On arrival at the language school, you will do a level test to put you into the correct groups (based on level), this will ensure the best rate of progress possible. Here is a short example of the types of questions that could appear in the exam.

Al llegar a la academia se hará una prueba de nivel para colocarles el el grupo adecuado para asegurar un progreso optimo. Aqui tienen un ejemplo del tipo de preguntas que podrian salir en la prueba.



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(Spanish Courses) Cursos de español en Albacete, Castilla la Mancha

 Abbey Road Centro de Estudios presenta los cursos de español para extranjeros 2017

Starting at just 349 euros

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The largest city in Castilla-La Mancha is situated on a vast, flat stretch of farmland of great natural value. This peculiar orography gave the region its old Arab name: Al-Basit (the Plain). A journey through the region will allow you to perceive the intense commercial activity along its main arteries and the peace and quiet of its corners, so typical of La Mancha, awakened by the bustle that September brings, with its holidays and festivities that make this month the ideal time of year for a visit. It really doesn´t get any more Spanish than this!

Albacete is 253 kilometres (2 hours 30 minutes) from Madrid, Spain´s capital and 187 kilometres (1 hour 30 minutes) from Valencia. Both are easily accessible by car, train or bus.

Where is the language course based?

Our centre is based 10 minutes on foot from the centre of Albacete close to the university campus of UCLM (5 minutes on foot). It is a modern centre (opened in 2013) with modern equipment such as projectors, air conditioning and sound equipment and is the perfect place to study.

What can I do?

Albacete is a small city with a population of just under 200,000 inhabitants but in spite of its relatively small size it offers a wide variety of entertainment. There are vaious museums including el Museo de la cuchillería and el Museo Arqueólogico, it has a huge park Abelardo Sanchéz, situated in the centre of the city. But the main focal point of the city is food; Albacete is famous for its food and drink and very reasonably priced. Take a walk down Tejares street of have a drink in Altozano square any night of the week and you will find it bristling with people.

What can I see?

Lovers of the arts and customs of La Mancha will enjoy a modern city that has preserved all of its traditional flavour. The cathedral of Saint John the Baptist is located in the oldest part of the city’s perfect urban layout. Although it is a Gothic building, its architecture includes different styles. The immense amount of time it took to build (four hundred years), yielded as a result a Gothic chapel, four great Renaissance columns, several Baroque elements and a Neogothic main front. Albacete’s religious architecture can also be seen in the old monastery of Encarnación (16th century), presently an arts centre and in the church of the Holy Conception. Homes of La Mancha

Tejares street holds some of Albacete’s most traditional homes, characterised by the layout of the rooms around a central courtyard. Casa de los Picos and Casona Perona both have coats of arms on their façades, indicating the noble lineage of the original owners. Albacete’s Tourist Inn, located in a La-Mancha-style country house, is a very tempting choice to spend the night. Its restaurant has an excellent selection of regional dishes, such as gazpacho manchego (a soup with fried tomatoes, garlicand special crackers), soused partridge and Miguelitos de la Roda for dessert.

The financial prosperity that this area experienced at the beginning of the 20th century can be perceived in the Lodares Passage. Shopping malls with iron and glass roofs, separated by Renaissance columns, transport visitors to the best of the Modernist spirit.

You must not leave the city without first taking a walk under the shade of the trees at Abelardo Sánchez Park and paying a visit to the Albacete Museum. It has exceptional collections of Archaeology, Fine Artsand Ethnology. If, on the other hand, you would like to watch a game of bochas (bowls), similar to pétanque, you are sure to find some locals playing at the Fiesta del Árbol Park.

There is an officially recognized touristic Don Quixote route that goes through 148 towns throughout its more than 1,243 mi. (2,000 km.) of routes that cover a vast stretch of historical and livestock trails that are indicated with clear signs with access to more than 2000 elements of cultural interest and about 20 natural areas for you to enjoy that span across the 5 provinces. The Don Quixote Route was distinguished in 2007 as a European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe.


