lunes, 21 de noviembre de 2016

TALK THE WALK (Aprende inglés paseando por el Barrio de las Letras

Cursos 2017

Segundo Trimestre: 16 Enero - 23 Marzo
Tercer Trimestre: 17 Abril - 22 Junio

Hacemos dos clases de una hora y media a la semana, el alumno puede venir el lunes y miércoles o el martes y jueves.

HORARIOS de Lunes a Jueves 

Inicial:                11:30 a 13:00   (7 plazas disponibles)

Intermedio:        19:00 a 20:30    (7 plazas disponibles)
Curso completo (total de 30 horas): 270 € 

Pago mensual: 90€ (Puedes pagar el curso en 3 partes). 

5% Descuento si eres estudiante universitario o estás en paro.

A tu aire 
Bono flexible 15 horas: 180 € 
Bono flexible 30 horas: 320 € 

Curso online con seguimiento tutorizado (solo para alumnos) 
Tutoría online curso (apuntado al curso): 35 €  

Ponte en contacto con nosotros para hacer una prueba de nivel o pedir más información:

domingo, 20 de noviembre de 2016

Language Exchange Madrid 2016/2017

En Madrid ya se puede hablar en inglés todos los días de la semana. ¡Ayúdanos a mantener esta lista actualizada con tus comentarios!

It's finally possible to meet Spanish speakers willing to do 'intercambio' every day of the week. Help us keep an updated list with your comments!


James Joyce Irish Pub: Calle Alcalá, 59. politics, literature, tertulia at 8.


El Parnasillo, Calle Príncipe, 33. 22h. Langex
O’Neills, Calle Principe, 12. 21h. Langex


J&J’s books and coffee. Calle Espíritu Santo, 47. 20h. Langex.


Hobby Languages, Calle Huertas, 18, 11/19h. Free tour for Spanish learners
Beer Station: Cuesta de Santo Domingo, 22. 22h.
+Kecopas: Costanilla de San Andrés, 20h.

J&J’s books and coffee. Calle Espíritu Santo, 47. 20h. Quiz Night
Molly Malones. Calle Malasaña, 11. 22h. Quiz night
Inpass Cafe. Calle tres Cruces, 8. 22h. Langex.

J&J’s books and coffee. Calle Espíritu Santo, 47. 20h. Quiz Night

Beer Station: Cuesta de Santo Domingo, 22. 19h.
James Joyce Irish Pub: Calle Alcalá, 59. Langex at 20h.

miércoles, 2 de noviembre de 2016

Walk the talk - Second Half

Five more dates before Christmas!

Every Thursday at 7pm.


 3rd - Craft Beer
10th - Plaza Mayor
17th - Ethnic Food
24th - Iglesia de San Ginés


1st - Surprise!

FYI: These walks are only for Spanish learners, you can sign up in Meetup:

lunes, 26 de septiembre de 2016

The curious case of Benjamin Button - Francis Scott Fitzgerald

First Part
Button Family has had a new baby, a special baby. They well considered in their community, they're respected, they have a good social status and reputation.

 When Mr. Roger Button goes to the Hospital to see his boy he feels that something is wrong, the Doctor is nervous and angry. The boy is not what he expected, he is indignant. Roger can't understand anything, he's afraid.

The little Button is a white haired boy, with wrinkles and he doesn’t like blankets. His father has trouble with his clothes. Benjamin Button is like an old man not like a boy.

Benjamin can't make the same things as the other boys. His voice, his desires or his pleasures are different although his father can't see it.

When his neighbors meet "little" Button, they talk about how the boy resembles his grandfather. The Button family doesn’t like it, they're embarrassed, but it is true and the grandfather is not very happy. Even though, a few days later child and grandpa feel like peers.

One day in front of the mirror Benjamin realizes that he feels younger than the years before, he is twelve years old. When he turns eighteen his father sends him to College and Benjamin has a difficult experience because of his special condition, the college registrar and rest of the students.

But it wasn't all bad news...

Second Part
Benjamin meets Miss Hildegarde and he falls in love instantly. She likes men around their fifties and coincidentally that is what he looks like, but this romance turns out to be more complicated than that.

