My language camp experience

My experience

What happens when young people of two nationalities with very different interests spend one whole week together? Lots of fun! Naturally (pun intended) they took part in a variety of activities like making (leather) bracelets, „studying“ animal prints, a scavenger hunt at night, zip-line, climbing, archery and many more. The activities were of course all held in Spanish and all the kids and teenagers took part in it, which made for a diverse group of Spanish natives from all over Andalusia and language exchange students from the Frankfurt region in Germany. This diversity led to a very helpful and fun exchange between Spanish and German students practicing Spanish, German and English (as the first foreign language for most of them) casually in addition to their daily Spanish or German lessons. The self-consciousness and shyness that is usually present at the beginning faded pretty quickly and at the end of the week there was a significant improvement in their language skills.

In their free time they were able to just relax alone or engage in different sports activities, play board games in the game room or relax in the pool (with a lifeguard present of course). To keep up their energy delicious food and snacks were provided five times a day. Finally, on the last evening a fiesta was held, full of music, dancing and heartwarming goodbyes.

The kids definitely had a blast that week – they made great friends, got to know different cultures, improved their language skills and took part in so many different and exciting activities that there was no time to be bored.

But they were not the only ones benefiting that week. I joined the camp, which took place between the 7th and the 14th of July, as a volunteer German teaching assistant and animator since I like working with kids and wanted to improve my Spanish. It was lots of fun talking and playing with the kids and thankfully my language skills also improved. So in conclusion: ¡hasta la próxima!

My language camp experience

My experience

What happens when young people of two nationalities with very different interests spend one whole week together? Lots of fun! Naturally (pun intended) they took part in a variety of activities like making (leather) bracelets, „studying“ animal prints, a scavenger hunt at night, zip-line, climbing, archery and many more. The activities were of course all held in Spanish and all the kids and teenagers took part in it, which made for a diverse group of Spanish natives from all over Andalusia and language exchange students from the Frankfurt region in Germany. This diversity led to a very helpful and fun exchange between Spanish and German students practicing Spanish, German and English (as the first foreign language for most of them) casually in addition to their daily Spanish or German lessons. The self-consciousness and shyness that is usually present at the beginning faded pretty quickly and at the end of the week there was a significant improvement in their language skills.

In their free time they were able to just relax alone or engage in different sports activities, play board games in the game room or relax in the pool (with a lifeguard present of course). To keep up their energy delicious food and snacks were provided five times a day. Finally, on the last evening a fiesta was held, full of music, dancing and heartwarming goodbyes.

The kids definitely had a blast that week – they made great friends, got to know different cultures, improved their language skills and took part in so many different and exciting activities that there was no time to be bored.

But they were not the only ones benefiting that week. I joined the camp, which took place between the 7th and the 14th of July, as a volunteer German teaching assistant and animator since I like working with kids and wanted to improve my Spanish. It was lots of fun talking and playing with the kids and thankfully my language skills also improved. So in conclusion: ¡hasta la próxima!

Spanish Grammar: Verbs of change (“transformarse and convertirse”)

We know that speaking a foreign language can be difficult, especially uttering those verbs which are extremely similar or the ones which have several meanings. For this reason we want to ease your learning and our native teacher Ana is going to explain the differences between “transformarse” and “convertirse” for the more advanced students.
If you want to refine your vocabulary and to perfect your way of speaking Spanish, you are in the right place. With our videos you will learn Spanish and no matter your level, we have explanations for any level, stay on our channel and check it out.

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Offers in the supermarket

Do you know how to buy in Spain? Catch the best offers thanks to the easy explanation of our Spanish teacher Ana, who is going to help us understand the offers in Spanish. Save money in your purchases and misunderstandings in this language, and as a gift you can improve your vocabulary. Academia Pradoventura will help you to handle usual situations like these and many more.

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Learning how to go shopping in Spanish in Prado del Rey

At Academia Pradoventura, we apply what the students learned in theory in class to real life. So we take our students to places where they can practice their foreign language and talk to the natives.

Those practical activities are very helpful to learn to be independent in every other Spanish speaking city.

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Expresions related with the weather in Spanish

Our native teacher Odalis becomes a professional meteorologist and she teaches us how to talk and ask about the weather in Spanish, moreover, she is going to teach us some quite witty sayings while we review the months of the year. Do you want to learn this interesting and important vocabulary? Would you like to learn some funny sayings? So this video is for you, you can learn it in an easy way with us.

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Pradoventura students go on scavenger hunt!

A good way to practice what the students learned in class is to go on a scavenger hunt. They have to a card to each establishment (like a supermarket, greengrocer, driving school, restaurant or clothes shop…). The task will be done following the instructions on each card, like where to go next and what to do there. They are always related to daily situations, for example asking for the price of a product or to search for something specific. Of course questions related to culture and history are included, like who founded Prado del Rey or which the popular festivals of this village are.

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Spanish Grammar: Direct and indirect object pronouns

In this video about direct and indirect pronouns, you are going to learn how to differentiate the verbs with one direct object from the verbs with two objects, a direct one and another indirect one. It can be so difficult to use adequately the direct and indirect objects in Spanish! Most of the time, the explanations about this are incomplete or they have many mistakes. For example, we usually hear that we have to ask “to whom…? / ¿a quién?” in order to recognize an indirect object, but this rule does not always work:

– Veo a los niños en la playa -¿A quiénes ves en la playa? -A los niños.

Following this rule, “A los niños” seems to be an indirect object, but actually it is not. In Spanish there are direct objects which refer to a person, and above we have an example.

What a mess! So, how do we differentiate when we have to use a direct object or an indirect object? The key is in the verb and its meaning. We distinguish between two kinds of verbs:

+ Verbos de una “patita” (Verbs with one leg): Verbs which according to their meaning, only need one object. For instance: ver (to see), sentir (to feel), vivir (to live), intentar (to try), estudiar (to study)…

+Verbos de dos “patitas” (Verbs with two legs): Verbs which need two objects (something and someone). For instance: dar (to give), ofrecer (to offer)…

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How to introduce yourself in Spanish?

Do you want to meet and greet new people in Spain?
Our Spanish teacher Odalis will teach you how to introduce yourselves, and thanks to the questions and answers provided by our students and their teacher, you will be able to introduce yourselves to any Spanish speaking person and get to know new people easily. Watch this video and learn with Pradoventura!

Spanish grammar: the future

Como sabemos, existen dos tipos de futuro en español: “ir a + infinitivo” y el futuro simple “comeré”. Normalmente, ambos tiempos verbales tienen el mismo valor de posterioridad en las acciones, pero quizá queráis saber qué preferencias existen a la hora de elegir uno u otro. En este tutorial, Tania y Laura explican las formas de esos tiempos y algunas de sus particularidades a través de  propuestas creativas y divertidas creadas por ambas profesoras.

Here you can download the cards of the future