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Instituto Cervantes participates in The Language Show 2019 in London

Instituto Cervantes in London will participate in the Language Show on the 15-17th November. Hosted in London annually, it encourages learning and improvement across all global languages ​​in colleges and universities, including range of official exams qualifications. There will also be cultural events held in celebration of nations across the United Kingdom.

«The Language Show is a unique opportunity to have direct contact with the language teaching offer available in the UK. To Instituto Cervantes in London, it is the best showcase to promote the center in the country,» underlines the head of studies at Instituto Cervantes in London, Pablo Martínez Gila.

In addition, Martínez Gila highlights the high number of Spanish teachers who approach the stand to learn about the possibilities of training in Spanish as a Foreign Language (ELE), in order to update didactic, methodological and linguistic knowledge.

 In its 31st edition, The Language Show is considered the largest language event in Europe, offering outstanding talks, classes and functions including over 100 exhibitors as well as test classes in 23 languages, free lectures and seminars.

 The Cervantes Institute will have a joint stand with the Consejería de Educación and the Embassy of Spain in London, in which it will show the academic offer (classes and training), cultural centre and library.

The event takes place in the Olympia fairgrounds, and it’s an opportunity that cannot be missed for anyone learning or teaching a language. The wealth of resources on offer as well as help, advice, ways to learn and teach is unprecedented and, most importantly, will be an inspiration to all those who attend. 

Get your free ticket to go to The Language Show here.

Spanish, a language spoken by 580 million people, and 483 million of them native

A total of 580 million people speak Spanish in the world, 7.6% of the world’s population. Of these, 483 million – three million more than a year ago – are native Spanish speakers, which makes Spanish the world’s second mother tongue by number of speakers. In addition, studies have shown that these 22 million people span across 110 countries. Spanish is the third most used language on the internet, where it has great growth potential.
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These are some of the most relevant data collected by the Yearbook of Spanish in the world 2019”, done by Instituto Cervantes, presented by its director, Luis García Montero, accompanied by people who were in charge for its content, in an event open to the public.

David Fernández Vítores, author of the study, believes that Brexit will be positive for Spanish in the European Union because it will increase the proportion of Spanish speakers. His 90-page study offers an updated and very reliable census of Spanish speakers and contains «very positive and innovative data», such as the importance given to Spanish in the Linkedin network, a space that is analyzed here for the first time .

The first section of the book introduces the updated data on the Spanish language in areas such as demography, teaching and learning, Internet and social networks, science and culture, its international influence and economic value, as well as its diplomatic presence.



Almost 483 million people have Spanish as their mother tongue. (The 2018 Yearbook estimated native speakers at 480 million).

The number of potential Spanish users exceeds 580 million. This figure brings together the groups of native domain, limited competence and foreign language students. Last year it was 577 million.

Spanish is the second mother tongue in the world by number of speakers, only behind Mandarin Chinese.

It is the third language in the global computation of speakers (native domain + limited proficiency + Spanish students) after English and Chinese.

7.6% of the world’s population is today Spanish-speaking. The percentage is expected to increase one tenth (7.7%) in 2050.

In 2100, this percentage is expected to fall to 6.6%, mainly due to the decline in inhabitants of Latin America in the face of the population explosion in several African countries, among other factors.

For demographic reasons, the percentage of the world’s population that speaks Spanish as a native language is increasing, while the proportion of Chinese, English and French speakers decreases. 

In 2060, The United States is anticipated to be the second Spanish-speaking country in the world after Mexico: almost one in three Americans will be Hispanic.


Study of Spanish as a foreign language:

A total of 21,882,448 students study Spanish as a foreign language (67,000 more than last year), according to data recorded in 110 countries and at all levels of education.

The Cervantes Institute estimates that the real demand is 25% higher, since the data does not also reflect private education.

In the US, Spanish is the most studied language at all levels of education.

In the United Kingdom, Spanish is perceived as the most important language for the future.

In the European Union, France, Italy, United Kingdom and Germany (in this order) are the countries with the highest number of Spanish students.

The teaching of Spanish in English-speaking countries such as Canada (with 90,000 students), Ireland (47,000), Australia (34,000) and New Zealand (36,000) has also grown significantly.



The contribution of all Spanish-speaking countries to global GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is 6.9%. A higher percentage than that generated by countries that have French as their official language.

In the case of Spanish, the common language multiplies by four bilateral exports among Spanish-speaking countries.

Spanish would be the fourth most powerful language in the world, slightly behind French and Chinese, and a great distance from English.

Spanish occupies the third position in the UN (United Nations Organization) and fourth in the scope of the European Union.