General Moncrief doesn't approve of this relationship under any concept, his age and his unsuccessful business are the main problems. Despite that they get married and surprisingly the wholesale hardware, the Button family business, grows up more and more. The General has to accept Benjamin like the rest of the neighbors.

In the meantime, Benjamin feels really well, strong, spending time around beautiful women and a good social position. His business is going alright but he needs to dedicate more time to his wife, who feels less attractive to him than before. This is the beginning of their marriage problems.

Although the couple has a little boy Benjamin decides to go to Spanish-American War because he is bored at home and he isn't feeling well with his wife. When he comes back home he looks like a man of thirty, even younger than before. This is one of their problems, his wife doesn't understand it and he doesn't know what to do about it, however, his mind is somewhere else. He becomes a proficient dancer.
He and his son look like brothers. Roscoe, Benjamin’s son, begins to manage the family business and Benjamin goes to Harvard as a freshman to complete his studies. When he comes back nothing is like before. He can't work with his son, he doesn't like his wife and he can't t return to the army because he is a little boy.
Benjamin’s story finishes with him going back to kindergarten until the end.

lunes, 22 de agosto de 2016

Cursos de Inglés 2016-2017 (horarios y tarifas)

Walk the talk (Aprende inglés paseando por el Barrio de las Letras) 
Del 26 de Septiembre al 1 de Diciembre Niveles: Inicial, Pre-intermedio, Intermedio, Intermedio alto

Horarios de Lunes a Jueves 
Inicial:                11:30 a 13:00   (1 plazas disponibles)
Pre-intermedio:  17:30 a 19:00   (5 plazas disponible)
Intermedio:        19:00 a 20:30    (3 plazas disponibles)
Intermedio alto:  20:30 a 22:00   (2 plazas disponibles)

Curso completo (Del 26 Septiembre al 1 de Diciembre son un total de 30 horas): 270 € Pago mensual: 90€ (Puedes pagar el curso en 3 partes)  

A tu aire 
Bono flexible 15 horas: 180€ 
Bono flexible 30 horas: 320€ 

Curso online con seguimiento tutorizado (solo para alumnos) 
Tutoría online curso (apuntado al curso): 30€  

FCE - First Certificate 

Sábados de 10:00 a 14:00 (Octubre 8,15,29 y Noviembre 5, 12): 150€ (3 plazas disponibles)

Hay cinco módulos: 
Mod. 1 – Reading y Use of English. Oct 8
Mod. 2 – Writing Oct. 15
Mod. 3 – Listening Oct. 29
Mod. 4 – Speaking  Nov. 5
Mod. 5 - Review Nov. 12

FCE por módulo: 35€ 

Descuentos de hasta el 20%

+ 1 amig@......................................................10%
+ 2 amig@s………………………..............………………..……… 15%
+ 3 amig@s……………………………………..............………..… 20%
*Estudiantes Universitarios y Desempleados…………………10%


sábado, 20 de agosto de 2016

Walk the talk (Learn Spanish Meetup)

Hobby Languages takes the streets!

Walk around Barrio de las Letras and practice your Spanish.

Walks start on the following dates, at 5:30 pm or 7:15 pm and last around 45 minutes.

28,29 September -  Huertas – Paseo del Prado – Lope de Vega
2,3 November - Príncipe – Cruz – Huertas
9,10 November - Cañizares – Olivar – Ave María
16,17 November -  Magdalena – Doctor Cortezo – Atocha
23,24 November - Prado – Neptuno – Cervantes

There is a limited space for 6 people in each walk.

You can join a walk by emailing us to with the date and hour you’re interested in and we will confirm you ASAP.

Round and about Barrio de las Letras you will find: Reina Sofía Museum, Prado Museum, Caixaforum, Congreso de los Diputados, Thyssen Museum, Plaza de Santa Ana, Plaza de Neptuno, Mercado de Antón Martín or Teatro Español

