Como es tu nivel de español? Que sabes de la lengua española?
Felicitaciónes! If you can respond to these two questions in Spanish, you already possess basic Spanish knowledge. But, you may be interested in learning how to speak Spanish fluently.
With proper training and practice, you can even become bilingual in English and Spanish! In terms of such training, you have a variety of options; Spanish classes at a language school, an online Spanish course, or learning Spanish with a tutor.
If you opt for the latter, a number of questions are raised, such as: how to choose the best Spanish tutor? how much does a Spanish class cost with a private tutor? It is expensive or financially viable? How can you take a Spanish class? Are there ways to learn Spanish free of charge?
Here at Superprof, we pride ourselves on helping you learn a whole range of skills, including languages such as Spanish. We are therefore more than happy to offer you some pieces of advice to lower the cost of your Spanish course!
Spanish Tutors are not as Expensive as you Might Think
With over 440 million native speakers across the world, Spanish is an important language. Luckily, the large amount of native speakers, and the emphasis placed on the language mean that finding a Spanish teacher is not too difficult (generally speaking).
By learning the native language of Pablo Picasso, Penelope Cruz, and Shakira, you will be joining a growing group of bilingual English and Spanish speakers.
If you want to become a part of this huge group, one fail-proof option is to take a Spanish course, or Spanish lessons at home. Through the help of Spanish tutors or private instructors of the Spanish language, you have the chance to improve rapidly to learn how to speak Spanish.
Remember, all of you aspiring Spanish speakers – whether you are an absolute beginner, an intermediate level student, or a more advanced learner – can find courses throughout the year on Superprof to take you to your goal of Spanish fluency! Learning a second language has never been easier.
But because many of you are students and young, we realize that it’s important to discuss price. How much does a Spanish class cost? Is it worth looking into free Spanish lessons? What is the cost of a home lesson? Is this budget affordable?
The response to the last question is “yes.” It’s important to note that, in terms of private instruction, the “foreign language” category benefits from the lowest prices (contrary to sports training or some cooking classes, for example).
Spanish Lessons: Financially Accessible Lessons for Students
Are you a student? Interested in learning new language? Do you have South American or Spanish roots, but you’ve never mastered the language of your ancestors or relatives? Well it’s time to take matters into your own hands and start those Spanish lessons online, Spanish at a language school or university, or with private lessons are some options that are at your disposal.
Hiring a Spanish teacher is an intensive and efficient training method. This will allow you to access the Hispanic world, such as the culture of the Spanish speaking countries of Latin America or the history of Spain for example, while getting acquainted with conversational or spoken Spanish, reading comprehension, Spanish vocabulary, adjectives, grammar, tenses, daily phrases, conjugation, and writing.
To sum up, you’ll acquire linguistic abilities and so much more through Spanish classes!
But as you might have guessed, all this does come at a price. And more so if your goal is scholarly or professional, or if you wish to learn Spanish to:
- Take part in a study abroad trip to Europe or South America for total immersion
- Earn a foreign language certificate, such as DELE (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language)
- To prepare for a school Spanish exam
- Improve your grades in your high school or university Spanish class
- Travel to a Spanish speaking country for vacation
- Move to Spain or South America to work, volunteer or for personal reasons
- Understand Spanish literature and other cultural aspects
Each of these objectives takes us back to one major question: how can you study Spanish (from Spanish verbs and vocabulary to conjugation and comprehension) without bankrupting yourself? With a Spanish teacher for beginners, for adults or in evening classes?
Let’s start with Superprof and its prices for classes to learn Spanish.
On Superprof, the tutors decide how much they want to charge for their lessons. Their rate is stated very clearly on their profile. The advantage for you is that you will see a variety of different prices. By not charging a set price for Spanish lessons London, we hope that there will be something for every budget.
So set aside all those advertisements that offer “free Spanish classes” and “learn Spanish online,” and which are often nothing more than mere gimmicks. With a home Spanish instructor, the results will be much better, for a price you can work with.
How Does Geographic Location Influence the Cost of a Private Spanish Tutor
In addition to the already lower prices of language and Spanish classes, we’d like to point out to readers that it’s possible to lower the cost of a Spanish lesson even further.
