Making the decision of learn Spanish is one of the best you'll ever make. When you start studying Spanish, for example, you begin to absorb, almost unconsciously, Spanish culture and everything connected to the language itself. This turns the process of apprenticeship into a very rewarding and exciting experience.
However, learning a new language is something that can be done in more than one way: you can focus more on grammar or culture; you can choose to have private lessons with our tutors and combine it with a mobile app such as Duolingo (now integrated with Spanish Gurus), for example. You can even decide to learn solely online, instead of taking live classes.
Either way, you are probably asking yourself right now: how should I learn Spanish? Well, don’t worry, because we are going to show you how you should learn Spanish, depending on your purpose for learning it; your availability and the amount of results you’re aiming at.
1.The purpose of learning Spanish
Although learning a new language is always a great idea (even if you are only doing it to occupy some of your free time), chances are you have a very good reason supporting your decision. Whether it is for a professional purpose, a cultural one or even to prepare yourself better for a trip abroad, you need to adapt the study plan to that.
For professional matters
In case the reason behind your decision to learn Spanish is professional, you may want to learn the grammar flawlessly. Usually grammar is the most difficult (and maybe boring) part of learning a new language, but it is imperative that you master it completely. No need to say that when it comes to having a job, you need to be the very best you can, and, obviously, writing bad Spanish is out of the equation.
One thing that you should learn very well too, besides the grammar, is the culture associated with the language. In this case, the Spanish culture. Globalization is real and if you are learning a foreign language, chances are you will be in touch with foreign people. That being said, to communicate with people, you need to know more that just their language. You ought to learn what they expect of you, what is acceptable or not, which are the tabus that you must avoid at any cost. Certainly, you don’t want to embarrass yourself or to create an awkward moment between you and a prospective client or business partner.
Here, at Spanish Gurus, we have the perfect training course for you and for your team, so you can be the best prepared you can when dealing with Spanish shareholders. Also, you can take a look at this article that might give you a better insight about the importance of learning business culture.
For cultural or travelling purposes
Learning a new language is not always a professional necessity. Sometimes, you might decide to take on that challenge simply because you are in love with some country’s culture. Taking the example of Spanish, you might very well decide to learn it because you love Spain, or Mexico, or any other Spanish speaking country. Anyhow, if that’s the reason behind your (very smart) decision, we can assure you that the best way for you to learn it is to study abroad. No one can teach you the culture of a country better than that country itself. Living abroad is always an amazing and enriching experience. Add that to the fact that you are learning a new language and you have the perfect excuse to go and have the best time of your life!
Some people like to learn a language to better prepare themselves for a trip they are about to take. And maybe that’s your case. Maybe you are travelling to Spain soon and you want to know how you should learn Spanish in the remaining time until your trip. If that’s the case, we advise you to take an intensive course in Spanish. Those courses are designed to teach the students the essentials, and that’s exactly what you need when you visit a foreign country.
2. Availability to learn Spanish
Wanting to learn a new language is definitely a good start, but it is far from enough. The time you have available to actually dedicate to study the language is crucial, and sometimes it does not cooperate, at all. If you work, for instance, it can be difficult to find the time to go to classes or to study. And even if you manage to do so, after a long day of work you might not be interested in going all the away across the city to sit in a class. Online classes are the best solution for those you aren’t and for those who must travel frequently.
At Spanish Gurus, we have both options. You enroll in our online classes with native teachers. There’s no need for you to rush after work to get to class on time, you can calmly sit on your couch and take it from there. We have a lot of different classes divided by levels. You may take group classes (up to 6 people), if you feel like making new colleagues, or private lessons, if you want the teacher to focus only on yourself or if you need help with something specific.
Even though not having to rush to a class at the end of a busy day sounds appealing, you may prefer to have classes in person, offline. Some people adapt better when they are in direct touch with the teacher and that’s ok, because we can help you with that as well. Spanish Gurus is present in several cities across the world, and if you live in one of them (check this) you can take offline classes or attend meetups with our local gurus.
3. Best way to study Spanish, for you
Deciding the purpose for learning a language and your availability to do so is important, but you need to know what is the best way for you to study, that is, the way in which you show better results. There are plenty of ways for someone to learn a new language, besides classes: apps, meetups, flash cards, etc. At Spanish Gurus, we have everything you need to learn Spanish the way that better works for you.
Smartphone apps couldn’t be trending more and there’s a reason for that: they are very, very useful! Nowadays we have apps to assist us in pretty much everything we do: we have apps to control what we eat, drink, the amount of time we sleep, the amount of time we exercise, to find friends and partners, to listen to music, to check on the weather and much more. So, why not have an app to assist you in your fantastic journey of learning Spanish? Lucky for you, Spanish Gurus now has certified courses integrated with Duolingo.
This means that you will be able to practice what you studied in class, anywhere and anytime you feel like it, and that is crucial when learning a new language. Using this app, you will be able to learn and memorize new vocabulary, practice some grammar and much more! The best part is that you can actually share your progress in the app with us, so our teachers and tutors can easily monitor you and assess your learning process. Go sign up!
Apps are useful and all, but they are not the only way you can study and practice Spanish. Meetups appear to be a very good way too, and we can easily understand why. You will have a very hard time learning a language the way you are supposed to if you don’t practice speaking with people. It is of utmost importance that you try and talk the most you can, even though you don’t feel confident enough to hold a conversation in Spanish. It is normal to struggle when speaking a foreign language and it is normal to make mistakes, but that’s why these meetups are so essential. If you never practice, you’ll never get better! The more you practice speaking Spanish, the more comfortable you will feel doing it, and eventually you will be speaking Spanish like you were a native.
Speaking is important yes, but you need to learn content, vocabulary, to be able to hold even the most simple of conversations. That is why flashcards are such an useful tool. They are probably one of the best ways for a student to memorize vocabulary, given that they link an image to a word, making it easy and almost automatic to memorize that.
Learning Spanish has never been so easy. Anyone that decides to study Spanish has at their disposal an unlimited number or resources and online material. What you need to figure out is how to make the most of it.
With Spanish Gurus you have everything you can possible need to master this amazing language that is Español! Online or offline, one thing is assured: we got it covered! You just need to figure out the best way for you to learn the language and we can go from there. iBuena suerte!