Spanish is becoming a more and more useful language to learn whether it is for earning more money for a job, speaking conversational Spanish on a trip or finding a product to teach your students. In this article, I will go over the three main ways to purse learning the Spanish language.
Go Back to Spanish Class
Some people enjoy the classic schoolroom setting with a teacher and classroom of students where activities, projects, tests, quizzes and homework are assigned. For those of you who have succeeded and enjoyed learning the Spanish language in a classical institutional setting, you probably should just stick to this method. There are numerous places that offer Spanish courses: community colleges, colleges and universities and even some publicly funded organizations.
Learning the Spanish language through a class can cost a lot of money especially if it is through a private or public college. Typically one of these classes ranges around $3000 per course depending on whether you want college credit. If you are thinking of going this route and work for a well-established company, check to see if your employer offers educational reimbursement.
Work with a Tutor
As it has long been known, working with a tutor to learn anything is the most personal and tailored educational experience one can receive (assuming the tutor knows the subject and knows how to teach). This is an option for learners of any level. All of your questions will be answered on the spot and you will be able to discuss wrong answers on homework, quizzes and tests.
Clearly, the downside with hiring a tutor is that they are usually more expensive than a class. However, it does vary with how many hours of teaching you need and the typical tutor rates in your area. A way to get around the expensiveness is to see if there are any volunteer Spanish teachers.
Using Software to Learn the Spanish Language
If you are looking for a modern way to learn Spanish, then look no further: choose Spanish learning software. Unlike anything we have ever seen as language learners, today’s technology enables you to learn Spanish according to your learning style at an affordable price. There are product like Tell Me More Spanish that have voice recognition technology. Other products like Rocket Spanish combine audio learning with interactive games. Visual Link Spanish uses video lessons with chapter quizzes all online.
The benefits of learning the Spanish language with software are mainly price couple with immediate effectiveness. It is also more flexible with your daily life – anywhere you can use your computer, you can practice your Spanish skills.
There are only a couple slight downsides to learning Spanish with software. For some of the programs, you must wait for the software discs to ship. Also, some of the products can be fairly expensive, like Rosetta Stone Spanish and Fluenz Spanish. However, the most expensive Spanish software is STILL cheaper than a Spanish class or a Spanish tutor.