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We will guide you to book the best language trip you have ever experienced. Please read one of our blogs to get a better idea what the different options are. Next to that we advise you the most likeable activities to do during your language trip.

This language school in surfing town Biarritz looks like its comes out of a French movie

19-03-2018 by Linda

Welcome to Extralingo Cribs! Eh, Schools! Every month at our blog we have a good talk with an employee of one of the schools on our platform. Via Skype, or - if we are lucky - with a visit. In this episode we speak with Lea Lateuliere that is born and raised in Biarritz and works at language school France Langue Biarritz for two years now. Lea is in love with the romantic schoolbuilding where she has the pleasure to work in. “When you arrive at our school you will see. It is a typical white Basque villa enhanced with a romantic atmosphere. It’s like walking into a French movie.

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Which language diplomas and certificates are there?

14-03-2019 by Linda

Doing a language course abroad is mainly fun, a cultural immersion and one big adventure. But in addition to all this, being agile in a new language is of course also very useful. Speaking a foreign language looks good on your CV and demonstrates a certain level of personal development. Some employers and universities specifically ask for a language certificate. How do you obtain a language certificate and how do you know which certificates are officially recognized and which are not?

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Meet the language student: Rob Rijshouwer (57) in Málaga

07-03-2019 by Linda

Talking about a trip is almost as fun as the trip itself, thats why we talk with travelers every month who have just followed a language course abroad. In this episode Rob Rijshouwer. During his Spanish language trip, he was positively surprised by the fact that he was immersed not only in the Spanish culture, but also in the Chinese and German culture.

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4 things to do in your gap year that are fun and good on your CV

27-02-2019 by Linda

A gap year can be anything. You do not necessarily have to travel, and it does not necessarily have to last a year. Precisely because the choice is giant, it can be difficult to determine how you intend to complete your gap year. We give 4 ways to spend your year off that are both fun and educational.

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This is the best preparation before you go on a language trip (Part 3)

21-02-2019 by Linda

You have just booked a language course abroad! Congratulations: what a party, fiesta, feestje or fête! Maybe you have no idea what to expect. Chances are that this is the first time that you're going abroad to learn a new language. In s series of three blogs we give you tips to leave well prepared for your language course.

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This is the best preparation before you go on a language trip (Part 2)

14-02-2018 by Linda

You have just booked a language course abroad! Congratulations: what a party, fiesta, party or fête! We wrote 3 blogs on how to prepare for your language course abroad. Here you find part 2 for a good preparation: dive into the most common words and phrases.

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This is the best preparation before you go on a language trip (Part 1)

7-02-2019 by Linda

You have just booked a language course abroad! Congratulations: what a party, fiesta, party or fete! Maybe you do not know what to expect. Chances are that it is the first time that you are going abroad to learn the language. We wrote 3 blogs on how to prepare for your language course abroad. Here you can find part 1: make sure you are already 'in the language'.

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5 cultural things to do in Valencia

15-01-2019 by Linda

A lot of people would say Valencia is a city to fall in love with. Spanish people live slower, seem to enjoy things more, eat outside and chill on terraces. This makes Spanish cities populair city-trip destinations. Valencia seems to have it al, culture, ancient buildings, a beach and great food. Besides that art-lovers can eat their hearth out when visiting Valencia. How: hereby five, artistic cultural delights when visiting Valencia - we skip the L’Hemisfèric (City of Arts and Sciences) cause everybody knows about that, right.

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Why San Sebastián is heaven for people with a love for surfing, culture and food

14-09-2018 by Linda

An impressive coastline with golden beaches and a bright blue sea forms the perfect surf bay in the backyard of San Sebastián. Meanwhile the historic buildings are right along the coast and packed with the best pinchos-bars and seafood-restaurants. No surprise that at Extralingo we are very happy to add San Sebastián to our list of Spanish cities to learn Spanish in. You can learn Spanish in San Seabastián at language school Lacunza. Below we explain why everyone should have been in San Sebastián at least once.

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Why learning a new language might bring you 128.000 dollar

11-09-2018 by Linda

Many studies show that speaking an extra language is worth a lot on your CV. It doesn't only makes you look more interesting and more ambitious, it also often has a real practical value. For example, if you work in an international company and you are one of the few who can translate and answer the emails from that Spanish customer or partner. The American economist Albert Saiz calculated that mastering a foreign language boosts your salary by an average of 2 to 3 percent. How comes?

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These are the 6 best Spanish language schools of Málaga

07-09-2018 by Florecita

Spaniards are super hospitable, this is probably nothing new to you. The Malagueños / Boquerones of Málaga are undoubtedly the friendliest people of Spain. This fifth city of Spain provides you with a pleasant climate and fresh sea breeze all year round. A perfect choice for your language journey. With made a overview that will help you on your way to find the perfect language school.