Spanish on the Internet:

It is the third most used language on the Internet after English and Chinese.

8.1% of internet communication occurs in Spanish.

It is the second most used language on Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. Of the 580 users of the Linkedin social network, 55 million use Spanish to a greater or lesser extent. Most of them (43 million), in Central and South America.

Spanish has a high potential for growth on the Internet due to the average internet availability in Spanish-speaking countries (which is 65.8%, still far from penetration in Spain, which exceeds 92%).

Mexico is among the ten countries with the highest number of users on the Internet.


Spanish in science and culture:

After English, Spanish is the second language in which most scientific documents are published.

Although the participation of Spanish-speaking countries in world scientific production has grown since 1996, Spanish scientific and technical research is relegated to a secondary level in the international arena.


Publishing Market:

Spain is the third largest exporter of books in the world, after the United Kingdom and the United States.

Two Spanish-speaking countries – Spain and Argentina – are among the top 15 book producers in the world, according to the International Publishers Association.

Spain occupies the eighth place in book production, and the ninth in the market value of the publishing sector.

Although the publication of books in electronic format is increasingly widespread, its market share is still low in Spanish-speaking countries.


READ THE FULL REPORT: «Yearbook of Spanish in the world 2019»

El español, una lengua que hablan 580 millones de personas, 483 millones de ellos nativos

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Un total de 580 millones de personas hablan español en el mundo, el 7,6% de la población mundial. De ellos, 483 millones –tres millones más que hace un año– son hispanohablantes nativos, lo que convierte al español en la segunda lengua materna del mundo por número de hablantes. Además, lo estudian casi 22 millones de personas en 110 países. El español es la tercera lengua más utilizada en internet, donde tiene un gran potencial de crecimiento.

Son algunos de los datos más relevantes que recoge el Anuario El español en el mundo 2019 del Instituto Cervantes, que este mediodía presentó su director, Luis García Montero, acompañado por otros responsables de su contenido, en un acto abierto al público que clausuró la vicepresidenta del Gobierno en funciones, Carmen Calvo.

David Fernández Vítores, autor del estudio El español: una lengua viva. Informe 2019, cree que el brexit será positivo para el español en la Unión Europea porque hará aumentar la proporción de hispanohablantes. Su estudio, de 90 páginas, ofrece un censo actualizado y muy fiable de los hablantes de español y contiene «datos muy positivos y novedosos», como la importancia que se da al español en la red Linkedin, un espacio que se analiza por primera vez.

La primera sección del libro, El español: una lengua viva. Informe 2019, presenta a lo largo de 90 páginas los datos actualizados sobre la lengua española en ámbitos como la demografía, enseñanza y aprendizaje, Internet y redes sociales, ciencia y cultura, su influencia internacional y valor económico, así como su presencia diplomática.

El informe destaca los siguientes datos relevantes:


  • Casi 483 millones de personas tienen el español como lengua materna. (El Anuario 2018 cifraba los hablantes nativos en 480 millones).
  • El número de usuarios potenciales de español supera los 580 millones. Esta cifra aglutina a los grupos de dominio nativo, de competencia limitada y estudiantes de lengua extranjera. El pasado año era de 577 millones.
  • El español es la segunda lengua materna del mundo por número de hablantes, solo por detrás del chino mandarín.
  • Es la tercera lengua en el cómputo global de hablantes (dominio nativo + competencia limitada + estudiantes de español) después del inglés y del chino.
  • El 7,6% de la población mundial es hoy hispanohablante. Se prevé que el porcentaje aumente una décima (7,7%) en el año 2050.
  • En 2100, este porcentaje bajará al 6,6 % debido fundamentalmente al descenso de habitantes de Hispanoamérica frente a la explosión demográfica en varios países africanos, entre otros factores.
  • Por razones demográficas, el porcentaje de población mundial que habla español como lengua nativa está aumentando, mientras que la proporción de hablantes de chino, inglés y francés desciende. ·
  • Estados Unidos será en 2060 el segundo país hispanohablante del mundo después de México: casi uno de cada tres estadounidenses será hispano.

Estudio del español como lengua extranjera:

  • Un total de 21.882.448 alumnos estudian español como lengua extranjera (67.000 más que el año pasado), según datos referidos a 110 países y en todos los niveles de enseñanza.
  • El Instituto Cervantes estima que la demanda real es un 25% mayor, ya que esos datos apenas reflejan la enseñanza privada.
  • En EE. UU. el español es el idioma más estudiado en todos los niveles de enseñanza.
  • En el Reino Unido, el español es percibido como la lengua más importante para el futuro.
  • En la Unión Europea, Francia, Italia, Reino Unido y Alemania (por este orden) son los países con un mayor número de estudiantes de español.
  • También ha crecido notablemente la enseñanza de español en países anglófonos como Canadá (con 90.000 estudiantes), Irlanda (47.000), Australia (34.000) y Nueva Zelanda (36.000).


