Mañana jueves 12 de Diciembre a las 12 tendrá lugar una reunión informativa sobre las becas de movilidad del Proyecto Erasmus Mundus Phoenix, coordinado por la Universidad de Almería. La charla tendrá lugar en la Sala de Conferencias del Edificio de Ciencias de la Salud.

El Proyecto Erasmus Mundus PHOENIX, financiado por la Comisión Europea, facilita la movilidad entre universidades europeas y de Oriente Medio. Para ello se ofertan becas para todos los niveles: grado, master, doctorado, post-doctorado y para personal académico y administrativo.

En total se adjudicarán 150 becas en dos convocatorias, de las cuales 20 plazas serán para candidatos europeos. Estas becas incluyen  gastos de viaje, matrícula si procede, seguro y una ayuda mensual para manutención y alojamiento en función del nivel de estudios:

Grado: 1.000 €/mes
Master: 1.000 €/mes
Doctorado: 1.500 €/mes
Post-Doctorado: 1.800 €/mes
Personal Académico y Administrativo: 2.500 €/mes

Por otro lado, la distribución de las movilidades para los candidatos europeos será la siguiente:

DibujoEl plazo para solicitar estas becas estará abierto hasta el próximo 22 de Enero de 2014. Puedes encontrar toda la información sobre la convocatoria así como la solicitud on-line en la web del proyecto y en la web del Vicerrectorado de Internacionalización.


Desde el lunes 2 de Diciembre y hasta el 15 de enero de 2014 estará abierta la convocatoria de movilidad para estudiantes dentro del proyecto PHOENIX. Este proyecto, coordinado por la Universidad de Almería, facilitará la movilidad de estudiantes, profesores y personal administrativo entre Europa y Oriente Medio con un total de 150 becas, de las cuales 20 corresponderán a participantes europeos.

phoenixLos destinos en Oriente Medio son Palestina, Jordania, Siria y Líbano. Estas becas están disponibles para estudiantes de grado, máster, doctorado y también para personal académico o administrativo. Las becas incluyen una ayuda mensual, además de cubrir desplazamientos, seguros y otros costes de participación. Para conocer más sobre el programa, puedes consultar su web y su página de facebook.


Expense calculator for the UK and International students Scholarships

If the thought of studying in the UK has crossed your mind at any moment in your life, there is a website which could help you to balance your income and expenses in order to know how much money, approximately, you could spend in the UK.

You can find also important information related to International students Scholarships in:

Good luck!

Languages of the world: 9. Japanese

Languages of the world:

Japanese is an East Asian language spoken by about 125 million speakers, primarily in Japan, where it is the national language.

Japanese has no genealogical relationship with Chinese, but makes extensive use of Chinese characters, or kanji (漢字), in its writing system and a large portion of its vocabulary is borrowed from Chinese. Along with kanji, the Japanese writing system primarily uses two syllabic scripts, hiragana (ひらがな or 平仮名) and katakana (カタカナ or 片仮名). Japanese was little studied by non-Japanese before the Japanese economic bubble of the 1980s. Since then, along with the spread of Japanese popular culture, the number of students of Japanese has reached the millions.

Japanese has no official status, but is the de facto national language.


  • Japanese word order is classified as subject–object–verb. Unlike many Indo-European languages, the only strict rule of word order is that the verb must be placed at the end of a sentence, other elements in the sentence may be in various orders for emphasis, or possibly omitted. This is because the Japanese sentence elements are marked with particles that identify their grammatical functions.
  • There’s very little evidence of an indigenous writing system until the Chinese characters were brought over to Japan in the 5th century AD. Even after this, it wasn’t until around the 8th century that a truly distinct form of written Japanese was developed.
  • In the old days of feudal Japan, a samurai warrior would shout:
    身の程を知れ[Mi no hodo o shire!], Know your place! at anyone who dared to show insufficient respect.
  • Take care not saying “chin chin” when making a toast in Japan, because it is the word children use to name the male organ.
  • Even if you don’t have the language skills, a softening of the voice, a discreet awareness of the other person’s personal space and undemonstrative body language go a long way when it comes to courtesy and showing respect.
  • The first novel, The Tale of Genji, was written in 1007 by a Japanese noble woman, Murasaki Shikibu.
  • The term karaoke means “empty orchestra” in Japanese.
  • Vocabulary can vary according to gender of the speaking person: women use other vocabulary than men.
  • Most Japanese words end in vowels, which determine the structure and rhythm of Japanese language. Usually, all syllables carry equal stress.

Here, at the University of Almería, you can find Japanese courses in our “centro de lenguas”.


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Languages of the world: 8. Mandarin Chinese

Languages of the world:

Mandarin is a group of related dialects or varieties spoken the Northern and Southwestern of China. It has more native speakers than any other language in the world (nearly one billion speakers). The term “Mandarin” is borrowed from Portuguese (“mandarim”), this word means counselor or minister.

