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Are you interested to learn Spanish in Singapore? There are several language schools offering Spanish courses. Here is an overview of reviewed spanish courses in Singapore.

 

While Spanish is not very prominent in Singapore, it makes good sense to learn Spanish. Spanish is the language with the second most native speakers, behind only Mandarin Chinese. Obviously Singapore is the territory of language #1 (Mandarin Chinese) and language #3 (English) but it is still possible to learn Spanish in Singapore.

I've learned Spanish in Spain in two instances: for 4 weeks in Salamanca, Spain in the summer of 2001, and for 2 weeks in Alicante in January 2003. In between I've also taken evening classes with a Spanish teacher in the Netherlands. It's relatively easy to learn spanish to a certain extent and be conversational, but learning Spanish becomes pretty complicated if you want to be able to write it entirely correctly.

What is easy about learning Spanish

Vocabulary
Spanish is a Romanic language, just like French, Italian, Portuguese and Romenian. All of these languages have their roots in Latin. English also has a lot of Romanic influences. So if you've had exposure to any Romanic language (or English), you'll be able to understand many of the more complicated phrases rather effortlessly, since the Spanish and English equivalent often derive from the same Latin root. Which can be a great encouragement. You may realize that once you've got the basics under your belt, many of the advanced words actually make sense.

Pronunciation
Once you understand the basic rules of pronouncing Spanish words, you will not have much difficulty to learn to speak Spanish, if only by just reading from a piece of paper. The words are pronounced separately (unlike French and Italian, where each word is connected to the former, producing an entire string of sounds). Spelling rules are also pretty consistent, so if you make a commitment to learn Spanish on a regular basis, you will find that you can be understood rather quickly.  

Difficulties you will meet when you learn Spanish

Spanish grammar
To be entirely fluent in Spanish, however, is a totally different story. Verbs are inflected into 6 forms, three for singular and three for plural. Although these verb endings are relatively consistent, there are a lot of different tenses. When to use what tense and which inflection goes with which tense then becomes a major headache. It's particularly worth mentioning the 'coniunctivo', the indirect tense used for quoting someone in written language. If you learn Spanish, by the point this is introduced with you, you think you know all the tenses. But for every tense and inflection you learn, you'll find that there is a coniunctivo form as well, so you'll just have to do the whole thing once again, while at the same time learning when to use the coniunctivo and when to use the 'regular' tense.  

Where to learn Spanish in Singapore
Most larger Singapore language schools offer Spanish courses. There is one specialized Spanish school in Singapore which was started by two Spanishs nationals and has only native speaker teachers.

if you want to learn Spanish in Singapore, check out the currently available Spanish courses!

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