Tags Posts tagged with "student life"

student life

Yesterday after class we organised a pica pica in the garden. So when the students came out of class there was a full table of food and ice cold sangría waiting for them under the shade of the palm tree. 

Our Spanish student Elena is a great Salsa dancer and wanted to share her passion with us by teaching us the first basic steps. We went to the roof terrace, put on some music and started dancing. Of course some sangría to keep the hips going. ¡¡Muchas gracias Elena!!

The sun was out today and we organised a Flamenco workshop on the roof-terrace. With our teachers Toni on guitar and Mari taught us the basic steps of this beautiful dance. We also had some sangría to keep the hips going!

My name is Paul, I am 20 years and I study in La Rochelle in an engineering school. I come from Pau in the South West of France, which is close to the Pyrean and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s one hour from Biarritz and 2 hours from Bordeaux . I do Judo since 16 year and I went a couple of times to Spain for Judo competitions and practices, for example in Alicante (it’s a big city for Judo) and Zaragoza. I came to Barcelona to do an Erasmus at the University of Barcelona, because I really like Spain and the city Barcelona.

Je m’appelle Paul, j’ai 20 ans et je suis étudiant en école d’ingénieur (EIGSI) à La Rochelle. Originaire de Pau dans le Sud Ouest de la France, proche des Pyrénées et de l’océan Atlantique, c’est à peine à une heure de Biarritz et 2 heures de Bordeaux. Je fais du judo depuis 16 ans et j’ai été plusieurs fois en Espagne pour des compétitions et stages, à Alicante par exemple ou Saragosse, c’est une des raisons pour laquelle ce pays m’attire. Je suis venu à Barcelone pour effectuer un Erasmus à l’université (ETSEIB) car j’aime vraiment l’Espagne et la ville de Barcelone.

 


What was your Spanish level before the travel and how did your Spanish improve in Barcelona? I studied the basics of Spanish at High School, where I finished with level A2. After 2 weeks intensive course with 20 hours per week managed it to finally reach level B1. The reason why my Spanish level improved so quickly is that the classes are in small groups with people from all around the world and most of them don’t speak the same language. This forced me to speak Spanish, because it was the only way to communicate with my colleagues.  The school is very well equipped and the level of courses is just fantastic. The teachers are very friendly and enthusiastic and they managed it to keep me motivated and focused. I had 4 different teachers during my 2 weeks and just enjoyed the way they taught me Spanish in different ways.

Quel était ton niveau d’espagnol avant ce voyage et comment celui ci a augmenté à Barcelone ? J’ai étudié les bases de l’espagnol au collège et lycée où je devais être de niveau A2, mais après ces deux semaines intensives de cours (20 heures par semaine) j’ai finalement validé le niveau B1.

Ce qui m’a permis d’augmenter rapidement mon niveau est le fait que les cours au sein de l’école Linguaschool Barcelona étaient dispensés en petits groupes (6-8 personnes) constitués de personnes venant de partout dans le monde. La plupart ne parlant pas la même langue, ce qui m’a forcé à parler espagnol car c’était le seul moyen de communication entre nous. L’école est de plus, très bien équipée et les professeurs sont très amicaux et enthousiastes, ils n’ont aucun problème pour nous garder motivés et concentrés ce qui fait que le niveau des cours est très élevé. J’ai eu 4 professeurs différents durant ces deux semaines de cours, et j’ai vraiment trouvé intéressant la façon d’apprendre l’espagnol  de plusieurs manières.


Why did you decide to learn Spanish and why did you choose to learn the language during a language course abroad? I wanted always to learn Spanish, because I live just 2 hours away from the border of Spain. That’s one of the main reasons, why I chose Barcelona as my Erasmus destination in order to be able to speak Spanish after the time in Spain. I needed Spanish for my courses at the university. That’s the reason why I went to Barcelona to learn the language, to adapt to the city and to find friends one month before the start of the university.

I know that English is the most common and used language worldwide. However, I think that an additional foreign language, especially Spanish, is a huge advantage and will help me a lot for the future. In fact when I am able to speak Spanish, I will be more valuable for companies, because I can deal with all business clients from Spanish speaking countries. And they are a lot. (*smiles).

Of course you can learn Spanish in France but I saw it during my 2 weeks intensive course in Barcelona that learning a language in a country, where you are forced to speak it every day, is much more effective. During my time at the language school I chose to live in a host family. It was the best decision ever, because I had the possibility to practice my Spanish after school with natives at home. Furthermore, I learned a lot about the Spanish culture and had the great fortune to enjoy traditional Iberian food for dinner. Summing up I can say that I jumped from Basic knowledge to a conversational level regarding the fact that I spoke Spanish every day at school, in the streets, which colleagues and locals as well as with members of my host family. It was the best choice ever, because I love the city Barcelona, the environment and culture as well as the fact that I am now able to have a normal conversation in Spanish.

Pourquoi as-tu choisi d’apprendre l’espagnol et pourquoi dans le cadre d’un séjour linguistique à l’étranger ? J’ai toujours voulu apprendre l’espagnol car j’habite à seulement 2 heures de la frontière, est l’une des principales raisons pour laquelle j’ai choisi Barcelone comme destination pour mon Erasmus, est le fait de pouvoir parler parfaitement à mon retour de cette expérience en Espagne. J’avais besoin de progresser en espagnol pour mes cours à l’université qui démarrent en Septembre, c’est pour cela que je suis venu plus tôt à Barcelone afin de suivre des cours d’espagnols mais aussi de m’adapter à la ville, rencontrer du monde, etc.

Je sais que l’anglais est la langue la plus commune à travers le monde, cependant, je pense que de maitriser une autre langue comme l’espagnol est un énorme avantage qui m’aidera beaucoup plus tard. En effet, quand je serai capable de parler espagnol, ce sera un atout car je pourrai travailler avec tous les clients originaires des pays hispaniques, et il y en a beaucoup ! (*smiles).

Evidemment il est possible d’apprendre l’espagnol en France, mais je me suis rendu compte durant ces deux semaines intensives de cours à Barcelone que d’apprendre une langue dans un pays où vous êtes obligé de pratiquer tous les jours est bien plus efficace. J’ai aussi choisi d’être hébergé en famille d’accueil, ce qui m’a permis de parler espagnol en dehors des cours et de découvrir la culture espagnole  notamment la cuisine traditionnelle. Finalement je peux dire qu’en partant avec des bases d’espagnols je suis désormais capable de tenir une conversation et de comprendre un film en espagnol, et cela du fait que j’ai parlé espagnol chaque jour à l’école, dans la rue, avec mes amis et les locaux, mais aussi avec ma famille d’accueil, Je suis très satisfait de mon séjour ici, car j’adore la ville de Barcelone, l’environnement, la culture et le fait de pouvoir parler en Espagnol maintenant.


