The history of the letter “ñ”

If there is a singular letter in our alphabet, this it is undoubtedly the letter ñ. This graphical representation of the nasal palatal sonorous consonant.  It is a significant case of evolution of consonants, since we will see hereinafter. Also we refer to her as singularly since, in spite of the fact that the nasal palatal sonorous sound is in many other languages, his graphical representation – is to say, the “letter” – is not it ñ, but another series of dígrafos.

The letter ñ is not an ancient archaeological form but everything opposite: a cultural jump of a language romance that left behind others on having expressed with an alone letter a sound that in other places continues expressing with two.

 

 

5 phrases you shouldn’t believe when a Mexican says them

“No pica” means “it’s not spicy at all”
Foreigners no longer trust us because every time we say this phrase, their food ends up being the spiciest food ever made. In our defense, it wasn’t spicy at all.

“Ahorita” means “Just one second”
Scientists are still trying to figure out how much time “ahorita” means. It seems like it can vary between one minute, one hour, five hours, one day… or never.

“La última y nos vamos” means “This is our last drink, then well go”
Whenever we say this phrase we really mean it! But… any decision can change with mezcal.

“Ya voy saliendo” means “I’m on my way”
Every Mexican has sent this message from home, even when they’ve not even finished getting ready.

“Hoy algo tranqui” means “Today we’ll just chill”
When say that… We end up singing songs of Juaga (Juan Gabriel) in a bar at 4am.

Study Spanish in Mexico

Study Spanish in Mexico

Instituto Chac Mool Cuernavaca

Study Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico and discover a vast country of incredibly-diverse landscapes and rich cultural traditions. Chac mool offers a number of courses which will enable you to learn Spanish and experience the variety of regions Mexico has to offer.

Cuernavaca Mexico’s second largest city retains a Spanish colonial feel with its many plazas and stunning architecture, It offers tourists and travelers alike a wide range of traditional and contemporary activities to ensure an unforgettable experience.

Why Study Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico?

Our qualified teachers will ensure a fulfilling and educative experience for students of all levels and ages. We offer Regular and Intensive Immersion Spanish Programs for a period of time set by you.

Many Spanish language courses concentrate on a strictly grammatical approach. However, our Spanish immersion programs as well as covering all areas of Spanish grammar,it provides you a more conversational and interactive learning experience of the Spanish language.

You can learn Spanish in many ways, since we offer a wide variety of options and courses. Whether you are a beginner or master Spanish speaker, you will find the perfect option tolearn Spanish with us.

 

Why to learn Spanish in Turrialba, Costa Rica

Instituto Chac Mool Turrialba

Turrialba is a typical Costa Rican town of over 70,000 people in a mountain valley on the Atlantic Slope between the colonial capital Cartago and the Caribbean coast. The area around the town is rural with beautifull mountains with a lot of vegetation, river valleys, farms, coffee plantations and rain forest. The Spanish school in Turrialba is just a 5 minute walk to the Central Park and very close to all of our host families. The area near the Spanish school in Turrialba  is very Tico (Costa Rican) and few people speak any English, so it is very immersive and safe Spanish School.

Turrialba is very active both during the day and at night and is the center of the region’s social life and its economy. There are many different restaurants, bars, discos, markets, shops and a nice Central Park. Even though many tourists pass through town to ride the rivers, there are not many foreigners living in the area. This makes for a very good environment for students wishing to practice their Spanish and be immersed in the culture while they study at Instituto Chac Mool Spanish School.

Learn Spanish in Costa Rica Reasons to do so.

  • Small intensive group classes of no more than 5 students. Great for Spanish learning
  • The Turrialba Spanish school campus is in a picturesque mountain valley, with the best aspects of the city, countryside and mountains.
  • The area surrounding the Turrialba Spanish School campus is very rural with farms, ranches and coffee plantations.
  • Great after classes and weekend fun activities such as Dancing and cooking classes, rafting, kayaking and mountain biking.
  • Best location in Latin America to spend time with the family specially if you have  small children.
  • Turrialba is the most immersive location with only Spanish speakers in the area.
  • Turrialba Spanish School is located in an extremely safe area, perfect for families and those traveling on their own.
  • Small Spanish school so it is very flexible and willing to set up special programs or group packages.

Spanish School in Costa Rica

Spanish School in Costa Rica

Spanish Immersion Programs

Extensive research has been carried out and the results are clear. Spanish Immersion programs, where the students spend at least 45% of their time Studying Spanish result in the student developing students’ fluency and skills.

Spanish Immersion Programs

Spanish Immersion Programs

The key to Learn Spanish is the full immersion approach to Spanish learning. Chac-Mool teachers  work  understanding that, in order for our students to learn Spanish, students need to use Spanish in a very meaningful, real-world manner. That means learning and practicing Spanish through culture, art and music without so much vocabulary memorization.

Spanish Immersion Programs more than a fad

More people are considering spanish immersion programs as a way to develop a second language and experts see a steady growth trend in Spanish immersion programs. The main idea that students from all over the world are understanding is that is that a bilingual person will be more able to compete in this global and competitive marketplace.

What Is Immersion Spanish Learning?

Spanish Immersion programs are characterized by an instructional day at the school which includes 100%  spent in Spanish and after school tey get to experience the culture talking to native people from a Spanish speaking country such as Mexico or Costa Rica where Chac-Mool has campuses.

The ultimate goal of Spanish immersion programs is “biliteracy” so the student can completely understand, speak, read, and write in English and in Spanish.

Spanish Immersion Programs and benefits

Additional to the many benefits of being bilingual, learning Spanish activates different parts of our brain, students who participate in language immersion programs get a great cognitive boost, especially for kids.

Spanish Immersion Programs

Spanish Immersion Programs

Kids when learning Spanish develop big advantages in their ability to break apart sentences, words, also they learn to identify sounds, and listen. Bilinguals usually  outperform monolinguals on tasks that require them to pause and make  decisions between two options.

Students at the beginning seem to have a lag in initial proficiency in language programs, but these students catch up. So this initial lag should not be a worry.

Immersion programs also help in the student´s self esteem and help them to initiate a talk and a friendship with people who they don´t know at the beginning, this skills help tremendously in all aspects of the student´s life.

If you are serious in Learning Spanish contact us. Chac-Mool is a grear Spanish School in Mexico and Costa Rica.