The Don Quixote Trail

I imagine you have all Heard of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes: The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha, the principal character makes three adventurous trips through the Spanish regions of La Mancha, Aragón and Barcelona. We’re not exaggerating when we claim that Don Quixote of La Mancha is one of the most famous novels in the history of literature. This novel, which tells the adventures and (especially) misfortunes of a man who wanted to be a knight-errant through La Mancha, was written by Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, and it is said that it’s the most translated book after the Bible. That period in Spanish literature is known as the Golden Age, and 400 years on we suggest following in the footsteps of the “Knight of the Sad Countenance”, who could not distinguish fantasy from reality.

We also offer an activity weekend in Yeste, Albacete so that you can see the real  Spanish countryside and be immersed in the language while doing fun and entertaining activities.

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Avenida de España nº37, Albacete, España, 02002

Telephone number/numero de contacto


+34690837758 ((English speaking contact and head of studies at the centre)

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28. Vocabulary Tricks – Useful advice to learn new vocabulary


Start with your interests

A huge mistake that language learners make is trying to remember words separately or out of context. The best thing to do, instead of thinking of separate words, such as ´come across´, is to start with the vocabulary that you are likely to have contact with. If you are interested in a particular activity or topic, it is much better to begin with this topic as you will use these words much more frequently. This will help with recall as the time between each usage will be smaller and you are much more likely to need these words in real life contexts.


Use the words in a context

The next point is something that I have touched on in the section about your interests. It is essential to use new vocabulary in a context or situation that you can later refer back to. This helps with recall and visualisation techniques for memory recall. If you use a certain word such as ´make a fool of yourself´ in a specific context, you will be able to remember where you were, what you were doing and who you were with. This is an essential part of reinforcing learned vocabulary.

Learn them as a short phrase

Many people don´t realize it, but learning a short phrase is much easier to remember that random words because these phrases have more meaning. If you want to recall the phrasal verb get around it is much easier to remember get around my city than the phrasal verb alone as it has more meaning. The same happens with bump into an old friend as you can relate it to people or specific situations.

Relate words to existing knowledge

I imagine that you have never really thought about it, but why do we translate new vocabulary? It is because we have the innate need to relate new information to things that we already know. The best way to increase vocabulary is to relate words to synonyms/antonyms/similar expressions. By doing this we can recall words such as be into as we know it is similar to like.


Group words

An element of relating words to information that we already know is grouping. If you sort and arrange words into groups you find them easier to recall. This is because you can link them to simple concepts that you already have reinforced in your long term memory.

Colour code vocabulary

If you colour code vocabulary based on specific verbs, prepositions or topics it can be easier to remember them, especially if you consider yourself a visual learner. I know that if I can associate a specific collocation with a specific preposition, I am much less likely to forget which preposition to use.

Games and challenges

It is very useful to test yourself on vocabulary and see what you can recall when put in a real life situation or under pressure. An element of competition is fun too. I remember that when I was at high school we studied in groups and we did recall activities, such as seeing how many countries in Europe we could remember in one minute. This forces us to recall less frequently used words more.


An important issue is the time between instances that we recall a word. For example, if it is a word that you see, hear or say every day, you will probably remember it easily. But if it is a word that you have only come into contact with once, you repeat it to yourself several times and then you later don´t use it for a year, you are far less likely to recall it easily.

Visualize words

A fun method of remembering vocabulary is with mnemonics. This is where we make use of elaborative encoding, retrieval cues, and imagery as specific tools to encode any given information in a way that allows for efficient storage and retrieval. I always use this as an example for native Spanish speakers. The pronunciation of the verb iron can be challenging buy if you think of it as /hay-n/, you can clearly recall how to pronounce it. A fun activity with images is to order the images and make up a story that links the images. This is very useful at the time or recalling and retrieving words to use them in context.


Having trouble memorising new vocabulary? Take a look at

If you are looking to improve you memory and ability to learn new vocabulary quickly and long term, you could get a lot out of one of the language courses on iwillteachyoualanguage with Olly Richards. Here is a young guy who has worked out several memorisation techniques that he has applied to his language learning. He now speaks 8 languages so he must be doing something right.

Take a look at the courses at the following link.




Pub Quiz – La Fábric, Albacete (C/ Tejares, 20)


Os proponemos un encuentro de INTERCAMBIO de IDIOMAS a partir de mañana TODOS LOS VIERNES desde las 19:00 horas, para disfrutar de un buen día aprendiendo idiomas con gente nativa ¡COMPLETAMENTE GRATIS!

