There are many reasons to learn a foreign language – for some it is a matter of business necessity if their occupation requires them to do business internationally; for others it is purely a question of taking pleasure in learning, but most people embark on a language course because they already have an interest in the country in which the language is spoken, and its culture. Those attending our Spanish lessons in London cite all these reasons, as well as many others.
Learning Spanish helps you to understand the cultural heritage of Spanish-speaking countries, whether that is Spain itself or one of the Latin American countries. A good understanding of Spanish will open up opportunities to explore its vast literary contribution over the centuries from greats like Cervantes, Marquez and Neruda, all of whom we have featured in our blog in the past. It also allows you to enjoy more fully some of our wonderful cinema from the likes of screenwriter and director Pedro Almodóvar, whose work we often use as a teaching resource, or to understand the lyrics of the music, both classical and popular, which you may already love for its melody and vitality.
And there is no better way to understand current affairs and prevailing attitudes in the Spanish-speaking world than being able to read newspapers and magazines, online versions of which are freely available for the keen learner, or by watching Spanish-language television without having to rely on subtitled or dubbed versions which often fail to fully capture the nuances of the original dialogue.
If you want to discover the joy of learning Spanish and the wealth of culture it can open up for you, get in touch.