Fun ways to learn a language

When I learnt Spanish at school, technology didn’t play much of a part. Doing listening exercises from CDs and visiting the BBC Bitesize website was as technological as it got.

Fast forward a fair few years and I’m picking up my Spanish again, but this time there are so many creative ways to practise. Here are some of my favourites.

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72 hours in Madrid

Madrid can feel a little overwhelming at times – particularly if, like most people, you’re only there for a few days. But it’s a laid-back place where you can experience a little bit of everything a Spanish city has to offer. Here are my picks of the best ways to experience Madrid like a true MadrileΓ±o.

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What to pack for a city break

Do you struggle with what to pack for a city break? I’m going to Madrid in a couple of weeks and I’ve been getting seriously stressed about it. At this time of year the weather is a bit mixed – getting warm during the day but cold at night and earlier in the morning. So, I planned out all of my outfits to give me lots of different options with just 20 items. FYI I’m away for four days and this all fits into a carry on case, with a little room for your non-clothes stuff. Here’s what I went for…

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Brick Wonders

Lego has just been named the world’s most powerful brand, which is lucky for the Harley Gallery as it is currently hosting its second Lego exhibition. This time wonders of the world are getting the colourful brick treatment, whether that be the Great Wall of China or more everyday wonders such as the internet and airports.

Brick Wonders isn’t a huge exhibition, but it’s free to enter and you will definitely leave with a smile on your face. Don’t miss the intricate model of Old London Bridge, packed full of life just like it would have been all those years ago. The biggest model is the airport, where you can see all the hustle and bustle of arrivals and departures in miniature.

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