How was your experience before and during your courses at linguaschoolsI bumped into the school on the internet, the reviews where good and I found the perfect course for me at reasonable prices.  The fact that I received fast replies on my emails showed that they really care about you. They are very organized and the personal page after booking a course is perfect to get information about courses and dates. When I arrived at the school I had to do a level test in order to find the suitable course for me. You can always come up with questions at the reception which makes it personal and you have the feeling that they care a lot about you.

The time at linguaschools passed really fast and I found it great. I made a lot of friends, because they organize every week fun and interesting activities after school, where you can meet people from other courses. My favorite activities were the tapas tour and the rum degustation. At the tapas tour we visited 3 bars, where we had the chance to try tapas and drinks for only 10 euros.  The rum degustation was just amazing. The students had the possibility to experience high quality rums for only 5 euros. The time at school shaped me as I had the chance to meet so many different cultures. It was for example the first time for me that I met a Turkish in my life and I had a really good relation with him. Learning a language abroad is an opportunity to discover cultures with controversial point of views that help you to create an understanding for different lifestyles and ways of living. People speak about their country and culture and it helps you to change your opinion and dispel prejudices through knowledge and information.

Every student comes to the city to learn a language with a certain target. They want to live the same experience and they wish to share things together. It is an occasion to learn about Barcelona, the Spanish culture but also about the culture of your colleagues.  Now I have a mind to travel through the countries of my student collegues and I see the world with fresh eyes.  So if I want to learn another language, I would definitely do the same again and will go abroad.

Comment était ton ressenti avant et pendant les cours à linguaschools? J’ai trouvé l’école par hasard sur internet, les avis étaient bons et j’ai rapidement trouvé le séjour qui me correspondait en terme de prix et d’heures de cours. J’ai donc fait ma réservation par internet sans aucunes difficultés. De plus l’école est sérieuse et organisée à ce sujet car j’ai toujours reçu des réponses à mes mails rapidement, et il y a un espace personnel mis à disposition qui résume toutes les informations nécessaires lors du séjour (Heures et dates des cours, Adresse et coordonnées de la famille d’accueil, etc..)

À mon arrivé à l’école, j’ai dû passer un test de niveau afin d’être attribué à une classe qui me correspondait, et en cas de questions, la réception est là pour vous aider. J’ai donc trouvé l’école très investit et à l’écoute des élèves.

Le temps à l’école est passé très rapidement car je n’ai pas eu le temps de m’ennuyer, cela m’a vraiment plus. J’ai rencontré beaucoup de gens car toutes les semaines des activités sont organisées par l’école, c’est le moment idéal pour discuter et partager un bons moments avec des étudiants de partout dans le monde. Je garde un très bon souvenir de la tournée des bars à Tapas (3 bars différents avec Tapas et boisson à chaque fois pour seulement 10€) et la dégustation de Rhum (bouteilles de qualités et atelier Mojito pour seulement 5€)

Le temps passé à l’école m’a permis d’apprendre beaucoup de choses, par exemple c’était la première fois que je rencontré des Turcs et c’était vraiment intéressant d’apprendre la culture de leurs pays.
En effet apprendre une langue à l’étranger dans ce genre de cadre permet de découvrir aussi la culture et les habitudes de vie de personnes d’autres pays car chaque étudiant vient dans la ville pour apprendre l’espagnol et ainsi partager la même expérience.

Cela m’a donné envie de voyager, donc si j’ai envie d’apprendre une langue à nouveau je voudrai refaire la même chose en partant à l’étranger.


How did you level of Spanish evolve during your stay? Before I came to Spain I could only speak a little bit Spanish. During my time in Barcelona I have improved extremely and I can see that I have arrived at a certain point, where I can speak about specific things in detail. The best example is that I found my perfect accommodation in the city center of Barcelona, because I understood the contractual terms and was able to discuss about the contract with the landlord in Spanish.

Comment ton niveau d’espagnol à augmenter pendant ce séjour? Avant de venir en Espagne, j’étais capable de parler seulement un peu espagnol, mais grâce à ce séjour j’ai énormément progressé et je m’en suis rendu compte quand j’ai vu que j’étais capable de parler de choses spécifiques en détails et non uniquement d’utiliser les bases ou phrases clés. Par exemple je n’ai eu aucun mal à trouver mon appart et celui ci correspond à ce que je recherchais car j’étais en état de comprendre et de discuter avec les propriétaires en espagnol. 


Why should someone visit Barcelona and what are your insider tips? The city is well situated, it’s very attractive and dynamic and it offers a lot of things to do a lot of things to do. Barcelona is multicultural city full of international people.  You can discover cultures with controversial point of views that help you to create an understanding for different lifestyles and ways of living. Furthermore, there are so many hidden spots where you can learn about the history of Spain and the capital of Catalonia.

For me the best area of the city is Barrio Gothic. When you walk in the little streets of this area you find a lot of small bars, restaurants, shops and places (for example Placa de Sant Felip Neri) which have a unique flair. Walking through Barcelona can be like a time travel. For example the church at Placa de Sant Felip Neri has a lot of memorials of France that show the civil war of Spain.

Another great site is the Bunker del Carmel which was proposed by the school during an activity. This part of Barcelona is nearly unknown by tourists and it is fascinating to discover a cultural heritage of the Second World War situated behind the city that allows you a view over whole Barcelona, for free!

Pourquoi les gens devraient visiter Barcelone, et quels sont tes conseils ? La ville est vraiment bien située, très attractive et dynamique ce qui permet de faire de nombreuses choses. De plus Barcelone est attachée à la culture catalane il est donc possible de découvrir partout dans la ville de magnifiques endroits qui témoignent de cette histoire espagnole. Comme toute grande ville actuelle c’est une ville ouverte sur l’international à travers laquelle se reflète se mélange de culture aussi bien dans les restaurants, bars ou quartiers de la capitale Catalane.

Mon quartier préféré de la ville est le Barrio Gothic, en marchant dans les petites rues de la  vieille ville, vous trouverez de nombreux bars, restaurants, petits cafés et magasins inconnus des touristes qui sont toujours de très bonnes adresses, fascinantes à découvrir. Comme par exemple la place Sant Felip Neri, sur laquelle vous pourrez apercevoir des marques de bombardements datant de la guerre civile espagnole.

