Questions & Answers
How long does it take to learn Spanish?
As we all know, what we put in is what we get out of anything we want to learn. Companies that sell Spanish learning products or software often claim that their methods or materials will guarantee full fluency in only a matter of weeks. Some on-line companies even claim that you will learn Spanish in "just 5 minutes a day." Language experts are skeptical of any claim that guarantees fluency in a short period of time.
Language acquisition is a complex process that involves new vocabulary, grammar, syntax, reading, writing, speaking, comprehension, listening and interaction with native speakers.
If you have never taken any Spanish before, you will need to start by learning the basics of pronunciation, vocabulary, sentence structure, and Grammar. Then you will need to move on to the following levels where you will enrich your vocabulary, improve your pronunciation, learn more Grammar, syntax, and practice your conversation skills. A course of Beginners can take 10 or more lessons. It all depends on how many hours a week you are able to put on studying and practicing. I like to compare learning a language with learning to play a music instrument. If we practice, we learn to play beautiful music. If we don't, we end up forgetting about the instrument and moving to something else.
Learning to speak another language is a gift that we give to ourselves. In addition to opening many doors and enriching our traveling experience, language acquisition brings with it the brain benefits of sharpening our intelligence, memory, concentration, focus and lowering any risks of dementia and Alzheimer's because learning a foreign language gives our brain a good workout.
To be proficient in a foreign language takes time. If you want to acquire a conversation level in Spanish, you will need to go into a comprehensive program until you have enough vocabulary and grammatical knowledge to talk almost about anything. But, If all you want is to learn a basic vocabulary, learn how to ask and answer basic question and be able to sustain a “survival” communication while traveling, a Beginner course of 10-1 hour private classes will teach you that and much more.
What is the difference between Mexican, South American or European Spanish? Which is the particular Spanish that you teach?
The difference between Spanish in one country and Spanish in another country is about the same that exists between English from England, the United States, Australia, or from Canada. Like English speakers, Spanish speakers from different countries have their own accents, their own slang and their preferences for particular words. While in Canada we say “apartment” and “elevator”, in England people say “flat” and “lift”. More than the language, the real difference that exists between countries has to do with social factors, customs, traditions, and colloquial expressions, among other things. There is a significant difference between Latin American culture and the European culture of Spain for example. If you want to learn Spanish because you will be traveling to a Latin American country, or because you are doing business with Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Peru, Argentina or any other place in Latin America, you may consider taking classes with a Latin American instructor. In iSpeakSpanish, you will learn the universal Spanish that you can use in 21 countries and many cosmopolitan cities in the world, but you will learn it from a Latin American perspective.
Why take classes with you when I can take classes on-line or in other place?
iSpeakSpanish does not offer the so-called "one-size-fits-all" approach to teaching in which instructors provide all students with the same type of instruction with no variation or modification from person to person. iSpeakSpanish offers a personalized learning method by determining the learning needs, interests, and aspirations of the student and by cultivating a strong and trusting relationship with the student.
iSpeakSpanish is a small business with an enthusiastic owner and instructor who loves to meet new friends and share his passion for his mother tongue and culture with his students. Our global economy and international traveling has made of the Spanish language a sought after product. There are many on-line businesses offering Spanish instruction products for little money and even for free, but like with any other product, the price you pay for a service is intimately related to the quality you receive.
When do courses start and how do I register?
You can start learning or improving your Spanish when you are ready, because iSpeakSpanish offers private tutoring and small groups instruction with flexible schedules.
Call Juan at 226-972-1322, send him a message at email@example.com, or visit iSpeakSpanish at 44 Waukel Street, Kitchener, to talk about your plans with the language.
Trinidad, Cuba. Photo: Juan Lopezdabdoub