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Published April 15th 2018
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After Mandarin and English, Spanish is most spoken language in the world. Whether you're visiting Spain, Central or South America, or making new Spanish friends in Adelaide, it's easy to learn the basics.
While on holiday, immerse yourself in the local culture and impress your friends when ordering at a tapas bar with these top 10 places to learn Spanish in Adelaide.
Start your language lessons with a Spanish joke (jump to the end of this article for the translation):
Sabes las dos palabras que te abrirán muchas puertas en el mundo? "Tire y empuje."
Vocational Language Learning Centre - 113 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide
VLLC has a team of instructors tutoring in 12 languages and their Spanish contingent is both enthusiastic about sharing the language and technically skilled in linguistics.
With experience teaching in South America and Europe, they offer four streams of Spanish tutelage - social, intermediate, vocational, and applied language.
Begin with the certificate in social proficiency to make small-talk with Spanish-speaking friends and handle all the awkward questions about transport, trains and toilets while on holiday.
The intermediate course prepares you to live in a Spanish-speaking country, interacting in day-to-day situations, from visiting a doctor, to discussing the news.
The vocational stream assists you to write a resume, speak confidently in an interview, and manage your finances.
Each course is a mixture of face-to-face tuition, online lessons, and homework. Enrol at VLLC.
iHola Adelaide - throughout Adelaide
Most language courses are structured to a template without considering your previous experience. Save time and money by choosing a tutor for hourly sessions. The experience can be more enjoyable and engaging as the training is tuned for your needs and timeframe.
Born in Colombia, Carolina Bosenberg tutors high school and university students, professionals and travellers in their homes, cafes, or library meeting rooms.
When you schedule a session, Carolina will discuss your needs and prepare a personalised lesson with printed and digital content for each class.
The first class is $25, with ongoing sessions at $50 each. Visit Carolina's Facebook page or call 0438 655 711 to book.
WEA - 223 Angas Street, Adelaide
For over a century, Australia's largest non-government adult community education organisation has been a popular choice for language learners.
Spanish seekers can choose from morning, afternoon and evening classes, with new intakes monthly for the 10-week x 2-hour "Spanish for Fun and Travel" course.
You'll learn how to talk about everyone's favourite subject - themselves, ask questions, and most importantly, understand the Spanish answers. To go beyond the basics, a 5 x 2.5hr intensive course is offered periodically.
The WEA is on of the best value options for Spanish language learning in Adelaide, costing only $179, with discount and concession options. Enrol at WEA Adelaide.
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University of Adelaide - Level 9, 115 Grenfell St, Adelaide
Skip the distractions in nearby Rundle Mall for an intro to Spanish at the Professional and Continuing Education Centre. The 16-hour course over 8 weeks will give you the practical vocab to travel to Spanish-speaking countries and engage in simple social interactions while avoiding the cultural faux pas.
Your instructor, Olga, has university and Cervantes Institute qualifications and over 10 years of experience teaching lifelong learners and students seeking professional certification.
Continue your Spanish journey with 30-week intensive courses at first, second, third, and fourth year levels. At completion, you'll confidently read, write, listen and speak in Spanish.
The early-bird fee for the intro course, GST-free, is $420. Enrol at Uni of Adelaide.
Adelaide Spanish School - Hove and St Peters
It's a different experience when a language school is dedicated solely to Spanish. The classroom is filled with Spanish inspiration and because all the staff love Spanish language and culture, it feels like a part of Spain in the heart of Adelaide.
At the Adelaide Spanish School, 5 levels of tuition are available. Each 90-minute class includes practise conversation.
The 2 beginner courses cover 24 topics, including numbers and greetings, the alphabet and weather, relationships and shopping, each taught with the correct grammatical rules.
In the intermediate courses, food and culture, music and daily life, and the calendar will be covered.
It's Spanish speaking only during the advanced conversation class, as culture and current affairs is discussed to increase your vocabulary and mastery in Spanish.
The courses are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Brighton Over 50s Club, 376 Brighton Rd, Hove, and Wednesdays in the Spicer Uniting Church, 44a Fourth Ave, St Peters.
There are 4 8-week terms each year, costing only $210 per term. Signup for flamenco dance lessons for a 10% discount. Enrol at Adelaide Spanish School.
Listen and Learn - Your Home or Office
Begin your Spanish adventure with a free test of your proficiency, or choose from the course options, either one-on-one with a general or business focus, group lessons for up to 8 students, or Skype sessions.
Instead of booking a preset course duration, you can prepay your preferred number of hours, with the 24-hour option, costing $74/hour, the best value for beginners to achieve a traveller's proficiency. Skype sessions are are almost 50% cheaper.
Whether choosing one-on-one or Skype, the session days and times are flexible, based on your availability. Enrol at Listen and Learn.
Spanish in Oz - Throughout Adelaide
Specialising in private tuition, you'll fast-track your Spanish language learning with customised lessons and one-on-one focus in your preferred location, including your home, office, local library, cafe or park. It's convenient to skip the commute, but this method uses the items in your everyday environment as source material, making it easy for you to practise and retain your new Spanish vocabulary.
The most popular choices are general Spanish, Traveller, Conversation, Rapid (for an interview of business trip), and Exam (for DELE), costing only $30/hour.
You can also follow-up with Skype sessions or evening group classes with up to 9 students, costing $185 for an 8 x 1.5 hour course. Book a tutor at Spanish in Oz.
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Adelaide 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 each hone your vocabs.
Meeting each Monday evening to chat and play board games, you can indulge your love of Spanish and Latin American culture with like-minded souls. RSVP at Meetup.
Language Trainers - Your Home or Office
The tutors at Language Trainers begin your lessons with the easy aspects of Spanish speech. You'll learn the 40 English words which correspond to Spanish words, gain confidence from phonetic pronunciation (what you read is how is how sounds), and the lack of any nasal vowels.
Once you've found your feet, you'll tackle the trickier concepts, including the rolling 'r', prepositions and indirect object pronouns.
The face-to-face and skype tutoring is very similar to the setup at Listen and Learn, but you'll save with an early bird promotion.
If you're studying Spanish in high school or university, sessions with an expert tutor can ensure you master the language and succeed in assessments.
Born and educated in Colombia, Santiago Avalos has tutored over 100 students in Adelaide, also teaching in high school classrooms. He has prepared students for Spanish exams in the South Australian Certificate of Education and the International Baccalaureate.
The first hour is free, with subsequent tuition costing $30. Email feedback and web resources are included. Book a session on Santiago's Facebook page.
Where do you feast on spicy gazpacho or sweet Turrón as you learn to speak Spanish? We'd love to hear your comments.
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