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Learning 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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Matthew K.

Clearwater, FL

About Matthew

Cheers. My name is Matthew. It's a pleasure to meet you. I play guitar, bass, drums and percussion all on a professional, weekly-gigging level. I would describe my style as motivating, tactful, patient, and both traditional and up-to-date / modern. I teach all styles, but I most enjoy transitioning North American rock musicians into the world of jazz, and especially SALSA / Latin, believe it or not! I have a Bachelors in Psychology (University of Central Florida), have toured Japan with my band, and I also release solo music. I have recorded in famous Tokyo studios and actually ended up living in the Land of the Rising Sun for 4 years! I am Spanish, Japanese, and Portuguese speaking as well (English as my native language), having visited Colombia, Bali (Indonesia), Hong Kong, Japan, and ...

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Marty D. October 29, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Matthew is a laid back instructor who really knows what he is teaching. I am learning Jazz on the bass and I enjoy it very much. In just a short time i learned more with him than I did with my previous instructor . Would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn jazz.
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Dwight M. February 28, 2013
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Best instructor I had so far.

Matt definitely knows his stuff. I had 4 classes with him and I'm shocked at the things I've learn with him. Great schedule flexibility and makes you feel comfortable from the time you meet him. Has a great and spacious place to teach compared to other I had. Hes willing to help anytime with questions. I decided to keep him as instructor for now on. Thanks!
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SandraM1 April 30, 2011
Guitar lessons

I think he was to scared to teach my daughter. I also think he needs a better place to teach, and he needs to make the classes more fun for kids. Our first lesson wasn't a good experience.
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Norman D.

Ruskin, FL

About Norman

I have a Doctorate Degree in Education. Learn Spanish in your normal environment (we can travel to the supermarket, stores, churches, restaurants). This is the best way to learn a real Spanish.

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Chet B. April 21, 2015
Spanish · In home
Verified Student
Norman is always prompt is increasingly personalizing our lessons and he is a pleasure to deal with!!
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Brandy C.

Saint Petersburg, FL

Experienced Spanish teacher of 6 years available for eager (and not-so-eager) students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while developing foundational skills in grammar.

About Brandy

Hi! I am a recent graduate of FSU with a Master's degree in Spanish. My Bachelor's degree is in Spanish and English. So, I have plenty of experience with literature and paper writing in both languages. I also taught and tutored Spanish at FSU while completing my Master's. Much of my Master's work involved studying second language acquisition, so I am well educated in different approaches to language learning, and I am very concerned with and adept at finding the right approach for the individual child. I started teaching high school Spanish at Dixie Hollins High School this year, and I need a Summer Job to support my teaching habit!

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Francia R.

Tampa, FL

I can teach all levels of Spanish from kindergarten through adults. I have done this for more than twenty years.I have a wide experience helping students to succeed in with the Spanish language and culture. I encourage them to use the language most of the time using different types of strategies which are easy to put in practice. like: association, repetition, memorization etc.

About francia

Hi my name is Francia R. I am a Spanish, native speaker and have an overwhelming passion for this language and languages in general. I studied French and English in high school and in college. I worked in New Jersey with adults teaching English but last school year I taught Spanish in PK as well as in 3rd and 5th grades a school, and enjoy it immensely. I constantly make sure that I expose students not only to the language but also to the cultures of the Spanish speaking world. I am extremely reliable, courteous and energetic and love to have fun with my students. I aim to promote tolerance toward all cultures and beliefs. While classroom learning is the reason that school communities gather, I believe that strong school spirit, pride, and connectedness are the values that bond a ...

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Christian R.

Palm Harbor, FL

I was born in Barcelona, and while I was raised here in Tampa Bay, I have always had a special ear for the language that has helped me develop and maintain my Spanish over the years. I have successfully tutored in Spanish many times over my 4+ years of tutoring, including help in developing proper pronunciation. For those who wish to learn how people really speak on the peninsula, I offer colloquial Spanish lessons, which I have loosely adapted from an actual colloquial Spanish course that I took while studying abroad in Madrid.

About Christian

Hello! My name is Christian, and I want to see you succeed! I have over 4 years of tutoring experience, but even more than that, I have experience with making the grade. I have managed perfect scores on both the Math and Verbal sections of the GRE, and back in high school managed a 2300 on the SAT, including perfect scores on both the Math and MC Writing sections. I graduated from NY’s Vassar College with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Hispanic Studies. Before that, I graduated from the IB program at Palm Harbor University High School. I’m taking time off before grad school, but my research focuses on ADHD and related disorders. I was born in Spain, but grew up here in Tampa Bay. Having gone through Spanish classes in school as well, I can help navigate those curricula and/or ...

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