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The Spanish language is one of the most popular in the world, both in terms of people who speak and in terms of people who want to learn how to speak it.
If you only consider native speakers of the language, Spanish is the second most popular in the world after Mandarin Chinese. However, it drops to fourth if you count the total number of speakers. Either way, Spanish is a popular and important language around the world and the official language of 21 different countries.
With that in mind, let's look at why you should study the language, the challenges you'll face when learning Spanish, and how private tuition can help you improve your Spanish language skills.
As there are plenty of benefits to learning a foreign language, let's look at those first. Learning languages boosts brainpower, improves your memory, helps you to multitask, increases your job prospects, helps you when you travel, helps you to meet new people and make new friends, makes you more confident, and helps you to better understand other peoples and cultures.
Aside from all that, there are also plenty of reasons to learn how to speak Spanish. As we mentioned, foreign language skills are highly sought after by many employers as businesses are becoming increasingly global and just speaking English isn't enough anymore. While it's true that English remains the de facto language for business, speaking Spanish shows potential employers that you're capable of everything we outlined before. Similarly, people are far more receptive when you're speaking to them in their language.
Even if you're not planning on using a foreign language in work, the benefits of studying a foreign language will help you in school. If you learn a foreign language, not only will subsequent foreign languages be easier to learn, but all those cognitive benefits will also improve your performance in other subjects.
Whether at primary school, secondary school, college, or university, the skills required to learn a foreign language will help students throughout their education.
While you may grasp a few basic greetings after just a couple of lessons, learning a language can take hundreds of hours of lessons or tuition. By choosing to learn a foreign language, you have to be aware that you're committing a lot of time and the slow progress you make can be incredibly offputting.
Speaking a foreign language is a lot like working out; you'll only really see the benefits if you regularly do it. Practise makes perfect and once you commit to really learning a foreign language, it's a lifetime commitment. If you don't regularly use your foreign language, you'll quickly start forgetting it.
While Spanish is considered one of the easier languages for English speakers to learn, that doesn't mean that it's easy. We've already mentioned the amount of time you need to put into learning it and while it may come more naturally to us than languages with little relation to our own, there are plenty of differences between Spanish and English to trip you up.
For one, Spanish has plenty of different tenses. In fact, English only has 12 grammatical tenses while Spanish has 16. This means that there are verb tenses and conjugations that represent concepts that don't even exist in our mother tongue and that can be really tricky to wrap your head around. In addition to these tenses, Spanish verbs have 6 conjugations for you to learn. Barring a couple of irregular verb, English regularly uses a couple of conjugations per verb.
Then there's grammatical gender. In Spanish, nouns belong to one of two categories and this can affect the adjectives used with them. Basically, before you can describe anything, you need to know which arbitrary category every noun belongs to. There are a few clues to give you an idea, but there are also plenty of exceptions to the rules just to keep language learners on their toes.
Finally, there's the pronunciation. Spanish has quite a sounds in its repertoire that are quite far removed from any of the sounds you might be used to making in English. While most of the vowel sounds are quite easily replicated by an English speaker, there are quite a few sounds that you may struggle with.
Everyone learns languages differently and for those of us done with school, some of us mightn't have fond memories of our foreign language lessons. Generally, teachers have too many students to teach meaning that each lesson needs to cover a topic or aspect of the Spanish language as broadly as possible so that most students get it.
For the students who don't enjoy being taught in this way, there is another option: private Spanish lessons. With a private tutor, students can learn in the way that best suits them and learn exactly what they need to know.
Pupils in secondary school can focus on their GCSE or A Level exams while those learning Spanish to work in or with clients in Spain or Latin America can learn the grammar and vocabulary that will help them in their professional careers. By having each class focus on what an individual student needs to learn, you can learn a foreign language far more quickly than you would in a classroom with other students.
If you've decided that private Spanish lessons are for you, you can easily search for Spanish tutors in Nottingham on Superprof. View each tutor's profile to see what experience they have, the types of classes they offer, whether they'll teach in your home or you have to go them, and what the other students they've taught think of them by reading the reviews on their profile.
If none of the tutors in Nottingham are right for you, you could opt for online tutors. They tend to be cheaper as they don't need to travel to class and can schedule more lessons a week. This also means that your tutor could be from a native Spanish speaker from Spain or Latin America.
For those on a budget, group lessons are a way for multiple students to split the cost of the tutor's time while learning in groups smaller than you usually would in a school or university class. The teaching will still be more personalised than you could get in a bigger group and it also means you'll have other students of a similar level to practise with.
Make sure to carefully view each tutor's profile on the website, read the reviews left by their other students, see how much they charge, and see if they offer the first lesson for free. Use these free lessons to try out a few potential Spanish language tutors before choosing which one's right for you.
Whether it's help with your GCSE, A Level, Spanish degree, Spanish for tourism, or foreign language skills for your work or career prospects, having your own Spanish teacher will definitely help!
On average the cost of Spanish courses is £15 in Nottingham
Tutors rates will differ depending on:
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On Superprof, you can browse our range of teacher profiles to find the right solution for your Spanish tuition.
You simply enter your requirements in the search bar to see the list of available tutors available to teach near you.
To find your private tutor, read their individual cv to find out more information about their courses.
Once you have found a tutor you can get in touch with them via a messaging service on our platform to discuss the details of your lessons.
In Nottingham and the suburban areas, 99 private Spanish teachers are available to offer private lessons.
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Many of our Spanish tutors also offer private online tuition. In fact, about 80% of the private tutors across our platform offer 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 advantages. You can plan your classes to fit around your schedule and online lessons are often less expensive as the teacher does not need to travel.
Learning Spanish 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 experienced Spanish teachers available to give private tuition.
A Spanish tutor can help you work on many things:
You can discuss with your tutor what you hope to achieve from your private Spanish classes.
All Spanish private courses with a qualified teacher offer you the occasion to master the Spanish language more quickly.
There are currently 99 private Spanish tutors are available to teach Spanish courses in Nottingham and the surrounding areas.
You can refer to their personal adverts and pick the Spanish teacher that best suits your needs.