lunes, 13 de junio de 2016

Aromatic Chicken Curry

I know curry chicken because next to my home there is a bar, " Alambique", where you can eat a delicious curry chicken. I like it a lot. It is a dish from India and it is very aromatic. INGREDIENTS: 3 tablespoons of olive oil. 1 or 2 minced onions. 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast cut into cubes. 2 teaspoons of curry powder. 1/2 teaspoons of ground turmeric. 200 ml of milk. 200 ml of cream. A glass of Basmati rice. Salt and pepper. PREPARATION: Heat olive oil in a pan and when it's hot add minced onions stir it until it is golden 30'. At low heat. Transfer the onions to a blending container and blend with ground turmeric. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Put some olive oil in a pan, medium heat, add chicken and cook until browned on all sides 5 or 10'. Add the blended mix together with chicken and curry powder and cream and milk to a pan until it's cooked stirring in a medium-low heat for 25' - 30', until the sauce thickens. BASMATI RICE: Wash the rice and leave soaking 15' so the rice is loose. Boil water and add salt and basmati rice and cook during 15' or 20'. Enjoy! (Recipe by Isabel)

viernes, 22 de abril de 2016

The Godfather

Chapter 1 Everything starts in a wedding. Don Corleone's daughter is getting married. Michael's girlfriend is confronted with the truth about his family. The famous singer Johnny Fontane has asked D. Corleone for help to star in an important movie. Tom Hagen is going to take care of this business. Chapter 2 Tom Hagen went to visit Jack Woltz to ask if he could give a rol in the movie for Johnny Fontane. Woltz said that he didn't want to give the rol to JF. One night, Woltz woke up in the middle of the night and he saw the head of his best racehorse in his bed covered in blood. The next day Woltz called Johnny Fontane and gave him the rol in the movie. Chapter 3 Is about the fight between the Tattaglia and Corleone family. The Tattaglia family has planned to murder Don Corleone. It all starts when they send their gangster 'Sollozzo' offering them to enter the drug business. D. Corleone is suspicious and sends his strongest but not brightest man, Luca Brasi, to get information and will end up being killed. The chapter ends with a shooting in the street and Don Corleone is hit and lying in a pool of blood, with his son crying next to him. Chapter 4 Michael and Kay were in New York when they received the news that some people had hit his father. Meanwhile Sonny received a phone call. The man in the phone says to Sonny that they have Tom Hagen, but in three hours they will release him. When Michael arrived to the godfather's house Sonny asked him who did he think betrayed the godfather, Clemenza or Paulie. Michael thought Paulie. Sonny tells Clemenza to kill Paulie. Finally, Tom arrives home.

Moby Dick

Chapter 1 (Spouter Inn) Ishmael has dreams about exploring the mysteries of the sea. He goes to Massachussets to embark on a whaling ship. He stays in an cheap Inn where he will have to share a room with a stranger, a harpooner. The harpooner is an Indian who turns out to be a cannibal. He feels very scared when he sees him, but in the end everything is safe and he sleeps like a baby. Chapter 2 (The Pequod) Ishmael and Queequeg begin a friendly relationship between them. They see each other at the Chapel where whalers stop before going into sea. They go to the dock together and select their ship, 'The Pequod'. They go aboard and want to meet the Captain, "Ahab", but it is impossible, instead they meet first mate Startbucks. Later they sign up to be part of the crew. Then, something happens, a crazy old man whose name is Elijah tells them that the Pequod is doomed to bad demons... Chapter 3 (Captain Ahab) The Pequod would go off to sea on Christmas Day and the crew was getting ready for the three- year voyage. In the meantime the ship was being loaded with supplies. Ishmael and Queequeg visited the ship often trying to meet Captain Ahab, but he was a mysterious man. They only found Starbucks, the first mate who introduced them to Stubb and Flask, the second and third mate. Each of them commanded their own whale boat inside the ship.