Un autre endroit qui m’a plu à Barcelone, est le Bunker del Carmel, que j’ai eu la chance de découvrir lors d’une activité proposée par l’école. C’est un lieu peu connu des touristes situé dans les hauteurs de la ville et qui offre une magnifique vue de la ville et le tout gratuitement !

 


What are your favorite places to go out in Barcelona?

  • Plaza Reial: There are lot different restaurants and bars with lot of entertainment. You can find people who dance Flamenco or who play live music. Even during the day and night. My favorite bar at this square is called Ocanar. The bar prepares very good cocktail with fresh fruits and high quality alcohol. It is very dynamic and the ambiance varies a lot. On the one hand you can have a quiet and confortable drink on the couches downstairs, on the other hand you can choose to take a more vibrant drink on the terrace in order to watch the entertainment and celebrations that take place on the streets.
  • Pintxos at Txapela, close to Plaza Catalunya: I went there couple of times. The food is really good and the location is great. There is a good service and the concept to share small tapas with other people (4 – 5 People) makes it really sociable. It’s a really good place to go with friends to eat good food and drink delicious Sangria.

The restaurants in common are really inviting in Barcelona because I like the design of most of them and you can find every type of restaurants with various design and styles. You have a lot of bars with terraces, where you can eat outside and see the spectacle of the city life.

Quel est ton lieu préféré pour sortir à Barcelone ?

  • Plaza Reial: C’est une place très divertissante et animée, entourée de nombreux restaurants et bars dont les terrasses offrent la vue sur les artistes de rues, autant le jour que la nuit. Mon bar  favori est « l’Ocana », vous pouvez y trouver de délicieux cocktails réalisés avec des fruits frais et de très bonnes bouteilles d’alcools, pour le déguster deux ambiances s’offrent à vous : plutôt au calme entre amis afin de discuter autour d’une table confortable à l’intérieur. Où alors, en terrasse afin de profiter de l’animation de la place.
  • Les Pintxos à Txapela, près de Plaza Catalunya: Je suis allé plusieurs fois dans ce restaurant basque, la nourriture est vraiment bonne et la localisation idéale. Le service est rapide, et le concept de partager des assiettes de Tapas et un pichet de Sangria entre amis est vraiment typique de Barcelone !  C’est une très bonne adresse où chaque Tapas plus originales les uns que les autres vous surprendront lors « d’un moment convivial entre amis ». 

En général, les restaurants sont vraiment attirant à Barcelone, car le Design et la carte sont à chaque fois très travaillé et différent, on y trouve donc de tout et pour tous les goûts. Il y a aussi de nombreux bars avec des terrasses autour desquelles il est sympa de venir manger en assistant à la vie dynamique de la ville! 


Which markets can you recommend?

  • Market Boqueria: The market is very lively and the food is nicely prepared and presented. When you walk through the different stands you will definitely get hungry.  I go there during the week to buy fish, meat, vegetables and many other fresh products, because you get Spanish specialties for a reasonable price and high quality.

Quels marchés peux tu recommander ?

  • Marché de la Boqueria: Cet endroit est très vivant et la nourriture est agréablement présentée. Attention à votre portefeuille, car quand vous marchez entre les nombreux stands, il est difficile de ne pas s’arrêter déguster puis acheter de délicieux produits locaux comme le jambon ibérique ou le fromage du pays. J’y suis allé plusieurs fois acheter des produits frais comme du poisson, des fruits et des légumes, … car vous avez des produits locaux de très bonne qualité à un prix raisonnable

boqueria


If a person walks up to asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give him or her your best tip to learn Spanish, what would it be? I can recommend him or her the experiences I have gained. Go abroad, live the local life and learn the language perfectly, because you are every day forced to speak the language. You will see how fast you will improve!

I suggest doing a language course to get the basics. When you’re able to have a small conversation, go out there and speak the language with locals. The two weeks at the language school were perfect for me to learn quickly vocabulary and grammar in order to move to a certain level of Spanish. Now I use my level of Spanish every day in Barcelona and I can see how fast the learning process continues. The intensive course abroad was the perfect decision and I am not afraid anymore to start my university in September, where all of the courses will be in Spanish.

 

Si quelqu’un te demande conseil et tu n’as que quelques minutes pour lui donner le meilleur moyen d’apprendre l’espagnol, que dirais tu ? Je recommanderai l’expérience que j’ai vécue, de partir à l’étranger pour découvrir la vie locale et apprendre à maitriser la langue parfaitement car tous les jours vous serez forcés de parler.

Vous verrez à quel point c’est stupéfiant la vitesse d’apprentissage dans ce cadre là, encore plus si la ville vous plais. Il est conseillé de prendre quelques cours au début en fonction de votre niveau afin de bien maitriser les bases et lorsque vous serez capable d’échanger une conversation aller vous entrainer dans la rue avec les locaux. Par exemple, les deux semaines passées à l’école m’ont permis d’apprendre du vocabulaire et de revoir la grammaire et conjugaison afin d’acquérir un certain  niveau d’espagnol. Et maintenant, je suis capable de parler espagnol tous les jours sans aucunes difficultés, cela me permet de voir à quel point je progresse. Ce séjour de cours intensifs à l’étranger a été une très bonne décision, je me sens désormais capable d’entamer les cours en espagnols à l’université en Septembre.

 

Tom is 27 years old and comes from Leigh, near Manchester. He studied Medicine in Liverpool and is now working as a doctor in London. Tom likes reading history and novels, playing guitar, running and swimming. He speaks French, because he went to Angers (Pays de Loire) in the Northern part of France for an exchange program, when he was a student. Before he came to Barcelona he was working in Intensive Care Medicine in London . Due to the fact that he got a new job beginning in August he decided to go abroad and to learn a new language, because he had an opportunity to do something else whilst he was between jobs. Tom used the duolingo app to get some basics before he went on his language travel to Barcelona. When he arrived he had Spanish level A1 and after 4 weeks of the intensive course at linguaschools he reached the A2 level.

 


Why did you decide to learn Spanish and why did you choose to learn the language during a language course abroad?

My girlfriend spent 4 months in Argentina to learn Spanish. She travelled to South America before and she fell in love with Argentina. That’s why she wanted to go back there to learn the language properly. During her time in Argentina I visited her in Buenos Aires for 3 weeks and I could see that her level of Spanish helped us a lot to experience the culture and country much more deeply. That’s the reason why I wanted to use the short time during my job change to learn Spanish in an efficient way in order to catch up with my girlfriend’s level of Spanish. Another reason is that on the long term I and my girlfriend would like to work and live in a Spanish speaking country, especially in South America.