  • La contribución del conjunto de los países hispanohablantes al PIB (Producto Interior Bruto) mundial es del 6,9 %. Un porcentaje superior al generado por los países que tienen el francés como lengua oficial.
  • En el caso del español, la lengua común multiplica por cuatro las exportaciones bilaterales entre los países hispanohablantes.
  • El español sería la cuarta lengua más poderosa del mundo, ligeramente detrás del francés y del chino, y a gran distancia del inglés.
  • El español ocupa la tercera posición en la ONU (Organización de las Naciones Unidas) y la cuarta en el ámbito de la Unión Europea.

El español en Internet:

  • Es la tercera lengua más utilizada en la Red después del inglés y del chino.
  • El 8,1% de la comunicación en internet se produce en español. E
  • Es la segunda lengua más utilizada en Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter y Linkedin. De los 580 usuarios de la red social Linkedin, 55 millones utilizan en mayor o menor medida el español. La mayoría de ellos (43 millones), en Centroamérica y Sudamérica.
  • El español tiene un alto potencial de crecimiento en Internet debido a la penetración media de internet en los países hispanohablantes (que es de un 65,8%, aún lejos de la penetración en España, que supera el 92%).
  • México se encuentra entre los diez países con mayor número de usuarios en Internet.

El español en la ciencia y en la cultura:

  • Después del inglés, el español es la segunda lengua en la que más documentos de carácter científico se publican.
  • Aunque la participación de los países hispanohablantes en la producción científica mundial ha crecido desde 1996, el español científico y técnico se encuentra relegado a un plano secundario en el ámbito internacional.

Mercado editorial:

  • España es el tercer país exportador de libros del mundo, después del Reino Unido y Estados Unidos.
  • Dos países hispanohablantes –España y Argentina– se encuentran entre los 15 principales productores de libros del mundo, según la International Publishers Association.
  • España ocupa el octavo puesto en producción de libros, y el noveno por valor de mercado del sector editorial.
  • Aunque la publicación de libros en formato electrónico está cada vez más extendida, su cuota de mercado es aún escasa en los países de habla española.


LEER EL INFORME COMPLETO: «El español en el mundo 2019»

Instituto Cervantes in London launches the Diploma of Teaching Accreditation (DADIC)

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For the first time, Instituto Cervantes in London will host the course to obtain the Diploma of Teaching Accreditation of Instituto Cervantes (DADIC) in October. This is an introductory teaching course aimed at people without previous experience or training in language teaching.

This 140-hour course will have a 50% practical component and 50% theory. The course covers the first stage of development, including teaching competence and preparation for the teaching accreditation of Instituto Cervantes.

Institute Cervantes is undertaking the training of future teachers of Spanish through the Diploma of Teaching Accreditation. It’s the first of a series of diplomas that will accredit the different levels of pedagogical aptitude in the field of Spanish as a foreign language. To access the Diploma, teachers can take a course (which will be offered at the Institute’s headquarters in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid and in the Institute’s centers worldwide) or assessment tests are also available, dependent on the student’s level and experience.

The DADIC course is based primarily on teaching practices (class observation, teaching simulations, classes taught with real students at Instituto Cervantes, among others). It also involves reflection on these practices as tools to build the necessary knowledge to successfully and autonomously face the work of a Spanish teacher. 

«Instituto Cervantes has undertaken the work of unifying the training of Spanish teachers of the future, and has begun to do so through the Diploma of Teaching Accreditation (Autonomous level), the first in a series of diplomas that will accredit different levels of pedagogical aptitude in the field of Spanish as a foreign language. To access the Diploma, teachers can take a course (which will be offered at the headquarters of the Institute in Alcalá de Henares and in the centers of the Institute in the world) or, if their training and experience a series of evaluation tests allows it,» explains Pablo Martínez Gila, head of studies at the Cervantes Institute in London.

Martínez emphasizes how the course to obtain the DADIC diploma will be based primarily on teaching practices (class observation, teaching simulations, classes taught with real students at Instituto Cervantes in London, etc.) and on the reflection on these practices as tools to go building the knowledge necessary to successfully and autonomously face the work of the Spanish teacher for foreigners.

