Is Spanish hard?

So what’s involved if you want to learn Spanish… and is it hard?!

  • Spanish is descended from Latin and is quite closely related to Portuguese and Italian, fairly closely related to French (a Spanish speaker can usually make out quite a lot of the other Latin-based languages).
  • A lot of the vocabulary is quite familiar to speakers of English, as we also have many words of Latin origin. (What do you think these words mean: “difícil”, “interesante”, “universidad”, “decisión”?)
  • Spanish pronunciation is quite straightforward: most of the sounds of Spanish also occur in English.
  • The language is largely written the way it is pronounced – there are just a few clear rules, so it’s easy to read and write.
  • The basics of Spanish grammar are not that hard – you can easily pick up enough for everyday conversations!
  • Spanish becomes a bit harder when you start looking at some of the verbal constructions (tenses etc.), but once you have mastered these in one Latin-based language, you will find that the other languages are very similar.
  • Latin American Spanish and European Spanish have become a little different over the years, but if you speak one, you will easily be understood by speakers of the other. You quickly learn to recognise the main differences in pronunciation.
Under Euroasia style, we have more information about our approach to teaching. If you’re ready to enrol, our Spanish timetable has details of the next Spanish classes with Euroasia! Otherwise, see course options to find out about the types of Spanish courses which we offer. Course outlines might also be useful.

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