There is no question that 2020 has been an inconvenient year for most of us. Some people say that COVID-19 has been an “unwelcome surprise”.

We thought we just had to wait a few weeks or months until the pandemic was over. But the reality is that we have to adapt to this situation, we have to be resilient.

But thanks to technology we can connect with other cultures and learn a new language when we are busy or not able to travel abroad.

Learn More Than Spanish has offered online classes since (2017). Our school has the infrastructure and our team is qualified for the challenges that the so-called “new normality” has brought.

Most of the students that have been to our Spanish school in Bogota have continued learning Spanish online when they return to their hometown.

Now, in COVID times, they are taking advantage of the time they have had at home to focus on improving their Spanish language.

They also take advantage of the time to keep connected with the Colombian culture and to have fun.

Thus, we have prepared this article in case you are wondering what it is like to study Spanish online with us.

What platforms do we use at LMTS?

 What is it like to study online at Learn More Than Spanish? - The platform.

To make it simpler for everyone, we only use two platforms:

Google Hangouts and Skype.

Both platforms are very easy to use. They don’t have time restrictions, they offer the option of sharing screens and work simultaneously. They also allow teachers and students to record the classes, so you can watch them later and see how much you have improved.

What is even better, these platforms are also available for smartphones. This means that you can take the classes at home with your laptop but you can also vary sometimes and take the classes outdoors.

The most important is to coordinate with your teacher how you would like your classes to be.

What kind of activities do we do for the online classes?

What is it like to study online at Learn More Than Spanish? - The Activities

For us, the most important is to establish a plan with each student.

We know that all students are different. Everyone is at a different level, everyone learns at a different pace, and everyone has a different motivation for learning Spanish.

One of the greatest advantages of learning Spanish online is that it gives you flexibility. Students and teachers can develop their study program that fits the expectations and needs of everyone.

Therefore, our activities are very diverse. We talk about Colombian culture (i.e. music, literature, food, etc) and about the Spanish language (i.e. grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary).

It’s so much fun!

What methodology do we use?

What is it like to study online at Learn More Than Spanish? The methodology

The methodology we use in our courses depends on the program you choose.

You can choose to learn General Spanish, Spanish for Business, or to prepare yourself for the D.E.L.E. Exam.

Our methodology follows these three aspects in all the programs:

  • Our lessons are focused on the students’ goals. During the first lesson, you define with your teacher which abilities and skills you want to improve.
  • Our program covers the four learning skills (i.e. Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing) but we focus on those you feel you need more practice.
  • The program is structured by levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF), from A1-C2. The amount of hours depends on several aspects such as your previous experience learning Spanish or how fast you progress.

If you want to know more about how it is like to learn Spanish with us do not hesitate to contact us. Our team will be happy to explain to you our programs in detail.

Learn Spanish in Colombia: In-Class & Online Courses

For many years we thought that the best way to learn Spanish was by going to a school.

The traditional way of learning made us believe that we need to be “face-to-face” with our teacher to properly learn Spanish. But, during the last decades, we have seen how technology has helped us find alternative ways of learning languages.

Online classes are gaining popularity since people are constantly busy with their jobs and daily routines. It is difficult for them to have fixed schedules and to move around their cities -or to travel abroad- for attending their Spanish classes.

Technology sometimes takes more attention from us than it should. We let ourselves get caught in social media, WhatsApp messages and endless sources of information. However, we can take advantage of the enormous resources and benefits that technology brings to us.

Wouldn’t it be nice to learn Spanish while sipping on your favorite tea at home?

Or, wouldn’t it be nice to learn Spanish with a native speaker who focuses only on your learning process?

Learning Spanish online is not necessarily better than learning Spanish in person. It is just an alternative for those who are busy at work or busy with their families.

For those who can’t make it to the school classes due to their busy agendas; or, those you don’t have the time to travel abroad for an immersion course but who are interested in learning a new language.

Many would say that there is nothing better than face-to-face classes. It might be true to some extent. However, there are great benefits of starting to learn Spanish online.

In this post, we share some of the reasons why you should start learning Spanish online.

10 reasons to learn Spanish online with Learn More Than Spanish

1. You can manage your time

For those who are always “on-the-go”, learning Spanish online is a great option. It is less time consuming; you won’t waste time moving from home or from work to the school.

