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NEW Spanish Conversation Class

DATE: October – December 2019

LOCATION: Jack Hunt School, Bradwell Road, Peterborough PE3 9PY

PHONE: (01733) 573467 / 07870 699404

EMAIL: info@vivalanguageservices.co.uk

AIM: This group is for people who already HAVE Spanish language experience. It is NOT for beginners, but for those interested on brushing up their language skills and to advance beyond the basics to improve real conversation with native Spanish speakers. Continue reading

6 Ways to Use the 80/20 Rule with Language Learning

The 80/20 rule also known as the Pareto Principle states that 80% of your results are produced by only 20% of your efforts.

This means that if 80% of your efforts will not have a big effect on improving your language level then it is clear that you need to identify the 20% that will have the biggest impact on your progress.

Only a small fraction of your efforts will bring in the greatest results.

This is a really important concept because if you apply this rule, it will make you a much more efficient language learner and will help you to make the most progress with the minimum amount of time and effort.

In this blog post we will look at ways to make sure you are concentrating your efforts on the 20% that will have the biggest effect on your language learning. Continue reading

Funny mistakes you don’t want to make in Spanish!

When you learn a new language it is obvious you are going to be making a few mistakes to begin with. The best way to not get disheartened is to embrace your mistakes, laugh at them and make sure you don’t make them again!
In this blog post I will go through some of the most common mistakes that beginners make that can cause a few laughs. Continue reading

Online Spanish Courses – 50% OFF in AUGUST!

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Learning Spanish on your own is hard.

Without a teacher or classmates you can lose motivation.

You have no-one to check you are on the right track.

You are bombarded with so many resources and don’t know which ones are worth using.

You don’t have time to research them or try out different activities.

This is why I created online Spanish courses to help people who are learning on their own because YOU CAN LEARN SPANISH ON YOUR OWN! Continue reading

10 Ways to Document your Language Learning

Why is it important to document and measure progress?

1. You can see your progress clearly.

You will realise how much you actually know. We all have bad days and think we’ll never master the language. If you look back at far you’ve come it can give you a reality check and keep you motivated to keep going. Continue reading

How to Start Learning Spanish as a Beginner – and Succeed!

Spanish courseMost people who learn a language often haven’t studied anything since they were at school! Maybe you have studied Spanish on and off for several years and you are just coming back to it again after a break and you’re telling yourself, right, this is it – this is the year I am finally going to become fluent in Spanish.

In this blog post we will look at how to get started learning Spanish.

The three tips we will look at are:

1) How to make good connections
2) Identifying your learning style
3) Setting up a study plan Continue reading

8 Speaking Exercises You Can Do On Your Own to Improve your Spanish

Language TutorSpeaking is the most important skill to master to become fluent and communicate effectively with people. However it is also the most difficult skill to improve compared with reading and writing.

Myths about improving speaking

1) You have to be in a classroom.
2) You have to live in a Spanish-speaking country.

This is just not true. Thanks to technology today you can easily improve speaking a foreign language from the comfort of your own home on your own.

8 speaking activities you can do on your own:

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How to Learn Spanish with Instagram – Top Tips!

As you already know Instagram is a social media platform known for sharing photos and short video clips.

Why is Instagram good for learning Spanish?

Visual: As it is a visual app it is a brilliant way to learn a language. Seeing an image related to the Spanish word is a great way to make it stick out in your mind and you will find that you will memorise words more easily this way and also retain them in your long term memory. Continue reading

5 More Common Spanish Phrases Using “Pasar”

Last week we looked at some common uses of the Spanish verb “Pasar”.

  • to happen
  • relating to a place
  • to spend time
  • change of state or condition
  • to pass something to someone
  • adapting to a situation

However, this is only scratching the surface of the many uses scattered throughout the Spanish language. In this week’s blog post we will look at some further uses of this verb that Spanish people use in their every day lives. Continue reading

7 Common Uses of the Spanish Verb “Pasar”

The verb pasar in Spanish is one of the most used verbs in Spanish. It is used in many different situations so can seem tricky to use and therefore cannot be translated in one word easily. However, the good thing is that it is a regular verb, so it is easy to conjugate in any tense.

In this blog post we will look at the 7 most common uses of pasar:

1) To spend time

2) To happen

3) Relating to a place

4) Change of state or condition

5) Accepting and adapting to a situation

6) To pass an object to someone

7) Experience something good or bad Continue reading

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