Note for instance that if you decide to learn Spanish with a Superprof instructor, you’ll generally benefit from two reductions in cost.
For starters, the first hour is almost always free (please check with each individual tutor)! Indeed, a major percentage of Superprof teachers offer the first hour of their Spanish course for free to their students. Also, for a package of 10 hours of private instruction, most teachers also give a second cost reduction to students (about 15% on average).
When you begin to add all that up, you’ll finally have the inexpensive Spanish language class that you’ve dreamed of. But that’s not all.
Your place of residence will also be a deciding factor when it comes to the price of a Spanish language class.
If you live in a major city, the cost is usually higher. But if you live outside of a city, you can often learn a new language for a lower cost.
This is because in a large city, the tutor has to factor in travel costs to reach your house which are often higher than smaller cities, as well as the general higher cost of living in major cities. Remember, paying rent usually costs more in a capital city than in a distant town. These are expenses that your Superprof has to contend with.
The Cost of Spanish Tuition Increases with the Teacher's Experience
“Online Spanish”, “Free Spanish Classes”: of course these methods allow you to learn to speak Spanish at lower costs. But these offers to teach Spanish free aren’t always efficient. You will learn Spanish fast if you work with an experienced Spanish teacher who can guide you when you are struggling, and correct you when you make mistakes.
To lower the cost of your Spanish classes, here is something to take into account: the more experience and longer the reference list of your Spanish teacher, the higher his or her fees will be. It’s completely logical.
But how much teacher experience is necessary for Spanish learning?
What can a student, or a younger, less experienced teacher bring that a more established teacher of national curriculum Spanish in a school cannot?
Another approach and viewpoint to Spanish learning! Often young, these teaching apprentices can offer dynamic classes, which make learning Spanish words, grammar, conjugation and adjectives easier. Also, they are more like peers and colleagues than authority figures. So communication is likely to be easier!
Similarly, you might try joining a Spanish speaking club, for a true immersion experience (without having to live in Spain). Learn to speak with the help of your peers! This gives new meaning to free Spanish lessons.
Of course, you'll need to find the right Spanish tutor for you to ensure you learn effectively. Would you prefer a Spanish teacher whose CV has a lot of qualifications and recommendations? Or would you rather have lessons with a student, a native speaker or a self-taught teacher? The cost and experience doesn’t always equal the innate quality of a teacher, whether he or she is a certified instructor or a native Spanish speaker.
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How can you take Spanish lessons cheaply?
Here is our final piece of advice for lowering the costs of your Spanish classes. We’re sure you’ve seen by now, on Superprof or elsewhere, that private instructors come with a range of profiles and approaches. Some teach Spanish online, others prefer particular learning supports such as textbooks or flashcards to help you with Spanish words and phrases.
Some instructors will teach you in a public space, such as a library. Others will come all the way to your home to give you a Spanish lesson.
You can also learn Spanish online. This might be due to the fact that you don’t live in the same neighborhood, or even the same country! Or perhaps it is a result of both of your busy schedules.
And it is precisely in these cases that you will find inexpensive language courses to teach you the basics of Spanish grammar, the complexities of Spanish verb conjugation, and much more! Please bear in mind that you'll need to prepare for your Spanish lessons by revising what you looked at in the previous one. If you don't, you run the risk of not properly reinforcing what you learn.
If you do practice between your classes, distance learning, via webcam, mainly on Skype, will allow you to develop your Spanish proficiency at a relatively quickly pace. You can complete your Spanish exercises as you would with a face-to-face Spanish course by starting with the basics of the alphabet (Spanish i and Spanish a), before moving on to conversing using intermediate Spanish phrases. We’d be lying if we said that it was the same thing as in person, but it’s pretty close!
Think of it as a personal Spanish audio component, perfect for working on your Spanish pronunciation!
You have to choose the right Spanish instructor to help you learn a second language. To do so, we recommend figuring out your expectations and communicate this clearly to the teachers that you're considering. You should discuss what you want to achieve from your Spanish lessons (fluency, basic vocab, conversational level), as well as how he or she proposes that you reach your goals.
The time has come for you to go out and find your Spanish teacher. Who knows, you may find yourself using your Spanish while you sip cocktails on a beach in Cartagena, or watch penguins on the Galapagos islands