Beyond Mañana

Real Expat Life in Spain

November 20, 2012
by BeyondManana
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Winners and Losers in the Languages of Life

Last year our eldest daughter’s class were allowed to fundraise for their end of year trip by bringing in food and snacks to sell to the rest of the school on Fridays – surprisingly enterprising, I thought, for Spanish school.  … Continue reading

November 13, 2012
by BeyondManana
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Kids Are Not Interpreters

Hands up, I’m as guilty as anyone.  We are living in Spain as adult immigrants, they are growing up here with their astonishing sponge-like brains soaking up the nuances of several languages simultaneously – learning to truly think and move … Continue reading

November 11, 2012
by BeyondManana
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The Two Year Rule, or Learning Spanish vs Learning to Survive in Spain

An interesting phenomenon I have observed here, after talking to a range of expats who have been in Spain varying lengths of time – as well as people living as expats in different countries elsewhere (although mostly Brits).  Quite a … Continue reading