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These are the 6 best Spanish language schools of Madrid

04-09-2018 by Florecita

To help you choose the best language school in Madrid to learn Spanish, we have selected the six best schools of 2018 for you. All selected schools have a study room, Wi-Fi, offer activities and give you a certificate upon completion of the course. The maximum number of students is between 8 and 10 and all schools are accredited.

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5 places to go to for art lovers in Valencia

31-08-2018 by Linda

A lot of people say Valencia is a city to fall in love with. Makes sense, cause this Spanish city on a three hour drive from Barcelona seems to have it all: culture, ancient buildings, a beach and great food. Besides that, art-lovers can eat their heart out. Hereby the five artistic cultural delights you must visit - apart from L’Hemisfèric (City of Arts and Sciences).

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Studying abroad with the Erasmus Programme

03-08-2017 by Linda

The Erasmus scholarship is the most well-known among Dutch students leaving for a destination in Europe to study. Universities and Colleges determine among themselves about the number of students they exchange. The money you receive depends, from at least 150 euros to a maximum of 270 euros a month, depending on the country you are going to. You apply for the Erasmus scholarship at your own university or college.

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Meet the student: Hannah (28) from Scotland learns Spanish in Valencia

04-07-2018 by Florecita

‘I came here with only 10 weeks of experience in Spanish. Learning the language gave me Spanish friends and just makes living life easier here.’

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6 reasons why you should learn a new language

06-02-2019 by Linda

There are plenty of reasons to not start learning a new language. It takes time and besides that you're too busy, have already been graduated, speaks two languages already and languages aren't your thing anyway. But, hold your horses: we found 6 very good reasons that makes you want to learn a new language RIGHT NOW.

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5 monuments of the World Heritage List that you can not skip during your language journey in Spain

22-06-2018 by Florecita

Did you know that of the 1073 monuments on the World Heritage List, 46 can be found in Spain? Theseare considered so important by UNESCO (part of the United Nations) that they would be of value to the whole world and therefore have to be preserved. We chose five of which we think you should have visited at least one during your language trip in Spain.

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'Wat ik leerde toen ik in mijn eentje op taalreis ging'

18-06-2018 door Florecita

Florecita Barreveld (30) loopt stage bij Extralingo. Acht jaar terug ging ze in haar eentje op taalreis naar Mexico. Hier raakte ze verknocht aan solo-reizen en de Spaanse taal. Voor Extralingo blog rakelt ze nog een keertje haar herinneringen aan deze tijd op.

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4 tips to practice your Spanish before you go on a language course

15-06-2018 by Florecita

Hartstikke leuk, die taalreis, maar nóg leuker als het Spaans je niet volkomen vreemd in de oren klinkt bij aankomst, toch? Of je nou al een basis hebt of niet verder komt dan ‘Hola!’, met deze tips kom je altijd voorbereid aan in Spanje. 

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4 Spanish fiestas that you (and we) don't want to miss this summer

06-05-2018 by Linda

We dived into the overload of Spanish summer festivals to select the best for you, and found a pattern: throwing food and drinks at each other seem to be a festive-thing over here. These are the 4 national festivals that we would actually want to go to ourselves in june, july and august.

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Ronda: the perfect place for an immersion into Spanish culture

30-05-2018 by Team Entrelenguas

It is not only its size (40,000 inhabitants), its excellent climate or the fact that it is strategically located in a beautiful, natural setting, surrounded by green landscapes. It is also the kindness of the people of Ronda, the small local businesses and the authentic traditions that makes this city the ideal place to immerse yourself into Spanish culture and to get to know Andalusia and its people very closely.

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Why Spain is the perfect place to learn Spanish

04-05-2018 by Linda

People in Spain know how to live the good life. On this Mediterranean part of the world people live their life full of passion, or pasión, as Spaniards would say themselves. Whether they are busy relaxing on terraces with the best wine and the tastiest tapas. Or siesta and live tranquilo during the hottest hours of the day. Spain makes its clichés true, but has many surprises in store as well.

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Things you have to know about insurances before you go on languagetrip

03-05-2018 by Linda

Going on a languagetrip of course is all nice. You pack your bag and go on a mini-adventure, learn an exotic - or less exotic - language, make friends from all over the world and be a resident of a city somewhere far away for a little while. Of course, just like you, we hope that your languagetrip goes without troubles. But there’s always a chance something will happen. Your iPhone gets stolen out of your pocket without you noticing it, you lose your sunglasses in the sand, or you break your toe while hiking. This kind off experiences are no fun. 

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Why do a DELE or a SIELE course?

16-04-2018 by Linda

Wanting to prove your ability to speak, read and write in Spanish and get an official certificate for this? Both DELE (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language) and SIELE (International Spanish Language Evaluation Service) are international recognized certifications that test your level of Spanish. But what are the differences? And how to choose which test to do?

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What is my language level?

16-04-2018 by Linda

Er is een internationaal standaard gecreëerd waaruit je kan afleiden tot welk niveau jij behoort. Wij hebben dat voor jou versimpeld weer gegeven op Extralingo, in dit artikel vind je de uitgebreidere versie.

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