How Long Does It Take To Learn Spanish?

To get by in Spanish, and to get the information or things you need, you don’t have to be fluent. Even if you know just a couple of hundred words, there’s a lot you can say, and a lot you can understand. So conversational Spanish could be learned in a few months. To speak Spanish fluently, though, will take longer. So the question “How long does it take to learn Spanish” cannot be simply answered.

There are many elements that play a role, like how much time you will dedicate to studying or how well your general langue-learning skills are developed, so it’s is really up to you. But we can see some general trends. The US military, for example, and in particular the Defense Language Institute, teaches students Spanish on a continuous basis and students are required to do extensive homework. After about half a year, these full-time students can speak Spanish pretty fluently.

Here are seven tips on how to put your message across successfully, and how to increase the odds of understanding what’s being said to you:

1. Remember to speak loud enough, so people can hear you. When we speak in a language we’re not confident in, we often say things too quietly. Project your voice and don’t lower it when you’re hesitant about a word or expression.

2. Speak clearly. Don’t mumble or put your hand in front of your mouth. If something doesn’t come out right, say it again.

3. Think ahead. Before you go out shopping, to a restaurant or to rent a car, prepare the sentences you may need. Check the main words and make sure you can say them correctly, and in the right order.

4. Think of the possible answers you might get when you ask a question. Write down the words you’re likely to hear and check any you’re not sure of.

5. Keep it short and simple. Avoid building long sentences.

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Learning Spanish Methods

There are many informative sites that provide facts and details about learning Spanish in general. Spanish is known to be a romance language that is part of the Ibero romance group, which evolved from various dialects and languages from Iberia in the 9th century. This language is recognized as one of the official languages of the European Union, United Nations, Organization of Ibero American States, African Union, Organization of American States, Union of South American Nations, Caricom and the Latin Union.

Nowadays, you have many options for learning Spanish. The methods on how to learn Spanish are various, which include computer programs, audiobooks, audio Cd’s and MP3, books, private tutors, institutes, podcasts, online courses, etc.

The language of Spanish has become very important with regards to the business area. Spanish learning enables all individuals more employment opportunities in all working areas because of the fact of being bilingual. In the United States, it is known that the Hispanic community is the fastest growing segment market. Nowadays, if an individual is bilingual, he or she will have more opportunities for career choices than a monolingual person. Now, with the globalization and the free trade agreements it involves (though with Trump, I’m not so sure), those individuals that want to learn Spanish are in for better employment offers worldwide.

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Should I Learn Spanish Online Or Take A Class?

Something anyone who wants to learn Spanish has to decide is whether to take a course in the language in a traditional classroom setting or if they would rather take a course to learn Spanish online. Both of these options have their own positives and negatives.

The chief advantage of taking Spanish classes is that you’ll be able to learn the language from someone who is either a native Spanish speaker or has a high degree of fluency. There is also the advantage of being able to work with other students as you come to grips with the language. This means that when you have questions or want to make sure that your pronunciation is correct, there’s always someone around to help.

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What is Residential Education?

I received some questions about my recent post on the history of Residential Education in America (April 2) so here I’ll clarify more about the subject. Residential education is the term for educational settings where students live and study outside of their family homes. Residential education programs have been providing disadvantaged youth with a ‘second home’ and quality education in the U.S. since before the nation’s founding.

Today, residential education includes:

  • Boarding Schools
  • Preparatory Schools and Academies
  • Orphanages
  • Children’s and Youth Villages
  • Children’s Homes
  • and most recently, Residential Charter Schools

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