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Ever wonder about the beauty of communication? In an era where understanding a foreign language is simply a google search away, breaking down language barriers isn’t as frustrating and difficult as it used to be. Linguaphiles, however, aren’t dwindling away in the face of this new hyper-connected, modern communication. In fact, online courses and apps have made it easier than ever before to learn and master languages!
Superprof can help you take advantage of an overwhelming amount of online resources and give you some tips on how to learn Spanish in the greater Leeds area. From taking advantage of cultural institutes to trying out a Spanish course with one of our many, talented tutors – it won’t be long before you start speaking fluently.
A recent last year, published in the scientific journal Cognition, broke the common myth that only children are capable of learning a language to complete fluency.
The study, which analyzed over 2 million English speakers, is a testament to all the adults who have a quired a new language while studying abroad in Mexico, on a trip to Spain, or even during a professional opportunity in another Hispanic country.
In fact, what makes learning Spanish so interesting, regardless of the fact that anybody at any age can become an expert, is the fact that it is so widely spoken. The geographical region that the language covers includes 20 countries around the world who have named Spanish as their official language.
Not only is this area massive – it also means a rich and diverse mix of cultures ranging from the Argentina to Peru and from Guatemala to the Iberian Peninsula. In fact, the entirety of South America speaks Spanish with the exception of Brazil’s Portuguese, Guiana’s English, Suriname’s Dutch, and the Indigenous languages peppered throughout the continent.
Needless to say, the number of Spanish-speakers in the world is equally as colossal. The language that made Cervantes so popular is actually spoken by 570 million speakers worldwide. After English and Chinese, it is the third most spoken language in the world.
You also wouldn’t be alone in the community of those seeking to master the language. Last year, around 21 million people around the globe chose to study Spanish as a foreign language.
If you’re interested in the power of Spanish, look no further than the institutions the world over who utilize it daily. It is one of the official languages in six international organizations: the European Union, the United Nations, the African Union, the Mercosur, the Organization of American States, and the Union of South American Nations.
Whether you’re looking to improve your level in Spanish, start learning through beginners courses, or want to become fluent – learning Spanish can be easy.
Having developed alongside languages like French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian, the Spanish alphabet is Latin and it uses diacritics (or accents) to complete the letters.
This also means that the grammar is extremely similar to these other Latin languages. For example, the subject in Spanish is also gendered and it defines the way the verb will be conjugated. This might be a difficult concept to grasp at first for the native English speaker – however, learning Spanish grammar and vocabulary can enable you to learn every other Romance language.
Spanish vocabulary can actually be very similar to English, simply due to the fact that both languages have “borrowed” from each other throughout the centuries. Watch out for words that are “accidentally” Spanish, but do not actually mean the same thing as they do in English
Learning to pronounce Spanish words and phrases will also depend on who you’re learning it from. Thanks to the wonderful diversity in the regions the language is spoken, the accents vary from one geographical location to another. The Spanish accent of Andalusia, for example, sounds completely different from that spoken in Chile.
While sometimes even Spanish speakers have difficulty understanding each other’s slang, everyone will be able to understand you no matter which accent you acquire!
If the prospect of learning Spanish sounds too difficult, Superprof can make the process much simpler. Being taught by tutors on our platform in Leeds can help you reach your goals much faster than you thought.
While it may seem like you’re far away from any sort of Hispanic cultural experience, Spaniards are ranked amongst the top 15 languages spoken by the residents of Leeds. Whether you’re out at your favourite crat beer bar, over at the Kirkgate Market, or are simply planning a quick weekend trip to Spain, you’re bound to come across a Spanish speaker.
Not only does this make Leeds the perfect location to start learning, it also happens to have one of the best language schools in the UK. The University of Leeds actually has a program for Spanish as well as for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies combined.
It can also be helpful to start taking lessons if you’re planning on being one of the many students who take part in international exchange programs. If you’re looking forward to interning or studying abroad for a semester or two, in countries like Colombia, Uruguay and Chile, studying while you’re still in your hometown will give you a big advantage.
There are also a number of career paths that will be available to you in Leeds involving the Spanish language, or even open you up to international opportunities, such as being a:
In Leeds, you can also take advantage of the famous Cervantes Institute. Located in Woodhouse, the Instituto Cervantes is famous for both offering up activities in Spanish and giving their own workshops all around the city.
There are currently over 50 Spanish tutors at your disposal in Leeds in an area covering 20 kilometers around the city center.
The average price for an hour lesson is 18 pounds, with the majority of tutors offering the 1st lesson for free as a trial run!
The range of professors we have is quite heterogenous, which is reflected in, first, the variety in price – but also in terms of the characteristics of each tutor.
First and foremost, you should a tutor’s professional history into account. Meaning, take a glance at their diplomas or other qualifications. At Superprof, we house a wide variety of tutors, differing in their professional experiences: Spanish language students, native Spanish speakers living abroad, Spanish teachers, multilingual professors, and even some professors from credited centers of language.
The general rule of thumb is to stick to tutors who have at least three years or more practice than the learner has. Some other important qualities to look out for are:
Get started on learning Spanish today! Hastá pronto!