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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Pueblo Inglés - Full Immersion English Just minutes Away from Madrid

We made an exception and on today’s post, we travelled far away from Madrid. Actually, we found ourselves in the middle of the Batuecas Sierra (Salamanca), in a lovely landscape of acorn trees and wood and stone chalets. This place is called Pueblo Inglés, and for a week, you’ll find yourself living in an anglo/spanish melting pot with people you have never met before. However, this isn’t the most characteristic thing of the stay as you will only be able to communicate in English. Spanish is forbidden even among Spanish and waiters in the restaurant. Among the Anglos, there are many different cultures; Canadians, English and Americans have been enrolled as volunteers for this week’s program.
Little Paradise to Practice English
Little Paradise to Practice English
Therefore it is probably the best place to practice your English outside English-speaking countries and you’ll also have a nice feeling of being on vacation. The countryside and the food served in the dining room with a broad range of choices is frankly outstanding. You also have some free time to enjoy the practice of sports and a close spa if you need to feel even more relaxed.
Amazing Views from my Chalet
Amazing Views from my Chalet
Mobiles and computers can only be used in your free time and far away from the rest of your colleagues. The activities we are enrolled in, made me think of the summer camps I used to go to when I was a child. Theatre, mime, games and more formal activities as one to one conversations with Anglos on a specific subject and presentations using powerpoint (mine will of course be focused on My Little Madrid!).

I specially enjoyed visiting around nice villages like Alberca with traditional fabric industry and gourmet products (Jamón ibérico is especially good in this part of Spain)­­­­­­­­­­ and stone wood architecture.

Some Turism in the Surroundings
Some Turism in the Surroundings
It is also nice to put yourself outside your confort zone as from first glance you don’t recognise yourself in the program speaking in a different language and interacting with unknown people, but as always you challenge yourself. You discover great stories behind the people and you realize how relaxed you became and how your English skills have improved!

The mix of anglos and spaniards in front of a Chapel (La Alberca)
The mix of anglos and spaniards in front of a Chapel (La Alberca)



Does not look very English, does it?




This text has been edited by Don, Anglo volunteer from Pueblo Inglés.


Español
En el post de hoy, hacemos una excepción y nos vamos fuera de Madrid para pasar una semana en la sierra de las Batuecas (Salamanca) rodeados de encinas y en un entorno rural de chalets de piedra y madera, precioso la verdad! Se llama Pueblo Inglés, y la originalidad del lugar es que te encuentras inmerso en un grupo de anglo parlantes procedentes de Canadá, Reino Unido y Norteamérica y el mismo número de españoles pero donde tendrás absolutamente prohibido poder expresarte en español. Por eso no cabe duda que venir a Pueblo Inglés supone la mejor inmersión para aprender el inglés, y además con la ventaja de estar con la sensación de vacaciones.
Excursión a la sierra de Batuecas
Excursión a la sierra de Batuecas
El paisaje, la comida y el alojamiento son francamente impresionantes. Además se puede aprovechar el tiempo libre para descansar o visitar el Spa del hotel o hacer excursiones a pueblos vecinos como la Alberca.
No es el sitio ideal si estás a dieta...
No es el sitio ideal si estás a dieta...
Los móviles y ordenadores solo se pueden utilizar durante el tiempo libre y siempre alejados de tus compañeros. Las actividades que se desarrollan aquí, me han hecho recordar a los típicos campamentos de verano; teatro, juegos combinados con actividades más propias de adultos como presentaciones de powerpoint (la mía obviamente sobre My Little Madrid) y conversaciones sobre un asunto especifico a debatir con un anglófono.
El hecho de salir de la propia zona de confort siempre es un reto ya que de primeras te sientes pez fuera del agua pero poco a poco empiezas a sentirte seguro con tu inglés y conoces gente realmente interesante.
Simpático lugareño, nada British...
Simpático lugareño, nada British...

1 comment :

  1. I agree with the tip of not trying too hard to imitate the way of speaking. Aside from it's annoying, I think it will just blow their chances. Thanks for sharing.


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