jueves, 21 de abril de 2016

The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost - Oscar Wilde The Otises, a rich American family arrive to live and work in England. They buy an old house in the countryside owned by the Cantervilles which has a ghost. The Otises have their first encounter with the ghost and instead of being afraid they make fun of him. The ghost is very sad. I think Mrs. Umney, the housekeeper, has a secret. (up to page 6) Pages 7 - 12 (by Alfonso) We see how the ghost continues to fail in his attempts to frighten to Otis family. Virgnia has another attitude towards the ghost. The ghost tells her that he killed his wife and also that his brothers-in-law killed him. The reason was that his wife was a bad person and her family too, because her brothers were rude. At the end Virginia and the ghost speak about a special garden, the garden of love or death. Pages 13 - 16 (by Milagros) Then a poem appears on the library window. A beautiful and deep poem. Virginia reads it. And this is the meaning: "only a blonde girl that cries for the ghost can save him", it is to say, that he finally will rest. Then Virginia said: "yes, I'll do it". They both disappear into the dark through a wall. The family is very worried, because Virginia is not there. They look for her around the house, without answer. It is only possible to wait. Then, at twelve o'clock the Otises hear a big noise and suddenly Virginia is there, very pale and with a box in her hands. The box is a present, it contains a necklace. She explains what happened and the family follows Virginia to a secret room. There is a skeleton, it belongs to the ghost. Many days later there is a funeral. Many people go there, to the Garden of Death. A nightingale begins to sing just as the ghost told Virginia. She smiles."

The Beauty and the Beast

CHAPTER 1 (BEAUTY'S FAMILY) by Steve They introduce Beauty's family, she has two unfriendly sisters and three brothers. Her father is ruined, so they have to move to the countryside. Beauty has a positive and collaborative attitude. Her sisters hate her, her father loves her. CHAPTER 2 (BEAUTY'S ROSE) by Africa They receive a letter, saying they found the ship, but the ship is empty. On his way back home, it's snowing and windy and he stops in a castle. The castle is open and very comfortable, he eats, sleeps and the next morning prepares to leave. He remembers to get a rose for his daughter Beauty and when he does, an ugly monster appears. CHAPTER 3 (THE BEAST) by Fatima Beauty and her father agree and they go to the castle together. Beast says to Beauty she’s very brave. Beauty will stay in the castle to save her father. CHAPTER 4 (LIFE AT THE CASTLE) by Inés The next morning Beauty's father leaves the castle. He is crying. Don't cry father says Beauty. Remember I love you. Beauty is terrified. "The Beast is going to eat me tonight", she thinks. She is surprised when she sees her room. There is a nice bed and mirror on the wall and also a piano and a lot of books for her. Perhaps the Beast doesn't want to eat me tonight. The beast looks at her and asks a question. "Do you want to marry me , Beauty?". She is silent for a moment and then she says, "No I'm sorry I don't want to marry you. The Best is angry and Beauty is afraid. Then he goes out of the room and says, 'Goodbye, Beauty'. CHAPTER 5 (THE MAGIC RING) by Clara Beauty and Beast live in a castle and they're happy together. Beauty loves Beast as a friend and he wants to marry her. Beauty asks him if she can go to visit her father because he's sick. Beast says 'yes' but Beauty must come back to the castle in a week. Beast gives a magic ring to Beauty. CHAPTER 6 (THE SISTER'S PLAN) by Bob Beauty is back home and she's very happy to see her father who wants to know everything about the Beast. The sisters tell Beauty how unhappy they are in their marriages while Beauty appears to enjoy the company of Beast. She tells them about how she lives like Queen. The sisters change their attitude towards Beauty, they are nice to her and make her believe they love her. But it is not true, it is part of a plan. They will make Beauty stay so that she gets in trouble with Beast. Beauty stays one more week. CHAPTER 7 (THE DREAM) by Isabel Beauty dreams about the Beast. In her dream, the Beast is in the garden of the castle and he's going to die.Beauty the Next morning Beauty wakes up in the Beast's castle. Beauty cannot find him. She remembers her dream. She sees the Beast on the grass, and the Beast whispers "I'm dying". Beauty: Don' t die! You must live and become my husband. I love you and can't live without you. CHAPTER 8 (THE PRINCE) by Inés Suddenly all the lights of the castle's garden are on. Beauty is surprised and looks at the castle. What a surprise! She sees a handsome young man. But where is the Beast? asks Beauty. I am the Beast The spell is broken! I don't understand says Beauty. Who are you? I'm a prince and this is my castle. Sometimes a bad witch puts a spell on a prince and only true love can break the spell. The prince takes her hand and says, 'Do you want to marry me Beauty?' 'Yeeeeeeeeeeeeees.' The next day Beauty and the prince get married. Everyone dances and sings in the castle, it's a happy day. The prince sees tears in Beauty's eyes and says, 'Don't cry, my beauty. We're going to be very happy together. THE END :=)

miércoles, 23 de marzo de 2016

A Perfect Day

Perfect Day 10

My perfect day is waking up to the aroma of a delicious coffee. To get out of bed and look out the window to see a radiant sun. Go out for a walk with a good friend and laugh. Enjoy the day to the fullest in the Retiro Park or in a beach retreat if possible. Go home and watch a movie before going to sleep and dream with the angels or handsome guys.