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El cine en español protagoniza el mes de los festivales en Londres

El Instituto Cervantes de Londres cuenta con un programa cultural este mes de septiembre en el que destaca el apoyo a la presencia de películas y cineastas hispanohablantes en los festivales y salas más importantes de la capital británica (BFI, Open City Documentary Festival, LUX, Tate Modern, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London Spanish Film Festival y Raindance Film Festival).

“La vitalidad del cine en español es uno de los rasgos que definen el actual momento del cine en el mundo. Y un cine con vocación global, como es el nuestro, debe mostrarse en una capital global como es Londres”, afirma Ignacio Peyró, director del Instituto Cervantes en la capital británica.

Gracias al Instituto Cervantes, cineastas españoles e hispanoamericanos pueden formar parte de gran parte de festivales de prestigio celebrados en Londres, aumentando así la visibilidad de las producciones rodadas en España –sea en castellano o lenguas cooficiales- e Hispanoamérica, añade Peyró.


Las cruces (2018)

Open City Documentary Festival: Un misterio sin resolver 40 años

El mes comienza con la proyección del largometraje documental chileno Las cruces y el posterior coloquio con los directores Teresa Arredondo y Carlos Vásquez Méndez, el domingo 8 de septiembre a la 1:45 pm, dentro del programa del Open City Documentary Festival.

Este será el estreno de Las cruces en Reino Unido, que sitúa la acción solo unos días después del golpe militar de 1973 contra el gobierno de Allende en Chile, cuando un grupo de 19 miembros sindicales en una fábrica de papel desaparecieron sin dejar rastro.

El caso fue un misterio durante 40 años, hasta que un policía involucrado en la masacre finalmente rompió el pacto de silencio. Tomando su confesión junto con el testimonio de las familias de las víctimas, los cineastas descifran los eventos que condujeron a los asesinatos, usando fotografías de 16 mm para representar el paisaje como una escena del crimen.


LUX: Trabajos de artistas con sede en el Reino Unido

Reserve (Gerard Ortín Castellví, 2017-2019) y El paisaje está vacío y el vacío es paisaje (Carla Andrade, 2017)

El domingo 15 de septiembre a las 7:00 pm tiene lugar la proyección, con posterior coloquio, de los Nuevos trabajos de los directores Carla Andrade y Gerard Ortín, dentro del programa de LUX, la agencia de arte internacional que apoya las prácticas de imagen en movimiento de los artistas y las ideas que las rodean.

La viguesa Andrade y el barcelonés Castellví son graduados españoles del título de Cine de Artistas e Imagen en Movimiento en Goldsmiths, Universidad de Londres. Su trabajo está enfocado hacia conceptos paisajísticos. Mientras que Andrade se siente atraído por la naturaleza salvaje por su inalcanzabilidad e imposibilidad, el trabajo de Ortín problematiza la idea de la «naturaleza» en sí misma, en un imaginario no siempre enfocado hacia las ideas humanas de naturaleza.

Ambos trabajan a través de los medios de comunicación, con un enfoque en la imagen en movimiento. Dentro del contexto de la serie de proyecciones New Work en Lux, se proyectará una selección de obras recientes de ambos artistas seguida de una conversación entre ellos y María Palacios Cruz.


Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2019: Un diálogo entre culturas

Cemetery, film still (2019)

En el caso del cineasta barcelonés Carlos Casas presenta la película Cemetery, una inmersión total e hipnótica en la jungla, tras la pista del cementerio de elefantes, y participa acto seguido en un coloquio en la galería de arte contemporáneo Tate Modern el próximo miércoles 18 de septiembre, a las 6:30 pm, dentro del Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2019.

Esta película profundamente sensorial sigue a un elefante, un mahout y los cazadores furtivos en su búsqueda mientras se mueven hacia el lugar mítico conocido como el cementerio de elefantes. A medida que el viaje pasa de la jungla a través de las etapas de la muerte, las imágenes comienzan a desaparecer y se abren en un rico paisaje sonoro.

A medida que el viaje pasa de la jungla a través de las etapas de la muerte, las imágenes comienzan a desaparecer y se abren en un rico paisaje sonoro. Diez años después, Cemetery teje grabaciones de campo de todo el mundo, grabadas y mezcladas por el experto en sonido de la vida silvestre Chris Watson.

Al encontrar una coyuntura sorprendente entre el documental de la naturaleza, la película experimental, la road movie y el paisaje sonoro, la película abre preguntas sobre los ciclos de vida y la memoria, el colonialismo y la extinción, la conservación y el medio ambiente y las relaciones entre especies.

Para Casas su objetivo ha sido siempre “mostrar al espectador sus experiencias, a través del encuentro y el dialogo con otras culturas y lugares”, que reconoce que han sido siempre el centro de sus intereses.


