5 Benefits of a Spanish Immersion Adventure for Your Child

Have you been struggling to convince your child to speak Spanish? You are not alone, I have been through the same with my son. Keep reading because I think I have found the way to help you, I am talking about a Spanish immersion adventure for your child.

There could be plenty of reasons why your child won’t speak, from a lack of language skills to a lack of confidence, but simple boredom often creates the biggest obstacle. It may seem farfetched but boredom simply makes our little ones lose their attention and reject learning Spanish.

I found that a Spanish immersion adventure provides an excellent opportunity to overcome all of these challenges by creating an environment where your child will love to learn.

I know it could be out of your budget however, if you are planning a vacation you may fit in a Spanish speaking destination making it a perfect opportunity to do a Spanish immersion your style!

5 Benefits of a Spanish Immersion Adventure for Your Child

Whether your child has Spanish class in school or you teach your child Spanish at home, this type of academic instruction only goes so far. A Spanish immersion adventure provides a richer experience with many benefits. Consider these 5 benefits to plan an immersion adventure for your niño.  Spanish immersion adventures:

Make Spanish Relevant

Kids often complain that the things they learn in school seem boring and completely useless in real life. A Spanish immersion adventure offers the opportunity to change that.

The promise of the adventure can provide motivation for your child to excel in their Spanish studies before the trip, while also serving as proof that for some fun activities you have to know Spanish.

Get Real World Spanish Practice

An immersion adventure offers excellent Spanish language practice. Your child will hear many different accents, learn new vocabulary, and even begin to pick up grammar by example.

As a family we have been in countries like Mexico, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Spain which provide the diversity in accents and words usage.

I explained to my son the differences in accents and pronunciation he was going to experience in the south of Spain. I knew the usage of s, c and z, which was going to throw him off for sure.

I also found that being in an environment where they must speak Spanish to be understood can also help build confidence, as your child learns that even if their Spanish isn’t quite perfect, people are still happy to talk to them.

Improve Cultural Understanding with a Spanish immersion adventure for your child

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My son sitting at a street vendor’s spot in Cartagena , Colombia.

If you plan your Spanish immersion adventure in another country, your child will get an up close and personal experience of that country’s culture.

It can be very rewarding for a child to experience a way of life and a way of thinking that is different from their own. It enriches their worldview and helps teach tolerance.

Improve Cognitive Skills

According to the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, research has shown that kids who become fully bilingual display improved cognitive skills in areas like divergent thinking, pattern recognition, and problem solving.

Immersion adventures make an excellent tool for helping your child practice and maintain their bilingual language skills and hopefully reap these cognitive benefits.

Have Fun!

 

Spanish immersion adventure for your child

My son horse back riding on his Spanish immersion adventure in Medellín, Colombia.

Don’t forget to let your child have fun on their Spanish immersion adventure! While the adventure might include attending school or classes in Spanish, don’t let that be the only activity.  When we do it we mix it with beach and horseback riding time and my son loves it.

Some parents are skeptical about Spanish immersions; I say this is nonsense and if you want to know why, read the article Language Immersion Myths. Also plan some travel or activities your child will enjoy, like going to fútbol games, exploring beaches, hiking ruins or visiting relatives.  Those activities can create the perfect Spanish immersion adventure for your child.

My Child Won’t Speak Spanish

Even if you have the complain: my child won’t speak Spanish, don’t give up! Speaking a second language can be a huge asset to your child.  Through my experience I can share that It will not only help broaden their understanding of and appreciation for Hispanic culture, but also help them in their future careers.

Kids at a young age don’t really understand this. So they need different motivation and encouragement for speaking Spanish. With some patience and consistent practice you can overcome this challenge. Consider these 10 reasons why you might be saying “my child won’t speak Spanish” and ideas for how to overcome them.

Your Child Won’t Speak Spanish – How to Fix the Problem

1. Your Child Doesn’t See a Reason to Speak Spanish.

Often, parents successfully teach their kids to speak Spanish at a young age, but as the child matures they abandon their Spanish because they don’t see any reason to keep it up.

In other words, there is nothing special about speaking Spanish that they can’t get by speaking English. To keep your child interested and engaged, set up Spanish-only activities like Spanish immersion trips or visits to Spanish-speaking family members that will make them excited to use their Spanish.

