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4 Highly Effective Ways to Learn Spanish

4 Highly Effective Ways to Learn Spanish
Finding a language tutor to learn Spanish is a fairly straight-forward process. Finding the right language tutor is a whole different ball game.

With the advent of online communication, there are now more options than ever to learn and practice new languages. Although having more options can be great, choosing the wrong one only wastes your time and money.

Let’s explore some of the most effective options available to study Spanish so you can decide which one is right for you.

Private In-Person Tutoring

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    How to Find One

    • Google: “Private [Language] Tutors in [Your City]”
    • Craigslist & Other Classified Ads

    Pros
    Private tutoring is great if you’re looking for a more interactive experience, especially if you’re used to in-person learning. It can also be easier to pay attention to the smaller details such as hand gestures and pronunciations.

    Cons
    The biggest hesitation for most people when it comes to in-person tutoring is the cost. Because of the time and attention it requires for private tutors to meet and engage in-person, they normally charge anywhere from $15 to $20 per hour on average. Scheduling the time and place can also cause some issues because of the need to meet in-person.

    Recommended for:
    Private in-person tutoring is ideal for when you’re first starting out as a beginner and have a busy lifestyle. Having someone who is available to work around your schedule and meet you in-person will keep you accountable and motivated when you’re initially starting out.

    Language Schools

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      How to Find One

      • GoAbroad
      • IALC
      • Google: “Language Schools in [City]” or “[Language] Language Schools”
      • Craigslist & Other Classified Ads

      Pros
      The main benefit of language schools is that it allows you to meet and learn with a group of fellow language learners. This is a great option if you’ve just arrived in a new country and you’re looking for a social experience with other travelers. Because of the intensity of many language schools (i.e. daily classes), it’s also great if you want to learn as much as you can in a short span of time.

      Cons
      Learning in a group means you’ll receive less attention, and your progress in class will heavily depend on the skill level of others in the class. Given the business structure of most language schools, you’ll often have to pay just as much, if not more than private tutors.

      Recommended for:
      Going with language schools is recommended if you’re seeking intense learning in a short span of time. This is particularly common when you’re traveling in a new country or planning to travel to one in the near future.

      Conversation Exchange

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        How to Find One

        Pros
        This is a viable option or anyone who does not have the budget to invest in language learning because it’s free. It does involve patience and time, but it’s possible to make it work if you’re not interested in paying for a solution.

        Cons
        Given that it is called a conversation “exchange,” giving back your time to help your partner is also required. A common scenario is to spend the first half the time on one language and the last half on the other. This is not an ideal solution if you don’t have the luxury of time, since it also takes longer to seek out and connect with the right conversation partner(s).

        Recommended for:
        Conversation exchanges are mainly used for people looking to maintain their skills and have the patience to give back their time as well. It’s popular amongst hobbyist language learners, who are looking more to chat with people from other countries.

        Online Video Tutoring

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          How to Find One
          Finding an online tutor is as easy as searching online by typing in the keywords you’re looking for.

          For example if you’re looking to learn Spanish, you can type “Spanish tutor online” and you’ll receive a listing of private tutors offering their services. Because online tutoring is not location dependent, you don’t need to type in a specific location.

          You can also go to Rype to practice your Spanish with one of our trained coaches.

          Pros
          The benefits of online tutoring are endless. You can take lessons whenever its convenient, learn in the comfort of your home, and speak with tutors from anywhere across the world. There’s also many more options to work with since online learning is not location dependent.

          Cons
          Although this isn’t a problem for most, the main downside of online tutoring can be the lack of connection students feel with the tutors, particularly if they’re used to in-person learning. However, as long as you have an optimal internet connection, you’ll should be able to get the same quality of tutoring online.

          Recommended for:
          Online tutoring is great for language learners who are looking to maintain or improve their skills on their own time. The convenience of learning in the comfort of your home allows you to be flexible and practice on your own time.


          There’s no right or wrong option here to study Spanish. Your choice depends solely on your own situation, skill level, and learning preferences.

          If you’re just starting to learn, and you’re looking to improve in a short span of time, we recommend private in-person tutoring or language schools.

          If you’re intermediate or advanced, and you’re looking to improve or practice on your own time, we recommend online tutoring or conversation exchanges.

          Luckily, if you’re the latter (conversation exchange or online tutoring), we’ve taken the benefits of both options and created Rype.

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          Sean Kim

          Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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          The Gentle Art of Saying No for a Less Stressful Life

          The Gentle Art of Saying No for a Less Stressful Life

          It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments—you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time. That’s why the art of saying no can be a game changer for productivity.

          Requests for your time are coming in all the time—from family members, friends, children, coworkers, etc. To stay productive, minimize stress, and avoid wasting time, you have to learn the gentle art of saying no—an art that many people have problems with.

          What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger, or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

          However, it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here’s how to stop people pleasing and master the gentle art of saying no.

          1. Value Your Time

          Know your commitments and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it.

          Be honest when you tell them that: “I just can’t right now. My plate is overloaded as it is.” They’ll sympathize as they likely have a lot going on as well, and they’ll respect your openness, honesty, and attention to self-care.

          2. Know Your Priorities

          Even if you do have some extra time (which, for many of us, is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time?

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          For example, if my wife asks me to pick up the kids from school a couple of extra days a week, I’ll likely try to make time for it as my family is my highest priority. However, if a coworker asks for help on some extra projects, I know that will mean less time with my wife and kids, so I will be more likely to say no. 

          However, for others, work is their priority, and helping on extra projects could mean the chance for a promotion or raise. It’s all about knowing your long-term goals and what you’ll need to say yes and no to in order to get there. 

          You can learn more about how to set your priorities here.

          3. Practice Saying No

          Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word[1].

          Sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.

          4. Don’t Apologize

          A common way to start out is “I’m sorry, but…” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important when you learn to say no, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm and unapologetic about guarding your time.

          When you say no, realize that you have nothing to feel bad about. You have every right to ensure you have time for the things that are important to you. 

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          5. Stop Being Nice

          Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. However, if you erect a wall or set boundaries, they will look for easier targets.

          Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.

          6. Say No to Your Boss

          Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss—they’re our boss, right? And if we start saying no, then we look like we can’t handle the work—at least, that’s the common reasoning[2].

          In fact, it’s the opposite—explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.

          7. Pre-Empting

          It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting,

          “Look, everyone, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects, and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”

          This, of course, takes a great deal of awareness that you’ll likely only have after having worked in one place or been friends with someone for a while. However, once you get the hang of it, it can be incredibly useful.

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          8. Get Back to You

          Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, try saying no this way:

          “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.”

          At least you gave it some consideration.

          9. Maybe Later

          If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say,

          “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].”

          Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands. If you need to continue saying no, here are some other ways to do so[3]:

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          Saying no the healthy way

            10. It’s Not You, It’s Me

            This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often, the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time.

            Simply say so—you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization—but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true, as people can sense insincerity.

            The Bottom Line

            Saying no isn’t an easy thing to do, but once you master it, you’ll find that you’re less stressed and more focused on the things that really matter to you. There’s no need to feel guilty about organizing your personal life and mental health in a way that feels good to you.

            Remember that when you learn to say no, isn’t about being mean. It’s about taking care of your time, energy, and sanity. Once you learn how to say no in a good way, people will respect your willingness to practice self-care and prioritization. 

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