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Intro to the Spanish Alphabet, Greetings, & More

Intro to the Spanish Alphabet, Greetings, & More

with Sam H.

This online Spanish class will give you a firm foundation of skills so you can start your journey to fluency on the right foot. After this class, you’ll be able to introduce yourself and others in Spanish. Proper pronunciation and spelling will also be covered so you can develop both speaking and writing skills. Lastly, identifying words that sound similar in Spanish and English, also called “cognates,” will help you master even more vocabulary!

Essential Vocabulary & Phrases for Food

Essential Vocabulary & Phrases for Food

with Sara T.

Food is a very important part of Spanish culture, and this online Spanish class will teach you the basics of talking about it! An expert instructor will walk you through common terms you’ll see in grocery stores and food ads. You’ll also learn to describe food and talk about specific dietary preferences.

Tricks to Memorize Spanish Vocabulary Fast

Tricks to Memorize Spanish Vocabulary Fast

with Sara T.

Struggling to learn Spanish at your desired pace? Learn smarter not harder! This group Spanish class will teach you simple tricks for learning new words and will help you develop better study habits. Come find out why learning Spanish is easier than you think.


¡Hola! Intro to Spanish Conversation

¡Hola! Intro to Spanish Conversation

with Sara T.

This online class will prepare you for holding a conversation in Spanish. You’ll learn how to discuss physical and personality traits, and how to ask about family or friends. New vocabulary about food, sports, and hobbies will enable you to easily describe your likes and dislikes. You’ll also learn how to describe your hometown using adjectives, adverbs, and different places around town. There’s so much to talk about!

Practice Speaking Spanish for All Levels

Practice Speaking Spanish for All Levels

with Rosita R.

Are you ready to start speaking Spanish in a fun, interactive group setting? The easiest way to learn Spanish starts with diving right into conversational Spanish. You'll be surprised how quickly your phrasing and accent improves when you speak! This class is perfect for anyone looking to practice speaking and listening.

Informal Spanish Conversation: Talking with Friends

Informal Spanish Conversation: Talking with Friends

with Sara T.

This weekly Spanish class is perfect for practicing phrases and vocabulary for conversations about parties, movies, food, and invitations. Join in the fun to become a master of conversation skills and learn to easily chat with your friends!


How to Describe Locations & Directions Using "Estar"

How to Describe Locations & Directions Using "Estar"

with Sam H.

You won’t get lost in a Spanish speaking country after taking this group class! An expert instructor will teach you how to ask for directions, and give directions, for different places in your community. You’ll also learn how to read maps in Spanish! An added bonus - learning how to use the verb “estar” appropriately will allow you to discuss feelings with others.

Tips for Discussing Places & Plans

Tips for Discussing Places & Plans

with Carmen D.

This online Spanish class will enable you to describe the places in your community that you visit on a regular basis. You’ll also learn how to use the verb “ir” to explain your schedule and upcoming plans. Get ready to improve your conversational skills even more in this fun group class!

Intro to Spanish Lessons: Find Your Skill Level and Set Goals

Intro to Spanish Lessons: Find Your Skill Level and Set Goals

with Carmen D.

In this fun, interactive group class, your expert instructor will answer all your questions about what it's like to learn Spanish, what your private lessons will be like, and what to expect. Plus, whether you've ever taking Spanish classes before or not, your instructor will help you figure out what your skill level is so you know where to start and you'll also have the opportunity to think about and set goals for your Spanish learning journey. Your teacher will also teach you some basics about the Spanish language and prepare you for your first private lesson or group class! Don't miss this great introduction to learning Spanish.

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Everything You Need To Learn Spanish

Whether you speak multiple languages or are just starting to branch out, Spanish is an excellent option for you. It’s the second most commonly spoken language in the United States, and it’s not a difficult language to learn.  

Keep reading to find answers to some frequently asked questions when starting to learn to speak Spanish. We’ll share how long the language takes to learn, how often you’ll need to practice, and more!

Is Spanish easy to learn?

Spanish is a fairly easy language to learn. The Spanish language only has 10 vowel sounds in comparison to English’s 20. Spanish words are written as they sound and there are less irregularities than in other languages.

Lastly, the Spanish alphabet doesn’t vary much from English’s, with only one extra letter and five additional sounds (ch, ll, gu, qu, and rr).

How long does it take to learn Spanish?

When the right study methods are used, a basic level of Spanish fluency can be accomplished within 3-6 months for the average language learner. This estimate can vary due to the frequency of lessons and the amount of practice a student is willing and able to put in.

