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'''Spain''' is a great place to work but check out the links below for more explicit advice.
 
'''Spain''' is a great place to work but check out the links below for more explicit advice.
  
==Languages==
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==Language(s)==
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.
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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 American, making the Spanish language one of the top three languages in the world in terms of native speakers - the others being Chinese and English.
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==Special linguistic features regarding learning/teaching English==
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===Pronunciation===
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English, like Spanish, has five [[vowel]] letters: a, e, i, o, u. Unlike Spanish however, English – depending on regional variations in [[accents]] – has up to twenty vowel sounds, in the case of standard British English, as well as twenty-four [[consonant]] sounds. Spanish has five basic vowel sounds plus four semivowel sounds – as in ''muy'', ''rey'', ''pie'' and ''deuda'', and twenty-two consonant sounds. While Spanish children learn to read and write with mnemotechnic devices such as “La eme con la a es ma”, the many foreign influences on English have brought about a great variety of [[nuances]] in pronunciation even within the same accent or dialect.
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====Vowel sounds====
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*[[IPA phonetic symbol (vowel) /ʌ/]]
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*[[IPA phonetic symbol (vowel) /e/]]
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*[[IPA phonetic symbol (vowel) /i/]]
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*[[IPA phonetic symbol (vowel) /ɒ/]]
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*[[IPA phonetic symbol (vowel) /ʊ/]]
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====Consonant sounds====
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*[[IPA phonetic symbol (consonant) /dʒ/]]
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*[[IPA phonetic symbol (consonant) /j/]]
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*[[IPA phonetic symbol (consonant) /ð/]]
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*[[IPA phonetic symbol (consonant) /ɵ/]]
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===Grammar===
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===False friends===
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There are a '''vast''' number of  [[false friends]] in the Spanish language. Some of the more typical ones include constipated vs ''constipado''; actual vs ''actual'' and an illusion is ''ilusorio'', not an ''ilusión''!
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Some other typical and frequent examples:
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*accost = ''abordar/acosar'' (NOT XXXX''acostar'')
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*agenda = ''orden del día'' (NOT XXXX''agenda'')
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*actually = ''de hecho'' (NOT XXXX''actualmente'')
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*assist = ''ayudar'' (NOT XXXX''asistir'')
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*attend = ''asistir'' (NOT XXXX''atender'')
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*carpet = ''alfombra'' ((NOT XXXX''carpeta'')
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*constipated = ''estreñido'' (NOT XXXX''constipado'')
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*eventually = ''al final'' (NOT XXXX''eventualmente'')
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*exit = ''salida'' (NOT XXXX''éxito'')
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*facilities = ''instalaciones'' (NOT XXXX''facilidades'')
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*Jesus! = ''¡Maldito sea!'' (NOT XXXX¡''Jesus! después de un estornudo'')
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*large = ''grande'' (NOT XXXX''largo'')
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*library = ''biblioteca'' (NOT XXXX''librería'')
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*mayor = ''alcalde'' (NOT XXXX''mayor'')
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*pretend = ''fingir'' (NOT XXXX''pretender'')
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*professor = ''catedrático'' (NOT XXXX''profesor'')
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*quiet = ''silencioso'' (NOT XXXX''quieto'')
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*remove = ''retirar'' (NOT XXXX''remover'')
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*resign = ''dimitir'' (NOT XXXX''resignarse'')
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*resume = ''reanudar'' (NOT XXXX''resumen'')
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*sensible = ''sensato'' (NOT XXXX''sensible'')
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*success = ''éxito'' (NOT XXXX''suceso'')
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*terrific = ''fenomenal'' (NOT XXXX''terrorífico'');
  
 
== Geography, climate and culture ==
 
== Geography, climate and culture ==
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===Climate===
 
===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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==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.]
 
*[http://www.spainexpat.com/spain/category/C23/Working/ Some information on working in Spain - mostly for teachers.]
  
[[Category:Countries]]
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[[Category:countries]]
 
[[Category:Spain]]
 
[[Category:Spain]]

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