2. Your Child Won’t Speak Spanish Because Your Spanish Use is Inconsistent.

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Learning to ride horses in Colombia
All in Spanish

I am guilty of this one. I used to be more consistent when my son was younger. I now know that if you don’t use Spanish consistently, your child won’t either!

For sure you don’t want to switch between Spanish and English randomly, or else your child will do the same thing, answering you in English when you speak Spanish or vice versa.

Try to set up a consistent pattern for practicing Spanish. You might make your entire home a Spanish-only zone, or you might set up a special daily bonding time to speak only Spanish like during story time or family game time.

3. Your Child Doesn’t Hear Enough Spanish.

We dealt with this one also as my husband is American and speaks a very crude Spanish. Passive listening plays a huge role in language acquisition and is a key part of how to teach your child Spanish at home.

One way to fix the problem is to expose your child to a lot of different Spanish voices and vocabulary by keeping the radio tuned to Spanish music or encouraging your child to watch Spanish TV and movies.

Right on this website I have a great section of Spanish Learning Songs that are a rich source of vocabulary for small children and even kids who are just starting to learn the language.

4. You Treat Spanish Like Homework.

If you’re teaching your child Spanish from a textbook, STOP! You don’ want your child to associate Spanish with boring stuff. Instead, build a love of the language with stories, games, and songs first. Then, as the child matures, you can teach more advanced grammatical concepts. Try to find language teaching moments in your daily life rather than always heading to a textbook.

5. Your Correct Your Child’s Spanish Too Much.

I know, I know, it is difficult to live with the horrible Spanish they may speak however, if you immediately make a picky grammar or pronunciation correction every time your child opens their mouth to speak Spanish, they will quickly stop trying!

Don’t be overly critical. Instead, encourage and reward your child when they try to speak Spanish even if they can’t express themselves perfectly yet.

6. Your Child Wants to Fit In at School.

Your child won’t speak Spanish as an effort to try be like all the other kids at school. Make sure your child feels comfortable talking to you about school problems, and be sensitive to how they are feeling. Maybe you will need to stop speaking Spanish in front of their friends for a while to help them feel comfortable and I say so as an alternative even though I never stopped.

7. Your Child Feels Embarrassed.

Your child won’t speak Spanish because he doesn’t feel confident in his Spanish.  If this happens he won’t want to speak it—especially not with strangers. Make sure your child gets plenty of opportunities to speak Spanish with other people besides you.

Start small to build their confidence. For example, you might prep them by going over a few key phrases and then take them to a Hispanic shop or restaurant where they can practice those phrases.

8. Your Child Feels Pressure from Another Source.

If the child’s other parent, grandparent, friend, teacher, etc. doesn’t approve of Spanish, you child may not want to learn. You can approach this problem from both sides—talk with your child about being an individual and talk to the other person about supporting your child’s learning when appropriate.

9. Your Child Is Bored.

If the majority of your child’s books, video games, toys, and other entertainments are in English, they will naturally prefer English. Be sure to provide a fresh supply of Spanish-only entertainment to engage and excite your child.

I make sure every time we travel to Colombia I buy many books his level to guarantee he has excellent reading material. Also, thanks to the internet you can find tons of options from books for every reading level to songs, games, and DVDs.

10. Your Child Simply Isn’t Ready.

Your child won’t speak Spanish maybe because every child learns differently, making it important not to compare your child’s progress to their cousins or siblings. Don’t stop speaking in Spanish to your child, even if they won’t speak back right now.

You can still get them to have a fluent understanding of Spanish which will add a great benefit and enrichment to their life.  To know more about how their brain changes by learning another language read my article Children Learn Spanish.

Now it is your turn, keep on teaching that beautiful language of ours!  If you want to learn more how to encourage your little one to speak Spanish check out these articles Raising Bilingual in Spanish Children and 5 Benefits of an Spanish Immersion for Your Chid.

Twinkle Twinkle in Spanish

Twinkle Twinkle in Spanish? Yes, this is one of the most beloved songs for children in English but…Why not do it in Spanish while teaching our little ones a second language.

I find videos by Muñequita Lala very easy to follow and well made. It is interesting because I just learnt about her through my Facebook page Hispanic Culture Online.

What I enjoy the most about videos of canciones infantiles is that when you play them for your children early on, they are fascinated by the melodies, rhythms and the new language.

