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!