How did your Spanish level improve during your stay?

I started with nearly no level of Spanish. After 4 weeks intensive course at the language school I feel quite comfortable in terms of understanding Spanish. I can’t say whatever I want but I understand a lot. In case of travelling to Spanish speaking countries, for example booking a hotel, asking locals for information, etc., I feel totally confident and would survive without any problem, because I could easily order food and drinks. (*laughs)

Unbenannt-2

 


Why did you decide for Barcelona? Why should someone visit this city?

Barcelona was a quick and spontaneous decision. However, there are two reasons, why I had the city in my mind. First, probably my favorite English author George Orwell wrote about Barcelona, in “Homage to Catalonia”, where he recounts his experiences of the Spanish Civil War. So I wanted to come and see the city he wrote about.

Second, Barcelona is a city with a kind an edge to it, because people are little bit more radical and the city is quite different than the rest of Spain. I knew about the Catalan identity and I wanted to find out more about it. Also, the city seems an independent and unique place to visit. You have the mountains behind and the sea in front of the city. The food and drink is great, the architecture is just incredible and there are so many different areas with a different atmosphere in just one city.


What did you do at linguaschools?

The life at school was really sociable and the activities helped me to meet people from different classes. During my time at linguaschools I joined the Tapas tour in Poble Sec and I went on a picnic in the Parc de la Ciutadella with the school. I also played Volleyball and celebrated San Juan with students at the beach of Barcelona and I went on a city trip to visit Sitges, the city of artists. Due to the fact that I made friends easily at school I did a lot with them after school classes and activities as well.


Which are your favorite spots to visit in Barcelona?

There are three venues that are really special for me in Barcelona:

  • Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria): It’s a factory shop for wine a couple of streets back from the beach. They are specialized in cava and you can get a glass of it for 1.60 € and around 6 € for a bottle. It a cool bar in Barceloneta which is always absolutely packed. I really enjoyed it, because it is so lively and the food is flying out of kitchen. So I suppose they cook food continuously for people to order it and they serve you really fast.
  • Bar Marsella: The bar has been existing since 1820 and it is the oldest bar in town and is specialised in absinthe. It seems like they never changed anything on the interior design and the fact that it has signs from the Franco regimes which show the repression of the Catalan language made it even more interesting for me; like travelling in time.
  • Olympic Swimming pool at Montjuic: The city of Barcelona built this pool for the Olympic Summer games 1992. It is a swimming pool with an astonishing view, where you see more or less over whole Barcelona. The pool is only open in the summer and it opens in early July.

How can you summarize your language travel and stay in Barcelona?

Barcelona is a great play to come and study. I wouldn’t be to put off that there is Catalan and Spanish, because a lot of people speak Spanish. I would definitely come back to learn Spanish in Barcelona, because I went from no Spanish to level A2, only because of school. In addition I met so many great people, who have a similar outlook on life and similar attitudes. The life at school makes it really easy to integrate and I met with some extremely funny and nice people, for example Vitali from Ukraine, Helle from Norway and Charlotte from London. That’s also an important reason why it is best to learn a language abroad, because you meet so many people from all over the world.

IMG_1859

 

Vivienne used to be a language teacher but now she is retired. She loves learning new things to stimulate her brain, for example foreign Language learning or the game bridge. She is originally from Australia where she taught French and German at high school.

For Vivienne it was important that her children should learn German, so she went with them to Vienna and their kids attended a German school for one winter (5 months). Therefore, Vivienne is of the opinion that learning a language in the country itself is very important and totally immersion and that is also the main reason why she became a language teacher of foreign languages, because she believes that the children’s development is effected positively by cultures of others. Vivienne is also convinced that travelling and teaching languages helps children to find out that the origins of their language come from many foreign languages, such as French, German, Latin and Greek.

 


Why did you choose to learn Spanish? I realized that the language is spoken by an enormous amount of people and it opens the door to a traveller, especially in South America. I travelled in South America for a month and I recognized that is really important to speak Spanish, because it would have helped to get in touch with locals in order to make the experience more satisfying. If I had been able to speak Spanish, I would have maybe stayed longer to know the countries and their culture a little bit closer. I am of the opinion that learning different languages helps you understanding other languages and makes easier for you to open the door to a specific language family, for example Latin.

However, the main reason why I decided to learn Spanish was that my daughter in law is from Columbia and she expects a baby and I want to be able to speak with my grandchild in Spanish.


Why did you choose Barcelona as the destination to learn Spanish? My daughter visited Spain a couple of times and she recommended me the city, because she told me that Barcelona is the place to be. The city is close to the sea, the weather is the entire year beautiful and there are a lot of interesting sights (Gaudi, Picasso, etc.) and places to visit.


Why did you choose to learn Spanish at linguaschools? I googled Spanish language courses on the internet, clicked on the first 3 schools and decided for linguaschools, because in my point of view they provided me with the best and comprehensive info brochure, offered courses at reasonable prices and the school had the best communication with me. Linguaschools answered my questions immediately and they really cared about me. Furthermore, the private page on linguaschools was a perfect option to get instant information about my courses and booking, so I felt very secure.


You were a language teacher in your professional life. How did you find linguaschools in general and their quality of language course? To be honest, I was impressed with the standard of the text books and the level of the courses. They contained different sorts of exercises and pictures were explained. The course was easy to follow and diversified. For example the audiovisual presentations during the courses were terrific in order to create a balance and interaction with the students and it helped us understanding difficult topics.

About the teaching I have to say that I had 5 teachers and in general the level of teaching was terrific, there is no doubt about that. I really enjoyed that we had a lot of peers and group works which is good to get used to speak Spanish. In addition the teacher also prepared different exercises where we had to interactively use the schools computers and I think that it was an excellent activity of well-balanced school lessons.

I really enjoyed the variety of vocabulary topics to gather a lot of an amount of Spanish. Starting with no word in Spanish, after 3 weeks intensive course at linguaschools I am now able to have a Spanish conversation with my hostess, who is not able to speak English.

Before I came to Barcelona I had the fear as an older person that I will not find any other students. Finally, it was the contrary. In fact, there were some other older students at the school and I had no trouble to be friend with younger students, because linguaschools offers the students a lot of spaces (terraces, garden, etc.) and activities to get to know each other in a pleasant atmosphere and to easily interact with each other.

Interview mit Monika

Monika is 33 years old and she lives close to Zurich in Switzerland. She was living for a couple of years in Hawaii and she worked as a remedial teacher before she came to Barcelona. Finally, she quit her job to take a break in order to have more time to enjoy her life. Spanish was one of her major subjects at secondary school. Therefore she already had the level A2 before she came to Barcelona. After an intensive course (20 hours per week) from the 18th of April till the 03rd of July she successfully graduated level B1.

