Recommended website: CLAVE Spanish Dictionary

The online Spanish dictionary at Real Academia Española is a great internet source for the exact definitions of Spanish terms. Today, one my teachers at Centro Compultense para la Enseñanza del Español showed us another useful website to use to look up Spanish terms. It is called Dicionario CLAVE, and it has different usage of the vocabulary as well as concise examples. I have been using both RAE and CLAVE when I study Spanish, because while RAE has extensive data, CLAVE is more useful when the word has different meanings in different context. CLAVE usually has its definitions starting from "referido a..." (referring to), indicating the definition of the word clearly.

Dicionario CLAVE



Best Spanish dictionary (monolingual)

What is the best Spanish dictionary sources online?

It is the www.RAE.es! RAE stands for Real Academia Española and almost all the teachers who teach Spanish agree that this dictionary is the best. It is the best because Real Academia Española is the academic institution based in Madrid that "regulates" Spanish language. The institution publishes many of the major dictionaries, and it has extensive database about Spanish terms and its usage. Especially for students who are in intermediate and advanced levels, this online resource is recommended because it offers complete sets of definitions in Spanish and as monolingual dictionary helps you learn better.


Recommended website:

In Spanish classes, modismos (idiomatic expression) are often taught. There is a website dedicated to Spanish learners who wish to amplify their modismos in Spanish. As the website name suggests, there are many Erasmus (studying abroad program in Europe) students in Spain and this website will help not only them but a lot students who are learning Spanish as a second language a lot in learning new expressions. In daily conversation, modismos appear more often than you think, and you lose a little bit of meaning of the text or the conversation when it is hard to understand the modismos. 

The link to the website: Expresiones españolas para Erasmus.



Curso de primavera has started!

The spring semester has started at Centro Compultense para la Enseñanza del Español! This semester, the class levels are set up according to the DELE levels just like the winter semester (click here for the levels in the winter semester).

Curso de primavera

Basic Spanish

Intermediate Spanish

Advanced Spanish

Most of the teachers have not changed from last semester.

Monday and Tuesday schedule from 3pm to 7pm:

As you can see from the schedule, the second class in the afternoon from 5pm-7pm will work out better this semester supposedly because not too many levels are combined together in one class. Last semester, it caused a problem because some of the second classes had students from different levels (for example, from B1 to C2) and as the difference in the Spanish level was significant, the class organization of the teachers (it was hard to organize the class content so it would be suitable for all levels) was not the best last semester, in my opinion. Hopefully, with this new schedule of spring semester, both the teachers and students will not confront a situation that causes issues.

Wednesday to Friday Schedule from 3pm-7pm.



A recommended website when studying Spanish!

Studyspanish.com at http://www.studyspanish.com/tutorial.htm.

It has clear explanations on grammar topics that I find helpful. At Centro Compultense para la Enseñanza del Español, the classes are taught all in Spanish from basic to advanced levels. So if there is doubt on certain grammar topics for any reason, this website is handy as it explains important grammar structures in English.

Links from the website:

Difference between "por" and "para"

Difference between "ser" and "estar"
Part I: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/serest1.htm
Part II: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/serest2.htm
Part III: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/serest3.htm
Part IV: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/serest4.htm

Usage of subjunctive
Part I: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/subj1.htm 
Part II: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/subj2.htm
Part III: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/subj3.htm
Part IV: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/subj4.htm
Part V: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/subj5.htm
Part VI: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/subj6.htm
Part VII: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/subj7.htm


Tarjeta de Estudiante 6: Myths

Questions I had about Tarjeta de Estudiante:

Q. Is it possible to get a cita previa in a month since the arrival in Spain although you are supposed to? 

I was told by the Spanish embassy in my country that within a month I needed to get a cita previa, but it resulted that I could not have it within a month. I entered Spain in September, and my cita was in December but I had no problem. I asked my classmates who are not Spanish how they applied for Tarjeta de Estudiante, and they said that their cita previa was was way after one month as well. Some say that as long as you are applying for the cita (in the process of applying for it), or have the cita date ready (whenever it is in the future) and can prove it by a cita previa reservation (printed), you won't have any problems. I don't have a clear answer here.

Q. Is there a website that explains about Tarjeta de Estudiante and NIE?

The government website has all the information but in Spanish, so it was my first obstacle. The Spanish government changes the system regarding the Extranjeria quite frequently (for example, phone reservation for cita previa was stopped in October of last year, they opened a new Extranjeria office this year), and it is also true that depending on the personnel you ask, you get a different answer...BE PATIENT!!! 

Foreign residents or expats who have blogs may write articles in Englishabout their experience getting Tarjeta de Estudiante or the NIE so that may be helpful. (For example, http://www.spainexpat.com/. Keep in mind some information might be old and not updated). Casa de Estudiante is very helpful in getting the Tarjeta de Estudiante if you are a student at Compultense.

Note: In addition to Casa de Estudiante, for Erasmus students who study at Compultense, there is another office located in the building on the Avenida de Compultense right in front of the Botannical garden that help you solve problems related to your studying abroad program.


Tarjeta de Estudiante 5: Cita Previa en la Extranjería in Aluche

Cita previa for the Tarjeta de Estudiante:
Go to Brigada de Extranjería y Documentación de Madrid (Metro Linea 5, Aluche)
Address: la Avenida de losPoblados s/n (=sin numero), 28024, Madrid.
Click here for a map.

When you arrive to Aluche station, find the Avenida de los Poblados.There will be Carrefour, Plaza de Aluche, and a gasoline station on the Avenida de los Poblados. Facing the gasoline station, turn left and walk up the Avenida de los Poblados.

Walk up the street (it is a small slope) towards the big yellow building for about 5 minutes. The building will be on your left. You will pass a bus stop.

After the bus stop, you turn left and walk 1 minute more and you will find the entrance of the Extranjeria in Aluche. Enter through the security system and wait in line for the appointment. 

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