The key is to do it when they are babies to make Spanish an everyday activity without pressure. Who knows, it may also help shorten the phase I am going through with my son where he says to me “I don’t need to speak in Spanish mom, I already know how.”

Speaking with some friends about introducing Spanish in households with bilingual parents, many of them agreed that singing simple songs like this one at home make learning Spanish fun.

The Simplicity of This Song Helps…

  • Children learn basic Spanish without pressure.
  • Remember words easily because we are very familiar with the melody.
  • Parents introduce new vocabulary in a strategic way. Just sing and have fun.
  • Children get accustomed to talking in Spanish because the lyrics are very short, simple to learn and easy to repeat.

Lyrics

Estrellita donde estás
quiero verte titilar
en el cielo sobre el mar
un diamante de verdad.

Estrellita donde estás
quiero verte titilar
en el cielo sobre el mar
un diamante de verdad.

Estrellita donde estás
quiero verte titilar.

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Why am I writing this Tell Me More Spanish review? Because I know for sure how hard it could be to learn another language when you don’t have the right tools.

How do I know? Because I did it! I came to the U.S., learned a second language and made a life here. What I can tell you for sure is that being “here,” immersed in the culture, was what accelerated my learning curve.

Lets put it this way, vocabulary and grammar without culture and fun experiences just doesn’t do it as perfectly as reading, doing drills, and studying Spanish with no interaction…and that is where Tell Me More Spanish comes in.

Take it from a Spanish teacher for children and an adult Spanish tutor I have heard it all. What works, motivates and enhances a person’s ability when it comes to learning Spanish.

I have discovered that the closest way to learn Spanish from home and at your own pace is through Spanish Learning software Tell Me More. After my Spanish software review I can say it is the most extensive Spanish language learning software solution. You can master fluency through 10 distinct levels and exclusive online services.Tell Me More Spanish Review

Why Tell Me More V10 Spanish 5 or 10 Levels is the Right Choice at No Risk

Excellent Assessing Tool and Basic Start. Tell Me More V10 Spanish comes with 20 basic lessons that help you get started in the learning process.

After those 20 basic lessons the levels start. Then you can take the test to choose the next 5 levels that are adequate for you from 10 levels in total.

Another way to start the program is simply take the assessment test, based on 64 questions.  Depending on your answers you will be placed at the right level. No guess work here.

I spoke to one of the representatives on the phone who told me levels 1-5 are the equivalent to 2 years of high school Spanish approximately, and 6-10 to 2 more.

Graphics and Videos Perfect for Visual Learners. Every lesson has excellent picture or graphs to enhance comprehension. It also comes with about 10 hours of video, which are up to date and about current events, real
world situations.

Plenty of Exercises to Reinforce knowledge.  TELL ME MORE Spanish Version 10Tell Me More Spanish Review comes with 10,000 exercises. Let’s be real, if you don’t do exercises you don’t solidify knowledge. It is like going to the gym once expecting to have a six pack after only one session.

It Is a Comprehensive Learning Tool that incorporates reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar along culture.

Tell Me more V10 Spanish Is Technologically Advanced. For many this could be a detractor, but once you learn how to use the tools you are going to compare this software to others and be very happy you bought this one. At least that is how I felt when I did my Spanish software review.

Visual Appeal. Clean lines and beautiful images enhance the learning experience, and Tell e More has it paired with uncluttered screens, simple icons, and an excellent color scheme. Do you know it also has 3-D animations and specific graphs that show your progress?

Best Tools for Learning Pronunciation. It has speech recognition that allows you to record your pronunciation and pinpoint the mistakes with its Spoken Error Tracking System which translates into better pronunciation. See the video on the top of the page at 4:24 minutes.

It is versatile. You can have it in your MP3 Player. Offers a translation of the lesson if you want it with the click of a button.

Uses Culture Constantly. This is one of the major advantages I see in this software. It perfectly ties learning to real life situations in the cultural environments.

Culture is everywhere on the videos, dialogues, etc. One thing I want to mention is that it uses Spanish from Spain, but if you are basically learning Spanish I don’t see a detriment on that.

Justifies the Price Point. For what it offers I consider this Spanish learning software way ahead of its competitors. Yes you can buy Rosetta Stone and look at pictures all day until you guess the right answer, but if you are real about learning Spanish this is the best product because of its comprehensive approach and tools.

No Risk with their 7 days free trial. What do you have to loose? Nothing, just try it risk free and see if it fits your needs. I can assure you it has a lot to offer.

