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'''Spain''' (/ˈspeɪn/) is a country in South-West [[Europe]].  People from Spain can be referred to using the [[irregular demonym]] "Spaniard".
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'''Spain''' is a great place to work but check out the links below for more explicit advice.
 
 
==Languages==
 
A number of native languages are spoken in Spain and all of them, with the exception of Basque, are descended from Latin. The most widely spoken is Castilian and this is the language which is usually referred to as "[[Spanish]]". There are, however, wide-ranging regional differences in [[pronunciation]] and [[vocabulary]]. It was exported from Spain into much of Latin America, making the Spanish language one of the top three languages in the world in terms of native speakers - the others being Mandarin Chinese and English.
 
  
 
== Geography, climate and culture ==
 
== Geography, climate and culture ==
 
Before deciding where (or whether) to live and work in Spain a little background knowledge of the country is necessary.
 
Before deciding where (or whether) to live and work in Spain a little background knowledge of the country is necessary.
  
Many British people have a very distorted vision of Spain, having an opinion based on short package holiday visits to tourist hotspots.  The country is, in fact, remarkably diverse in its geography, its climate and its cultures. Consequently, when compared to the UK, its geography and climate are far more varied and it probably boasts a greater variety of native cultures as well and these factors make generalising about Spain somewhat difficult.
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Many British people have a very distorted vision of Spain, having an opinion based on short package holiday visits to tourist hotspots.  The country is, in fact, remarkably diverse in both its geography, its climate and its cultures. Compared to the UK, its geography and climate are far more varied and it probably boasts a greater variety of native cultures as well.  These factors make generalising about Spain somewhat difficult.
  
 
===Geography===
 
===Geography===
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The Cantabrian mountains stretch along the northern coast; the Pyrenees extend this line and form the natural border with [[France]]; and the centre of the country is dominated by the vast central plateau, or "Meseta".
 
The Cantabrian mountains stretch along the northern coast; the Pyrenees extend this line and form the natural border with [[France]]; and the centre of the country is dominated by the vast central plateau, or "Meseta".
  
===Climate===
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==Climate==
  
The climate is influenced by the mountains, the latitude and the distance from the sea, be it the Atlantic (to the north, northwest and southwest) or the Mediterranean (east).
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The climate is influenced by the mountains, the latitude and the distance from the sea, be it the Atlantic (to the north, northwest and southwest) or the Med (east).
  
 
===Green Spain===
 
===Green Spain===
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===The Mediterranean coast===
 
===The Mediterranean coast===
  
Not surprisingly, the Mediterranean coast enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and relatively mild winters.
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Not surprisingly, the Mediterranean coast a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and relatively mild winters.
  
 
===Other areas===
 
===Other areas===
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Apart from these main climate areas, Spain also has smaller areas with more distinct climates. For instance, the south east, Almería, boasts the only deserts in Europe (where the spaghetti westerns were shot), and the highest parts of the Meseta and the Pyrenees have an alpine climate.   
 
Apart from these main climate areas, Spain also has smaller areas with more distinct climates. For instance, the south east, Almería, boasts the only deserts in Europe (where the spaghetti westerns were shot), and the highest parts of the Meseta and the Pyrenees have an alpine climate.   
 
    
 
    
===Culture===
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==References==
 
==References==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
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*[http://blog.esldaily.org/2008/07/28/tefl-teaching-in-spain--dispelling-myths.aspx TEFL teaching in Spain - dispelling myths]
 
*[http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/work/esl/articles/teachingenglishinspain.shtml An Overview on Teaching English in Spain]
 
*[http://www.transitionsabroad.com/listings/work/esl/articles/teachingenglishinspain.shtml An Overview on Teaching English in Spain]
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/2229995425/ Barcelona TEFL Teachers Association]
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*[http://btta.es/home.html Barcelona's teacher's association]
*Reflections of A World Citizen, [http://reflectionsofaworldcitizen.blogspot.com/2007/08/working-as-language-teacher-in-spain.html TEFL Jobs in Spain: An Investigation], 12 August 2007. An account of the problems of working illegally in Spain.
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*[http://reflectionsofaworldcitizen.blogspot.com/2007/08/working-as-language-teacher-in-spain.html An account of the problems of working illegally in Spain]
*[http://www.tesol-spain.org/en/ TESOL Spain] [[TESOL Spain]] is an organisation for English teachers in Spain.
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*[http://www.tesol-spain.org/index.html TESOL Spain] [[TESOL Spain]] is an organisation for English teachers in Spain.
 
*[http://www.iberianature.com/spainblog/a-guide-to-spanish-food-a/ An alphabetic guide to food in Spain.]  Useful for both teachers and ex-pats.  
 
*[http://www.iberianature.com/spainblog/a-guide-to-spanish-food-a/ An alphabetic guide to food in Spain.]  Useful for both teachers and ex-pats.  
*[http://www.spainexpat.com/spain/category/C23/Working/ Some information on working in Spain - mostly for teachers.]
 
  
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[[Category:countries]]
[[category:Spain]]
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[[Category:Spain]]
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