están riquísimas!
  • Lucy
  • Pagamos ya?
  • Mary
  • Si, yo pido la cuenta. Camarero la cuenta por favor.
  • Camarero
  • Son 30.00 euros.
  • Mary
  • Aqui tiene, 30 euros.
  • Camarero
  • Gracias.
  • Mary
  • De nada.
  • See video ORDERING FOOD


¿Qué vamos hacer en las vacaciones? Pues, porqué no aprendemos un poco de español?

June 8th, 2010 @

Recogiendo fruta en el campo en Valencia
Como llega a la fruta a nuestras mesas. Aquí veréis todo el proceso desde de la recogida de la fruta, la selección, la empaquetadura, el almacenamiento hasta el transporte de la fruta a las a las tiendas donde la compramos y la llevamos a nuestras casas para comerla.
Con este video podréis aprender el nombre de las frutas: nectarinas, manzanas, peras; los verbos recoger, ayudar, poner, llevar;
Expresiones sobre las frutas como: las frutas están buenas, están deliciosas,
O espressiones de como te sientes: estoy cansado, tengo mucha sed.

pica aqui

Why Learn Spanish in The First Place?

April 30th, 2010 @

According to Encarta [1], Spanish (with 358 million native speakers) is the second most spoken language as a native speaker in the world, next only to Chinese. It is one of the 6th official language of the United Nations which also count English, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, and Russian.

Although English predominates for business and economic purposes, there is a vast quantity of people and a large variety of professions that use Spanish for business transactions and negotiations throughout the world.

While the Hispanic population continues to rise steadily, we have already 500 millions Spanish-speaking people in the world today. Since Spanish is also the second commonly spoken language in United States, it is no surprise so many native English speakers want to learn Spanish.

You can make learning Spanish a very enjoyable and rewarding experience if you apply yourself to a systematic approach to learning the language. For best results it is important that you feel motivated by the process.

In your pursuit of the language learning Spanish presents several advantages. Be it just for the fun of learning another tongue or for any other purposes, learning Spanish will help you succeed for the following reasons:

Being able to speak Spanish can open you windows of career opportunities in many different industries like education, customer services, tourism, interpretation and translation, the medical and legal profession.

There are also another set of 24 reasons to speak Spanish, as 24 is the number of countries where Spanish is the official language. Speaking Spanish will greatly help you enjoy your travel and enhance your experience of the country.

Last but not least. Did you know that most people who learn another language experience a general improvement in memory from studying a language? Well studies prove it.

Knowledge of a language is an achievable goal if you want to increase your value to a company you will find that it can fulfil that goal. Spanish is the perfect language to include on a résumé.

What are you going to do this summer? learn a language?

April 11th, 2010 @

Here is an idea to add to your plans before summer time. Why don’t you start learning Spanish for your holidays in Spain?

Enjoy your summer holidays while in Spain. Feel confident when ordering at your favourite restaurant; ask for the interesting sightseeing of the town you are visiting; chat with the locals; understand the locals pretend a little to fully understand the Spanish TV news.
And if you are not planning to go any where the option of learning Spanish is also a good alternative to use learn Spanish and show off to your friends.

I will work with you and give you the main points you need to know with just half an hour of your time once or twice a week at a convenient time. AnasClasroom offers a short Spanish course to suit your needs. Your tutor is only a click away from your home if you email me at I will be able to offer support and advice.

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