Monika ist 33 Jahre alt und kommt aus der Nähe von Zürich in der Schweiz. Sie hat für ein paar Jahre in Hawaii gelebt und bevor sie nach Barcelona kam, arbeitet Sie als Heilpädagogin. Sie hat ihren Job gekündigt, um eine Auszeit zu nehmen, zu reisen und das Leben zu genießen.Spanisch war ihr Schwerpunkfach im Gymnasium, deshalb hatte sie bevor sie in Barcelona ankam bereits das Level A2. Nach einem Intensivkurs vom 18. April bis 03. Juli hat sie das Level B1 erfolgreich abgeschlossen.

 

 


Why did you decide to learn Spanish during a language course abroad? I really love traveling and realized how important the Spanish language is to make myself understood in several parts around the world, especially in Central and South America. So primary I wanted to be able to speak Spanish on a certain level to be able to have more than just basic conversations. In addition the sound of the language suits me really well and I also like being with international people. So secondary I wanted to use the language travel to refresh or improve my Spanish skills and to bond with international people.

Warum hast du dich die Sprache Spanisch und für einen Sprachauftenhalt im Ausland entschieden? Da ich Spanisch als Schwerpunktfach im Gymnasium hatte und ich sehr gerne reise, habe ich gemerkt wie wichtig Spanisch ist, damit ich mich in vielen Teilen der Welt verständigen kann, vor allem in Zentralamerika und Südamerika. Außerdem gefällt mir der Klang der Sprache sehr gut und ich wollte mein Spanisch im Zuge einer Sprachreise auffrischen bzw. verbessern. Zusätzlich wollte ich die Gelegenheit nutzen, um durch das multikulturelle Klima, dass an der Sprachschule herrscht, neue internationale Freunde kennenzulernen.


Why did you decide to learn Spanish in Barcelona? Barcelona has always been interesting for me as a holiday destination, because the city is alternative and situated at the sea and you can find a well-established creative and cultural scene. For that reason I had the possibility to visit several art courses and sights. Furthermore I got to know many international and creative people, who helped me to expand my ken and improved my creativity.

Warum hast du dich entschieden, Spanisch in Barcelona zu lernen? Barcelona war schone immer eine sehr interessante Urlaubsdestination für mich. Die Stadt ist sehr alternativ, sie liegt am Meer und hat eine große kreative und kulturelle Szene. Dadurch hatte ich die die Möglichkeit, viele Kunstkurse und Sehenswürdigkeiten zu besuchen. Des Weiteren lernte ich viele internationale und kreative Menschen kennen, wodurch ich meinen geistigen Horizont erweitern konnte und sich meine Kreativität stark steigerte. 


How did you experience the time at linguaschools? My time at linguaschools was top, the staff was really friendly and the atmosphere in common was always open, personal and familiar. The activity program after school varied every week and it was the perfect possibility to meet up and bond with other students. I knew already people in city before coming to Barcelona, because of traveling. However, due to linguaschools and the activities I was spending much more time with my new colleagues of the school than with my other friends in Barcelona. The life at the language school was diversified based on the accompanying school activities and the creative teaching methods of the teachers. I have to admit that I am a big fan of Liesbet, who is responsible for the school activities. In my opinion she is able to make easily people happy and smile with her personable and friendly behavior.

Wie hast die Zeit bei linguaschools erlebt? Die Zeit bei linguaschools war top, die Leute sind sehr sympathisch und es herrschte immer ein sehr offenes, persönliches und familiaeres Klima. Das Angebot an Freizeitaktivitäten außerhalb der Schule varierte jede Woche und es war immer eine perfekte Gelegenheit, um neue Leute kennenzulernen. Ich hatte zwar schon vor meiner Zeit in der Sprachschule Freund in Barcelona, die ich auf meinen Reisen kennengelernt habe, aber durch die Zeit bei linguaschools und den angebotenen Aktivitäten habe ich viel mehr mit den Leuten von der Sprachschule unternommen. Das Leben in der Sprachschule war durch die begleitenden Aktionen und kreativen Unterrichtsmethoden der Professoren sehr abwechslungsreich und interessant gestaltet. Ich muss gestehen, dass ich persönlich ein großer Fan von Liesbet bin. Sie ist für die Aktivitäten zuständig und meiner Meinung nach, kann sie mit ihrer super lustigen und offenen Art jedem Schüler ein Lächeln auf das Gesicht zaubern.


What was the overall impression of your stay? Due to my language travel to Barcelona I found out what “pura vida” signifies for me and how it helps me to enjoy my life to the full. During my time in Spain I realized that it is useful that I don’t have to plan my life too much in advance and that sometimes I shouldn’t take life always to serious. Therefore, I discovered that the attitude of living the moment and being spontaneous as well as undergoing of a change have a very positive effect on my personality development. During the time at linguaschools I was having so much fun and I gained a lot of positive inputs that gave me a lot of new energy and creative ideas. The stay in Barcelona enabled it to immerse into the art scene and I made new useful contacts. And finally, I build many new friendships with people from all over the world and I am already looking forward to meeting up with them in the future.

Was ist dein Gesamteindruck vom Aufenthalt? Durch meinen Aufenthalt in Barcelona habe ich entdeckt, was „pura vida“ für mich bedeutet und wie ich dadurch mein Leben in vollen Zügen genießen kann. Die Zeit in Spanien hat mir gelernt, dass ich mein Leben nicht zu strikt im Vorhinein plannen muss und es durchaus Sinn macht, das Leben nicht immer zu ernst zu nehmen. Zusätzlich habe ich feststellen dürfen, dass kleine Veränderungen, Spontantität sowie die Einstellung den Moment zu genießen, einen sehr positiven Effekte auf meine Persönlichkeitsentwicklung haben. Durch meine Zeit bei linguaschools habe ich viel Spaß erleben dürfen und  die vielen Inputs haben mir viele Energie sowie neue und kreative Ideen gegeben. Der Auftenhalt in Barcelona hat es möglich gemacht, in die Kunstzene einzutauchen, wodurch ich viele hilfreiche Kontakte knüpfen konnte. Zudem habe ich durch die Zeit bei linguaschools viele neue internationale Freundschaften geschlossen und ich freue mich bereits darauf, sie in Zukunft zu besuchen.


How did your level Spanish evolve through linguaschools in Barcelona?

