When learning a new topic, it really is important that the environment is conducive to that learning so, if you’re thinking of learning Spanish in Spain, let’s look at what conditions might help or hinder the learning process. Like in any country, language can vary from north to south, east or west, so choosing the best location will play a large part in the success of that learning. While what I like to refer to as the King’s Spanish is Castilian (Castellano), this being the Spanish spoken with the …CONTINUE READING

Does age play a big part in our learning ability?  We all know that young children are like sponges and can learn something new without a problem.  They learn their native language by simply being amongst people of the same language and they eventually speak it well.  But what about learning a second language?  Just how easy is that? Language has structure.  A simple example in English would be the verb to speak.  So, I speak, you speak, he speaks, we speak and so on.  And so it is with …CONTINUE READING

When you search for something in particular on the internet for the first time, there’s a lot of guesswork involved.  It’s rather like starting a new job; you haven’t a clue what you are doing at first but, after a little time, you start getting to grips with the whys and wherefores of the jo b and, eventually, you can do it with confidence and maybe even go on to teach others. And it’s the same when looking for a language course; there are lot of courses out there but …CONTINUE READING

You’d be surprised how many students of a foreign language do not want to know about the verbs and yet, without them, you can’t make sense of a communication. And, while we all know about the past, present and future, there may be more than one category of each.  Look no further than ‘I am going to’ and ‘I will’ for the future tense and ‘I went’ and ‘I was going’ when talking in the past tense, two different ways of talking about what you plan to do in the …CONTINUE READING

If you’re going to study Spanish in Spain, you’ll need to marry the chosen course to suitable accommodation, so it  pays to go to the experts, like UniSpain, to pull all of your needs together. What is the right course?  Start with questions like how much of the language do you already know, why do you want to learn the language (e.g. for holidays, for work, or to retire there) and what is your availability? How much of the language do you already know?  While courses can be one month, …CONTINUE READING

No matter what you want to learn, the first point of research is now the internet and, as with any topic, there will be lots of companies out there to choose from. Using learning a language as an example, how will you sift through the multitude of courses, to get the right one for you? You might want a taster course, which will give you the basics for holiday purposes and there’ll be company upon company out there all wanting you to click on their information. Maybe a taster course …CONTINUE READING

Spanish is such a widely-spoken language and having an understanding has to enhance one’s future in many ways: Travel As the second most spread language in the world, a speaker of Spanish can travel to many places and enjoy the culture through a common language. Other than Brazil, all of the countries of South America speak Spanish, as do many islands throughout the world and, of course, Spain itself. So much more can be learnt and taken in, when those ‘need to know’ questions can be given, and their answers …CONTINUE READING

When you set your heart on something, you go looking for it and, when that’s a language course in Spain, you need to know your current level with the Spanish language and what you want to achieve on the ‘right course for you’. Once these two points are clear, you can move on to finding a course which will meet your needs and is also within your budget. Well, that seems easy enough but what if you are trying to find the right course, at the best price, for a …CONTINUE READING

When you go on holiday, you know what to pack, don’t you? You pack clothes, toiletries and some leisure items, like books and computers. You’ll also pack money, your driving licence and maybe your passport. But if that break away from home was about learning a language in another country, what else might you need to have with you? If you were travelling to Spain to learn a language, a dictionary and maybe a list of selected useful phrases might be a good starting point. You might already have a …CONTINUE READING

With anything you learn, when you get that qualification, you feel extremely proud and that success also raises your estimation of your own self. But does that qualification really mean that you know about that topic? Some would say yes but others would say no, as theory really does need to be followed up with practice. So, if you have learnt a language in a college setting, you really would benefit from visiting that country to put your theory into practice. Some teachers of Spanish now complement the classroom learning …CONTINUE READING