ICA: El retrato de la juventud de un barrio madrileño

Una vez fuimos salvajes (2016)

La directora pontevedresa Carmen Bellas participará en un coloquio en el Institute of Contemporary Arts de Londres (ICA, por sus siglas en inglés), tras la proyección de su aclamado cortometraje Una vez fuimos salvajes, el 22 de septiembre a las 8:30 pm.

«Poder proyectar la película en Londres es muy emocionante, nos acerca a audiencias diferentes y gracias a ellas podemos captar otros matices de nuestro proyecto”, explica Bellas.

Una vez fuimos salvajes, retrato de la juventud de un barrio de San Cristóbal en la periferia de Madrid, consiguió la preciada Caracola en la categoría de largometrajes en la 49ª edición del Festival de Documental Alcances. Esta representación única y sugerente de un lugar abandona progresivamente una estructura documental clásica para convertirse en un ensayo en primera persona.


Raindance Film Festival: La vida de Ara Malikian, al descubierto

Ara Malikian: una vida entre las cuerdas (2019)

Este año, el Instituto Cervantes de Londres también colabora con el Raindance Film Festival, prestigioso festival de cine independiente, con la proyección del documental Ara Malikian: una vida entre las cuerdas y posterior coloquio con la directora Nata Moreno, que tiene lugar el martes 24 de septiembre, a las 6:00 pm.

La obra retrata al versátil violinista Ara Malikian, a quien la música salvó su vida cuando huyó de la guerra y dejó Beirut a los 14 años. Desde entonces ha vivido como un nómada llevando su música por todo el mundo. El espectador puede seguir a Ara Malikian y a todo su equipo durante su última gira sinfónica por España y países como Francia, China, Argentina, Alemania, etc.

Moreno es directora escénica de los espectáculos del citado músico, así como creadora y realizadora de sus videoclips y campañas. En 2016 montó su propia productora Kokoro Films con la que realiza diversas campañas publicitarias y sus proyectos personales.


Raindance Film Festival: Una comedia negra con un reparto de lujo

El jueves 26 de septiembre, a las 7:45 pm, tiene lugar el estreno en Reino Unido de la comedia 7 raons per fugir, de Gerard Quinto, Esteve Soler, David Torras, seguida de un coloquio con uno de los realizadores, que se enmarca dentro del Raindance Film Festival.

Soler adapta sus propios textos teatrales para dar paso a una comedia negra con un reparto de lujo en la que se trata la deshumanización de la sociedad en la que vivimos a través de situaciones cotidianas que se deforman.

Siete historias que mezclan el horror y la comedia. Siete visiones surrealistas de una sociedad que no progresa: la familia, la inquilina, la boda, el empresario, los vecinos, el niño pobre y el atropellado. Un matrimonio que intenta ‘abortar’ a su hijo adulto. Una pareja a la que se le presenta el tercer mundo en casa. Una escalera de vecinos que no recuerdan que va después del seis. Un agente inmobiliario que intenta vender un piso con posibilidades, pero con el antiguo inquilino colgando de la lámpara. Un matrimonio ‘bien’ con setecientos esclavos trabajando bajo el suelo. Un hombre atropellado y una mujer que cree que no merece la pena llamar a la ambulancia. Una pareja a punto de darse el ‘sí, quiero’, hasta que la muerte los separe.


Representación en el London Spanish Film Festival

El mes de septiembre termina con la participación del Instituto Cervantes en el aclamado London Spanish Film Festival a través de dos proyecciones. En primer lugar, el 26 de septiembre a las 6:30 pm se proyectará el documental Peret, yo soy la rumba, de Paloma Zapata, sobrina del aclamado y respetado artista.

Ganador de la Mejor Película Internacional en el MUVI Music Film Festival 2019, es de visión obligada para los amantes de la música. Este es un retrato íntimo y a la vez un homenaje a Pere Pubill Calaf, Peret para el mundo entero, el rey de la rumba catalana para la historia criado en el humilde y gitano barrio de Sant Antoni, en Barcelona.

Por último, el 28 de septiembre, a las 4:00 pm, tiene lugar la proyección en gallego de Trinta lumes y un coloquio con su directora, la pontevedresa Diana Toucedo. Grabado en   la región gallega de O Courel, la directora nos traslada a sus raíces y muestra la realidad de la comunidad gallega desde los ojos de Alba, la protagonista de esta película. Una obra que plantea un escenario sobre las cuestiones de la vida y la muerte, ahondando en el pasado con una mirada hacia al presente.

