PUBLISHED: 13:27 17 October 2018 Conor Matchett Shaftesbury Court in Lowestoft, which is proposed to be replaced by a four storey block of retirement homes. Picture: Google Google Plans for 30 retirement apartments branded a ‘Spanish package holiday resort’ by opponents has been refused by councillors. The application, from Sanctuary Supported Living, had proposed to demolish the existing care home and build 30 apartments in its place.However, councillors and officers pointed to a lack of parking provision at the site, with only 20 spaces for 27 two bed apartments and three one bed apartments as the main reason to refuse the application.Chris Green, area planning officer for Waveney District Council, said: “Parking is the biggest issue for me. County are still supporting our position that 30 units and 20 spaces in the particular location is a problem.“The parking survey was done when schools were out and there were no tourists … [Read more...] about ‘Spanish package holiday resort’ retirement apartment plans rejected
Spaniards leave home much later than everyone else Photo: AFP An enduring stereotype when it comes to Spaniards is that they live at home far longer than their European counterparts, enjoying all the home comforts madre can offer until often well into their 30s. This is most definitely true: a whopping 80 percent of Spaniards under 30 still live at home, but some Spaniards are more likely to live at home than others; while young Spanish women often fly the nest, young men are less inclined to leave home. Our findings: TRUE Spaniards are all lazy A worker takes a snooze in Seville. Photo: Karolina Lubryczynska While the image of Spaniards as work-shy shirkers with a "mañana" attitude is one they just can’t seem to shed, they actually work some of the longest hours in Europe - longer than those stereotypical work horses, the Germans! Our findings: NOT TRUE Spaniards are bloodthirsty Photo: AFP Spaniards love nothing more than going to their local bullring … [Read more...] about Debunking the myth: How true are Spanish stereotypes?
Belen Berrocal, Director of Studies of LAE Madrid, the leading Spanish academy in Madrid, gives some great tips on how to sound like a native Spanish speaker and really help your Spanish stand out. Use linking words Linking your phrases makes your speech sound more natural and less robotic. Here is a list of some examples: So: Estoy demasiado agobiada, así que no puedo terminarlo. I am too overwhelmed, so I can't finish. Then: Si no te gusta, entonces no vayas If you don't like it, then don't go. Since: Dado que sabes cómo llegar, podrás ir tú. Given that you know how to get there, you can go. … [Read more...] about Five tricks to help you sound like a native in Spanish
When to use 'tú' and when to use 'usted'? There's a word for that. With a culture that's so steeped in respect for your elders, tutear in Spanish is something we can't translate easily into English. So, what does it mean? Tutear means “to address informally” or “to address as tú”. In Spain, it is considered disrespectful and rude when a younger person addresses an elderly person with tú instead of usted, the formal way of saying "you" in Spanish. The following examples will give you a clearer idea: En España, se considera una falta de respeto tutear a las personas mayores. In Spain it is considered rude to address elderly people informally. Yo siempre tuteo a mis amigos, pero no a mis padres. I always address my friends informally, but not my parents. No me tutees, háblame de usted.. Don't address me as "tú", use usted. … [Read more...] about Spanish Word of the Day: ‘Tutear’
PUBLISHED: 10:02 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:02 16 October 2018 Reece Hanson Shaftesbury Court in Lowestoft, which is proposed to be replaced by a four storey block of retirement homes. Picture: Google Google Plans to build 30 retirement apartments on the seafront site of a former special needs care home have been recommended for refusal ahead of a key vote on the project. Waveney District Council’s planning committee will meet today (16) to discuss proposals to demolish the Shaftesbury Court site on Rectory Road, Lowestoft, where Sanctuary Supported Living hope to build flats for over-55s.In a report prepared ahead of tomorrow’s meeting, councillors have been warned the plans risk causing parking problems in the area.The report says: “There is no compliance with affordable housing policy but, more significantly, the 30 units now proposed is deficient in parking in an area where there is parking stress.“During hot weather, all … [Read more...] about Three storey retirement apartments risk turning Lowestoft into ‘Spanish holiday resort’, councillors warned