jueves, 10 de marzo de 2016

Perfect Day 9

Is there anything better than this? A perfect day!! It´s five o’clock in the afternoon, friday, time to close. My car is in the garage in front of the office already with my baggage: 3 pairs of socks, sunglasess, 2 jerseys, ski helmet, skis, boats, gloves and some clothes to go out for dinner... I pick up my two best skiing friends, Barriga and Casado, the perfect day begins!!! When we are arriving to Formigal it starts to snow, at this moment the song that we are listening is don´t panic ( This song represents a lot in my life because it was the song playing in my wedding when we started to dance. Returning to the trip, we arrive at ten pm to Barriga’s house, before we enter the garage I stop de car to take a look at the landscape, all the rooftops are covered with snow, it starts to snow heavily, tomorrow it should be amazing! The phone alarm goes off at 8 am in the morning, first I connect spotify with my speaker and I play The Bomb of Pigeon John ( to wake up my friends and have breakfast. In just 30 minutes we are in the car going up to the ski station. It’s a sunny day, no wind, few people and two new meters of snow!!!! 9 am: First descent of the day, we climb a mountain out of the station, there are no tracks. Connect GoPro to record this incredible day, play music and begin the party!! We ski from 9 am to 4 pm without rest, my legs can’t hold any longer, my heart beats as many times in a day as it does in a normal week, I take off my skis and go to Marchica. “Hey!! Three Gin Tonics with a lot of ice and three shots of chocolate vodka to celebrate this perfect day!!” Let’s start the party!! That’s a perfect day for me... :-)

lunes, 7 de marzo de 2016

Perfect Day 8

A day without surprises, and that is any quiet day. Enjoy myself in good company. Going for a stroll along the beach, go surfin and then play in the sea. After I have lunch and I take a nap. Then, I meet my friends, we go to watch a movie, when it's finished we will enjoy talking and drinking some wines. Later I read, I hear music, and I am ready for a good sleep.

Perfect Day 7

When I travel from Madrid to London I go to meet my daughter. She's studying at university. I'm very happy practising my English until I meet her. After we have lunch together. My daughter tells me her problems, her next goals, her projects etc... and I'm very happy listening to her. Later we go shopping. She helps me find nice clothes for me, I consider her opinion very important. I finish buying what she recommends me. She also buys clothes for herself and we enjoy very much talking and and shopping together.

Perfect Day 6

Ok, my perfect day, it is when I wake up in the morning and it's really sunny, I put on my workout clothes and I go for a run on the beach. Then I receive flowers from my love with a letter saying "I Love You". I have a good day at work and I come back home tired but very happy because the dinner and the dessert have already been prepared by him.

jueves, 3 de marzo de 2016

Perfect Day 5

I think that "the perfect day" does not exist, but most of the days are good days, almost perfect days. But, if I stop to think about it, I can imagine... It would be Sunday, noon, the alarm clock wouldn't ring. I would sleep home with my boyfriend. We would wake up and we would go to the 'Rastro'. The 'Rastro' is more varied than markets in other towns. It is the biggest entertainment on a Sunday morning. Time to eat, we would eat in a Senegalese restaurant in Lavapies, Mamado. Mamado is the cheapest and tastiest of the Senegalese restaurants. In the afternoon, we would go to the Retiro. We would take some beers and we would play guitar and we would sing! I don't need more for my perfect day.

martes, 1 de marzo de 2016

Perfect Day 4

My perfect day would be go to the mountain for trekking with my best friends. A sunny day with good weather, our backpacks, our sandwiches, some beers and good vibes!! After trekking, we will look for a peaceful place where we will eat our food and we will rest. We will talk about our plans, we will take photographs and we will laugh a lot. When we come back, we will take a shower and we will go out for a pizza. After, we will go dancing and we will go to a party.