TV series and films to help you improve your Spanish

El 29 de agosto de 2019 en For Students por | Sin comentarios

Dolor y gloria (English title: Pain and Glory)

It is a 2019 Spanish drama film directed and written by Pedro Almodóvar. It stars Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Penélope Cruz, Julieta Serrano and Leonardo Sbaraglia. The film narrates a series of reencounters of Salvador Mallo, a film director in his decline. Some of these reencounters are physical, some others are remembered: his childhood in the 1960s, when he emigrated together with his family to Paterna in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in Madrid in the 1980s, the pain of the breakup of this relationship, writing as a therapy to forget, the premature discovery of cinema, facing the impossibility of continuing filming, etc.

In cinemas across the UK.


La casa de papel (English title: Money Heist)

A criminal mastermind who goes by «The Professor» has a plan to pull off the biggest heist in recorded history — to print billions of euros in the Royal Mint of Spain. To help him carry out the ambitious plan, he recruits eight people with certain abilities and who have nothing to lose. The group of thieves take hostages to aid in their negotiations with the authorities, who strategize to come up with a way to capture The Professor. As more time elapses, the robbers prepare for a showdown with the police.

Watch it on Netflix



Elisa y Marcela (English title: Elisa & Marcela)

It is a 2019 Spanish biographical romantic drama film directed by Isabel Coixet. Starring Natalia de Molina and Greta Fernández, the film tells the story of Elisa Sánchez Loriga and Marcela Gracia Ibeas, two women who passed as a heterosexual couple in order to marry in 1901 at Church of Saint George in A Coruña becoming the first same-sex matrimony recorded in Spain.

Watch it on Netflix


Las chicas del cable (English title: Cable Girls)

It is a Spanish period drama web television series. It stars Ana Fernández, Nadia de Santiago, Blanca Suárez and Maggie Civantos. In 1928, a modern telecommunications company begins to operate in Madrid. The series tells the turn in life that four young women take when they start working for this company. The four of them feel attached in different ways, to their families, their partners, or their memories. Part of the focus of the show is the hardships working women faced in the 1920s.

Watch it on Netflix


El ministerio del tiempo (English title: The Ministry of Time)

It is a Spanish fantasy television series created by Javier and Pablo Olivares. The series follows the exploits of a patrol of the fictional Ministry of Time, which deals with incidents caused by time travel.

Watch it on Netflix


La casa de las Flores (English title: The House of Flowers)

It is a Mexican comedy-drama web television series created by Manolo Caro. It depicts a dysfunctional upper-class Mexican family that owns a prestigious flower shop

Watch it on Netflix


Cuéntame cómo pasó (English title: Remember When)

It is a Spanish television drama series which has been broadcast on La 1 of Televisión Española since 2001. It is the longest running prime-time series in the history of television in Spain.

Watch it on A la Carta-RTVE


Spanish Becomes Most Popular Foreign Language at A Level

Spanish became the most popular foreign language at A Level with entries overtaking French for the first time, according to the Joint Council for Qualifications.

Source: www.jcq.org.uk

For the first time, Spanish entries overtook those for French, making it the most popular foreign language. Spanish entries increased by 4.5% to 8,625 and French decreased by 4.1% to 8,355. German entries remained level.

Entries for French, German and Spanish combined, have levelled off, reversing the decline in recent years against the backdrop of a 2.9% decrease in the size of the 18-year old population.

Source: www.jcq.org.uk

Ignacio Peyro, director of Instituto Cervantes, the official Spanish language and cultural centre said there had been concern in recent years about students taking foreign languages at GCSE and A-level.

But he added: “For us, of course it’s very positive that Spanish is growing and I think that it is in a global country like the UK, there’s a growing perception that the Spanish-speaking world is becoming more important in terms of demography, economy, trade, culture and so on.

Source: www.jcq.org.uk

“Who would have thought that 20 or 30 years ago that this was going to happen?” Mr Peyro said, pointing out that at that time, other languages such as French were more commonly taught.

“Spanish was in a very different place at that time.”

Mr Peyro also said it was “good to study any foreign language, better than none”.

“I hope that all foreign languages will soon be on the rise again in Britain,” he added.


More information: Spanish Becomes Most Popular Foreign Language, Press Association

Spanish courses Autumn 2019 – Cursos de español otoño 2019

El 10 de agosto de 2019 en Cursos/Courses por | Sin comentarios

New Spanish courses starting now!

Instituto Cervantes is the official Spanish Language centre. In London we run Spanish courses for all levels, from complete beginners to proficiency, aimed at developing the students’ ability to understand, speak, read and write in Spanish. Our experienced native Spanish teachers are university qualified and have trained specifically to teach Spanish as a foreign language using the most up-to-date teaching methods.