In the early 20th century the “Standard Chinese” was adopted as the national language. It was based on the Beijing (phonology) and other Mandarin dialects (vocabulary), thus this “Standard Chinese” is also known as Mandarin (Pǔtōnghuà).It is the official language of the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Singapore.

The phonology of Mandarin Chinese consists of two dozen consonants and about half a dozen vowels, some of which form diphthongs and four tones.

The writing system for almost all the varieties of Chinese is based on a set of written logograms that has been passed down with little change for more than two thousand years. While it is possible to invent new characters, Chinese usually borrows old ones that have fallen into disuse. Chinese characters were traditionally read from top to bottom, right to left but in modern usage it is more common to read from left to right.

Although Standard Chinese is the lingua franca of China, it differs from dialects, even in the Mandarin group, to the point of being to some extent unintelligible. The linguistic diversity is so large that neighboring city dwellers may have difficulties communicating with each other without a lingua franca.

Chinese facts:

  • Chinese grammar is surprisingly straightforward, with none of the tenses, plurals, cases or genders that can make learning European languages difficult.
  • The hard part about Chinese is mastering the tones. Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language, which means the pitch or intonation in which a sound is spoken affects the meaning.
  • For reading Chinese without using Latin alphabet it is necessary to memorize a large quantity of Chinese characters. If you want to read a newspaper you will have to learn around 2.000 Chinese Characters.
  • Intonation is very important in Chinese. For example xiǎng wèn nǐ, means I want to ask you. But if you say it with a different intonation you may end up saying I want to kiss you.
  • Chinese people place great emphasis on titles. If the name of your teacher is for example Mrs Wang, you should call her Wang Lǎoshī, meaning Teacher Wang. For doctors it is used Yīshēng. Xiānsheng for Mr. and  Nǚshì for Ms.
  • Keep in mind that in China there are different dialects, and they are hardly understood among them, so you could end up listening to two Chinese people talking in English because their dialects are completely different from one to another and they find it easier to talk in English language if they both know it.
  • Knowing how to read and write Chinese characters will help you pick up Writtern Japanese quicker, because Japanese langue uses a large amount of characters with exactly the same meaning than in Chinese but pronunciation and grammar is completely different between these two languages.

Here, at the University of Almería, you can find Chinese courses in our “centro de lenguas”.



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Ampliación Becas Naura II

Se informa a la comunidad Universitaria que se ha ampliado el plazo de presentación de solicitudes de las Becas NAURA II del ceiA3 hasta el 13 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2012 (incluído). Si todavía no la habéis pedido, aún estáis a tiempo! Más info:



Languages of the world: 7. Arabic

Languages of the world:

Arabic is a name applied to the descendants of the Classical Arabic language of the 6th century AD.  It includes the literary language and the spoken Arabic varieties.

The literary language is called Modern Standard Arabic. It is the only official form of Arabic.The spoken Arabic varieties are spoken in a wide territory stretching across the Middle East and North Africa.Arabic languages are Central Semitic languages, most closely related to Hebrew, Aramaic, Ugaritic and Phoenician.

It is official in 26 states and it is also the liturgical language of Islam. Despite of its different dialects, the modern standard Arabic is widely taught in schools, universities, and used to varying degrees in workplaces, government and the media.

This language is the only surviving member of the Old North Arabian dialect group. It is written with the Arabic alphabet, which is an abjad script and is written from right to left, although some spoken varieties use Latin alphabet.

Arabic has lent many words to other languages of the Islamic world, like Persian, Turkish, Bosnian, Kazakh, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, Malay and Hausa. We can appreciate Arabic influence in languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan and Sicilian. Arabic language has also borrowed words from languages, for example Hebrew, Greek, Persian, Syriac, Turkish and English and French in recent times.

The major dialects groups are:

Egyptian (Spoken by 80 million people), Maghrebi (75 million people speak this dialect), Mesopotamian (Spoken by 36 million), Levantine (35 million speakers), Sudanese (30 million people), Yemeni (25 million speakers) and Najdi (10 million people).

The Arabic alphabet can be divided into two groups order.

  • The original ’abjadī order (أَبْجَدِي):
غ ظ ض ذ خ ث ت ش ر ق ص ف ع س ن م ل ك ي ط ح ز و ه د ج ب أ
gh dh kh th t sh r q f s n m l k y z w h d j b
  • the newer hijā’ī order (with letters partially grouped together by similarity of shape, used where lists of names and words are sorted):
ي و ه ن م ل ك ق ف غ ع ظ ط ض ص ش س ز ر ذ د خ ح ج ث ت ب أ
y w h n m l k q f gh sh s z r dh d kh zh th t b

Arabic is a language which lies far from English but still you may find some false friends such as:

  • If you hear the word “when”(وين) in Arabic they are talking about where something is.
  • If your name is Anna, you would be saying in Arabic “I” (أنا).

Here, at the University of Almería, you can find Arabic courses in our “Centro de Lenguas

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