Spanish is the world’s second most native spoken language, and the third most spoken language in the world after Chinese and English. Given the rise in its global importance, many people are viewing it as a tool for business and a new way to express themselves. However, much like in business, learning the culture of your audience and colleagues is just as important, if not more so, than the language itself. Thankfully, we have just the place in mind to take your learning to the next level at our Spanish school in Ronda.
Why is it important to learn about culture?
Just as shaking somebody’s hand in the West is generally agreed to be the de facto first face-to-face greeting, in some countries it is more courteous to give them a hug and kiss on each cheek. To try to greet someone in the former way would be seen as incredibly cold way to meet somebody. Or for example, you may fall victim to some more embarrassing blunders, such as the German cheers. Failing to maintain eye contact during a ‘Prost!’ will supposedly result in seven years of bad sex. These are a few reasons which just touch the surface of the issue, but culture goes deeper than that. As culture is the intrinsic way in which we learn to behave, not individually but as a population itself, any deviation from the norm will be seen as something foreign and abnormal. Trying to create cross-cultural relations with others is something that requires you to step out of your comfort zone and put yourself into the mindset of an entirely foreign viewpoint. However, this is not easily learned, and generally speaking it is something that can only truly be acquired by spending time in the country of the language you wish to learn. Thankfully, at Entrelenguas we have the tools at our disposal to help!
What are the benefits of learning at a Spanish school in Ronda?
Within a typical language learning environment, the teaching is conducted to incorporate at least some of the student’s mother tongue in order to aid language acquisition. However, when you’re in the country and surrounded and immersed by the language, it’s sometimes not necessary as you are constantly picking up little bits of information that you can apply to your communicative skills. Within the classroom context, this goes a step further, in that the use of the student’s first language be resorted to only when absolutely necessary. This is something that links to Stephen Krashen’s language acquisition theory, in that the student learns most when the opportunity arises to both use and to be exposed to language which is just on the cusp of their understanding. One last little bit is the Andalusian accent, which when understood gives you a feeling of immense satisfaction, as it is viewed to be by foreigners as one of the hardest accents to understand.
What do we do differently to ensure a learning experience which is all encompassing?
Our classes at our Spanish school in Ronda are centred around giving you the ability to communicate in real life contexts, making the integration into Spanish culture as seamless as possible. As with every language learning environment, grammar plays a huge part in how to best make yourself understood. Each level that we teach covers a wide range of useful and necessary in order for you to progress, although that is not what makes our classes so useful. It’s our teacher’s communicative method and personal approach that makes you feel like the main focus and give you the confidence to plunge right into the heart of Spanish culture. Furthermore, we couple this teaching method with something truly special. Alongside our classes, we offer cultural activities following the ‘slow travel’ philosophy. Activities such as cooking in a rustic vineyard, and visiting various authentic places with cultural significance to learn about the cuisine and populace.
If this is something that appeals to you, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or look at what lesson options we have available at our Spanish school in Ronda!