Spanish

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With more than 400 million native speakers, Spanish is the second most used language internationally, after English, and is second only to Mandarin in global native speakers. By the year 2030, native Spanish speakers will make up 7.5% of the entire population of the world!

It is an official language in 19 American countries: pretty much everywhere from Mexico to Patagonia, except Brazil, one African country (Equatorial Guinea), and it is also spoken in the Philippines. More than 50 million people in the USA speak Spanish as a first or second language and it's also quite popular in Spain too!

Spanish is studied as a foreign language by 18 million students worldwide and it is highly regarded by employers.

The popularity of Spanish language and culture, much of it disseminated via US media, means that many words and phrases are already familiar (especially to fans of old western movies): amigo, casa, desperado, fiesta, hombre, poncho, salsa, siesta. Every time Bart Simpson says "Ay caramba", he's speaking Spanish!

Levels offered: Spanish (from October 2016)

Beginners (level 1 - A1 CEFR)

You have little or no prior knowledge of Spanish.

FAST TRACK Beginners (level 1 - A1 CEFR)

You have little or no prior knowledge of Spanish and you would like to make quick progress.

Post-beginners (level 2 - A2 CEFR)

You can manage Spanish language in basic situations using the present tense.

FAST TRACK post-beginners (level 2 - A2 CEFR)

You can manage Spanish language in basic situations using the present tense and you would like to make quick progress.

Intermediate (level 3 - B1.1 CEFR)

You can read and write basic Spanish sentences in everyday situations using past, present and future tenses.

FAST TRACK intermediate (level 3 - B1.1 CEFR)

You can read and write basic Spanish sentences in everyday situations using past, present and future tenses, and you would like to make quick progress.

Upper-intermediate (level 4 - B1.2 CEFR)

You can communicate in Spanish in everyday situations using past, present and future tenses.

Advanced (level 5 - B2.1 CEFR)

You can understand the main points of everyday spoken and written Spanish and are confident in the past, present and future tenses.

Post-advanced (level 6 - B2.2 CEFR)

You can communicate fluently in Spanish and are confident using a range of tenses and moods in the past, present and future.

Proficiency (level 7 - C1.1 CEFR)

You can speak and write Spanish with ease and want to specialize in more advanced linguistic skills.

Not sure which level you want? Use the ELP self-assessment grid to identify your level of competence.

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Greeting: "Buenos días" (good day/good morning)

Counting: uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco...

Useful phrase“¡Qué calor! ¿Qué tal un chapuzón en el mar?” (So hot! Fancy a dip in the sea?)

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