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4 Quick & Simple Rules for Using Spanish Accent Marks

4 Quick & Simple Rules for Using Spanish Accent Marks

As you learn Spanish, you'll come across rules that are important for writing. In this article by tutor Jason N. you'll learn all about Spanish accent marks and when to use them...   When I started learning Spanish back in 2008, I ignored accent marks when they appeared. I didn’t know what they meant and I didn’t know how to use them correctly. I guess I just assumed that my word processor would help me automatically place them when I typed in Spanish and that I didn’t need them … Read More

4 Quick & Simple Rules for Using Spanish Accent Marks
As you learn Spanish, you'll come across rules that are important for writing. In this article by tutor Jason N. you'll learn all about Spanish accent marks and when to use them...   When I started learning Spanish back in 2008, I ignored accent marks when they appeared. I didn’t know what they meant and I didn’t know how to use them correctly. I guess I just assumed that my word processor would help me automatically place them when I typed in Spanish and that I didn’t need them
How to Make the Most of Your Spanish Immersion Program
Excited about an upcoming study abroad trip? Spanish immersion programs are fantastic if you want to learn about a new culture and improve your Spanish-speaking skills! Here, Seattle, WA tutor Paola E. shares some must-read tips for making the most of your experience...   One of the ultimate goals of Spanish learners who are committed to becoming fluent is to take the biggest leap and join a Spanish immersion program in a country where Spanish is spoken. Al fin! (At last!) The Spanish t
How to Practice Spanish When You’re Pressed for Time
Think you're too busy to practice Spanish? With these time-management tips from language teacher Lauren P., you'll be able to study Spanish even when you're short on time...   Learning Spanish can seem difficult when you’re pressed for time. No matter how busy you are, however, you can find 15 minutes a day to practice. These tips will help you budget your time so you can fit Spanish practice into your busy schedule. Set Up a Routine The only way to commit to anything is to make it
Video: How to Roll Your R's | Spanish Lessons
Having trouble rolling your R's in Spanish? You're not alone! Check out this helpful video for tips from TakeLessons teacher Sheila S...   As an opera singer and voice teacher, it’s my job to know how to pronounce all languages and to be able to teach how to properly pronounce them. If you're learning how to speak Spanish, you'll also need to learn how to roll your R's. This can be a challenge to some American students, because we produce our R sound very differently in English
Spanish Vocabulary: When to Use Usted vs. Tú
Every language has its own intricacies that take time and practice to really nail down. Here, Spanish tutor Jason N. clears up the distinction between the formal and informal use of the word 'you' in Spanish...   Usted vs. Tú: What's the Difference? Tú in Spanish is ‘you’ in English -- but what about usted? In English, there's not a great translation for usted. So what exactly does it mean? In English, when we want to convey respect to someone, we use formal and polite language,

Spanish in Tampa

Are you considering taking Spanish lessons in Tampa? Tampa is a city that is rich in Spanish heritage. At one time, Florida was a Spanish territory and reflects that rich heritage to this day. Famed Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon first claimed Florida as a Spanish territory in 1512. Now, more than 500 years later, Spanish architecture and culture abounds in Florida and the Tampa Bay area.

When you take Spanish lessons in Tampa, you’re among nearly 100,000 Spanish-speaking and Hispanic residents. Of the city’s more than 350,000 residents, more than 23 percent are of Hispanic or Latino origin. That means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to engage with native Spanish speakers and participate in Spanish-oriented activities, which can range from eating in restaurants that serve Mexican and other Hispanic foods, attending Spanish-oriented events, and visiting Spanish-oriented venues.

Fun Ways to Supplement Your Spanish Lessons in Tampa

There are many fun things you can do that will make the learning process much easier and more enjoyable. One is to simply watch Spanish-language television programming. UniVision and other programs often have translation captioning that allows you to read in English what is being said in Spanish. By watching these channels, you’ll more readily recognize various words and phrases and eventually understand what is being said without having captioning on at all. You also can listen to Spanish-language radio programs, which will allow you to hear native Spanish speakers.

Another great way to practice and better understand Spanish is to eat at Mexican, Cuban and other Hispanic restaurants where servers and others are fluent in the Spanish language. Even reading the menu in such establishments will help you to understand how nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and articles are situated in Spanish, while also giving you an opportunity to practice your Spanish speaking skills.

Inspiring Events for Learning Spanish

There are several local events that can help to keep you inspired to learn Spanish. One of the best is the Conga Caliente, which is an annual festival held at Al Lopez Park in Tampa. The festival usually occurs during the first weekend in September and features a variety of Spanish music, art, culture, food, and fun. The annual Tampa Hispanic Heritage Month celebration is another great annual event that occurs during the last weeks of September through October and into November.

Visit Old Tampa at Ybor City

The Ybor City Historic District in Tampa is one of the oldest Spanish settlements in the United States and has a wonderful mix of old and new Spanish architecture, homes, culture, and businesses. Noted for its settlement by Cuban and Dominican immigrants in recent decades, the Ybor City has a robust cigar industry that is popular among tourists.

Ybor City also boasts many great Hispanic restaurants, museums, music venues, art galleries, and more. One of the most popular annual events, La Verbena Festival is held each fall in Centennial Park. The free event is family-oriented and celebrates Ybor City’s cultural history with lots of food, music, dancing, and other attractions. A visit to Ybor City will keep you enthused to take Spanish lessons in Tampa.

These are just a few of the resources available to Spanish learners in Tampa. Visiting these venues and attending these festivals will not only help you improve your Spanish-speaking skills, but it will also keep you motivated to learn the language.

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