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Spanish Lessons in Miami

Setting foot in Miami will make you feel like you’ve been transported outside the U.S. As you walk down its sunny streets, you’ll hear the beautiful sounds of the Spanish language everywhere you go. This is especially true if you visit neighborhoods like Little Havana, filled with Latin art galleries, cafes, and restaurants. When you walk into a store here, it’s not unusual to be greeted with a “¡Buenos días!” or a “¡Buenas tardes!” by the local shop assistant, and you’ll also find most of the signs around Miami are in both English and Spanish. This comes as a result of the high percentage of Spanish native speakers living in the city, that account for 60% of the total residents, according to the 2020 census.

Any newcomer will benefit from speaking Spanish in Miami. It’s the best thing to do if you want to connect with a larger part of the population and also understand the deep Hispanic influence in the city. What’s more, learning Spanish is perfect for those wanting to immerse themselves in the incredible music, art, and traditions of some of the many Latin cultures that you can find around Miami, while also becoming more employable. Whatever your reason for learning Spanish, this beautiful language will change the way you experience the city for the better, and help you see it with new eyes. 

Why Study Spanish in Miami?

Learn Spanish for Work and Travel

If you want to access better job opportunities in Miami, you should consider learning Spanish. As you might know, the city is a business hub for Latin America so Spanish is required for many positions and preferred in most. Some of the positions exclusive for bilinguals in the city include Bilingual Spanish Customer Service & Sales Representative for AT&T, Bilingual Spanish Banker for Citizen Bank, and Bilingual Assistant Store Manager for Extra Space Storage. In short, having Spanish on your CV will make getting a job in Miami’s competitive market much easier no matter what your career is.

In addition to opening doors to unique jobs in the city, learning Spanish will improve the way you experience other countries when you travel. As the second language with the most native speakers in the world, Spanish is a useful tool to have when visiting countries like Chile, Spain, Cuba, Argentina, and Uruguay. What’s more, if you become fluent, you’ll get access to amazing job positions in these countries that could potentially change your life.

Learn Spanish for Social

There’s no better city than Miami to get to know the different Latin cultures where Spanish is spoken. One of the biggest events in the city is the Carnival Miami, held every February. This amazing festival lasts three weeks and showcases some of the best dancers, musicians, food, and art of the Latin communities that live in the city. Carnival Miami has something for everyone and offers all kinds of events. If you like games, you can’t miss the Domino Tournament, a classic Little Havana cultural experience where domino enthusiasts from around the country gather for a laid-back afternoon of laughter, fierce competition, and a feast of Latin food. On the other hand, if you want to immerse yourself in Latin music, you can’t miss the Calle Ocho Music Festival, where in addition to listening to some of the most well-known singers and bands from Spanish speaking countries, you’ll get the chance to taste delicious international food, enjoy folkloric dances and find entertainment for all families. Lastly, if you want to explore the local art scene and cuisine that make Miami so unique, you might want to check out the Carnival on the Mile, a free two-day event that features the best artists, cooks, and live performers in the city.

Learn Spanish for Culture

Learning Spanish will not only help you get to know other cultures, but it’s the perfect opportunity to make new friends from all over the world. In Miami, Spanglish Exchange: MIAMI organizes free language exchange events where you can practice Spanish and meet native speakers who need help with their English. They meet three times a week online and in local bars like 100 Montaditos, located at 1401 Brickell Ave. The way both the face-to-face and online events work is the same, you start speaking in Spanish with a native speaker and after five minutes one of the hosts will announce it’s time to switch to speaking English. After that, you’ll change language partners and start the process again.

Where to learn Spanish in and around Miami?

In addition to offering useful learning materials like course books, grammar books, and dictionaries, the Miami-Dade Public Library System offers free Spanish lessons for beginners in some of its branches. Back in 2016, the library partnered with Florida International University as a result of the high demand for free, in-person classes at the Library and launched an 8-week course for beginners. The course was a complete success so since then the library has partnered up with other local universities to create learning programs every year.

Although these programs are great for beginners, they only last a short period of time and only cover the basics of the language. If you truly want to take your Spanish skills to the next level, your best choice is to study at Listen & Learn. If you send us a quick inquiry now, one of our team members will pair you up with a native Spanish teacher who will create a completely personalized course for you based on your interests and goals. You can choose to have face-to-face lessons in the comfort of your home or office in Miami, or you can choose to have them on Skype or Zoom, so there’s no excuse! Start learning today and you’ll be speaking Spanish in no time! 

The type of courses we offer:

Face-to-Face 1-to-1 (Individual) General Spanish

Spanish lessons of this type are broader and are aimed towards students with a variety of requirements. While all beginner level students will cover survival Spanish - needed for short visits to countries where English isn't widely spoken, or if you wish to 'go local'; those studying Spanish usually go in different directions at this point, depending on what they need. Those who have benefitted from these Spanish classes have been those investing in or buying property overseas, those married to overseas nationals, people setting off on a round-the-world trip, enthusiasts in Spanish culture, and those enthusiastic to pass a specific exam in Spanish. Inquire now about our Spanish Courses or Take A Free Spanish Level Test

