Prospective students often ask whether Spanish is an easy language to learn. The good news is that it is one of the easiest major European languages for an English speaker to pick up. As both of our languages derive many words from Latin, a lot of them will be recognisable to you almost immediately.
Spanish is said to be the most phonetic of the main European languages and spelling in Spanish is actually more regular than English. This is due in part to the fact that the Royal Spanish Academy, whose role we looked at in a previous blog, has simplified and standardised it over time. Spanish is much more predictable as a result, so once you’ve grasped the basics it is relatively easy to apply those rules to new vocabulary when you come across it. Plurals in Spanish are formed in the same way as English by adding –s, which makes it very natural for English speakers. It’s true that you will need to get accustomed to genders and noun-adjective agreement, but this is true of most European languages and you will soon find it second nature.
Of course, though it is considered easy, learning Spanish still takes some effort, just as learning any language – even your own – does. This is where a native Spanish tutor is immensely beneficial, helping you to perfect your pronunciation as well as covering all the grammar you will need. Group lessons can be a really fun way to learn with friends or colleagues, or see just how much you can pick up in a short time with our intensive courses.