As you can see Tell Me More Spanish Version 10 wins the top spot after my Spanish software review. If you are interested in knowing how it compares to Rocket Spanish go to my Spanish learning software review page where I specifically compare the two of them.

If you are like the majority of the Spanish learning people, you may not be able to travel to a Spanish speaking country for at least one year  accurately mixing language and culture, having people correcting you, watching real videos completely in Spanish, hearing your voice constantly speaking in Spanish, and being forced to speak the language.

That is why Tell Me More Spanish software is the solution that encompasses writing, listening, video, voice recognition, exercises, and most importantly culture!

Teach Kids Spanish

I receive many emails asking how to teach kids Spanish. Many are from parents, grandparents, and even care givers who are not teachers and want to introduce Spanish to the little loved ones.

A couple of days ago Janet McDonald a grandma of 2 asked me “I am trying to teach my grand children Spanish, what is the best and easy way to teach them? Our goal is for them to learn it in 9 months, they are ages 9 and 4.

I said to myself I really have to post an article about how to teach kids Spanish. My goal here? Simple:

  • Give you a start guide.
  • Guide you to reinforce Spanish language with fun activities.

Start Guide to Teach Kids Spanish

Analyze Environment and Set Goals

  • Analyze how much time, effort, money you want to invest in the process.
  • Set realistic goals without pushing the envelope. How do you do it? By looking at the ages of the children, their ability with languages or by seeing their previous experience with Spanish through a nanny, school, etc.
  • Consider family background in terms of languages and culture. Are parents, grandparents or persons in contact with the child willing to interact with him in Spanish? Also, learning a language with culture goes way faster than just by learning it through plain lessons. Is there a chance to expose the child to Hispanic culture?

Materials and Resources

Many people think that with just one hour a week a child is going to become a great Spanish speaker. Unfortunately that is not the case. Like anything in life you want to achieve time, dedication and resources have to be committed to the goal set before.

Through experience as a Spanish teacher, a mother of a Spanish speaking son, and by tutoring children in the past, I found the best combination for success. A triad of software, music and cultural experience…here it is:

Use Music as Much as You Can
I have Spanish songs that my son loves and we have been listening to them since he was a baby. Repetition does wonders when it is natural and through songs.

Here are 2 CDs and 1 book I chose because they have the lysics to some of the most beloved children’s songs in Spanish like a la rueda rueda, la muñeca vestida de azul, antón pirulera and many more.


You can find the songs in YouTube but rarely with the lyrics. Also here i have a section for Spanish learning songs, use it regularly.

Take Advantage of Hispanic or Spanish Cultural Events
Make it a habit to check for cultural events and venues. For example holidays like Cinco de Mayo, Day of the Dead, and Hispanic Christmas are a perfect opportunity to practice language and share culture.

Celebrate Hispanic Month with songs, foods, and music at your kids’s school.

Join a Spanish Club
While learning, practicing is very important. Many moms gather to teach kids Spanish through videos, typical foods, and games like loteria which reinforce language very well. Make it a habit to once a month attend the Spanish club.

Look also for Spanish speaking friends your children can have. Make play dates and try to dedicate some time to playing a game in Spanish, play music in Spanish or simple try to speak some words. It will help the Spanish learning process become natural.

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Spanish Vowels

Las Vocales

This Spanish vowels song was a favorite one when growing up, and as a matter of fact, I still teach it to many Kindergarten children who love the rhythm and sound of it.

This song is a simple way to introduce little ones to the sounds and shapes of the vowels (if you show the video).

When our son Ian was learning the alphabet, I made a special effort to teach him first the vowels because a, e, i, o and u sound always the same regardless of where they are placed in the word or the letters that accompany them. They are the easiest!

Tips for Teaching Vowels & Words in Spanish

  • The name of each vowel is the same as its sound. Start by teaching the single sound.
  • Create basic combinations of 2 letters, one consonant and one Spanish vowel. When our son learned them and visually differentiated them, I started to make basic sound combinations for him.

For example put together b and a, c and a, d and a, and so forth. I sounded the letters and once we were done with the combination of all consonants with a, I started with e and did the same.

  • Next, play the game I call “Where is This Sound.” Use the basic combinations you made and try to find them in the board books, signs, etc.

Soon enough your child will know the sounds of several letters combined, and he will also know how to spot them. When I did it, I was not very concerned about our son getting confused…And he never did.