Encontrarnos en un local y conversar en diferentes idiomas mientras disfrutamos de un buen cafecito, refresco o cerveza es nuestro propósito.
¡No dudes en invitar a tus amigos! 🙂









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27. Improving your listening: the effort involved /Mejorando el oído (Bilingual post/entrada bilingüe)


I have recently read a fantastic article (see below: Spanish) about the troubles that some people have with listening skills, and this got me thinking. Previously I have mentioned the need to improve listening skills for accademic purposes and the benefits of having good listening skills in the language learning process (13. The Importance of Listening: Comprehensible Input and 6. Improving listening skills: advice for students and teachers). But what I want to point out in this post is the importance of active listening and the effort it takes to perfect listening skills.

Many language learners think that by simple being immersed in a language and hearing it frequently that they will simple come to understand it with time due to its repetition. But this is not always the case, it is all too easy for language learners to give up, this is not always a conscious decision but sometimes they simply switch off while they are not being directly spoken too. This can occur for several reasons, tiredness: it can be exhausting trying to understnd a foreign language if you have a limited vocabulary or simply because it is the easy option. The point I want to make with this post is that listening, as with other areas of langauge learning, requires effort. People who wish to one day improve their listening skills need to listen actively and try to take in as much as they possibly can. It is important to match what you expect of yourself an the level of language that you are listening to (the level of listening should be challenging but achievable), and also to take note that improving listening takes time and you need to be patient.


To improve listening skills, take a look at the resources for adults section of this site, englishacrossthepondpodcastsinenglish and audioboom are great resources for improving listening skills.



spanishflagMientras leía un articulo sobre las experiencias de un español viviendo en un país angloparlante y las dificultades que ha sufrido en entenderse con la gente, me puse a pensar en mis experiencias aprendiendo español y la cantidad de encuentros que trague sin poder seguir el hilo de la conversación, muchos años han pasado desde aquello pero aun me acuerdo de los sentimientos que provocaba,  el artículo (aquí) tiene su gracia pero también me ha llamado la atención su sinceridad. Al terminar el articulo no pude evitar preguntarme un cosa, ¿Como es que algunas personas, a pesar de vivir en un país, nunca llegan a dominar el idioma? Por eso quería hablar de la importancia de escuchar de una forma activa y el esfuerzo que supone mejorar el oído en el aprendizaje de idiomas.

Muchos estudiantes de idiomas creen que basta con estar rodeado de un idioma o escucharlo con mucha frecuencia para poder llegar a entenderlo. Pero yo diría que esa idea es errónea. Mejorar el oído requiere esfuerzo, y lo que es más, tiempo y constancia. Para llegar a entender un idioma bien, una persona tiene que querer entenderlo, hay que escuchar de una forma activa y procurar evitar un par de cosas.

  1. Apagarse: es muy común que un estudiante se apaga el oído sin darse cuenta. Puede ser agotador seguir conversaciones de las cuales apenas entendemos nada y hay que esforzarse para poder prestar atención (especialmente cuando no podemos ni siquiera contribuir a la misma)
  2. Evitar el uso del idioma: debido a su dificultad. Es muy normal que una persona elija la opción más fácil. Hay que insistir en utilizar el idioma que estás aprendiendo lo máximo posible y eso es muy fácil cuando hablamos, pero también hay que insistir cuando la gente de dirige a nosotros y nos hacen preguntas.
  3. Esperar demasiado nivel antes de tiempo. El oído es algo que mejora con tiempo. Hay que buscar la oportunidad de escuchar grabaciones o conversaciones que sean de un nivel (un poco) más avanzado de lo que ya tenemos. Que sean un reto pero conseguible. Poco a poco el cerebro se adapta a lo que le exiges, la constancia es fundamental.

Así que, eso es mi consejo. No caigas en la trampa de estar presente en una conversación sin ser parte de ella, hay que escuchar de una forma activa para que asimiles lo que escuchas para poder avanzar.

By Marc Andrew Huckle (Fundador de

Artículo sobre las dificultades con mejorar el oído