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Escuela Oficial de Idiomas de Llanes

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PPT LLANES —     INTRODUCTION    — English version.                                   Speaker: Sandra Somoano.

First of all, I want to welcome you to our school and to Llanes. Hope you have a great time!

Let me introduce myself:

My name is Sandra and I’ve been studying English at this school for a few years, so I know this school well and all the teachers (I will talk about them in a minute…)

This centre that welcomes you is one of the eight Official Language Schools in the Principality of Asturias and the only one in Eastern Asturias. It has five classrooms where English and French are taught, a library, an ICT Classroom and a Secretary Office.

 

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To teach us, we are lucky enough to have the greatest languages teachers, who make the lessons fun and entertaining. I remember my first day of class; when you arrive, you sit on a chair, nervous because you know nothing at all: you know neither the teacher nor your classmates nor the language … how awful! But, in my case, my first day of English at school was perfect. Our teacher made us feel so comfortable that, when we left the classroom, all of us were a group of friends and not just classmates… and all the teachers are like that… we are very lucky to have this team of teachers…

Let me introduce them to you:

English teachers: Gemma: The Head of the English Department, Saskia and Aurora.

French teachers: Isaura: The Head of the French Department and Ángeles.

 

And now, to get to know each other a bit, I’ll introduce each and every one of you, with your names and where you come from (I would be grateful if you could to stand up briefly when I call your name in order to identify who you are).

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I hope you’ll enjoy the activities we have prepared for you.

Thank you very much and I will give way to Jesús, who will talk about Asturias.

 

PPT LLANES —     TURISTIC LLANES    — English version.                                  Speaker: Jesús Hernández.

Hello everyone! How some of you know, my name is Jesús and I’m a English student.

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Asturias Natural Paradise is our Institutional topic. Why? I am going to explain a little bit.

And, I’m going to do it remembering the first time my best friend Juan came to visit me in Asturias. I remember his words when we were coming back from Asturias airport to Llanes by car: his face showed astonishment and surprise….He said nothing…until an AMAZING!!! Come out!

What surprises you? I asked him.

I don’t know which way to look! , he answered me.

I laughed; It’s the typical feeling Asturias causes the first time you see it.

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Wherever we are, with a simple head spin, we can enjoy amazing scenery: the blue sea sideway and high mountains on another side. But we mustn’t forget the bright green of the meadows we go through as we move.

Asturias is on the north coast of Spain.

The main towns in Asturias are in the central area, with about 1.000.000 people. The biggest towns are OVIEDO (capital) Gijón and Aviles. There, the administrative and industrial life unfolds, but without forgetting the mining valleys.

Although there are places in the East area where the History, the art or the industry make them essential, when you visit Asturias, it is in the East area where we find the tourist destination chosen by most visitors, as it is where most of our treasures are.

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In the countryside, bathed by the Cantabrian Sea and at the bottom of the Cuera Mountains, is Llanes.

Its spectacular scenery, its proximity to the mountains and the beach, made it one of the best tourist destinations in Northern Spain.

In summertime the sea and the beach make it the main attraction.

LLanes, has about 37 sandy beaches along its coast, the most natural was like this one of Ballota and Torimbia, where we can do water sports like surfing, fishing, sailing etc…

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Cue Beach was chosen last year by the National Geographic, as one of the best ten beaches in the world.

Impressive cliffs are found in the famous “Bufones” Holes with water spray jets caused by the pressure waves of the sea.

However, the mountains and specifically its proximity to “Picos de Europa National Park” make it unique.

Only 8 km in a straight line from the coast is the central massif of “Picos de Europa”, just behind Cuera Mountains, Where we can see the amazing “Naranjo de Bulnes” which is about 2.700 m high.

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They are so many routes for walking there, Cares route and Covadonga Lackes being the best known. Asturias is particularly suitable for mountain sports, trekking, climbing etc…

We can’t forget many surrounding villages. Where there are a lot of little and lovely hotels where the quiet and amazing scenery will make us feeling in the countryside.

Some examples are Porrua a little village chosen as “Exemplary Village of Asturias” in 2.008, where “the East of Asturias Ethnographic Museum” is, or Poo, where “the craft school” that we will visit today is.

Now I will leave you with Kike, who will find the most unique corners of Llanes.

Thank you very much.

 

PPT LLANES —     LLANES TOWN    — English version.                                          Speaker: Kike Gutierrez.

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Thanks Jesús and hello everyone!

Jesus has told us something about Asturias. Now, it’s my turn and I would like to tell you something about this town and some things you are going to see here in Llanes.

This is a municipality placed in the east of Asturias and extending 23 miles along the coastline. I would define it as a sort of balcony, a balcony overlooking the most breathtaking scapes. Its current population is about 14.000 inhabitants according with the population data.

Llanes is a coastal village, with awesome historic monuments and remarkable traditions. Founded at the beginning of the Middle Ages, it still keeps a well-preserved part of the ancient walls including a defense tower. Surrounded by the ancient walls we can find some important buildings. Saint Mary’s Church, with a great Romanesque and Gothic styles mixture must be highlighted. Besides, indoors, there is an outstanding work of art, its Plateresque altarpiece. Outdoors again, by following the plates on the floor, which all together compose a poem by the local poet Celso Amieva, you will tour the whole old town.