I was improving my Spanish level a lot and now I am much more self-confident in Spanish conversations. After the Spanish courses I don’t have any problem anymore to join a Spanish conversation and now it is also easier to get to know Spanish spoken people. So I recognized that speaking Spanish is the key to experience the time in a Spanish spoken country much more intensive. If I drink a glass of Cava or Sangria, I can speak Spanish nearly fluent. (*smiles) According to my trip through Central America I really fell in love with the Spanish language and I wanted to improve it, because it helps a lot when getting in touch with locals. The language makes it possible to participate, when people share life experiences. Without the language you would miss all of them and I am of the opinion that without language ability it is nearly impossible to create a narrow connection between you and the locals. That’s the reason why through the Spanish course at linguaschools I lived how a language positively effects the way you experience life in a city and how much closer the relation is to inhabitants.

Wie hat sich dein Spanischniveau durch linguaschools in Barcelona entwickelt? Ich kann auf alle Fälle sagen, dass ich mich stark verbessert habe und selbstbewusster im Sprachgebrauch geworden bin. Nach meinem Sprachkursen habe ich mittlerweile keine Probleme mehr an spanischen Unterhaltungen teilzunehmen, wodurch es mir viel leichter fällt auf spanischsprechende Leute zuzugehen und neue Personen kennenzulernen. Dadurch habe ich festgestellt, dass ich den Aufenhalt und die Erlebnisse in Spanien viel intensiver wahrnehme. Wenn ich ein Glas Cava oder Sangria trinke, spreche ich fast fließend Spanisch ohne viel nachdenken zu müssen. (*lacht) Durch meine letztjährige Reise durch Zentralamerika habe ich richtig Lust bekommen, mein Spanisch zu verbessern. Man kommt durch die Sprache viel leichter in Kontakt mit den Leute und man hört und teilt  Lebensgeschichten, die einem sonst entgehen würden. Ich bin daher der Meinung, dass ohne Sprachkenntnisse nur schwer ein enge Verbindung zu den Einheimischen entstehen kann. Daher habe ich durch die Zeit bei linguaschools das Leben in Barcelona anders wahrgenommen. Ich habe erlebt, wie es sich anfüllt, wenn man durch die Sprache näher am Leben der lokalen Menschen dran ist und deren Freude erlebt, weil sie sehen, dass man den Aufwand auf sich nimmt, die Sprache zu sprechen. Die Leute sind dadurch viel offener und man erlebt „real life stories“, wodurch man die Kultur viel intensiver wahrnimmt und besser verstehen kann.


What did you do during your time in Barcelona? Pooh! I did a lot of different things. I made a list of the ones I can still remember:

  • Open Air cinema at Sala Montjuic
  • Shopping in Gracia, Calle Verdi and admiring the street arts
  • Eating Tapas in 4Gats and feeling like in a Woody Allen Movie
  • Getting inspired by the beautiful mosaics, the Palau de Musica and other marvelous art nouveau buildings
  • Palo Alto Market
  • Watched concerts in Apolo
  • Trip to Montserrat 
  • Jazz concerts in Jamboree Jazzclub Plaza Reial
  • Joining the Van Van Food Market
  • Taking a drink in the Antic theater in El Born
  • Eating in Mescladis in El Born
  • Experiencing the flew market in Barceloneta
  • Screen printing course at Print Academy workers at plaza John Lennon in Gracia
  • Coffee and cake in La Clandestina in Barrio Gotico
  • Going to my favorite restaurant in Gracia: „Quinoa“ at Travessera de Gracia
  • Jewelry course at el taller de joyeria in Poble Sec
  • Disovering the small backyards and gardens in Barcelona
  • Walking through the small alleys in El Born
  • Visiting Iglesia Santa Maria del Mar
  • Trip to Girona and Sitges
  • Going to my favorite beach platja de castell in Barcelona at the Costa Brava beaches
  • Visiting the Dali House in Cadaques
  • Celebrating at the Primavera Sound Festival

 

Was hast du in deiner Zeit in Barcelona unternommen? Puh! Ich habe viele Dinge unternommen. Hier habe ich eine Liste erstellt mit Dingen, an die ich mich noch erinnern kann:

  • Open Air Kino im Sala Montjuic
  • Bummeln in Gracia, Calle Verdi und die Straßenkunst bewundern
  • Tapasessen im 4Gats und sich wie in einem Woody Allen Movie fühlen
  • sich von der bunten Mosaikkunst, Palau de Musica und an anderen wundervollen Jugendstilgebäuden inspirieren lassen
  • Palo Alto Market
  • Konzerte im Apolo besucht
  • Ausflug zum Berg Montserrat
  • Jazzkonzert im Jamboree Jazzclub Plaza Reial
  • Besuch beim Van Van Food Market
  • was trinken gehen im Antiktheater in El Born
  • Essen im Mescladis in El Born
  • Besuch des Flohmarktes in Barceloneta
  • Siebdruckkurs bei Print Academy workers in Plaza John Lennon in Gracia
  • Kaffee und Kuchen in La Clandestina in Barrio Gotico
  • Essen in meinem Lieblingsrestaurant in Gracia: „Quinoa“ in der Travessera de Gracia
  • Schmuckkurs bei el taller de joyeria in Poble Sec
  • Erkunden der vielen kleinen Innenhoefe und –gärten 
  • Spazieren durch die Gassen von El Born
  • Iglesia Santa Maria del Mar, el Born
  • Tagesauflug nach Girona und Sitges
  • Ausflug zu meinem Lieblingsstrand in Barcelona platja de castell in Costa Brava
  • Dali House in Cadaques und cadaques selber
  • Feiern am Primavera Sound Festival

 

Sebastian lebt in Düsseldorf, Deutschland, ist 30 Jahre alt und kam zu linguaschools Barcelona, um einen Intensivkurs (20 Stunden pro Woche) für 8 Wochen zu machen. Bevor er nach Barcelona kam, arbeitete er im Marketing in Deutschland, aber er entschloss sich vor ein paar Monaten seinen Job zu kündigen, um sein Leben zu ändern und mit seiner Freundin auf eine Weltreise zu gehen, wo er neue Lebenserfahrungen sammeln kann.

Sebastian lives in Düsseldorf, Germany, is 30 years old and came to linguaschools Barcelona to do an intensive course (20 hours per week) for 8 weeks. Before he came to Barcelona he had worked in the Marketing sector in Germany, although he had decided to quit his job a couple of months ago to change his life and to be able to go on a world trip with his girlfriend to gain new life experience.