Learn more about how long it takes to learn Spanish here.

Do I have to be a certain age to learn Spanish?

You’re never too young or old to start learning Spanish. Although younger students have a slight advantage in terms of memory and accent acquisition, adult students have some of their own advantages too.

Adult Spanish learners have a stronger ability to comprehend difficult concepts quicker, and understand cultural nuances better. Students of all ages are encouraged to join our online Spanish classes!

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What are the benefits of learning Spanish?

Learning Spanish has many personal and career-related benefits. Here are just a few of the benefits of learning the Spanish language.

- Job opportunities - Speaking Spanish makes you eligible for thousands of additional jobs in the United States. For example, businesses often hire freelancers for short-term projects, such as a translating a document or presentation into Spanish.

- Better communication skills - Since Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the U.S., learning the language will enable you to better communicate with your customers, coworkers, or employees. And they’ll respect you more for it!

- Higher income - In many fields, knowing how to speak Spanish automatically warrants higher pay. As a valuable Spanish speaker, you’ll save your employer from needing to hire a translator.

- Volunteer opportunities - Knowing how to speak Spanish opens the door to volunteer opportunities at numerous charitable organizations, both national and global. Local food pantries and shelters are always looking for volunteers who will be able to make a stronger connection with the individuals they’re serving.

- Better travel experiences - Traveling to a Spanish-speaking country is more adventurous and affordable when you speak the native language. Rather than using a travel guide in English, you can simply ask the locals for advice on their favorite spots. You can also negotiate with merchants to avoid inflated tourist rates.

- New relationships - Speaking Spanish enables you to make new friendships and networking opportunities. You can get to know the people around you in new ways, whether it’s a coworker or your in-laws.

- Improved mental health - Studies have shown that learning a new language such as Spanish can help prevent or delay signs of dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease. It can also improve your ability to focus and problem-solve.

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How much does it cost to learn Spanish?

The cost of learning Spanish will vary depending on your method of learning. Lessons with a private Spanish tutor can range from $15 to $50 per hour, with the cost typically being based on a teacher’s level of experience.

Group Spanish classes at TakeLessons Live are now free.

Using software like Rosetta Stone can end up costing over $600 as you advance in proficiency. The downside of learning this way is that you don’t have the advantage of a teacher correcting any pronunciation mistakes you may be making.  

Classes at a local community college are the most expensive option for learning Spanish. Since these classes usually only meet once per week, you will need to look for more ways to practice Spanish outside of the classroom.

The only absolutely free way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in the culture of a Spanish-speaking country, although not many people are able to easily move to another country. If you don’t have a solid foundation in Spanish yet, this can be a more difficult option.

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What is the best way to learn Spanish?

At TakeLessons, we believe the best way to learn how to speak Spanish is by frequently taking classes or lessons, whether online or in-person. You’ll get the most out of having the personalized instruction and attention of an experienced language teacher.

A qualified Spanish teacher will be able to create a plan specifically tailored to your unique learning style. A teacher will also be able to catch mistakes you’re making in both speaking and writing in Spanish.

Overall, taking Spanish classes or lessons will save you time and money on your way to becoming fluent.

Learn more about the best way to study Spanish here.

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Do I need any supplies to learn Spanish?

Depending on how you’re learning Spanish, the necessary materials will differ, but you shouldn’t have to purchase many supplies. A private tutor may require you to purchase a textbook and workbook, but if you’re taking group Spanish classes, you’ll probably just need a notebook or journal to take notes in.  

If you’d like to supplement your learning with Spanish language apps, you’ll need a smartphone and up to a few dollars per app.  

How often should I practice Spanish?

Like most other skills, regular practice is the key to learning Spanish. You should practice Spanish as often as you can, but we suggest a minimum of 30 minutes per day. It’s important to keep in mind that when practicing Spanish, quality is just as important as quantity, so make sure you’re covering all your bases - including speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish.

What are some ways to practice Spanish?

There are dozens of ways to practice Spanish throughout your day that make learning fun. Include these activities in your daily schedule to become fluent in Spanish even faster.

Call a friend

Call up a friend on the phone and tell him or her how your day went in Spanish. Listing out all of your daily activities is great pronunciation practice.

Teach someone else

One excellent way to reinforce what you’ve already learned is to teach it to someone new. For example, ask a curious family member if you can explain a difficult Spanish concept to them.

Go shopping at Hispanic markets

If you live in a diverse community, chances are there is a Hispanic supermarket near you. Visit one for practice reading labels in Spanish and make small talk with your cashier.

