¿Hablas español? Or are you still in the process of learning? If you would like to improve your Spanish speaking skills and take your Spanish fluency to the next level, you’ll find everything you need to know about mastering the language of love in our Complete Guide to Improve Spanish Language.
Speaking Spanish: Learning The Lingo
Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world with an estimated 460 million native speakers worldwide, and so it is perhaps no surprise that many people choose to learn Spanish as a second language. In fact, according to various online resources, there are more than 21 million people studying Spanish right now, making it the second-most studied language after English.
So why do people learn Spanish? Well, as the official language of 21 countries, namely Spain, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Venezuela, Spanish is a language that will take you almost anywhere.
Spanish is relatively easy to learn when compared to more complex languages such as German, Arabic, and Chinese, and with a growing Hispanic community in London, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice your new language skills with native Spanish speakers.
Learning Spanish in London
Whether you are looking for a beginners Spanish class or an advanced course to improve Spanish fluency, you’ll find it all in London. There are language courses to suit every level and budget, with one-to-one Spanish lessons, Spanish private tuition, and group Spanish classes happening every night of the week.
Here’s a list of typical Spanish lesson costs in London:
- Spanish Lessons for Beginners: £12 – £15 per hour
- Intermediate Spanish Lessons: £15 – £20 per hour
- Advanced Spanish Lessons: £25 – £35 per hour
Top Tips on Improving Spanish Language at Home
There are many things you can do at home to improve your Spanish speaking, reading, and writing skills, these include:
- Watching Spanish TV: Next time you sit down to watch a movie, consider watching something in Spanish. Listening is a great way to pick up new language skills, and you can always use subtitles if you cannot keep up.
- Speak Spanish with Native Speakers: We all feel self-conscious when speaking a new language, but the only way to improve your Spanish skills is by practising, preferably with native speakers. Spanish speakers from Central and South America are often easier to understand those from mainland Spain, quite simply because they speak slower and have softer accents, so head to your local Peruvian and Argentinian restaurant for some linguistic gymnastics!
- Use Social Media: Join a Spanish-language group on your favourite social media platform, and start exchanging messages with Spanish speakers with a little help from Facebook, WhatsApp or Instagram.
- Offer Language Exchange Classes: One of the easiest ways to improve your Spanish vocabulary is by speaking with a native speaker, so why not offer language exchange classes or ‘intercambios’ as they are called in Spanish, and learn the lingo from a native speaker while teaching them English.
- Volunteer at Your Local Tapas Bar: There are numerous tapas bars and Spanish restaurants in London where you can immerse yourself in Spanish culture, so why not volunteer a few hours a week. They’ll appreciate the help, and you’ll learn Spanish in no time.
- Listen to Spanish Music: Listening to music is a great way to learn a new language, and so switch on your local Spanish-speaking radio channel and try to sing along. You can download the lyrics for most songs online, and you’ll soon know all the words to Despacito!
- Read Spanish Newspapers & Magazines: If you don’ t have access to printed versions, go online. Reading Spanish news bulletins and stories will expand your vocabulary dramatically, and you can always use a dictionary if needed.
- Take a Spanish Holiday: Take yourself off to Spain or South America on a language learning holiday, and you’ll be talking like a local in no time. Better still, volunteer in a Spanish-speaking country for a year or two, and you’ll be in a position to teach Spanish yourself by the time you return.
- Practice, Practice, and then Practice Some More: There really are no shortcuts when it comes to learning a new language, and while Spanish lessons and study books will certainly help you grasp the fundamentals, you need to put yourself out there and speak Spanish as much as you can. Listen to Spanish often, write a few Spanish sentences daily, and read all the Spanish literature you can find. Practice really does make perfect, so Práctica!