What kind of language will I need to know?

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Subject: Spanish » Spanish (general)
Last updated: 06/02/2018
Tags: everyday spanish, food and drink, holiday, language, spain

If you're at beginners' level in Spanish the type of language you will need to know when you go on holiday is the most basic, everyday words and expressions. Just focus on these and your learning will be very specific and therefore straightforward to learn. Choose a tutor who is prepared to teach you exactly what you need to know and help you learn in a way that suits you best. Some people respond well to role play and others like to record class spoken language and listen to it as much as possible. Whatever your preferred method is, make sure that you go ahead with that and stay with it until you learn what you need.

I typically teach my beginners simple greetings and introductions followed by buying food and drink, numbers in order to be able to understand money, buying clothes, asking directions and buying travel tickets or hiring a car. Students progress at their own speed so I adapt to their pace of learning. I ensure that they have a clear grasp of whatever they are learning before moving onto the next topic. I encourage them to use as much online language exercises between lessons so that they have as many ways as possible to help them remember what they have learnt. If we have practised an important verb for example I will recommend that they use an online exercise to reinforce what I have taught them. Practising what they learn is essential because it is the most effective way of remembering it. Sites such as digitaldialects.com is very structured and it presents the exercises in an entertaining and lively way, using pictures of people in everyday situations,  so that students find them fun to do.

Using props which help students to feel that they are actually in the situation they are learning about, such as paying for something in a shop, can be enormously effective in ensuring that students learn what they need. For example buying a few groceries in a shop and paying with hand made paper money can be a useful way of helping students go through the stages of paying in a foreign currency and going through the motions of having their change counted into their hand. Similarly going out for a meal with my students to a restaurant where they can speak the language they are learning is a great way of giving them the opportunity to speak to the natives of that country and make themselves understood.

Above all, keep your teacher up to date with what you want to learn. You may find that after a short while that you think of more topics than you have learnt because you realise that you will need to learn those topics in preparation for your holiday. Mention these things to your teacher well in advance of your next lesson so that he or she can prepare a lesson based on those language points and satisfy yourself by learning more words and expressions that you will find that you will use when on holiday and, in so doing, enjoy your holiday more.




Paul Grace Spanish (general) Tutor (Manchester)

About The Author

Hi, my name is Paul Grace and I have successfully prepared students from GCSE to adults who want to speak French and Spanish for holiday purposes. I have had a great success rate which is why clients continue to use my services.

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