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After Mandarin Chinese, the Spanish language is the most popular language in the world in terms of native speakers. In terms of total speakers, it still ranks 4th with English and Hindi pushing it down a couple of spots in the rankings.
Spanish is also the official language in 21 different countries and the second most spoken language in the USA with over 1 in 10 people using the language in their everyday lives.
What this means is that Spanish is an important language in the world and probably one of the first you may want to think of learning if you've decided to learn a foreign language or have to pick a language to study at school.
With that in mind, let's look at the benefits of learning to speak Spanish, the challenges you'll face when you do learn it, how private tutoring in Spanish can help, and how to find a private Spanish tutor in Belfast or around Northern Ireland.
Before we get into the benefits of speaking Spanish, we should look at the benefits of learning any foreign language first. Learning languages can improve your cognitive abilities, make learning other languages easier, improve your ability to multitask, and improve your self-confidence.
A lot of employers also like to see foreign language skills on your CV as they show that you've put in the huge amount of effort it takes to learn a foreign language, you have good analytical and problem-solving skills, and an understanding of other peoples and cultures, which is hugely important in today's globalised society.
For those still in school, foreign language skills will help you in your other language classes and in a wide variety of other school subjects because of the transferrable skills that speaking a foreign language requires. Foreign language skills can help students in primary school, secondary school, college, or university as well as in later life.
The first challenge anyone learning foreign languages will face is the sheer amount of time it can take to become proficient. You might feel quite confident after just a few lessons as you learn a few set phrases but fluency can take hundreds of hours of study and even after that, you have to keep studying Spanish else you'll start to see your language skills get rusty.
Learning a foreign language is not like riding a bike, you have to constantly work at it and you'll quickly see that a GCSE or A Level in Spanish from a few years ago won't be worth anything if you haven't continued to practise.
You may hear that the Spanish language is one of the easier languages for English speakers to learn. As English vocabulary uses a lot of words of French or Latin origin, there's a lot of Spanish words that are similar to our own. You'll also find that, for the most part, the grammatical structure of Spanish is quite similar to English, at least in comparison to other languages around the world. However, aside from that, you'll still face a few challenges when learning Spanish.
The verbs have more conjugations and there are more tenses for you to learn. There are 6 conjugations for each verb in every tense and 16 tenses to learn. For comparison, English tends to have 2 or 3 unique conjugations and there are only 12 grammatical tenses.
Spanish also makes use of grammatical gender, a way to classify nouns into one of two arbitrary categories. This means that you need to know which category every noun belongs to before you can use adjectives as adjectives have to agree with the gender and the plurality of every noun. This can be quite tricky for English speakers as our language doesn't feature anything like this.
While Spanish uses the same alphabet, the pronunciation differs. The 5 vowel sounds are quite easy for English speakers to replicate, rolled Rs and guttural Js might take you a little longer to master.
As learning a foreign language is difficult and can take a long time, you want to make sure that every minute of every lesson is spent productively. There are few better ways to learn foreign languages than through private tutoring.
With a private tutor, you know that the lessons are planned with you and your level in mind. Your tutor, whether they're a native speaker or not, can teach you exactly what you need to know in a way that works for you.
If you're studying a GCSE or A Level in Spanish, they can go over the language you need to know for your exam whereas adult learners may want tutors with experience in business Spanish or the type of language that will help them in their career.
The lessons and courses can be tailored to you, your needs, and your preferred teaching approaches. Unlike in school, where the teacher has to teach several children or students at once, in most private lessons, the lesson will be just for you!
If you've decided to look for a tutor in Belfast or Northern Ireland, just search for one on the Superprof! You can find plenty of tutors teaching Spanish on the website, view their profiles, compare their experience, see how much they charge, and, most importantly, check if they offer the first hour of teaching for free.
You can use this time to try out a few different Spanish tutors to see whose teaching style is right for you. Different approaches are better for different levels and a teaching approach that may work for children mightn't be suitable for adult learners.
If you can't find any tutors in Belfast or around Northern Ireland, you can always look for lessons online. A lot of tutors offer Spanish lessons via webcam and they tend to charge less for them as they don't have to travel to you. This is usually the best way to find native speakers as you can look for Spanish tutors from Spain or Latin America, too!
On average the rate of Spanish tuition is £16 in Belfast
Rates will differ depending on:
97% of Superprof private teachers give their first lesson free. Check out the prices of our Spanish teachers in your area.
On Superprof, you can browse the range of tutor profiles to find the best solution for your Spanish tuition.
You simply enter your criteria in the search bar to see the list of available tutors available to teach near you.
To find your private tutor, read their individual tutoring advert to find out more information about their courses.
Once you have found a teacher you can get in touch with them via a messaging service on our platform to discuss the details of your course.
In Belfast and the surrounding areas, 66 private Spanish tutors are available to teach courses.
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Many of our Spanish teachers also offer private online tuition. In fact, about 80% of the private teachers across our platform give Spanish classes via Skype.
To find the available online classes, just enter your subject criteria into the search engine and select the webcam filter to see the available teachers who are currently offering online courses in your desired subject.
Online courses via Skype offer you more benefits. You can plan your classes to fit around your schedule and online lessons are often less expensive as the tutor does not need to travel.
Learning to speak Spanish fluently has a number of benefits. Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and is spoken in more than 20 countries.
The ability to converse in another language can open up many doors to you in terms of employment, travel, and culture. Other benefits of learning Spanish include increased mental flexibility and improved writing skills.
On Superprof, we have a number of highly qualified Spanish teachers available to offer private tuition.
A Spanish teacher can help you with many things:
You can discuss with your tutor what you wish to accomplish from your private Spanish lessons.
Sign up for private Spanish courses to learn more about the Spanish language with a competent private tutor. With the help of your tutor, now is the perfect time to learn the Spanish language more efficiently.
There are currently 66 private Spanish tutors are available to give Spanish courses in Belfast and the suburban areas.
You can refer to their personal tutoring cv and choose the Spanish teacher that best suits your needs.