You can schedule your classes according to your daily routines. For example, while your children are in school, during your lunch break or, at night when you are back home cooking your dinner.

2. You can choose any location

Apart from managing your time, one of the greatest advantages of online classes is that you can choose any location.

There is nothing better to learn Spanish in a comfortable and familiar environment. For some people, the ideal place is home; for others, it’s a nice coffee shop in town or a beautiful park.

Technology gives us the opportunity to learn Spanish from anywhere, at any time.

Even during your holidays! Wouldn’t it be nice to have a session with your teacher while you enjoy your morning coffee at the beach?

All you need is a computer or smartphone and a good internet connection.

3. You learn at your own pace

Who doesn’t like to learn a new language at his or her own pace?

Learning Spanish should be fun. You shouldn’t feel pressured but comfortable with the teacher and the class.

Everyone learns Spanish at a different pace. Some might learn vocabulary faster than others, while some might be better at listening than others.

Learning Spanish online gives you the opportunity to focus on your weaknesses and strengths.

You choose the intensity of the classes. For instance, you can choose from a two-hour session a week, to a one-hour session every day.

It is all up to you!

4. It helps you save money

Online classes are not only cheaper than, for instance, hiring a private tutor or than paying a Spanish immersion course.

If you are learning Spanish in your hometown you will also save money on transportation, books and parking.

So, online classes will help you save time and money!

Then, you can use that money to travel abroad and practice what you learn.

It’s a good deal, isn’t it?

5. There are many online resources

We all know that there are infinite resources online.

When you are learning Spanish online, you can easily send links to pictures or videos related to the topics that you are talking about.

Some people might say that learning Spanish online would be useful only for practicing skills such as speaking and listening. But it is also very good for improving skills like reading and writing.

But, technology offers so many options for learning all skills online.

For example, whenever you want to work on your writing skills you can use google docs. You and your teacher can share and work on the same document.

Or, whenever you want to have a reading session you can share a screen with your teacher. You both can read the same text.

6. You will have highly qualified teachers focused on you

There are so many schools and platforms that offer Spanish online classes. Apart from being overwhelming, it might be difficult to find teachers that you trust.

We recommend you choose a Spanish school that has good reviews on Google and Social Media. It is also a great advantage to choose a school that offers both face-to-face and online classes, instead of just online classes; they often have highly qualified teachers.

Make sure you ask the credentials of the teachers, it will give you more confidence in the school and the tutors.

Once you start the classes you can talk with your tutor about your needs and expectations on learning Spanish. About your goal in the short and long term, and together you can develop the learning program.

7. It doesn’t require travel

Yes, we know that most people like to learn Spanish because they want to travel. But there are some cases when traveling is not an option.

For instance, 2020 has been a difficult year for traveling due to the COVID pandemic. However, it shouldn’t be an impediment to learn Spanish. It’s even a great opportunity to do it from home!

It is also not an option for many people who have a family and who have a corporate job. They can’t travel abroad for more than 2 or 3 weeks.

Thus, learning Spanish online is a great option for them. They can start learning at home, and then whenever they want to travel to a Spanish-speaking country they will feel more confident.

8. A good motivation gives you discipline

When you have a good motivation, you will naturally have the discipline to organize your daily and weekly schedule accordingly.

You don’t need someone pushing you to take the classes or to do the homework. You are keen to learn the language and you will happily do what it is needed. You will see the results of the time you are investing and it will keep you motivated to pursue your goal.

When you do something that you like you won’t have excuses. But when learning Spanish online you will also avoid excuses such as “it is raining, I don’t want to go outside”, or “there is a public transport strike, I can’t go to the school”.

The only excuse you might have is that your wifi is not working properly.

9. You can record the session

Another advantage of online learning is the platforms used for the classes. The most popular platforms like Skype, Hangouts or Zoom have the option of recording the session.

You can use this option to watch the session again, listen to yourself speaking, and to be aware of your mistakes to later correct them.

It would also be very nice to have some sessions recorded, watch them again a few months afterward and see how much you have improved.

10. You will feel more confident

Finally, one of the reasons learning Spanish online is a great option for you is because it will make you feel more confident.

Many students feel intimidated in the classrooms by the traditional teaching structure, or by their fellow students. They are not confident when speaking in public or when reading out loud.

In an online environment, it could be much easier to share thoughts and to build trust with your tutor. You won’t feel “observed”, and therefore you won’t be focused on the mistakes you might have.