  • Once your child knows how to sound a combination of two letters and spot them, you start mixing them.

For example, mix ma and ma which creates mama or mother. Ma with pa which creates mapa or map. I was amazed of how fast our son Ian learned to read simple words in Spanish, and how beneficial this was for his fluency in a second language.

  • Introduce your child to basic reading with this technique. My son learnt to read in Spanish before he learnt to read in English which gave us an incredible advantage in keeping Spanish going.

Reading opened a whole new world for him. He continues to excel in reading in Spanish, even though his vocabulary in English already surpassed his vocabulary in Spanish.

Spanish Vowels Lyrics

Salió la a, Salió la a
no se a donde vá. Repeat.
A comprarle un regalo a mi mamá
a comprarle un regalo a su mamá.

Salió la e, Salió la e
no se a donde fué. Repeat.
Fuí con mi tía Marta a tomar té
fué con su tía Marta a tomar té.

Salió la i, Salió la i
y yo no la sentí. Repeat.
Fuí a comprar un punto para mí
fue a comparar un puntico para mí.

Salió la o, Salió la o
y casi no volvió. Repeat.
Fuí a comer tamales y engordé
fue a comer tamales y engordó.

Salió la u, Salió la u
y que me dices tu. Repeat.
salí en my bicicleta y llegue al Perú
salió en su bicicleta y llegó al Perú.

A, e, i, o, u, ae
a, e, i, o, u…
A, e, i, o, u, io
a, e, i, o, u…

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Why am I writing this Spanish software review? Because I know for sure how hard it could be to learn another language when you don’t have the right tools.

How do I know? Because I did it! I came to the U.S., learned a second language and made a life here. What I can tell you for sure is that being “here” immersed in the culture was what accelerated my learning curve.

Lets put it this way, vocabulary and grammar without culture and fun experiences just doesn’t do it as perfectly as reading, doing drills, and studying Spanish with no interaction…and that is where Tell Me More Spanish comes in.

Also, did I mention I am a Spanish teacher for children and that I tutor Adults in Spanish? I have heard it all. What works, motivates and enhances a person’s ability when it comes to learning Spanish.

I have discovered that the closest way to learn Spanish from home and at your own pace is through Spanish Learning software Tell Me More. After my Spanish software review I can say it is the most extensive Spanish language learning software solution. You can master fluency through 10 distinct levels and exclusive online services.Tell Me More Spanish Review

Why Tell Me More V10 Spanish 5 or 10 Levels is the Right Choice at No Risk

spanish-learning-software-tell-me-moreExcellent Assessing Tool and Basic Start. Tell Me More V10 Spanish comes with 20 basic lessons that help you assess where you are at in the learning process.

After those 20 basic lessons the levels start. Then you can take the test to choose the next 5 levels that are adequate for you from 10 levels in total.

I spoke to one of the representatives on the phone who told me levels 1-5 are the equivalent to 2 years of high school Spanish approximately, and 6-10 to 2 more.

Graphics and Videos Perfect for Visual Learners. Every lesson has excellent picture or graphs to enhance comprehension. It also comes with about 10 hours of video, which are up to date and about current events, real world situations.

Plenty of Exercises to Reinforce knowledge. TELL ME MORE Spanish Version 10Tell Me More Spanish Review comes with 10,000 exercises. Let’s be real, if you don’t do exercises you don’t solidify knowledge. It is like going to the gym once expecting to have a six pack after only one session.

It Is a Comprehensive Learning Tool that incorporates reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar along culture.

Tell Me more V10 Spanish Is Technologically Advanced For many this could be a detractor but once you learn how to use the tools you are going to compare this software to others and be very happy you bought this one. At least that is how I felt when I did my Spanish software review.

Visual Appeal. Clean lines and beautiful images enhance the learning experience, and Tell e More has it paired with uncluttered screens, simple icons, and an excellent color scheme. Do you know it also has 3-D animations and specific graphs that show your progress?

Best Tools for Learning Pronunciation. It has speech recognition that allows you to record your pronunciation and pinpoint the mistakes with its Spoken Error Tracking System which translates into better pronunciation.

It is versatile. You can have it in your MP3 Player. Offers a translation of the lesson if you want it with the click of a button.

