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How Well Do You Know Spanish? 15 Ways to Test Yourself

How much do you really know from your Spanish lessons or classes? While there are a few Spanish proficiency tests available online, there's an easier way to test yourself: simply ask yourself 15 practical questions. Read on as Fairfax, CA tutor Jason N. explains...   Learning Spanish can enhance your life in innumerable ways, such as having more competitive job opportunities, understanding Spanish films and poetry, and -- most importantly -- being able to form deep connections with pe … Read More
How Well Do You Know Spanish? 15 Ways to Test Yourself
How much do you really know from your Spanish lessons or classes? While there are a few Spanish proficiency tests available online, there's an easier way to test yourself: simply ask yourself 15 practical questions. Read on as Fairfax, CA tutor Jason N. explains...   Learning Spanish can enhance your life in innumerable ways, such as having more competitive job opportunities, understanding Spanish films and poetry, and -- most importantly -- being able to form deep connections with pe
20 Spanish Traditions, Customs, and Superstitions
One of the best ways to improve your understanding of the Spanish language is to learn more about Spanish traditions and culture. A major aspect of any culture is its traditions. Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries have distinct traditions that are fascinating to learn about and may inspire you to plan a visit. No matter where you are in your Spanish lessons, you will love learning about these Spanish holidays, superstitions, customs, and Spanish traditions! Spanish Traditions
15 MORE of the Best Tutor-Approved Spanish Apps
We've reviewed some of the most popular language apps out there -- but there's always more to talk about! Read on as tutor Breeana D. shares her recommendations for 15 MORE of the best Spanish learning apps to check out...   These days, it's easier than ever to learn Spanish. When you're not getting conversation practice in with your tutor, apps are an excellent way to review things like vocab and grammar. And since Spanish learning apps can be accessed 24/7, you can practice alone --
Spanish Vocabulary: Intro to Spanish Prepositions
It's tough learning a new language, but have no fear -- an easy lesson is here! Here, Spanish tutor Jason N. shows you how to use prepositions to connect words together and create simple sentences... A Look at Prepositions in Spanish Luckily, prepositions are pretty straightforward when it comes to learning to speak Spanish. Prepositions in Spanish are not too different from ones in English. Just like in English, prepositions connect words together and often focus on direction, place, or t
8 Powerful Tips to Improve Spanish Reading Comprehension
Struggling with Spanish reading comprehension? Here are some helpful tips from Honolulu tutor Jinan B...   Are you intimidated by texts, magazines, or books in Spanish? Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of reading and understanding written Spanish? The following tips will allow you to increase your Spanish reading comprehension and help you feel assured as you navigate new linguistic territory. 1. Notice the title and any photos or graphics in the text. These things will give y

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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