Our Spanish courses are offered during the day and in the evening Monday to Friday and on weekends on Saturday and Sunday. They are generally 30 hours long and can be taken in one week (crash courses), two weeks (intensive courses), 5 or 6 weeks (semi-intensive) or 10 / 12 weeks (regular courses).

We also offer a wide range of more specific Spanish courses such as online courses; courses to prepare for the DELE Spanish official exams, GCSE and A levels; business Spanish, translation, literature, history, psychology, general conversation, Spanish for children and teacher training courses. Other courses and private and corporate tuition are available on demand.

More information here

Please note that our Enrolment Office will be opened as follows from 19th July to 20th September 2019, both included:

  • Monday to Thursday: 9.30 to 18.00
  • Friday: 9.30 to 14.30
  • Saturday: 10.00 to 14.00
  • Sunday: Closed


Nuevos cursos regulares e intensivos, matrícula abierta.

El Instituto Cervantes es el centro oficial de referencia para aprender español en Londres. Todos nuestros profesores, cuya lengua materna es el español, poseen al menos un título universitario, se han formado específicamente para enseñar español como lengua extranjera utilizando la metodología más actual y cuentan con una amplia experiencia docente.

Ofrecemos cursos de todos los niveles, desde inicial absoluto hasta perfeccionamiento, diseñados con el objetivo de que los alumnos desarrollen su capacidad para hablar, entender, leer y escribir en español. Los cursos se imparten durante el día, por la tarde-noche y los fines de semana sábados y domingos. Nuestros cursos generales de español tienen una duración de 30 horas y pueden realizarse en una semana (cursos crash), dos semanas (intensivos), 5 o 6 semanas (semiintensivos) o 10/12 semanas (cursos regulares).

Además de cursos generales de español, ofrecemos una amplia gama de cursos específicos, como cursos de preparación de exámenes oficiales (DELE, GCSE, AS y A2 levels), traducción, español de negocios, lengua y cultura (conversación general, literatura, cine, historia), cursos de español online, cursos para niños y cursos de formación de profesores. También ofrecemos cursos a la carta y clases para particulares y en empresas.

Más información aquí

La secretaría permanecerá abierta desde el 19 de julio al 20 de septiembre de 2019, ambos incluidos, en el siguiente horario:

  • Lunes a jueves: 9.30 – 18.00
  • Viernes: 9.30 – 14.30
  • Sábado: 10.00 – 14.00
  • Domingo: cerrado

London opens the door to literature in Spanish language

El 25 de julio de 2019 en Books, Literature por | Sin comentarios

Instituto Cervantes in London welcomes the presentation of a book celebrating twelve Spanish and Latin American authors living in the British capital.

Twelve Spanish-language authors from Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain and Ecuador will speak today at 7pm at the London headquarters of Instituto Cervantes. All the writers now live and work in London, and their new book, Visitors II was written after attending the creative writing workshop, El Ojo de la Cultura Hispanoamericana (The Eye of Hispanic American Culture).

«London is a literary and creativity capital in Spanish because of the number of Spanish speakers who create in it,» says Ignacio Peyró, director of the Cervantes Institute in London, who highlights the Latin American vocation of the centre.

The twelve Spanish and Latin American authors are: José Luis Gutiérrez Trueba, Denisse Vargas Bolaños, Lester Gómez Medina, Santiago Peluffo Soneyra, Marijo Alba, Natalia Casali, Jael de la Luz, Ana Vidal, Diana Huarte, Claudia Lozano, Stephanie Russo and Martín Belzunce, coordinated by the Argentine writer Enrique D. Zattara.

All of them will talk about their work and their experience after attending the writing workshop that Zattara started in September 2015 and through which thirty writers have attended both face to face or online.

The Eye of Hispanic American Culture, ZTR Radio and Instituto Cervantes in London have been collaborating together since October 2017 in the “Authors in search of reader” cycle, aimed at spreading the work of Spanish-American writers still little known in this country among the British readers.

Writing workshops to improve stories

Zattara highlights the role of writing workshops to help writers, through the development of techniques and resources to improve the story and going through what will work or not. In addition, he explains how they disassemble the stories and resources used by writers such as the Argentine Jorge Luis Borges.

“Ricardo Piglia said that the first writings were particularly interesting because they were portrayed in the search for a style and the commitment to a way in which to think about literature”, says writer Carlos Fonseca, author of the prologue in this book. «The beauty of a book like this falls, then, on that style and form are thought collectively.»