Uses Culture Constantly. This is one of the major advantages I see in this software. It perfectly ties learning to real life situations in the cultural environments. This is reflected on the videos, dialogues, etc. One thing I want to mention is that it uses Spanish from Spain, but if you are basically learning Spanish I don’t see a detriment on that.

Justifies the Price Point. For what it offers I consider this Spanish learning software way ahead of its competitors. Yes you can buy Rosetta Stone and look at pictures all day until you guess the right answer, but if you are real about learning Spanish this is the best product because of its comprehensive approach and tools.

No Risk with their 7 days free trial. What do you have to loose? Nothing, just try it risk free and see if it fits your needs. I can assure you it has a lot to offer.

As you can see Tell Me More Spanish Version 10 wins the top spot after my Spanish software review. If you are interested in knowing how it compares to Rocket Spanish go to my Spanish learning software review page where I specifically compare the two of them.

If you are like the majority of the Spanish learning people, you may not be able to travel to a Spanish speaking country for at least one year accurately mixing language and culture, having people correcting you, watching real videos completely in Spanish, hearing your voice constantly speaking in Spanish, and being forced to speak the language.

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Why Study at a Spanish School in Valencia Spain
What to Expect

Did you know that Spanish is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world, and serves as an official language in 21 countries?

Learning Spanish can really open up the world to you, whether it be for travel, for business, for connecting with your roots, or for communicating with your neighbors.

No matter what your current level of Spanish is, attending a Spanish school in Valencia, Spain will be a fun and rewarding experience.

Why Study Spanish in Valencia Spain


Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofia Valencia EspañaA friend of a good friend decided to study in a Spanish School in Valencia, Spain. I am very curious and decided to ask him the reasons behind Mike’s decision, knowing he loves Latin American countries more than Spain.

Long story short he shared with me that when you learn Spanish in Valencia, you will find yourself immersed in the culture and nightlife of one of Spain’s most popular cities.

The third largest city in Spain, Valencia is known for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, pleasant climate, huge historic center that mixes many cool styles of architecture, and easy access to Mediterranean beaches.

Though the city is by no means a “beach town,” you can easily reach several beaches using public transportation. And thanks to the warm climate you can swim 8 months out of the year!

Because Valencia is home to two Universities and nearly 100,000 students, when you study at a Spanish school in Valencia you find a very vibrant nightlife. There are many bars, cafes, and clubs where students hang out.

Valencia is a very popular destination for study abroad, which is great because that means you will have a community of fellow language students to practice your Spanish with.

One advice is to beware of falling into the trap of speaking English or another common language with your international student friends. If you can commit to speaking Spanish only, your language skills will improve much faster.

If you happen to attend a Spanish school in Valencia during March, don’t miss the famous Falles festival, during which local neighborhoods build elaborate papier-maché models, march in parades, shoot off tons of fireworks, and then burn the models on the last night of the festival. You can visit the Falles Museum year round.

Choosing a Spanish School in Valencia

When it comes to choosing among the many language schools in Valencia, bear in mind that you need to pick the school that best suits your learning style.

If you are not very self-motivated, you might want to pick one of the schools that uses weekly tests to keep you on track.

If you want to interact with locals, you could study at Valencia’s University language schools rather than at a private school. That way, you will be on campus and have a chance to hang out with local students.

Private lessons will also be available in Valencia. This would be a good option if you are pressed for time or have a specific type of Spanish you need to learn, like medical Spanish or business Spanish.

One of the best choices to learn Spanish in Valencia, Spain is to study at don Quijote Valencia. Request a 2012 don Quijote Spanish brochure that includes don Quijote Valencia, but…Don’t take my word for it, go check the options, advantages and read all the information about don Quijote Valencia.

Special Language Tip While Studying in Valencia Spain

One thing to be aware of when deciding to attend Spanish school in Valencia is the fact that many people here speak a local Catalan dialect called Valencian.

Typically, street signs and public notices will be in Valencian, with a Spanish translation.

Though Valencian is taught in school and supported by the local government, you will find that everyone is perfectly happy to speak Spanish with you, and the presence of Valencian will not interfere with your language learning experience.

Other Options…
Study Spanish in Latin America

To choose from many available courses and to know more about the facilities check out where to Study Spanish in Latin America. Here you can choose the countries, type of courses, intensity, and more.

Remember in the first place what type of Spanish you want to learn, then whow much time you have, third choose your budget and lastly choose the destination and intensity!

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