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Here you are a list of 8 tips that will help you learn Spanish fast and easy!

 
We have develop this project together with some of our students who have collaborated with us in making this list... if you follow the links you will recognise some students and objects of our school!!!
Let´s see if you can find them!

Tip 1) Find your real interest in learning Spanish.
One of the first questions we ask our students is this: Why are you learning Spanish? Everyone’s reason for learning Spanish is different. These may vary among romance, professional career, hobby, cultural interaction... Tip 1) Find your real interest in learning Spanish.
Tip 2) Start with the easy parts of Spanish.
Like any new content you need to learn, it is easy to get overwhelmed if you start from the most complicated part.Tip 2) Start with the easy parts of Spanish.
Tip 3) Don´t waste your time trying to translate each and every word.
Sometimes, it is much easier if you can relax and accept things just the way they are. When learning Spanish you are also learning how Spanish speakers think and because it is a cultural issue, there might be ideas that do not translate in your mother tongue. Tip 3) Don´t waste your time trying to translate each and every word.
Tip 4) Get involved in Cultural situations.
As we mentioned before, learning a language means learning from the culture that has created it. The more you get involved in cultural situations, the better you will understand and feel the need for each new word. Tip 4) Get involved in Cultural situations.
Tip 5) Develop your listening skills naturally.
Develop your listening skills naturally and bridge the phonetics barriers. Whether you are in an immersion program or not, you have many possibilities to expose yourself to Spanish sounds, let´s see how: Tip 5) Develop your listening skills naturally.
Tip 6) Keep your phrase book fed by native speakers.Pay attention when a native Spanish speaker is speaking and try to get notes... these notes will be much useful and real than most Spanish phrasebooks. Tip 6) Keep your phrase book fed by native speakers. 
Tip 7) Make Spanish part of your everyday life. 
Switch your computer, google preferences, cell phone and other electronics into Spanish. It might be difficult at first, but you’ll maximize your time learning new words and phrases when you are using (needing) them.Tip 7) Make Spanish part of your everyday life. 
Tip 8) Label objects around you. he more you see one word the faster you will memorize it. You can get a pad of sticky notes and label common objects at home. Every time you go near a labeled item repeat that word out loud. You will never forget important words like "el baño" or “la sal” again. Tip 8) Label objects around you.

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Don´t be afraid of Argentine Spanish!

 

"...I understand there are some differences in Spanish according to the region of the world you are in.  People have been telling me that Argentine Spanish is quite different than the Spanish in Mexico or Colombia for example.  I hear its a bit more unique here in Argentina in certain ways.  I am curious if you teach a more 'universal' approach or if its the typical Argentine Spanish?  I will likely use Spanish much more in the US with Mexican people but I can not say for sure.  Just curious how that will affect my learning."

This is part of a message our Spanish school have received from one of our students (Thank you, Taylor!) and believe me, many of our prospective customers have the same question in mind... Certanly, as Taylor mentioned, there are some differences in Spanish according to the region of the world you are in. Considering that over 400 million people speak Spanish, there MUST be differences.

Now, how important for efficient comunication are these differences? Not much, communication will not be broken. The same happens with other languages like American English compared to British, Kiwi , Ozzie and others.

So, my answer for Taylor was: "Exactly, each reagion has different caracteristics, so we ask our students what they will prefer to practice. The biggest difference is in the pronunciation between Spanish from Spain and Spanish from Americas. During our Spanish lessons and Spanish courses, we teach "universal" version, but we practice according to students preferences. Most of our students prefer "americas" style, so they learn to speak "universal" and get used to hear several different accents, with our audio and video practice."



Many of our former students found easier to learn Argentine Spanish. Why?
1) verbs are much easier to learn since we have more regular forms.
2) they get used to it while in Bariloche.

Finally, what is the difference between Argentine Spanish and others?
The pronunciation of three consonants, the use of two pronouns and the ending of the verbs in present tense and imperative mood (commands) for the second person:

1) Pronouns:
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person
Argentine
Rest of Latin America and US
Spain
2 sing
vos
2 plural informal
ustedes
ustedes
vosotros/as


As you can see, there are only two differences: one in the secon person (informal "you" singular) and the other is only  compared to Spain: second person plural informal ("You" plural informal).

2)  Verbs:
a) Endings for present tense.

 
 Argentine
Rest of Latin America, US and Spain
 
ar
ás
as
 
er
és
es
 
ir
ís
es
 


Here, you can notice that the stress is different and the ending for _ir verbs has changed.

b) Endings for imperative mood.

 
 Argentine
Rest of Latin America, US and Spain
 
ar
á
a
 
er
é
e
 
ir
í
e
 


3) Pronunciation:

consonant
 Argentine
 Rest of Latin America and US
 Spain
"y" and "ll"
sounds like "sh"
sounds like "ee"
sounds like "ee"
"z" and "c" in front of e and i
s
s
sounds like "th" (in "thunder")
 
 
 

 

Gabrielle, from the US


 

Rachel, from Canada

Penny y Roberto de UK


Jesse and Leslie, from Seattle


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