Summary: If you will be living or spending a lot of time in Spain, you will want to learn Spanish. You can make do with a few phrases for short visits, but not a long term stay. Living in the country is difficult if you can't speak the language. Learning Spanish will help you acclimate to the country faster. Options to Learn Spanish There are many options for learning Spanish. The best teaching and learning methods vary for each student. You need to find the methods that work be...
If you will be living or spending a lot of time in Spain, you will want to learn Spanish. You can make do with a few phrases for short visits, but not a long term stay. Living in the country is difficult if you can't speak the language. Learning Spanish will help you acclimate to the country faster.
Options to Learn Spanish
There are many options for learning Spanish. The best teaching and learning methods vary for each student. You need to find the methods that work best for you. Often, a combination of methods is best. This could include some formal instruction, some self study, as well as practice using the language in real world situations.
Language schools and private lessons are relatively easy to find. In some cases, they can be expensive. If you learn best in a school setting, or with one on one instruction, this may be the way for you to go. Private instruction is probably the most expensive method for learning the language. Formal instruction is best if you aren't motivated to follow a self study program and keep up with the lessons.
Schools vary widely in the methods of instruction. They can be very structured or more relaxed. Some teach lessons in a structured sequence and don't deviate from the curriculum. Others are more relaxed and open, such as some immersion programs. Pay attention to curriculum if you are choosing a school for instruction. Pick one with a teaching method that will work best for you.
If you are immigrating to Spain, check with the local city government. Sometimes city governments or other government entities offer courses for immigrants. These are often free. Ask at your local city government building. They can help you find local programs.
You can learn to speak Spanish on the internet. Many websites offer language instruction. Some are free, while others charge a fee for the courses. These are self study courses. As you finish one lesson, you move on to the next. You will need to be self motivated to learn well on your own.
Language exchanges offer free language learning. These can be found in the classified section of newspapers and magazines. They can also be found on the internet. There are individual and group language exchanges. This is a more informal method for learning to speak the language. You will learn through informal conversation, rather than a professional curriculum.
Learn Spanish at Advanced Levels
Once you have learned the basics of Spanish, you will want to continue working on your skills. A great way to do this is to make friends in Spain. Don't be afraid to strike up a conversation. Spend time talking with local people and neighbors. Conversation will hone your skills in speaking the language. New friendships will also help you feel at home and more a part of the community.
For more advanced levels, consider subscribing to advanced materials. This can include a subscription magazine and cassette, such as Puerta del Sol. This is a bimonthly publication. It also includes cultural knowledge that will help you adapt to your new home. You will practice your reading and speaking skills, while gaining valuable information about the culture.
Language exchange groups or clubs can help increase your language skills. These are discussion groups that generally meet over dinner. They are more social than instructional. This is a great way to meet people and make friends. In addition, you will build your skills in a social context. The more time you spend talking to people, the better you will learn the language.