Top Tips For Treating Yourself This Christmas
Whether you’ve got your Christmas shopping sorted, or you haven’t, this is the season of giving! So we’ve put together some top tips for treating yourself this Christmas. You never know, you might fancy trying something new…
Have you ever thought about treating yourself to something a little different? Why not freshen up this Christmas with the gift of language?
Learning a new language can be incredibly rewarding, as well as surprisingly good for your brain! It’s proven to improve how your brain functions, by challenging yourself to recognise meaning and communicate in a new language.
Also, learning a language has been shown to stave off cognitive decline, and even protect against conditions such as dementia and Alzheimers! Talk about motivation…
Not only is learning a language incredibly beneficial for your brain function, memory and perception, it’s also fun. Delving into a new language lets you experience a whole new culture of people, music, food, art – everything that comes with a country!
Plus, it makes travelling a lot easier. Statistically, one of the best languages to learn is actually Spanish!
Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world. Of around 530 million Spanish speakers all across the globe, 74 million of these are second-language speakers.
Some of the most well-known holiday destinations speak Spanish:
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- And of course, Spain
Giving the gift of the Spanish language to yourself this Christmas might be a little different. But it’s a chance to meet new people, and immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of a new country.
Battersea Spanish offer award-winning Spanish courses for beginners all the way up to advanced conversation classes. Our classes are small and welcoming, to give you the ultimate bespoke experience when learning Spanish in London.
We even hold Spanish events at local tapas restaurants, creative writing classes and private tuition! There’s something for everyone at Battersea Spanish, regardless of your level of experience.
Plus, learning a new language puts you in great company. Across the world, around 60 – 75% of people speak two languages. So why not join them?
Gift Hampers From Brindisa
If you’re tempted by learning the Spanish language, why not go a step further?
What about treating yourself to something extra indulgent this year, and exploring the incredible variety of foods and drinks that come from the gorgeous Spanish regions?
Make this the year you really treat yourself…
You might have had tapas out in a restaurant, or heard of traditional foods such as Iberico (traditional Spanish cured ham) or had paella from a street food stall or cosy restaurant – but why not bring the flavours of Spain into your home?
Spain is renowned for delicious foods, from tapas to seafood to cured meats, charcuterie and cheeses. Much of Spanish food is all about using local produce and making amazing dishes; something that we all probably love the sound of!
Brindisa Kitchens is an example of excellent Spanish food made accessible. They have tapas kitchens all over London, and were one of the first stores in Borough Market, which is now widely regarded as one of the best food markets in London!
Not only this, but they’re bringing Spain to you with their gifts and hamper baskets.
If you just fancy a taster, the Brindisa Nibbles Box might be for you. The Nibbles Box contains some of Spain’s most delicious offerings to pick at in those chilly festive evenings…
But, if you’re feeling adventurous, try The Best of Brindisa Box is truly a feast for your senses, not just your tastebuds! This box is decadent defined – from smoky chorizo to honey from Catalonia and olives from Andalusia.
If you want to try something new and delicious in equal measures, this is definitely the way to do it!
Because sometimes Christmas is about treating yourself to those little luxuries.
Sometimes, buying for yourself is harder than for anyone else!
Luckily, Battersea Spanish have got you covered there too.
Gift cards are perfect for moments of indecision. Treat yourself to a Battersea Spanish gift voucher from £50, £75 or £100, or even the value of one of our courses!
These gift cards can be loaded with any of our Spanish courses, ranging from one of our Spanish classes for beginners all the way up to Intermediate Spanish classes and Advanced conversational classes.
And we don’t stop there! You can even treat yourself to something more adventurous like one of our Flamenco classes in London, Latin Dance, or private tuition for Spanish!
Bring a little bit of Spanish culture and passion into your Christmas this year and treat yourself to one of our gift cards, especially if everything looks almost too good to decide…
Want to learn a language but don’t want to try a full course?
If you enjoy reading and are interested in treating yourself to something different this year, then perhaps trying one of our language books is for you! Plus, this is a gift idea which is unique and bound to make you feel good!
Getting yourself used to reading a second language is not only a fun challenge in the midst of all those mince pies and roast dinners, but it’s also something that you can do at your own pace.
Treating yourself to a language book means you can pour over a new language, rather than grappling with the immediacy of conversation. But, saying that, reading in a different language to your own is a massive bonus if you are learning a second language!
Learning a different or new language in this way can be challenging, but could provide that much-needed breath of life into your daily routine just in time for the new year.
If you want to learn Spanish, then there are books for beginners available, that introduce you gently to the language. There are also books for more advanced Spanish speakers if you fancy more of a challenge.
Finding out the best books for learning Spanish can be a tricky process. Take your time until you find one that resonates with you.
Here are some tips for when you do find the perfect language book:
- Keep a dictionary handy – whether that’s online or physical, this will help you compare words
- Look for familiar words – these can be words you’ve already learned, or words that are initially similar to your own language, and will anchor you in the language.
- Take your time – don’t be afraid to read sentences aloud, or go over things again!
- Learn the alphabet – even saying the letters aloud will help you recognise words before you read them
- Know your limits – don’t expect yourself to be reading full novels when you first start! Invest in this new skill and it will reward you
Learning new languages is hugely beneficial for getting to know new people, exploring new places, thinking more openly and improving how your brain functions!
But moreover, learning a language, like Spanish, will give you a little bit of time to yourself over this festive season to really spend investing in yourself.