English Beaches

Are you tired of the hot Mediterranean sun? Do you secretly dream of a milder, kinder summer? In that case you are one of a growing number of people who opt to spend their summer holiday in England. If you are English and you choose to stay at home then you are known as a staycationer. In fact, global warming and a desire to lower our carbon footprint by cutting down on air travel have seen an increase in Britons staying on their own shores.  Whether you are British or a visitor from a abroad, what can you expect from an English beach?

Pebbles- While Btritain does boast a handful of spectacular sandy beaches such as Bournemouth, most beaches are covered in pebbles. Swimmers should wear plastic sandals so that they can wade out into the sea without hurting their feet. Children will enjoy trying to skim the surface of the water with their pebbles.

Punch and Judy - Unique to Britain, this seaside favourite has been a staple on the entertainment scene since the 19th century. In this current age of video arcades and social media it is still nice to sit back and enjoy something as innocent as a puppet performance.

Piers - At many English beaches holidaymakers can stretch their legs by strolling out on walkways that are suspended over the water. Classic piers include Brighton pier but they also come in more cutting-edge variety such as Hastings Pier.

Cold weather - Yes, global warming has seen a steady increase in English summer temperatures but despite this, sunshine is far from guaranteed. Anoraks and tents are normal sights on English beaches. If you feel really brave, why not join the locals in a New Year's dip in the decidedly chilly water at Brighton Beach?


A little bit Arty-Farty

Inspired by the early spring, our venerable teacher Cono has gone a bit art mad this month. You can see the results of her Art Quiz along our corridor and in her classroom. Do you know your Rothko from your Van Gogh, or your Frida Kahlo from your Banksy? In fact, throughout Madrid this month there are a number of top exhibitions on, including the Prado Museum bicentennial celebration. Could there be a better time to talk about art?



Oh Christmas Tree!

Christmas at The Language House!

Believe it or not, the above image shows the result of painstaking handiwork of ALL our students! Whether one is a pagan or a Christian, there is no denying the warmth generated by a Christmas tree at this time of year. Indeed, the tradition of bringing evergreen plants, especially fir trees, into the home, can be traced all the way back to ancient pagan times. These plants were believed to be life-giving. At The Language House, in keeping with this tradition, we put up out own homemade version of this custom. You can see the stunning results of our "snowflake" tree in the hallway (throughout the festive period). Happy Christmas everyone!

New Year 2019!


Happy new year!

With last year out of  the way and a new year beckoning, it's time to reflect and look back at the old year. Did you have a good one? Did you achieve all your goals? If not, then perhaps it's time to draw up a list of new resolutions. Here are a few of the most common:

1:  Get healthy!  You can do this by giving up bad habits such as smoking or drinking too much. Why not sign up at the local gym?

2: Take up a new hobby or course. A big source of dissatisfaction in life is the daily grind or routine. If your job is getting you down then you can retrain or simply do something for the soul. Enlighten yourself! Leave your comfort zone!

3: Plan the trip of your life. As winter takes its icy grip, many people dream of escaping to sunny locations in far-flung Asian countries or Florida. Book that trip now and shake off the winter blues.

Finally, if you find your motivation waning and those resolutions slipping away don't lose heart. Just remember that 90 % of resolutions are doomed to failure. Good luck and happy new year!

Mad November Days!

Those mad November days...

November is an inbetween time. Summer has been and gone. Leaves redden and fall. Days alternate between fading sunlight and ever present drizzle. Most of us associate this month with the build-up to Christmas. Halloween ushers in the long dark nights, along with a host of terrifying ghostly beings and annoying children making threats in exchange for sweets.  Black Friday offers Americans (and increasingly other nationalities)the chance to snap up bargains and save money on their December gifts. 

A quick search on google reveals that several strange celebrations also take place in November. 

November 3rd is Sandwich Day. This popular meal was supposedly invented by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. By skipping long, drawn-out lunches and snacking on meat between two slices of bread, this compulsive gambler was able to spend longer indulging in his passion for cards. Celebrate this ingenious creation by pigging out on your favourite "sanie".

November 15th is officially Clean your Refrigerator Day! No kidding! Perhaps it would be better to not wait until this late in the year though, before washing out your smelly leftovers.

If you do get ill in the process however, you can always move on to Have a Bad Day Day (19th November) or have fun on  Our Uncles are Monkeys Day (on the 24th, in honour of Charles Darwin).

By this stage, all these weird holidays have probably left you bemused and worn out. Luckily, the month ends with Stay at Home Because you are Well Day (30th November). The creators of this day advocate calling in to work "well" and just taking the day off.

Enjoy your November!