You will feel you are chatting with a friend overseas instead of chatting with your teacher.

If you are still thinking about whether you should learn Colombian Spanish, stop thinking and start learning!

Start learning from home with us; get familiar with the language and with our culture.

Once it is safe to travel again we hope to see you in Bogota!

Learn Spanish in Colombia: In-Class & Online Courses

 

 

2020 has been a very strange year. Do we all agree on that, right?

The coronavirus pandemic took us by surprise. No one was prepared for it. We thought it was another “virus” but we didn’t expect it was going to spread out all around the world that fast.

Suddenly, we had a worldwide lockdown. International flights canceled and borders closed. Thousands of people got stranded away from home and all our plans changed.

Everyone is in a different situation but we are all experiencing the same feelings. We have passed through different emotional stages. We had been skeptical, worried, anxious, and frustrated.

But also, we have accepted the situation and have been resilient. We have been good at adapting to the situation, to the so-called “new normality”.

Here we are, five months since the worldwide lockdown

At first, we thought it was going to be a 2-weeks -or 1-month- lockdown until we “fix it out”. But here we are, five months since the worldwide lockdown. And we are yet not so sure how long this is going to last.

Before COVID we often heard -and even said- we wanted to have more time. We wished Sundays were longer. We wanted to have time to spend with our families, time to relax, time to watch movies, time to learn a new language, etc.

Now, we have the opportunity to have the “time” we wanted. But, since it is something we didn’t plan and something we can’t control, it freaks us out.

It’s totally normal, life didn’t come with a manual on “what to do during pandemic and lockdown”. But as the saying goes “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”.

2020 has given us the opportunity to think, to appreciate things we normally took for granted, and to restructure our lives in many ways.

Online activities, the new normality

Everyone’s situation is different. Some people have had the opportunity to work from home, while others have lost their jobs. Some people have had the opportunity to spend more time home, while others couldn’t make it home. Some people have started their own business, while others have lost their businesses, and so on.

In that sense, everyone is spending their time differently. However, the common denominator is that people try to be more “productive” at home. They see this situation as an opportunity to take advantage of their time. Also, an opportunity to do those things they always have wanted but -that for any reason- they have never done.

The world has adapted progressively to the current situation as well. Online platforms like Zoom have allowed people to keep up with their routines. Online meetings have become part of the “new normality”.
Now, we have our work meetings, attend to any classes, and even celebrate birthdays online. We can do basically anything online. We didn’t know we could do it until we had to.

Are we being productive enough?

It’s true we have also overwhelmed ourselves during these months trying to “occupy” our time. We are having free time and many emotions; and we don’t know what to do with all that.

There has also been social pressure on “being productive”. There are high expectations on how we are spending our time. Are we being productive enough? Are we learning something new? Are we developing that idea we talked about before?

But one thing is pushing ourselves to be productive, another thing is taking advantage of the time we have now to do those things we always have wanted to do. Like learning a new language. That’s one of the things people normally want to do but due to the many obligations they have, they never do.

This is the best time to learn Spanish online

Staying at home in isolation may induce anxiety and boredom in some people, especially those who thrive on social connections.

If you are looking for an option that keeps you productive and entertained, and that levels up your skills for your future career or studies. Then, one of the best things you can do is to learn a new language. For example, Spanish!

Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world. It’s spoken for more than 500 million people, in more than 20 countries. Thus, it’s not a surprise that during COVID people have decided to learn this language or to improve their level.

10 reasons to learn Spanish online during COVID-19

  • It can boost your mental health, it focuses your attention on something productive.
  • If you are studying or working from home, it breaks up your daily routine with something fun.
  • It’s flexible. You can schedule lessons at times that work for you.
  • It levels up your language skills for later on.
  • You save money. Online classes are cheaper than private or group classes. And, you don’t spend money on transportation.
  • You can combine lessons with watching Netflix and reading books in Spanish.
  • Even if it’s online, you can keep social connections.
  • You can do it from home or from any location.
  • You can save some money for your next trip to Colombia when we are free to travel again.
  • Being bilingual looks good on your CV.

The digital sphere is here to stay. It will take some time until we are free to move freely around as we used to.

So, this is the moment to learn Spanish! And even better, it’s the moment to learn Colombian Spanish online with LMTS!

Reasons why learn Colombian Spanish Online with Learn More Than Spanish

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