A lot of the people that I teach are often not complete beginners in Spanish. Often they have learnt the language in school years ago or they did an evening college course or they followed a CD course in their own time but have had several years or months break. They normally think they will never be able to get the language back or re-learn it, however the truth is that it can be easily done and does not need to take long either. What you have learnt well previously will have stayed in your long-term memory. It just needs a little refreshing.
For example, one of my clients learnt Spanish O’level in school over 30 years ago, however, because he learnt it so well at the time, he still remembers many verbs and how to conjugate them in different tenses. It is amazing how much he is able to reactivate because it is still there unused in the brain!
How to recover the language previously learnt
According to the British Council, millions of children did not receive any language tuition during lockdowns in England. During the first lockdown more than half of primary school children and 40% of secondary school pupils did not do any language learning.
With these worrying statistics the government will not meet its target of three-quarters of pupils taking a modern language GCSE by 2022.
The poor take up of languages in schools is concerning as a country trying to compete in international markets. According to Lady Coussins, co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on modern languages, “Having a foreign language skill, even at a basic level, improves social mobility and employability. Without it, our young people are at a disadvantage in a global labour market.”
Considering this lack of language study due to the pandemic, if your child is due to take a language GCSE exam either next summer or in 2023 this is highly concerning. Continue reading
You may have learnt some basic Spanish phrases from travel guides or phrase books before your trip or holiday, but have you learnt the really useful up-to-date phrases that the modern traveller cannot do without? Here are ten Spanish phrases you really need to know to stay connected whilst abroad:
1. Is there free wifi here?
¿Hay wifi gratuito aquí?
2. What is the wifi code?
¿Cuál es el código wifi?
3. Is there internet connection in the room?
¿Hay conexión a internet en la habitación? Continue reading
The best result of learning a language is when people respond, so they understand you. The ability to maintain even the simplest conversation is already a huge reward. And don’t worry: you won’t annoy people if you speak their language incorrectly. If you warn them, “I’m learning your language and would like to practice,” most will patiently correct your mistakes, support, and be happy to help. So let’s learn how to start speaking the language, overcome obstacles. Continue reading
Perhaps you have decided to start learning a foreign language for your next holiday, for work, to improve your CV or simply to do something different and challenging. When first starting out learning a language it is difficult knowing where to start. You are bombarded with so much advice online about the best ways to learn a language and there are so many different resources and apps to choose from, it is hard to know where to start and understandably people feel completely overwhelmed and may even be put off from starting.
In today’s blog post we will give you 5 tips to help you get started learning a language and to stop you feeling overwhelmed. Continue reading
Self-studying a foreign language is not an easy task – but it’s not undoable. Many in the past have mastered the skill of studying on their own at home. The secret is in their method and discipline. Learning does not necessarily happen in the traditional classroom way. There are a lot of creative and more exciting ways in which you can learn a new language! Take a look at those five listed below: Continue reading
Learning a new language is really exciting when you first start out. Once you start learning the first few phrases and are understood by native speakers, it is a great feeling. As you progress you may start to wonder if you are learning in the best way. Some people develop habits whilst studying a foreign language that do not give the best results. In this blog post we will go through some of the things you should avoid doing when learning a foreign language. Continue reading
Maybe you have decided to start learning Spanish on your own without going to a college class or working with a tutor. This is much easier to do nowadays given the many language learning resources available on the internet and more and more language apps you can download onto your smart phone.
You have probably already worked out the benefits of learning alone; you study at your own pace whenever you have the time and will not feel the classroom pressure to keep up with everyone else. You don’t feel left behind if you miss a class. You can choose exactly what to study to achieve your specific goals.
However, there are disadvantages and difficulties that people face who decide to “go it alone” when learning a language. The first problem most people face is “language learning overwhelm”. You come across so much advice about what to learn first – should you focus on grammar or growing your vocabulary? Should you try to start speaking straight away? What are the best resources to use? How are you going to test yourself and keep track of your progress? The list of questions goes on. Continue reading
Learning multiple languages is not everyone’s cup of tea, however, it will greatly enhance your professional life and enrich your personal life. The world is becoming more and more interconnected with people from different cities and countries coming together to socialize for many different reasons.
For instance, people come from China, Bangladesh, Mexico, India, Pakistan, and many other countries to use their language skills to study at universities abroad or to pursue their career in a foreign country. Plus, strong communication skills are an asset to your CV and give you great personal growth.
One thing that I like about learning new languages is that it breaks down barriers between cultures and makes it easier for people to connect. I know five languages; Urdu, English, Sindhi, Arabic, and French. And I can tell you that it was very interesting to learn all of these languages. After learning all these languages, I have a few tips that will help you learn a foreign language. Continue reading
If you are applying for a job in Spain, you are in the right place. We are here to help you figure it out and get that job! But first, let us explain what a CV is and why it is so important to nail yours. Continue reading