Study Spanish as a second language. Spanish is the 2nd most widely spoken language in the world, with over 400 million speakers in 31 countries. In the US alone, there are over 37 million people who speak Spanish as their first language. Given these numbers, it is no wonder that many people decide to learn Spanish as a second language; this ability can open a world of opportunities and adventure.
If you decide to study Spanish, remember that each language has its own rules. First, Spanish uses the same alphabet as in English, the Latin alphabet; there is, however, the additional letter ñ. Also, Spanish vowels are accented (á, é, í, ó, ú) unlike English vowels. Spanish also has more grammar tenses than English.
But learning a language is not about memorizing a bunch of grammar rules. To truly learn a language you need to live the language, or complete immersion. At Spanish School Nicaragua, we understand this principle and have developed our program around it. One on one instruction, staying with our family and interacting with locals all contribute to maximizing your language learning.
Whether visiting us in Esteli or taking online lessons, you will develop language skills which are thorough yet practical. As a Spanish teacher for over 21 years, I’ve come to realize that many Spanish schools teach conjugations and phrases uncommon in Latin America. For example, many schools teach the phrase, “Yo hago la cama (I make the bed)”, where in Latin America, “Yo arreglo la cama (I arrange the bed)” is much preferred. Using uncommon phrases makes it difficult for the traveler to be understood. Spanish School Nicaragua teaches Spanish that can be used every day in Latin America.
When a student starts learning Spanish, they are speaking in Spanish but thinking in English. This is entirely normal. The most important idea when you study Spanish is to translate everything; later, you will translate your thoughts and ideas into Spanish. Although more difficult, this is the next step in the learning process.