DELE – Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera

Posted on 20. Aug, 2015 by in Learning, Spanish Culture, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary, Uncategorized

The DELE exam is the official certification procedure available for students of Spanish as a Foreign Language. It is issued by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture. The certificate does not have an expiration date, it is internationally recognized and is part of formal education in different countries.

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During the first semester of 2015, 35,600 applicants took the exam for all levels, which constitutes a growth of 5.6% in comparison with 2014. The exam covers all levels as organized by the Common European Framework for Languages, which range from A1 to C1, beginner to proficient.

A further growth in the number of enrolled students is expected, since a DELE certificate will be a compulsory requirement for those aspiring to acquire Spanish citizenship: Sephardi Jews originally from Spain and non-Spanish speaking immigrants from all over the world will be required to demonstrate at least an A2 level of knowledge of the Spanish language if they wish to acquire a Spanish passport.

The exam is scheduled five dates per year. Right now, you still have time to sit the October and November dates. Bear in mind you should enroll by September 9th or October 14th 2015 respectively.

This may be the best moment to book one of our online courses or tutored programs and get ready to test your language proficiency at an international level.

 

Spanish English Parallel Texts – Surge in bull-run casualties continues

Posted on 18. Aug, 2015 by in Learning, Pronunciation, Spanish Culture, Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

Four more gored to death across Spain as surge in bull-run casualties continues

Cuatro personas más corneadas de muerte en España y la cifra de víctimas en los encierros sigue en aumento.

The Guardian Ashifa Kassam Monday 17 August 2015

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This year’s fiesta season has produced an unusually high death toll, with downturn in the number of bullfights and rise of social media offered as explanations.

At least 10 people have been fatally gored during bull runs across Spain this summer, including four over this past weekend, in what is shaping up to be an especially deadly fiesta season across the country.

Spain’s best-known running of the bulls is held each year in Pamplona, but similar events are held throughout the summer across many municipalities as part of their annual fiestas.

Four people across Spain have been gored to death during bull runs in the past three days.

“This number isn’t normal,” said Antonio Lorca of the newspaper El País. Speculating on the cause of the high number of deaths this year, Lorca pointed to the reduced number of bullfights in arenas.

Spain’s economic crisis has forced a sharp drop in the number of bullfights in the country, with about 300 fewer bullfights scheduled for this year as compared with the years before the crisis. Yet the number of ranchers who are raising fighting bulls has stayed the same.

“It suggests that many of the bulls that would have been destined for bullfights are running along the streets of this country.” Said Lorca.

While there is no specific rule stipulating that certain bulls must be used for bull runs and others for bullfights, generally the biggest and fiercest animals are set aside to square off against matadors.

Spain lacks any kind of formal regulation of bull runs or festivities involving bulls.

Others have pointed to social media to explain the rise in deaths at bull runs. Last week, a man was gored in the town of Villaseca de la Sagra, just south of Madrid.

“He was in the path of a bull run which he was filming with his mobile phone,” the town’s mayor, Jesus Hijosa, told Agence France-Presse. “A bull surprised him from behind and gored him in the neck.”

Hijosa said that the bull run was a tradition, but not one to be taken lightly. “Bulls are dangerous animals and when there are a lot of people, some don’t pay attention … you have to have your wits about you.”

En la temporada de fiestas de este año se ha producido un número de muertos extraordinariamente alto, con un descenso del número de corridas de toros y un auge del uso de los medios sociales que se apunta como culpable.

Al menos 10 personas han muerto corneadas durante los encierros en España este verano, incluyendo cuatro personas más este fin de semana pasado, en lo que se perfila como una temporada de fiestas especialmente mortal en el país.

El encierro más conocido de España se celebra cada año en Pamplona, pero eventos similares se llevan a cabo durante todo el verano en muchos municipios como parte de sus fiestas anuales.

Cuatro personas en España han muertos corneadas en encierros en los tres últimos días.

“Este número no es normal”, dijo Antonio Lorca del diario El País. Especulando sobre la causa del elevado número de muertes de este año, Lorca señaló la reducción del número de corridas de toros en las plazas de toros.

La crisis económica de España ha obligado a una fuerte caída del número de corridas de toros en el país, con cerca de 300 menos corridas de toros programadas para este año, en comparación con los años anteriores a la crisis. Sin embargo, el número de ganaderos que crían toros de lidia ha permanecido igual.

“Esto sugiere que muchos de los toros que habrían sido destinados a las corridas de toros están corriendo por las calles de este país.” Dijo Lorca.

Si bien no existe una norma específica que establezca que ciertos toros deben ser utilizados para encierros y otros para corridas de toros, en general, los animales más grandes y feroces se reservan para que se enfrenten a toreros.

España carece de cualquier tipo de regulación formal para las corridas de toros o fiestas que implican toros.

Otros han señalado a los medios sociales para explicar el aumento de las muertes en corridas de toros. La semana pasada, un hombre fue corneado en la localidad de Villaseca de la Sagra, al sur de Madrid.

“Estaba en el camino de un encierro que estaba grabando con su teléfono móvil”, dijo el alcalde de la localidad, Jesús Hijosa, a la agencia France-Presse. “Un toro le sorprendió por detrás y lo corneó en el cuello.”

Hijosa dijo que el encierro era una tradición, pero no una que deba tomarse a la ligera. “Los toros son animales peligrosos y cuando hay mucha gente, algunos no prestan atención … hay que estar alerta.

English Spanish Parallel Texts: Crímenes de guerra en Siria

Posted on 13. Aug, 2015 by in Geography, Spanish Vocabulary

Today we share an excerpt from a piece of news by the BBC on the Syrian war and war crimes.

Hoy compartimos un fragmento de una noticia de la BBC sobre la guerra en Siria y los crímenes de guerra.

 

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A UN commission of inquiry, investigating alleged human rights violations since March 2011, has evidence that those on both sides of the conflict have committed war crimes – including murder, torture, rape and enforced disappearances. Government and rebel forces have also been accused by investigators of using civilian suffering, such as blocking access to food, water and health services, as a method war.

In February 2014, a UN Security Council resolution demanded all parties end the “indiscriminate employment of weapons in populated areas”. Since then, activists say more than 6,000 civilians have been killed by barrel bombs dropped by government aircraft on rebel-held areas. The UN says in some instances, civilian gatherings have been deliberately targeted, constituting massacres.

 

Una comisión investigadora de la ONU, a cargo de comprobar las acusaciones de violaciones de derechos humanos desde marzo de 2011, tiene pruebas de que ambos lados del conflicto han cometido crímenes de guerra: asesinatos, torturas, violaciones y desapariciones forzosas. Los investigadores acusan a las fuerzas del gobierno y las rebeldes de utilizar el sufrimiento de la población civil como método de guerra, al bloquear el acceso a la comida, agua y servicios médicos.

En febrero de 2014, una resolución del Consejo de Seguridad de las Naciones Unidas exigió a todas las partes involucradas que acabaran con el “uso indiscriminado de armamento en zonas pobladas”. Desde entonces, los activistas afirman que más de 6000 civiles han sido asesinados con bombas de barril que las fuerzas aéreas del gobierno han lanzado sobre las zonas dominadas por rebeldes. La ONU sostiene que en algunos casos, se ha apuntado a propósito contra reuniones de civiles, lo cual constituye una masacre.