 

1) What was the reason for you to learn a foreign language abroad and why did you choose the city Barcelona as destination? I always wanted to learn Spanish with pleasure. I did a beginner course in Germany and saw that it takes really long to learn the basics of the language if you don’t use the language daily. Since that I am planning to go on a world trip with my girlfriend, during which we will also visit South America, I wanted to learn Spanish as quickly as possible to reach a level that enables me to have a conversation in Spanish with locals in order to travel without any problem and to create friendships. Therefore, I decided to make a language trip abroad, because I think that it is easier and faster to learn Spanish in a native country, where I am forced to speak the language every day.

I chose Barcelona as my language trip destination, because I visited the city for holidays and I always wanted to come back here to spend more time in this breathtaking city. I also wanted to stay longer in this beautiful city to live the Spanish life very close, so it was the perfect choice for me to combine a cultural experience with my intention to attend a Spanish course abroad.

1) Was hat dich dazu bewegt einen Sprachkurs im Ausland zu machen und warum hast du dich für die Stadt Barcelona entschieden? Ich wollte schon immer gerne Spanisch lernen. Ich habe einen Einstiegskurs in Deutschland gemacht und habe gesehen, dass es sehr lange dauernd, bis man die Grundlagen der Sprache erlernt, wenn man die Sprachen nicht dauernt nutzt. Da ich eine Weltreise mit meiner Freundin plane, wo ich auch Südamerika bereisen werde, wollte ich unbedingt mein Spanisch in kürzester Zeit auf ein Niveau bringen, mit dem ich mich im Ausland verständigen kann, um ohne Problem zu reisen und neue Freundschaften zu schließen. Daher habe ich mich für eine Sprachreise ins Ausland entschieden, weil ich der Meinung bin, dass man die spanische Sprache nur dann intensiv und schnell erlernen kann, wenn man die Sprache in einem spanischsprachigen Land lernt und gezwungen ist sie täglich zu nutzen. Ich habe mich für die Stadt Barcelona entschieden, weil ich schon vor ein paar Jahren hier auf Urlaub war und immer wieder in diese Stadt zurückkommen wollte, um für eine gewisse Zeit in dieser atemberaubenden Stadt zu leben und das tolle Flair und spanische Leben hautnah zu erleben. Daher war es perfekt für mich das Ziel Spanisch zu lernen, mit einem längeren Aufenthalt in dieser wundervollen Stadt zu verbinden.


2) What were your expectations of your language travel? I wanted to lose my fear of speaking the language in public. Therefore, I wanted to leave Barcelona with a level in Spanish that I can use to make myself understood in a Spanish spoken country. Another expectation was that I wanted to get to know a lot of people with whom I can discover the Spanish culture. I was studying 4 years in Maastricht, Holland, and I also spent 1 year in the US, where I went to High school and studied at the University. So from these experiences I can recommend that spending time abroad can help you to learn a lot about your own culture and you meet a lot of international people

2) Was waren deine Erwartungen von deiner Sprachreise? Vor allem die Angst vorm sprechen zu verlieren und Barcelona mit einem Level in Spanisch zu verlassen, mit dem ich mich auf der Reise verständigen kann. Viele Leute kennen zu lernen, wie es ist in Barcelona zu lebe und auch die Spanische Kultur kennen zu lernen. Ich habe 4 Jahre in Maastricht in Holland studiert, war ein Jahr in den USA, wo ich high school und ein Jahr Studium gemacht habe. Aus dieser Erfahrung heraus kann ich einen Auslandsaufenthalt sehr empfehlen, da man sehr viel über die eigene Kultur lernt, wenn man im Ausland ist, internationale Leute kennen lernt und auch den eigenen Lebenssti verändert


3) Do you think that Spanish as a foreign language can help you in your business and private life? I am of the opinion that Spanish as a foreign language can help a lot in business and private life, because the language is spoken by more than 400 million people and therefore it is the 4th most spoken language worldwide. A few years ago I had contact with Spanish companies and it would have been useful for me, the company and the business relationships if I had spoken Spanish at this time. I think that these are important reasons why Spanish as a foreign language can be a huge advantage for you, because it makes it possible for you to deal with Spanish business clients and also offers you the chance to travel through Spanish spoken countries to experience the culture and get in touch with locals in order to widen your personal horizon.

3) Bist du der Meinung, dass dir Spanisch als Fremdsprache im beruflichen aber auch privaten Leben weiterhelfen kann? Ich bin der Meinung, dass Spanisch als Fremdsprache sowohl beruflich als auch persönlich sehr viel weiterhelfen kann, da die Sprache von mehr als 400 Millionen weltweit gesprochen wird und damit die 4 meistgesprochene Sprache der Welt ist. Ich hatte zum Beispiel vor 4 Jahren Kontakt mit einer spanischen Firma und es wäre für mich damals sehr nützlich gewesen, wenn ich zu diesem Zeitpunkt mit den Kunden in Spanisch sprechen hätte können. Aus diesen Gründen ist Spanisch als Fremdsprache sowohl beruflich als auch privat ein großer Vorteil, da man für Unternehmen wichtige Kontakte knüpfen sowie  spanischsprachige Länder bereisen und deren Kulturen besser kennenlernen kann, wodurch der persönlichen Horizont erweitert wird.


4) How was your first day at linguaschools? When I arrived at the school, I had to do an entry-level test that subdivided me into a specific group. The atmosphere at the language school was very nice and also for my colleagues it was the first day at school that made it easy for us to bond, because everybody was eager to get to know one another.

 4) Wie war dein erster Tag an der Sprachschule von linguaschools? Als ich ankam musste ich zu Beginn einen Einstufungstest machen und wurde dann in eine Gruppe eingeteilt. Die Atmosphäre in der Sprachschule war sehr nett und auch für meine Kollegen im Kurs war es der erste Tag, wodurch es sehr einfach war, Freundschaften zu schließen, da auch für sie alles neu war und jeder nach neuen gesucht hat.

photo2


5) How was your time at linguaschools? Which impressions and experiences did you collect and did your expectations become true? I went really often for lunch with other students of my course after school and they became really good friends in the end. The school also offered a lot of after school activities that made it easy for me to get in touch with students from other courses. I really enjoyed the time at linguaschools, because I was really productive in the mornings and used the rest of the day to discover the city with my new friends. The time at linguaschools was really amazing and it had a tremendous impact on my level of Spanish. I will always remember about these 8 weeks and can only recommend it, because at the school there is a nice atmosphere with open-minded employees and students.