Perfect Day 3

A perfect plan is a sunny day with my family. I like to go to the beach in Santander. The sand of the beach is the softest than I can think of. Maybe I'm not very objective!!!😬😬😬😬 We are going to walk closer to the sea and we are going to play with my nieces. After, we are going to eat seafood and other typical dishes from Santander. We are going to talk about ourselves and we will speak about our future plans. Also, I'd like to have drink while I watch the sunset. There are many places where you can watch it from, it is marvellous. When I am in Santander with them, I don't need anything!!!

Perfect day 2

A perfect day is when I get out of bed at 11. And it is cold outside but in my house it's hot. A perfect day is to walk in the countryside with friends and then have a snack on the grass. A perfect day is one when I'm with the people I love.

Perfect day 1

In my perfect day I wake up whenever I want, but early to exercise in front of the sea in a larger, newer and more beautiful house than mine with a personal trainer. Then I eat out with my best friends in a good cafe and the weather is better than now in Madrid. In my perfect day I don't want to use social networking sites to keep in touch with friends also I don't have any meetings with my students' parents. And I don't have to commute of course. On that day, I will have wild party and play loud music all night long with friends, and before I go to bed with a kind guy I'm going to swim in the house's swimming pool.

domingo, 14 de febrero de 2016

The island of Mapuhi

These book tells the story of Alexandre Raoul who is the captain of a schooner called Aorai. It takes place in the French Polynesia, in the atoll of Hikueru. Next, a native appears, Mapuhi. He has found the biggest pearl in Paumotu. The pearl was as large as a pigeon's egg, a perfect sphere, so white that it reflected the colors around it. All the merchants in the island, wanted to buy it. They offered money to him, but Mapuhi only wants a new house for his family, the reason behind is a hurricane is coming soon! He explains to all the sea dogs, with a lot of precision how the house has to be! But nobody consents. Then Toriki, a swindler, shows up. He robs Mapuhi's pearl telling him that he has a strong debt. Instead of his house, Mapuhi paid for Toriki’s debt. In the end the pearl provided nothing...

miércoles, 20 de enero de 2016

Murders in Rue Morgue - Chapter 6 by Thais

Dupin heard footsteps on the stairs, it was the sailor, when he entered the house, Dupin closed the door, and the sailor began to tell the truth… He found the orang-outang on a trip and took the orang-outang with him home, because he believed that he would be able to sell the orang-outan. When the orang-outang arrived with him home it started to act weird, he began to run down the street with a razor in its hands, it saw a window with the light on, entered into the house and the orang-outang killed the mother and the daughter… After the sailor and Dupin told the truth to the police, they released the innocent clerk from the bank and the orang-outan was sold to a zoo.

Murders in Rue Morgue - Chapter 5 by Lourdes

There were many questions, which hadn't been resolved. Dupin thought that the event was terrible and he didn't understand anything. He thought that this damage to the face couldn't have been done by a human person. He thought that the murderer was very strong and very big. The old woman had her hair separated from her body. He thought that the murderer had dangerous fingers. Dupin found a hair of the murderer and he said that this hair wasn't a human hair. Dupin had a book which explained about this hair. This hair was an orang-outang’s. All the description in the book was really about an orang-outang. Also, there were some voices that were from a frenchman who said "oh my god". Dupin thought that these there were the facts: "A frenchman had an orang-outang in his house. He believed that this wasn't dangerous. But the orang-outang escaped from his house and it went into the madame’s house L'Espanage and he killed her with its fingers".

viernes, 15 de enero de 2016

Murders in the Rue Morgue - Chapter 4 by Alfonso

Dupin continued looking for the way the murderers escaped. The assassins were either in the room where they found Mademoiselle L'Espanaye or in the room next to it. So they had only two rooms to look for the exit. In the rooms there are chimneys, but they are too small to even allow a cat to climb them up. So the only possible exit were the windows. The murderers couldn't escape through the windows at the front of the house because somebody could have seen them, so they passed through the windows in the back room. There were two windows in this room but they seemed nailed. Dupin knew that the windows were the only means of exit. Besides, he wondered as the murderers fell from the fourth floor, so they had to have great agility. Another peculiar thing was the strong voice and why the assassins did not take the gold that there were was in the apartament, 4,000 francs. There was not any motive for their murders.