Spanish from Spain or from Latin America?
It is the same! There is no such thing as Latin American Spanish. I am horrified at the amount of books and courses that offer this subject. The main difference between the two of them is the accent. In Latin America, as also happens in the South of Spain they pronounce the letter “z” as an “s” sound rather than the stronger “th” sound that is used in most parts of Spain. There are also some different expressions in every country, but these will not stop you from being understood and understand wherever you go.
Also, the accents will be different in every Latin American country, therefore it is impossible to teach or learn “Latin American Spanish”. For example, the accent in Venezuela is more similar to the the one spoken in the Canary Islands than to the accent of Argentinians. In Mexico, they have lots of colloquial expressions that only they understand... Food names are quite different in every country, or even in lots of regions within Spain.
If you have a preference for the accent of a particular country, that is ok, but if a tutor offers to teach you Latin American Spanish or Spanish from Spain and insists that they are different, please look for a different one!
We offer personalised lessons for adults of all ages, English speaking children and Spanish Speaking children, where they can learn to speak more confidently and to read and write in Spanish.
Every lesson will have four parts: speaking, listening, grammar and reading. The writing is also an important part of the learning process and you will be asked to do some writing at home most weeks.
With most students we follow a course book, and also depending on whether you need to pass an exam or just want to use Spanish for your holidays the length of this parts will not be the same. To prepare for exams you will need more in depth grammar knowledge, therefore grammar and reading will be very important.
If you would only like to use your Spanish to travel, more importance will be given to speaking and listening.
Once you reach an intermediate level, you can ask to just do conversation lessons, these are fun and interesting. They are also an opportunity to learn more about the history of Spanish speaking countries, their art, traditions and culture.