Sunday 20 October 2019
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Learning Spanish As a Second Language

Spanish is probably the second most commonly spoken language in the world—and it also may be the most diverse.  Obviously, the language has roots in Spain (and Latin, of course) but it is also a language common to Latin/Central America and parts of South America too. Approximately 400 million people speak Spanish—in one of its many forms—across the globe so it is no wonder Spanish is a commonly chosen language of study for students in other developed countries.

Learning Spanish might be surprisingly easy for you, especially if you take classes at the Linguistics Institute in Montreal.  Here there are two levels of courses.

LEVEL 1:  Beginning Spanish

Obviously, the best place to start—whether you are learning to fly a plane or to speak Spanish—is at the beginning.  Level 1 Spanish at the Linguistic Institute, then, is for people who have probably had very little experience with the Spanish language at all. This level is for people who would like to—or need to—learn the basics of the Spanish language. Of course, that entails lessons on:

  • basic grammatical structure
  • verb conjugation
  • essential vocabulary

Students at this level get to focus, then, on mostly texts and dialogues to get better acquainted with not only the fundamentals of the Spanish language, but how it might be used in a variety of real-life contexts.

LEVEL 2: Intermediate Spanish

This level is actually divided into two courses. Overall, though, level 2 is designed to continue where level 1 ends with more emphasis, this time, on oral language use. This involves both listening and speaking with a focus on complex grammatical structures and vocabulary with a more immersive conversational objective.


While there is no “Level 3: Advanced Spanish” course as part of the group classes, you can get a more advanced education in Spanish through private lessons. This actually makes more sense than taking the classes in a group setting because the most advanced language studies are most likely to involve one-on-one, intimate conversations with more complex use of grammar, verbs, and sentence structure.  When you take private lessons, too, it gives you even more flexibility to learn on your own time and at your own terms because you work directly with the instructor at a pace that fits into your schedule and moves at your pace.

In addition to improved conversational skills, though, private Spanish classes also provide you with more opportunities to practice reading and writing skills. You can dive into local publications or read classic text in native Spanish to get an even more in-depth understanding of the variety of ways you can use the language.