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“El Real Alcázar de Sevilla es un conjunto de palacios rodeados por una muralla,” (The Alcazar of Sevilla is a group of palaces surrounded by a great wall). To understand this sentence without having to cheat by running it through Google translate, it will definitely be necessary to take some Spanish lessons first!
The sentence, comprised of a couple of vocabulary words in Spanish, as well as the conjugated verb “ser” (to be), can be completely incomprehensible to a Glasgow native who doesn’t speak a lick of Spanish.
Learning a foreign language can seem like an enormous obstacle to hurdle for the beginner, as learning a new language isn’t always easy. However, learning Spanish isn’t actually as difficult as it may seem.
You can reach the milestones of attaining new levels of Spanish without being disillusioned by the many hurdles along the way!
Finding Spanish language courses in Glasgow’s urban community and its 598, 830 residents shouldn’t be too difficult. Organizations, language schools, language centers, language training centers, the University of Glasgow, private lessons, lessons with our many private tutors at home, etc…
You’d like to become a Hispanophone with Superprof? Why not!
In Spanish, every letter is pronounced. While this means those who have an ear for music will love the sound of Spanish, it also means that learning it will be easier for English speakers than learning Mandarin, Japanese, or Arabic.
Spanish is similar to other romance languages such as French and Romanian, due to their common ancestral language: Latin or, more accurately, vulgar Latin.
In fact, learning Spanish can open the door to learning many other romance languages as they not only share the same origin, but they also share the same alphabet and similar rules of grammar. Even the Spanish lexicon resembles that of Italian or Portuguese.
The geographical area covered by countries whose national language is Spanish totals around 11.5 million squared kilometers. This massive region includes North, Central and South America, from Mexico all the way down to Chile (with the exception of Brazil, Guyana and Surinam). The area of Spain itself covers around 505, 911 square kilometres!
After the Anglo-Saxon (about 27.9 million km²), Russian (17,1 million km²) and French-speaking world, Spanish figures amongst the biggest linguistic areas in the world.
Today, knowing some words and phrases in Spanish or speaking it fluently – along with English – will allow you to communicate with half of the world’s inhabitants, including countries you may have always dreamed of visiting.
Besides English (spoken by 1.5 billion individuals), Spanish is one of the most powerful languages in the world: used by 23 countries with Hispanic culture, and accounting for 470 million people who speak it as their mother tongue.
To these incredible fact, we must add the 73 million people who use Spanish as their second language and the 21 million who have learned it as a foreign language.
After Chinese and English, Spanish is the third most widespread language in the world.
On an international level, Spanish is one of the most common languages that figure on the list of official languages spoken by international organizations: the UN, the European Union, multilateral South American organizations (Mercosur, Union of South American Nations, Organization of American States).
Needless to say, Spanish is a great professional tool to invest in for international and diplomatic relations!
It is also one of the most spoken languages on the internet: online, Spanish is the fourth most used language and second most used on social media.
It is second only to English in the worlds most communicated languages, a fact that has prompted people to say that the languages of Cervantes could, in the years to come, replace the language of Shakespeare as the world’s most used language.
And why not: the demographics of Hispanophone countries can be considered to be even more young and dynamic than those of Anglophone speaking countries.
While they have had a long history with economic development, the countries of Latin America are today as developed, according to the Human Development Index, as countries in Europe. This means you will be able to work in the new and bustling economics of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Pero or Colombia.
Looking to Spain, in its past forty years – from the 1970s now – it has passed from being under a dictatorship and underdevelopment to a democracy that is now open to international commerce.
Whether you’re for or against globalization, it is this last fact that has enabled the Iberian peninsula to become the fourth biggest economy in the Euro zone.
While the economic crisis of 2008 adversely affected Spain and many other Spanish speaking countries – the period of recovery, through multinational agreements and economic stimulus, has largely helped shed light on this dynamic and thriving language.
On top of these advantages, understanding Hispanic language and culture has many benefits: Spanish literature, the rich history of Spain and Latin America, all reasons to study Spanish with our professors in Glasgow.
Simplemente, habla el español! (Just speak Spanish!). Learning Spanish in the greater Glasgow area will undoubtedly open up both many cultural and professional doors.
Firstly, becoming a Hispanophone will allow you to understand the thousands of tourists that visit big UK cities like Glasgow, whether you learn through a linguistic study or an immersive experience in a Hispanic country.
After your experience in studying Spanish, you will be able to feel the beautiful effects of studying a new language – those effects being both bountiful and lasting long after your courses end.
Memorizing Spanish vocabulary, Spanish grammar – understanding irregular verbs, matching subject with their gender and with their verb conjugation, perfecting the tonic accent and knowing the diacritics placed over Spanish letters – all of these skills will give you a peerless written and oral comprehension in the Spanish language. Thanks to courses like ours, you can learn Spanish quickly, passing from a beginner to intermediate level speaker, and even reach fluency.
In its essence, perfecting your level of Spanish and fine-tuning your acquired skills will allow you to move towards being Bilingual, speaking Spanish on par with even native Spanish speakers. Accomplish all of this, in Glasgow, without even having to leave to learn Spanish in Spain or Latin America!
Another advantage of learning Spanish will give you will be to be able to operate in professional settings, thanks to immersive Spanish learning, and even be financed by project grants in England.
Being a native English speaker and having Spanish as a second language is a strong combination to have on your CV and will surely entice recruiters.
As for the jobs that you can attain with regards to this language, there are countless:
Take some Spanish lessons with Superprof!
If you’re looking to leave or don’t want to be part of a Glasgow Spanish language school anymore for whatever reason (the price, the learning conditions, the inability to adapt to your needs), our individual courses can try to spark your passion again with this Iberian language.
In choosing a Spanish professor on the Superprof platform, you will be able to choose a professor that is tailored to your needs: whether that be through live coaching and practising or through a traditional approach adapted to all levels.
Luckily, there are about 83 Spanish professors in an area of about 20 kilometer from the city centre, with an average price of about 16 £
With a relatively large base of tutors who are available for tutoring at your home, you will be able to focus in on your objectives (to express yourself correctly, taking an intensive internship, preparing for your exams, etc.).
While it may seem like there can be many professors that will be right for you, you should be taking many different criteria into account:
Before contacting the tutor, there is one more thing you should ask yourself: what would you like to learn of the language – the culture, the history, casual or colloquial phrases, etc.
After this you only have one more thing to do: contact your soon to be Spanish tutor!