How Long Should You Study Spanish?

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How long should you study Spanish in Spain?

You will learn more Spanish at a Spanish language school in Spain and you will learn it faster if you study Spanish at a language school in Spain than any other way. In-country language acquisition is the the most effective means of learning a language, and learning Spanish in Spain is no exception! You will be surprised to see how fast you will learn compared to all of your high school Spanish classes and college Spanish classes combined!

How long you should study Spanish in Spain depends on your reason for studying Spanish in Spain. Whatever your motives, it is better to study at least some Spanish in Spain than no Spanish in Spain at all!

Ideally, you would study Spanish in Spain for a semester to 6 months. In a six month period most all of the Spanish schools listed on this site will cover completely all Spanish grammar. Your foundation in the Spanish language, therefore, will be a solid one. Add to that the additional materials used in Spanish classes to introduce Spanish history, culture, and related issues, and you will really learn a lot of Spanish. Yes, you will speak Spanish!

If 6 months is too, long, you may consider a semester of study. Remember, direct enrollment abroad at a Spanish language school in Spain is significantly less expensive traditional study abroad programs. Add to this the thorough nature of Spanish instruction and you are still getting yourself a great deal and a fantastic learning experience.

Two to three months is at the lower end of the spectrum if you want not only to learn Spanish, but also to be highly conversational or fluent in Spanish. While a two or three month stint in Spain won't necessarily make you a fluent speaker, two or three months of learning Spanish in Spain will contribute significantly to how much Spanish you know and how well you speak Spanish.

Learning Spanish in Spain for less than two months is, for many reasons, just as rewarding a study abroad learning experience as longer stays. In fact, if you spend two months studying Spanish in a summer program at a Spanish school in Spain, you will have one of the best times of your life! And you will still learn quite a bit of Spanish!

One-month stays to learn Spanish in Spain are quite common. Many Europeans have a month of vacation time and they choose to spend it learning Spanish in Spain. In fact, they may spend several of their vacations over a period of years returning to Spain to learn more and more Spanish. Learning Spanish in Spain, for those of you who choose to do it, is more than just learning Spanish and it is more than just a study abroad experience. For many, it is one of the best experiences that many people have, and so they repeat it often!

Learning Spanish in Spain for less than a month is still a popular activity. Many Americans, for example, do not have a month of vacation time, and those who do are often not permitted to take it all at once. For this and other reasons there are people to choose to learn Spanish in Spain for as few as two weeks.

Can you learn anything in two weeks? At 20 hours a week, you will have had 40 class hours of Spanish class in just two weeks. Yes. You will learn. You can't develop fluency in just two weeks, but you will learn quite a bit of Spanish, and you will know that you have learned quite a bit of Spanish by the time your Spanish program in Spain is over.