How to Learn Spanish: The Pros and Cons of All of the Options

There is no doubt about it: now is as good a time as any to learn Spanish. The question on the minds of many prospective students is which learning method to choose! This article will outline the pros and cons of the different ways of learning Spanish so that you can decide which option is best for you.

Attend Spanish Classes

Advantages

  • The students have a set time for class which sets a routine.
  • There is a «real» teacher available to reply to questions and clarify any doubts; the empathy with the students encourages the learning and communication.
  • The opportunity to make friends with other students – learning languages should be fun!

Disadvantages

  • You have to make your way to where the class takes place and stick to the timetable.
  • Face to face classes are more expensive.
  • You cannot usually make up for classes that you miss.

Learn Spanish Online

Advantages:

  • Online courses are available 24 hours a day, from your own home.
  • They are cheaper than face to face courses.
  • Some online courses offer video tutorials.

Disadvantages

  • They are easier to abandon as there is less commitment to online courses.
  • There is no set timetable and therefore no routine.
  • You can not learn from other students as there is no interaction.
  • Learning is not as fast as in a course in a Spanish speaking country.

Learn Spanish in Spain

Advantages:

  • There is no better place to learn a language than in a country where it is spoken.
  • As well as learning Spanish you gain an insight into the culture of the country.
  • You can meet new people, and not just natives – some may be from all over the world.
  • It is an amazing life experience.
  • You can access more learning material such as the local radio, newspapers, TV and even the natives with whom you can interact and ask questions.

Disadvantages

  • It can be more expensive.
  • There is a tendency for students to spend time with only people who speak their first language, and therefore learn less than they hoped.

In summary, most people would agree that the best way to learn Spanish is in Spain. Combining all three methods will maximise your results; start a course in a Spanish language school in Spain but use the internet as a means to practice after class. Try downloading free podcasts and using online vocabulary lists to expand your knowledge to supplement what you learn on your course!

¡Mucha suerte y hasta pronto!

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