Whether its ordering your favourite pinchos, or impressing the reception staff at your hotel, some conversational Spanish can be a useful skill to have. In Rioja, you could even combine learning Spanish with your holiday! Across the region you can find Spanish language schools offering part time language courses, together with additional cultural activities. These would be ideal if you have a teenager preparing for A level Spanish – say 3 hours in the morning Monday to Friday studying in a language school, and an afternoon doing family holiday activities, could be a very productive way for everyone to start a holiday.
Some of the schools, as well as teaching Spanish, will offer cultural extensions – for example, at La Rioja Spanish School in Logrono, they offer an innovative Spanish and Wine course, ideal for adults looking to immerse themselves in Spanish culture for a week, and gain some in-depth knowledge of the region’s wine, whilst also brushing up on their Spanish language skills. This course comprises of 3 hours of languages courses in the morning (Monday to Friday) together with afternoon sessions out of the classroom focussing on wine knowledge – from visits to wineries in the region, wine tastings, to a visit to the most famous pinchos and wine street in Logrono, Calle Laurel. And its never too late to start learning – this school has special experience also teaching the over 50s.
Online Spanish Language Courses
As an alternative, or a way of brushing up prior to attending a Spanish language course in Spain, have you considered taking out a subscription to an online Spanish learning resource? World famous foreign language provider Pimsleur is now available on your mobile, and for a modest monthly fee you can soon be learning Spanish on the go, during your commute, or even while preparing dinner. The advantage of this language course is that it is based on scientific research into language acquisition carried out by Dr Paul Pimsleur and the focus is on getting the student actually speaking, focusing on core language, as quickly as possible. Its success is its simplicity – no grammar books or textbooks, in fact no written materials at all. It works entirely through listening and speaking – just like the way we all learned our maternal languages when we were babies. Moreover, if you take out a premium subscription, you can have up to 4 people from the same household using the programme for no extra charge – great for families with teenagers learning Spanish at school.