5) Wie hast du deine Zeit bei linguaschools empfunden? Welche Erfahrungen und Eindrücke hast du gesammelt und haben sich deine Erwartungen mit linguaschools erfüllt? Wir waren sehr oft nach der Schule Mittagessen, wodurch es einfach war Freunde kennen zu lernen. Durch die Schule wurde man zusätzlich im Zuge von Freizeitaktivitäten mit anderen Schülern aus anderen Kursen in Kontakt gebracht, wodurch weitere Freunschaften entstanden. Ich habe die Zeit bei linguaschool sehr genossen und es ist sehr schön, wenn man am Vormittag etwas produktives macht und danach die Zeit nutzt, um Freundschaften zu schließen und die die Stadt kennen zu lernen. Meine Erwartungen haben sich erfüllt, da ich andere Sprachschüler kennen gelernt habe, Freundschaften geschlossen habe, der Unterricht gut funktioniert hat und die Atmosphäre in der Sprachschule hervorragend war. Die Zeit war bei linguaschools war sehr toll und hat mir wahnsinnig vielfür mein Spanisch gebracht. Ich werde mich immer wieder an diese 8 Wochen zurückerinnern und kann es nur jedem weiterempfehlen, da eine nette Atmosphäre mit aufgeschlossenen Personen und Studenten herrscht.


6) How did you find the level of the language courses and the teachers? The language courses were consistently on a high level. The teachers used different education methods, responded to the level of every student individually and motivated as well as supported us during the courses. I found the balance between group work, individual works as well as classes based on studying grammar and more oriented towards practicing to talk very good and I am of the opinion that the courses helped me a lot for my Spanish.

6) Wie hast du das Level der Sprachkurse und der Sprachlehrer empfunden? Das Level der Sprachkurse war durchwegs sehr gut. Die Sprachlehrer verwendeten unterschiedliche Methoden, gingen individuell auf das Niveau der Sprachschüler ein, motivierten und unterstützten uns im Unterricht. Ich fand den Wechsel zwischen Gruppenarbeiten, individuellem Arbeiten sowie den Mix zwischen dem Lernen der Grammatik und Übungen zum Sprechen sehr gut. Ich bin definitiv der Meinung, dass mir die Kurse für mein Spanisch sehr weitergeholfen haben.


7) What did you experience during your time in Barcelona? Can you give me some examples? During the 8 weeks in Barcelona I was visiting a lot of different bars, restaurants and sights of Barcelona and Catalonia. On my days off I went on a day trips to Sant Pol, Sitges, etc. or after school  I visited different sights (Sagrada Familia, Picasso Museum, Parc Guell) of Barcelona. In the evening, I was running or relaxing at the beach and I also didn’t miss out on the parties or highlights of Barcelona during my stay.

I was celebrating San Juan and the Primavera Sound festival with other students and I also watched the champions league match between FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich live in the Camp Nou stadium. Furthermore, I got introduced through student colleagues to Spanish and Catalan locals with whom I could get to know the Spanish and Catalan life.

7) Was hast du in deiner Zeit in Barcelona erlebt? Kannst du uns ein paar Beispiele nennen? In den 8 Wochen in Barcelona war ich sehr viel in der Stadt unterwegs und habe sehr viele Bars und Restaurants kennen gelernt. An den freien Tagen war ich auf Tagesausflügen nach Sant Pol, Sitges, uvm. oder habe nach der Sprachschule viele Sehenswürdigkeiten (Sagrada Famillia, Piasso Museum, Parc Guell) von Barcelona besucht. Am Abend war ich am Strand laufen oder habe am Strand entspannen.

Die Parties und Highlights von Barcelona habe ich natürlich auch nicht ausgelassen. Ich habe San Juan mit Freunden mit anderen Sprachschülern gefeiert, war am Primaverasound Festival und habe mir das Championsleague Spiel FC Barcelona vs. FC Bayern München im Camp Nou angeschaut. Zusätzlich habe ich über Sprachschüler Spanier und Katalanen kennen gelernt, mit denen ich das Spanische sowie Katalanische Leben kennen lernen konnte.


8) Do you think that the duration of your stay was long enough? You had a beginner level (A2) before you came to Barcelona, right? How did your level of Spanish change during your stay in Spain? Yes, I think so. I had previous but little knowledge in Spanish but now after a 8 weeks course in Barcelona I am of the opinion that I can express myself without any problem in order to have a conversation only in Spanish. At the beginning I was happy simply buying a new backpack in Spanish and towards the end I was able to have basic conversations in Spanish with locals.

8) War deiner Meinung nach dein Aufenthalt lang genug um Spanisch zu lernen? Du hattest zu Beginn deiner Sprachreise Anfängerniveau (A2), stimmt das? Wie hat sich dein Sprachniveau während deines Sprachaufenthalts in Spanien verändert? Ja ich denke schon. Ich hatte ein paar Vorkenntnisse, bin aber jetzt auf einem Spanischlevel, mit dem ich mich eigenständig ausdrücken kann und keine Probleme mehr habe, eine Spanische Unterhaltung zu machen. Ich habe mein Spanisch deutlich verbessert und ich merke im Nachhinein, dass ich zu Beginn froh war, wenn ich einen Rucksack auf Spanisch kaufen konnte. Jetzt bin ich in der Lage Unterhaltungen auf Spanisch zu führen.

DSC01747_blurred


9) If a person walks up to asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give him or her your best tip to learn Spanish, what would it be? I would give the person the advice to learn Spanish in a Spanish speaking country, because you are obliged to speak or use the language every day. At the beginning it is useful to make an intensive course to arrive as fast as possible at a certain level of Spanish. As soon as you have the basics you should do a language exchange with locals or Spanish speaking people to practice the language. In addition it is important that you try to speak only in Spanish with your schoolmates after school!

9) Stellt dir vor du hast nur ein paar Minuten Zeit und eine Person kommt auf dich zu und fragt dich nach deinem Rat, wie man am besten Spanisch lernen kann. Was würdest du dieser Person empfehlen? Ich würde der Person empfehlen in einem spanischsprachigen Land die Sprache zu lernen, da man dort gezwungen ist, die Sprache im täglichen Leben zu benutzen. Zu Beginn ist es sinnvoll einen Intensivkurs zu machen, damit man so schnell wie möglich die Grundlagen lernt. Sobald man dann ein gewisses Level erreicht hat, sollte man zusätzlich noch ein Tandem mit Einheimischen oder spanischen Muttersprachlern machen, damit man das Gelernte sofort in die Praxis umsetzt, wodurch es gefestigt wird. Zusätzlich sollte man versuchen, mit den Mitschülern auch außerhalb der Schule nur Spanisch zu sprechen!a