Watch Univisión or Telemundo

Watch TV on Spanish-only networks as a way of immersing yourself in the language. Netflix and Hulu now offer programming in Spanish as well. If you need to turn subtitles on, don’t hesitate!

Listen to Spanish music

Create a Spanish playlist for your commute to work or trips to the gym so you can learn the lyrics and sing along. There are also many Spanish-language podcasts available for download.

Change the language on your phone or laptop

For practice reading Spanish specifically, go to your phone or laptop’s settings and change the preferred language to Spanish. This is one way to immerse yourself in Spanish vocabulary on a daily basis.

Read a book in Spanish

See if your local library has any books in Spanish. You may have to start with children’s books if you’re a beginner, or you can check out a Spanish newspaper if you’re more advanced.

Write in Spanish

Whether you’re writing your shopping list, or you have a personal blog page, challenge yourself to write in Spanish more often. You can even look for a Spanish-speaking pen pal online!

Play games in Spanish

Download a Spanish trivia-style game on your phone for extra vocabulary practice when you’re on the go.

Join online Spanish classes

Here at TakeLessons, we offer a wide selection of group Spanish classes. Group classes are a fantastic way to practice your pronunciation and conversation skills. Even better - you can try it out for free.

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Does TakeLessons have any apps to learn Spanish?

The TakeLessons app on iTunes and on Android is our very own app for you to instantly get connected with Spanish teachers, whether you’re looking for private lessons or online Spanish classes.

Where can I talk to Spanish speakers online?

As you study Spanish, it’s smart to take advantage of as many different resources as you can! Try connecting with other Spanish speakers and learners on the internet to practice your skills. You can use any of the following language exchange platforms, chat rooms, or Facebook groups.

Note: Be aware that using any website to meet other people (even for learning purposes) has its risks. Avoid giving out any personal information and do not allow children to use these sites unattended.

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Language exchange platforms
If you want to practice Spanish conversation skills such as introducing yourself, then language exchange platforms are a good option. Many of these websites are similar to a social network, where you set up a profile with details about yourself and then search for friends to practice your target language with.

It’s important to keep in mind though, that you’ll most likely be practicing with other Spanish learners, so these platforms are not a substitute for Spanish classes or lessons.

- Tandem Exchange allows you to easily search for other language learners online for some mutually beneficial practice.

- HelloTalk puts you in touch with over five million native speakers worldwide.

- Wespeke uses an app to match you up with language partners. You can practice your Spanish here via text, audio, or video.

- Speaky is home to a community of language lovers speaking more than 100 different languages.

- HiNative is a Q and A platform where you can instantly find the help you need when you have a difficult Spanish question.

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Spanish chat rooms
Spanish language chat rooms are a good resource for practicing written Spanish in your free time. Remember to be aware of the risks we mentioned above, but overall, most users are genuinely interested in improving their Spanish.

- My Language Exchange is an online community where you can practice Spanish with a native speaker.

- Espanglish Chat is a free English/Spanish bilingual chat room where students can practice either language.

- El Chat is an all-Spanish option where you’ll find more native speakers. You’ll be able to see how Spanish speakers communicate in casual conversation.

- ICQ works a lot like Skype with free messages and video calls. You can find Spanish chat rooms here and converse with both speakers and learners.

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Facebook groups and pages
If you have a Facebook account, consider joining a Spanish group. Information shared in these groups often includes images, charts, and Spanish speaking tips. They’re also a great place to ask questions in between classes and practice communicating in written Spanish.

A less interactive option is Facebook pages. The pages in this list often share helpful information, such as proper ways to use vocabulary words, commonly confused words, and spelling help. You may also be able to ask questions, depending on the page’s settings.

- Amigos y Amigas Españoles(25,000+ members)

- Quiero Practicar Inglés-Español (7,000+ members)

- Spanish Language Routes (240,000+ likes)

- Practicamos Español (95,000+ likes)

- Aprender el Español (21,000+ likes)

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What countries speak Spanish?

If we were to list every country where Spanish is spoken, we’d run out of room! But here is a list of countries where Spanish is known as the “official language.” If you plan to travel to any of these nations, you’ll be able to get by speaking Spanish.

1. Argentina

2. Bolivia

3. Chile

4. Colombia

5. Costa Rica

6. Cuba

7. Dominican Republic

8. Ecuador

9. El Salvador

10. Equatorial Guinea

11. Guatemala

12. Honduras

13. Mexico

14. Nicaragua

15. Panama

16. Paraguay

17. Peru

18. Spain

19. Uruguay

20. Venezuela

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