In the case of the writer Lester Gómez Medina, a Costa Rican of Nicaraguan origin, four of his short stories are included. In them, he gathers his childhood experiences and how they impact on adult life. Gómez Medina highlights the role of the workshops as a speaker of the Spanish language in London, as well as to consolidate the writing and create a link with other writers to whom he already calls friends.

On the other hand, Diana Huarte, Argentine singer of electronic music of the group called Shh, arrived at the writing workshop two years ago after a health problem and eager to develop her creativity. In addition, the Cantabrian José Luis Gutiérrez Trueba joins the project with his stories, inspired by ideas that he takes from the street, news he is reading throughout the day, reflections of the current era and the impact of social networks and Brexit.

A project to spread to Spanish-speaking creators

The Eye of Hispanic American Culture in London is a multimedia cultural project that aims to communicate and disseminate with Spanish-speaking artistic creators worldwide. They develop their motives through various formats, such as radio culture, through ZTR radio podcasts in which they carry out exclusively cultural programming in Spanish and English, which is also broadcast live in collaboration with ExraRadio1 of London.

In addition, they make cycles, readings and conferences for the dissemination and knowledge of Hispanic-American artists, in Spanish and English. These projects are both lone-ventures as well as in collaboration with institutions such as the Cervantes Institute, various Latin American Embassies, and some universities. They also organise public shows where they stage encounters of artistic disciplines such as poetry, music and dance, theater, cinema for the audience.

Interest to learn Spanish increases: official DELE exams in may grow 21% in London

El 21 de mayo de 2019 en Cursos/Courses, DELE, For Students por | Sin comentarios

On May 24th and 25th, Instituto Cervantes in London will hold 2019’s first set of , the official Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) Diplomas. The enrolment in these programmes is at 163 students. This figure Spanish represents a 21% increase compared to the number of students that took the same exam on the same date in 2018.

The DELE Spanish Diplomas are official qualifications certifying the degree of competence and mastery of Spanish, granted by Instituto Cervantes on behalf of Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Spain and, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Unión and Cooperation of Spain.

In the 2019 DELE applications, the most popular qualification is A2 (49 applications), followed by level B1 (29 applications) and the B2 test (24 applications). The DELE examinations are designed following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe.

The Director of the Instituto Cervantes in London, Ignacio Peyró, said of the increase: “In a country that has traditionally had little attachment for certification, these figures are very positive. The DELE is a test of great quality, and its certification is very useful for curricular purposes – these are two keys to its success”.

Additionally, the DELE diplomas are a compulsory test for Sephardic Jews who are now able to claim Spanish nationality thanks to a new law. The Law introduced in June 2015 makes the acquisition of Spanish citizenship possible for the Sephardic Jews that are descendants of those expelled from Spain in the 15th Century without renouncing their current citizenship and without requiring residency in Spain.

This is the case of Andy, a British student with Sephardic Jew ancestry who took DELE exam in February to apply for the Spanish nationality. “After the Spanish government passed the Sephardic law, I looked into my family history and my family tree and I realized that I could ask for the Spanish citizenship. I had already studied Spanish at school, I travel to Spain frequently and I have many Spanish friends, so it was not difficult for me to pass the exam,” says Andy.

The Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) are official qualifications which prove the level of proficiency in the Spanish language and which are awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. In short, these are the only qualifications in the world to prove fluency in Spanish.

What are the advantages of having a DELE qualification?

  •  They are official qualifications.
  • They are recognised internationally by private companies, chambers ofcommerce and public and private educational organisations.
  • In Spain, they give you access to universities, official language schools, business schools and jobs with the civil service.
  • They are increasingly more in demand at universities in other countries.
  • They are valid indefinitely: qualifications for life.
  • They comply with the guidelines of the Common European Framework (MCER).
  • They make it easier for you to work and study in other countries and also to obtain grants.

«Instituto Cervantes in London organizes specific courses for the preparation of DELE candidates and they are always very well received: there are courses once a week throughout the term, but also intensive courses in the weeks prior to each call,» says Pablo Martínez Gila.

Given the good reception of the diplomas, the Cervantes Institute in London reinforces the offer of DELE preparation courses for all levels with a wide range of options in May and July.

In addition to the May session, there will be more DELE 2019 exam sessions at the Instituto Cervantes in London on these dates:

– 12 July (written exam), 12/13 July (oral exam). Levels: A2, B1, B2, C1- Registration deadline: 16 May

– 13 September (written and oral exam). Level A2 – Registration deadline: 24 July

– 22 November (written and oral exam), DELE for Young Learners: Levels: A1, A2/B1 – Registration deadline: 9 October

– 23 November (written exam), 22/23 November (oral exam). Levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 – Registration deadline: 9 October


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