Learning Spanish

2 November 2015 0 Comments Category: Just Landed

You just landed and although you know how to say some words and have brushed up on the Spanish you learned while on vacation or at school, you are probably asking yourself where to start and what to look for in a Spanish course. We did the homework for you so all you need to do is keep reading to know what will work best.

Whether it´s an intensive course, a language and conversation class or even an online program, there are some things you should consider before signing up. The good news is that you´re here, in Spain, the best place to be if you really want to learn Spanish. That way, when class is over you can continue to practice with your neighbors, at work, or with friends while having a glass of wine.

If you started doing research, you´ll know that the options for learning Spanish in Spain are endless. There are private classes, special schools geared towards foreigners, small, independent schools and fairly large ones such as Don Quijote, which has delegations nationwide.

So, what should you keep in mind to decide which one will work for you? We suggest you read the reviews and check to see whether the school or program is part of FEDELE (Spanish Federation of Associations for Spanish Schools for Foreigners).

The accredited schools have to meet high standards in terms of facilities and teaching. From the list, you might want to check out Hispania, which was awarded the best Spanish language school at the 2015 ST Star Award ceremony in London. The school is in Valencia so if you don´t live there, you might want to check out the nominees as well.

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Keep in mind that some regions in Spain prefer to speak their own language (such is the case of Calaluña) and there are some provinces such as Andalucía where the accent could actually make learning a tad bit difficult, especially if you are a beginner.

Be careful when trying to learn Spanish in places where there is a large community of English speaking residents such as Malaga. We aren´t saying it´s not possible. It will just be harder and will require a lot more effort and motivation on your part.

The perfect situation is to enroll in a school or program that not only teaches you the ins and outs of Spanish grammar and pronunciation, but motivates you to engage in activities where you can practice what you´ve learned in class at organized group outings or get-togethers. Of course, we suggest you do this on your own as well – engaging in spontaneous conversations with taxi drivers, neighbors and friends, listening to the radio and even while you enjoy Spanish cooking classes, for example.

Another Spanish institution, which identifies an accredited center, is the reputable Institute Cervantes. Check their online date base to find language school and Spanish language courses in Spain, here.

If you haven´t landed yet, the Institute Cervantes is present worldwide. Check to see whether there is a delegation in your city by clicking on this link.

And remember, you can go to as many classes as you like or can afford. But you must also practice and listen on the streets, at home, at work, on the bus, in the subway… Anytime and anywhere is good to engage in conversation and practice your español.

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