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Spanish is the perfect foreign language for holidays in the Americas and Europe. From the base of Argentina to the tip of Spain, making new friends is easy with the straight-forward Spanish language pronunciation rules used by over 400 million people. You won't need to pack a translation guide once you've mastered the language of Latin America with these top 10 options throughout the city.
As a bonus, once you've learnt Spanish, you'll be able to giggle at this joke (or skip to the end of this article for a translation): Qué le dijo a un semáforo a otro semáforo? No me mires que me estoy cambiando.
The Language Room - 31 Rogers St, West End
Jet from Brisbane to Barcelona with this school founded by language tutors after taking a free 15-minute assessment to select the ideal course. Mini-group, for beginners, is a series of 10 lessons in groups of 6 students maximum, with worksheets included in the $260 cost. Keep going with the conversational class for intermediate and advanced Spanish speakers, at $25/lesson. For flexible, personalised tutoring, there are online Skype option and one-on-one lessons with discounts for multiple bookings. Plan for fun in the kids classes with singing, dancing and drawing to aid language learning. Enrol at The Language Room.
LaPont - CBD, Southbank, Manly West
LaPont hosts native speakers of the Ibero-Romantic language, the second-most studied language in Europe and America. The teachers regularly visit Spain, returning with the latest travel tips to ensure your cultural immersion. Using a communicative method, you can choose from beginner level 1 and 2, 3 intermediate levels and an intensive course. Class sizes are kept low for focused instructor attention, with flexible after-work evening classes throughout the week across 3 locations at Level 18, 324 Queen St, Level 3, 82 Stephens Rd, Southbank and 450 Wondall Road, Manly West. A 10-week course begins at $280, with early-bird and join-with-a-friend discounts. All ages can join in with dedicated child classes available. Enrol at LaPont.
The Spanish Cat - Level 1, 45 Adelaide St, Brisbane
Although you can try smart phone translation apps, we haven't found a babel fish for seamless conversation. Until sci-fi becomes reality, the Spanish Cat teaches the foundation skills to converse with Spanish speakers coherently. You'll learn the grammatical rules as well as the vocabulary to enjoyably travel in parts of the world where English is scant but Spanish language thrives. Each course includes textbooks and the flexibility to change levels or class times (day or evening, weekday or weekend) without charge. There are 3-week courses, private tutoring and online classes available and 8-week courses start at $169. Enrol at Spanish Cat.
Be welcomed at sites where 'Spanish is spoken here' (by jairojehuel)
Spanish Learning Centre - 82 Hampstead Road, Highgate Hill
Patricia, your dedicated instructor, is perhaps the most devoted tutor in Brisbane, building your confidence with her patient, motivating teaching style. You'll look forward to your weekly lesson, offered during morning, afternoon and evening weekday sessions. Progress from beginner and conversation to intermediate courses, with 90-minute lessons over each 9-week term for $265 with study material, workbook, yellow booklet and CD provided. To answer any questions, Patricia is available via Skype, encouraging students with local media options, including news, world movies and music to practise for free. Celebrate your mastery with her famous Paella recipe, using the best chicken chorizo from the West End Markets. Enrol at Spanish Learning Centre.
Spanish World - West Chermside
The tutors at Spanish World bring science to Spain, using sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics theories to teach with communication instead of dry grammatical rote learning. While the technique sounds complex, the lessons are surprisingly motivating as you learn to 'pass your message on'. Classes are limited to a maximum of 3 students, customised for your circumstances and lifestyle, making it easier to remember and practise the new phrases. A special winter offer, perhaps the best value in Brisbane, is the 8-hour one-on-one option for $260. The flexible timetable caters for corporate groups, travellers and shift workers. Enrol at Spanish World.
Language Trainers - throughout Brisbane
Take the free online Spanish language test or a trial Skype lesson, before learning the lingo at a time and place of your choosing, with worksheets and guides provided. Managed by Cambridge-qualified directors with decades of experience in language tutoring, LT carefully selects tutors to help you progress from the basics, including the nasal vowels, the dozens of words almost identical to an English word and the ease of phonetics (say it how it reads), to the tricky techniques of the uniquely Spanish rolling 'r' and the prepositions to perfect your grammar. As the lessons are all one-on-one, the content is highly customised, with pricing dependent on your aims and instructor preference. Enrol at inLanguage Boutique.
Celebrate with the red and yellow (by Eddy Van 3000 / BY-SA 2.0)
Listen and Learn - throughout Brisbane
Just like Language Trainers, Listen and Learn differ from the conventional classroom group lessons, providing one-on-one Spanish tutoring based on your needs, time and place preference and current skill level, with prices starting at $54/hour. The tutor can provide the lesson in your home or office, with either general-purpose conversational Spanish for social or travel goals or business-level language, to hone the techniques to wow prospective employers, investors or corporate clients. If you're learning with a friend or a corporate group, one-to-many lessons can be arranged, with L&L's client list including the Department of Education. If you prefer to learn via a webcam, Skype sessions are available, with prices starting at $35/hour. Get started with a free 15-minute online test. Enrol at Listen and Learn.
Brisbane Spanish Language Meetup Group
If you're searching for friendly Spanish-speaking locals and fellow English-speaking learners to chat with, this Meetup group is ideal as you hone your vocab. Meeting for dinner at the Phat Elephant, indulging your love of Spanish and Latin American culture with like-minded souls. RSVP at Meetup.
TAFE - Maroochydore
A dependable choice for Spanish language learning is TAFE, the premier vocational educational institution in Queensland. A level 1 beginner course of 6 evening lessons is $260, helping you prepare for an exotic holiday or chat with local Spanish speakers. The atmosphere is relaxed, using interesting Spanish and Latin-American culture, music and conversation to ensure a few laughs while you learn. Enrol at TAFE.
The University of Queensland offers 3 beginner level courses, a language taster of 4.5 hours, a tourist survival class of 12 hours, and a beginner's term of 16 hours, teaching the basics of Spanish language and culture. The classes are interactive, focusing on conversational and listening skills while learning about the rich Spanish culture. Once you're hooked, you can continue with level 1 - 5A courses, mastering the most sophisticated social situations. You'll progress through greetings, social situations, numbers, place names, relationships, restaurants and shopping lists. The courses use the Nuevo Ven 1 (Libro del estudiantes/Student Book) textbook. The UQ schedules Spanish courses throughout the year, with early-bird discounts available. Signup at University of Queensland.
Joke translation: What did one traffic light say to another traffic light? Don't look at me while I'm changing.
Mundo Lingo Brisbane. Catchment Brewing Co,150 Boundary Street, West End
Mundo Lingo is the biggest community of language exchanges in the world.
With weekly events in which local people and internationals can meet and practice languages, this is a genuine opportunity for foreigners to mingle with locals, practice a variety of languages (SPANISH!!!) and make long term local friends.
Events are free of charge and no subscription is required.
Every Thursday at Catchment Brewing Co, 150 Boundary Street, West End starting at 6pm. Lauch date is Thursday 26th April