Recently, I've come to realise how beneficial regular trips to a Spanish speaking country can be for one's language skills, particularly when complimented by tailored Spanish tuition. Most of us have heard that living abroad for an extended period of time is highly advantageous for improving your ability to speak the language, and you're likely to come home with some impressive lingo. However, for many of us, this option is not available as work, children, studies and other commitments may prevent us from living abroad. Nevertheless, I've come to understand the advantage of travelling regularly to another country, even if it is for small amounts of time.
My Spanish student, Sarah, has recently bought a flat in Estepona, Spain. As a result, she finds herself travelling there regularly in order to organise decorating her flat, moving in the furniture, exploring the town, getting to know the local supermarket etc. in order to familiarise herself with her new second home. Sarah tends to travel for as little as 3 or 4 days and up to as many as 10 or 11 days at a time. I've noticed what a difference this is making to her Spanish progress, as she is contact with native Spanish speakers on a regular basis.
So, what is my tip to you? Get started with regular Spanish classes that are tailored to your needs and objectives, and make trips as often as you can to a place where you can practice your skills. Chose off-peak days to get the most for your money and you'll soon realise what a fantastic compliment this can be to your high quality Spanish classes! If you need any advice on this matter, just give us a call here at The Spanish Academy - we can't wait to hear from you!