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by Nadia Wu (subscribe)
I'm a Melbourne-based writer and traveller with a passion for good food.
Published December 7th 2012
The Purrrfect Way to Learn Spanish
The Spanish Cat
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Hola, chicos! ¿Como estas?

If you're planning to visit Latin America, Spain, Mexico – or any other Spanish-speaking part of the world – knowing a little bit of the local lingo can make a huge difference. Not only is learning Spanish a great way to fully immerse yourself in a completely different culture, but it is an incredibly handy language to know – more than half a billion people speak it worldwide, making it the most widely spoken language in the world after English.

So if you want to avoid being just another ignorant tourist, impress the locals by taking a Spanish language course at the Spanish Cat.

The Spanish Cat has been teaching Spanish in Australia since 2004, and offers Spanish language courses for seven different levels. Each course is eight weeks long, with one 1.5 hour class each week (although shorter and more intensive course options are also available). Homework is also set at the end of each class to reinforce and consolidate the ideas and concepts learnt during the lesson.

Entrance to the Spanish Cat CBD location
Entrance to the Spanish Cat CBD location

The Spanish Cat has developed its own unique curriculum, which is designed to get you speaking and understanding Spanish right from the get-go. The courses are extremely practical, and are great for the would-be traveller. So in addition to verb conjugation and how to count, students also learn how to ask for a table for two and order from the menu, ask for directions, buy items from the grocery store – even how to complain if your hotel room is not up to scratch! As a result, the classes are fun and challenging, as well as highly interactive. Each class is also packed with content so you'll definitely have gotten your money's worth by the end of the course.

Spanish books to read while you wait
Spanish books to read while you wait for your class to begin (CBD reception area)

Class sizes range from approximately 6-12 students, although the level one course is usually booked up to the 12 person capacity (especially the courses held at the popular times of 6:30pm and 6:45pm). However, the further you advance, you'll find that the classes become progressively emptier – great for more individual attention from the teacher. All workbooks and homework materials are included in the cost of the course, although I've found it handy to also buy a Spanish-English dictionary to help make sense of it all. The Spanish Cat recommends that you complete at least three or four courses to be able to speak Spanish well.

The wonderful teachers at the Spanish Cat are all native Spanish speakers, and are excellent at teaching you the differences and nuances between Spanish spoken in different parts of the world, which is great if you wanted to tailor your learning to a particular dialect. Lessons are often punctuated with fascinating stories and facts about the teachers' home countries and cultures.

Marta teaching level two Spanish
The lovely Marta teaching her level two Spanish class

For those that can't commit to the usual eight week course, or want some extra practice, the Spanish Cat also offers online Spanish courses that can be completed at your leisure from the comfort of your own home. In addition, Spanish teachers are also available via Skype to help you practice. And as a hint to the cost-conscious, the online courses are also quite a bit cheaper than the classroom-based courses.

The Spanish Cat online courses
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Learning the words and sentence construction of a language is one thing, but you're only going to get better at it the more you practicar! In addition to the language courses, the Spanish Cat also hosts a "conversation club" for beginner and intermediate levels so you can practice and polish your Spanish, consolidate what you've learnt, as well as meet other likeminded people that are just as interested in learning Spanish as you are.

Have you always wanted to live and work overseas? The Spanish Cat can also assist with the necessary qualifications, courses and information for those wanting to go and teach English in a Spanish-speaking country.

The Spanish Cat is always offering discounts on courses (usually 10% off, but sometimes more), so make sure you sign up to their mailing list to take advantage of them. In addition, the more "Spanish Cat credits" and "Conversation Club coupons" you purchase – to be redeemed on courses and conversation club sessions whenever you like – the cheaper the classes become. Prices also vary depending on the time and level of the course you choose.

The Spanish Cat can be found all over the world and in different parts of Australia – so you can learn Spanish no matter where you are! But in Melbourne, the Spanish Cat locations are in the CBD, Hawthorn and Fitzroy. If you find that you can't attend one of your regular classes, you can do make-up classes at no extra cost at the location of your choice. The Spanish Cat class timetables only display the first class of the eight week course. So if you're looking to make up a class, you will need to count forward in weeks to the particular class that you want to attend. Not only is this system a bit confusing in itself (and may have been responsible for more than one mix-up on my part), but each class also tends to move at different speeds depending on the teacher and the number of students. So if you do miss a couple of lessons and want to catch up, be prepared for a bit of a headache.

The Spanish Cat courses in Spanish have been some of the most enjoyable and practical language courses I have attended. The lessons are easy to follow (although make sure you do the homework!) and really do get you speaking and understanding Spanish straight away. All in all, perfect for a quick lesson or Spanish brush-up before you travel, and a whole heap of fun in the process.
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Why? To learn a beautiful language and make the locals smile
When: Various
Phone: 1800 655 140 (Australia-wide)
Where: CBD: Level 12, 55 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: $195 - $235 for one eight week course per person (check the website and subscribe to the mailing list for discounts)
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Online Spanish Lessons also provided by Spanish Faster. By native Spanish teachers from Spain. Classes delivered via Skype. Interactive learning materials. For all ages, levels and learning purposes: Spanish for Kids, Spanish for Beginners, IGCSE Spanish, IB Spanish, etc.

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by info (score: 0|0) 1958 days ago
We just had a class with Spanish and Sangria in Melbourne where you learn Spanish the fun way. So much fun and our teacher was we had a glass of sangria which takes the edge off learning but it is a great social activity too.
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