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Learn the Spanish Way on the Costa del Sol

December 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Tourist Activities

As winter sets in at home many of us already have our focus firmly set on the summer months and our plans to escape to warmer climates. And with thousands of people set to make the new year’s resolution to learn a new language, what better way to combine the two than joining intensive Spanish language courses in Spain. The Spanish language is increasing dramatically in popularity as a second or third language and this comes as no surprise when you consider how many people speak the language throughout the world; over 400 million as a native language and another 100 million plus worldwide. It is second only to Mandarin as the most natively spoken language and the second most studied in the world after English, which is why we are seeing this boom in language schools.

Costa del Sol coast scene

Courses to learn Spanish in Spain for adults in particular have increased in popularity and are available throughout the country, but what exactly makes them so successful.  Heading to the birthplace of the Spanish language for your studies is a unique experience that pulls together proven teaching methods in beautiful surroundings resulting in efficient learning. Studying a language in its native country is proven to be the most effective way to learn, this is due to the combination of classroom work and by living and participating in local society; having to use the language in order to tackle day to day activities, all of which greatly enhances understanding and development. So much so that some experts say that what would take a year back home could be learnt in 4-6 weeks in the home of the language.

In addition to the benefits in terms of study there are also the benefits of location, being able to combine a holiday in essence to your studies will make the whole learning experience that much more enjoyable. With courses available in some of Spain’s most desirable and stunning locations making the most of your time outside of the classroom socialising and exploring is as much a part of studying abroad as the actual classes. Being able to hold classes outdoors is also a feature of Spanish language schools, making the most of the fantastic climate and playing on the theory that happy students learn quicker, which is also why classes are often revolved around conversing and participating in group activities and putting to use your new skills.

Studying in Spain is undoubtedly the best way to develop your understanding of the Spanish language and whether intensive, short term courses or a longer period of study suit you better, I am confident that you will be fluent in this beautiful language by the time it ends. Make a holiday an education and it will open your eyes to the whole Spanish culture and the language is sure to prove a useful tool in the years to come.

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