Looking to push past “por favor” and “gracias”? There’s no time like the present to start learning Spanish.
If your Spanish just about stretches to “una cerveza por favor” or “una copa de vino”, perhaps it’s time to take things up a gear or two! Did you know it is one of the top three most commonly spoken languages in the world (along with Chinese and English)? It’s also the official language in 21 countries so will definitely come in handy on your travels, whether you want to soak up the sun in Spain, munch your way round Mexico or lounge around Latin America. Plus, being proficient in a language is a great way to make your CV stand out.
We know what you’re thinking! They always say the best time to learn a language is when you’re a kid because that’s when our brains soak up information like sponges. But it’s never too late and, compared to a lot of languages, Spanish is relatively straightforward. Keen to give it a go? Here are some options for where you can learn in Hong Kong.
This organisation is one of the biggest Spanish schools in the city, with a team of more than 20 certified teachers. By limiting each group class to just six students, the teachers ensure everyone receives individual attention. The two-hour lessons are held in Causeway Bay or Tsim Sha Tsui on weekday evenings, making it easy to fit in around your work schedule. Each Spanish course lasts for 12 weeks so, if you enjoy it, you can register for the next level and even go on to complete DELE exams that are accredited by the Spanish government.
How much: $3,800 for a 12 week-course
Where: 13A, Eastern Flower Centre, 22-24 Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; Unit 1305, 13th floor, Cameron Commercial building, 458 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
When: Weekdays at 7:15pm and Saturdays at 5pm
Contact: 3611 5904, [email protected]
If you’re in need of flexibility, or prefer to learn one-on-one, this is a great option. This organisation offers small group classes at its offices in Central, Causeway Bay or Tsim Sha Tsui. Or why not ask the tutor to come somewhere more convenient for you, whether that’s a local cafe or even your flat! You can be sure you’re receiving top level tuition, with many of its teachers also acting as official examiners for exam boards.
How much: Private classes start from $500; a small group class package costs $3,800 per person (for a total of 24 hours lesson time)
Where: That’s for you to decide! It could be at your home, your office or at one of the company’s premises in Central, Tsim Sha Tsui or Causeway Bay
Contact: 9821 5103, [email protected]
Of course, if Spanish lessons aren’t for you, you can always try your hand at French. Either way, it’s time to get off that sofa and start pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Buena Suerte!