Learning the Spanish language in London

Many younger Britons are now interested in learning Spanish as a second language, here is a guide about doing so while you are living in London. This city is actually a great place to learn a second language as you have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world including Spaniards and therefore pretty soon you could be starting practicing with your neighbours.

Getting Started

If you want to get started with the language you should enrol yourself in an evening language class such as the ones offered by The Language Class, here you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the language with the support of a professional teacher without breaking the bank, you will also have the opportunity to get to know other people interested in the subject.

Get Some Learning Books

You should get some support material to help you with the learning. You might want to buy a dictionary (or download some dictionary apps for your phone), a conjugation book and a grammar book with explanations in your native language. Leave on the shelf all fancy books promising to learn a language in a weekend or while driving your car. Learning a new language it is all about time and dedication and these books only fills the pockets of the publishers and leave you with unfulfilled promises.

Get Some Friends

Learning a language is about interaction, so you will need someone to communicate to. London is a great place to meet people. You can use the internet to discover local meetups. These events are great to practice what you have learned in the evening classes. During the events you should make the effort to try to communicate with native speakers and not to use English too much.

Travel

Spain is only a couple of hours away from the UK. Therefore you should travel there as often as you can. A long weekend in Madrid or Barcelona will help you enormously since you will be fully immerse in the local culture and language. If  you can take a week off work you should consider taking a language course at a local school. Even one week at the time will speed up your learning greatly.

Don’t Give Up

It will take time to become sufficiently confident and independent to speak the language naturally, but the effort is worthwhile as there are many benefits.  Your mind will be more elastic, and you will be more flexible in accepting a rapidly changing world, you will have more travel opportunities, you will meet more people for business, relationship for just for fun. It is really up to you how you are going to use your new skill, but remember to keep going as it is the best investment you can do today.

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2 Responses to Learning the Spanish language in London

  1. Teresa December 16, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    I, too, have set a goal to improve my Spanish. I am proficient, but want to take it to the next level. I learned most of my Spanish on the streets of Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain. I seem to be drawn to Spanish-speaking countries. Being a digital nomad, who lives all over the world mostly as an international house sitter, i keep finding myself returning to Spain. February 2013, I attend Malaca Instituto in Malaga, Spain as the quest begins to commit to formal study. Bravo to you for digging into the second language acquisition pot of gold.
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  2. StudySpanish January 18, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    I agree with you. But I think that the best way to learn one language is living in the original country. I mean that you can improve your language speaking with spanish people, of course. But you need to try the experience of being in a country where you haven´t another language to communicate with others.

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