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Apart from this, it is required and essential to visit the following places:

The Partarriu’s House, where one of the most famous Spanish movies titled “The Orphanage” was shot. Llanes by itself is like a big stage where many movies have been shot taking advantage of our natural sceneries. I strongly recommend you to see “The Grandfather” which shows beautiful locations. We should not forget The Town Hall, The Casino, The Maria Magdalena’s Chapel (the oldest one in Llanes, dating from the thirteenth century) and La Guia’s hermitage at the top of a little hill.

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Nowadays, our fishing port still remains very active and reports good profit, but not as important as it used to be during the last centuries, when it was one of the most important ports in the north, mainly, owing to the hunting of the whale. As a reminder of those glorious days, there is a plate to commemorate the 65 sailors who embarked in three galleys to be part of the Invincible Armada and fought in the Trafalgar sea battle against England in the 16th century.

Llanes is also well-known because of its lively summer. Our local economy relies basically on the tourism, mainly, tourists coming from the rest of Spain and lately many people coming from the United Kingdom. All this area, including Llanes, provides the 40% of accommodation in Asturias and only Llanes the 16 % with more than 12.000 accommodation places.

It’s time to have lunch! There is a wide range of modern and traditional restaurants, both in the town as in the surroundings. Sitting in one of the numerous outdoors terraces you can enjoy some of our traditional dishes. To start with, an Asturian cheeses table followed by the Fabada (a bean stew) and finally rice pudding (delicious). To accompany the food, you have to try our cider, our national drink. Made of apples coming from Asturias it is always served in a way that surely you will find a bit crazy and funny. We call it “Escanciar”. Pay attention to the fact that we share the same glass. Once it has been served, drink it immediately! Just one sip. After that, you have to leave a small quantity into the glass, what for? Just to be thrown by the place where you have put your lips, in order to wash the glass for the next person.

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Once we have eaten, I guess it’s time to go for a walk. Along the port we can visit “The Memory Cubes”, painted by the Basque artist called Agustin Ibarrola, the Lighthouse, “The Sea’s Classroom” a little museum dedicated to the sea and three of our beaches, but there is no doubt that the most beautiful one is the Saint Peter’s Promenade. Built in the nineteenth century and overlooking Llanes, the mountains and the Cantabrian Sea, this greenish rug is one of our most valuable treasures. I’m not giving you further information about it, just go there, take a deep breath, feel the fresh air and check it out by yourselves.

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I have been living here my entire life and I guess that I would never get used to living in other place, I consider myself a Llanes lover. You don’t know it, but the word “Llanisco” it’s fondly used to refer to the person who lives here. So, at least, since this moment to the day you are leaving, each one of you can consider yourself as “Llanisco”.

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That’s been all. I hope you enjoy your stay among us and remember that you will always be welcome here. Thanks a lot for your attention.

 

PPT LLANES —     FOLKLORE AND TRADITIONS    — English version.                 Speaker: Carlos Amieva.

Hello,I’m Carlos, I was born in Llanes and I’ve lived here all my life, so I’m going to tell you a bit about Llanes, about its festivities, customs and traditions. I hope you like it…

Llanes is one of the favourite tourist destinations in the North of Spain because of its beaches, mountains and landscapes but, in addition to this, it has a great popularity due to its festivities: majestic processions, traditional dances and very crowded fiestas.

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There are a large number of festivals celebrated throughout the year in Llanes and each little village has its own, but María Magdalena in July, Saint Roque in August and Our Lady Virgin of Guía in September are the most important festivals in Llanes because of their popularity and magnitude.  There is a certain rivalry between the associations so each year they try to outdo each other with enormous programmes to be the best fiesta. They attract thousands of visitors.

To mark the beginning of the fiesta, we plant and burn “THE BONFIRE”.
This ancient custom, dating back to pagan times, was incorporated into the religious fiestas today. A trunk was burnt before all the festivities began in order to get rid of the evil spirits. Young men and women of the village go to the local hillsides and cut down a eucalyptus tree. They clean it off, keeping only the topmost branches. These trees are frequently over thirty metres long. Later on, it is planted in the square or field where the procession and dancing take place.

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The day of the celebration begins with a morning walk around the village enlivened by bagpipes and drums. At midday, the solemn mass and the procession take place, accompanied by the young women of the village, dressed in the traditional female costume, singing songs and playing the tambourine. They are accompanied by the young men of the village wearing traditional men’s suits (you will see all of this in a special exhibition we have prepared for you). To accompany the Virgin or Saint during the procession, the young men and women perform traditional dances. There are many dances: The Danza Prima, The Danza de Arcos or The Xiringüelu, but the most popular dance in Llanes is The Pericote, a ritual courting dance, in which two women and a man dance accompanied by a drum and bagpipes.

The name “traje de aldeana” most probably originated amidst the upper classes of Llanes. The most powerful people of the time dressed according to fashion and, when the time arrived to dress up for the offering of flowers, the young women of the town dressed up like the women from the little villages. These traditional costumes are handmade, which requires hours and hours of work to complete the intricate patterns made with jet that adorn the suit.

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The religious part of the fiesta culminates in the offering of flowers and pyramids of bread adorned with flowers and ribbons, which during the procession are carried by four young men, also dressed up in a traditional costume (then sold for a lot of money).

In the evening, the fiesta starts. A lot of people get together to dance while a band is playing, and they also drink cider. To finish up the night people drink hot chocolate in the early hours.

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I remember my first “verbena”… unforgettable! I had a blast at the fiesta! But, I have to confess that I think I drank far too much cider… I’ll give you some advice: you must eat at the same time as you drink cider because cider goes to your head quickly…

I hope all of you will enjoy Llanes and that one day you can see everything that I’ve told you about; we’re very pleased to have you here! Welcome!

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