Face-to-Face 1-to-1 (Individual) Business Spanish

These Spanish Lessons are intended for people who really need to learn Spanish to help make that difference in their work. For beginners, it will be useful to learn greetings and basic business etiquette, at higher levels reading and then writing become more important. Typical students include those involved in import/export, international negotiations and acquisitions, jobseekers in multinational companies where an additional language is required, and those working with international colleagues, academia and government. Even on our most basic lesson for Beginners, students should expect to end the lesson with basic Telephone Spanish and e-mail Spanish skills for communications as well as Survival Spanish required for short visits to a country. Inquire now about our Spanish Courses or Take A Free Spanish Level Test

Face-to-Face Closed (Private) Group General or Business Spanish

2 or more people can benefit studying Spanish together as these Spanish lessons are also offered to groups (Two-to-One Spanish Lesson or Small Group In-Company Spanish Lesson). Every student must have the same degree of knowledge of the language, the same business or language needs and the ability to study at the same time and place as everybody else. The booking has to be made for all students at the same time. Listen & Learn do not advocate group sessions of more than 6-8 people, though Taster Spanish Lessons can be experienced by up to 12 people. Inquire now about our Spanish Courses or Take A Free Spanish Level Test

Skype, Google Meet or Zoom Online 1-to-1 (Individual) General or Business Spanish

Our native-speaking qualified Spanish teachers can guide you and your group  at your work or at home, at a time convenient to you. Classes can take place on any day of the week - even weekends - morning, afternoon or evening. If needs be, if meeting at your office or home is not suitable, you can take your lessons at the trainer's office. Study materials are supplied for you. Inquire now about our Spanish Courses or Take A Free Spanish Level Test

Skype, Google Meet or Zoom Online Group (Closed or Open) General or Business Spanish

2 or more people can benefit studying Spanish together as these Spanish lessons are also offered to groups (Two-to-One Spanish Lesson or Small Group In-Company Spanish Lesson). Every student must have the same degree of knowledge of the language, the same business or language needs and the ability to study at the same time and place as everybody else. The booking has to be made for all students at the same time. Listen & Learn do not advocate group sessions of more than 6-8 people, though Taster Spanish Lessons can be experienced by up to 12 people. Inquire now about our Spanish Courses or Take A Free Spanish Level Test

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La Casa de Papel - Netflix Series

One of the most popular Netflix shows of the last few years, this suspense series will have you at the edge of your seat. “La Casa de Papel” is about El Profesor, a man who planned the most daring crime in the history of Spain: to break into la Casa de Moneda y Timbre (the Royal Mint) and steal more than 1 billion euros. Will they make it? You will have to tune in to find out. And make sure to watch the series in its original language to improve your listening skills and get used to the European Spanish accent. Beginners can make use of English subtitles, but don’t cheat if you are already speaking the language at an advanced level! Click here to learn more about the series!

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Cinco de Mayo Festival

Cinco de Mayo is an annual Mexican festival that remembers the army’s victory over the French in the 18th century. Today, it is celebrated all around the USA with fantastic parties that include live mariachi music, traditional food and drinks, and a parade with elaborate costumes. Why not attend this event to meet like-minded people while getting to know more about the culture of the language you are learning? As it is attended by many native speakers living in the country, you’ll surely pick up some vocabulary along the way, like cactus or maracas. Wear a sombrero, have some margaritas and impress the people you meet with your Spanish skills. Learn more about the festival here.

El Quijote - Play

An adaptation of the classic Miguel de Cervantes’ novel, this play follows the adventures of Don Quijote. Obsessed with becoming a chivalrous knight, Don Quijote decides to take his sword and, with the help of his trusty squire, Sancho Panza, embarks on an adventure to defend those in need and fight against evil. The play is performed in Spanish with English supertitles at NYC Theater, so you’ll be able to enjoy the experience even if you are just starting out with your Spanish course at Listen & Learn. Learn more about the play here.

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Cien años de soledad - Gabriel García Márquez

Are you looking for a new book to sink your teeth into while learning Spanish? Then Márquez’s most well-known novel is the best choice for you. “Cien años de soledad” tells the story of the Buendia family in a town called Macondo and follows its members for seven generations. The novel blends magical realism and Colombian political history, making the book one of the most original works of fiction of the century. “Cien años de soledad” is recommended for upper-intermediate students due to the complexity of its vocabulary and complicated narrative. Learn more about the book here.

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Mandrágora - Laura Gallego

Are you tired of staring at your Spanish textbook when trying to acquire vocabulary? Then, reading a novel can be a great idea. Laura Gallego’s “Mandrágora,” for example, contains lots of everyday words and expressions that will help you get by if you ever visit a Spanish-speaking country. Read this novel and get to know the story of Miriam, a woman who has just started a new life as a servant to the king. While living at court, a series of strange events take place and she tries to solve a mystery with the help of new friends and colleagues. Learn more about the book here.

El Entenado- Juan José Saer

“El Entenado” is the perfect choice for people looking to know more about Spanish grammar. Saer uses a great variety of tenses and irregular verbs when writing, so reading his novel can help you recognize how and when to use these conjugations appropriately. This is the story of a young man who ventures into the New World back in the 15th century. Learn more about his encounter with the natives and discover how the clash between two worlds affected both the conquerors and the conquered. By reading this masterpiece by Juan José Baer, you will not only improve your comprehension of Spanish but also expand your mind with a trip into the unknown. Learn more about the book here.

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Learn Vocabulary Watching Soccer

Learning Spanish is much simpler and more motivational when you use materials about topics that really interest you. Some of the most famous soccer teams in the world, like Barcelona or Real Madrid, are from Spain and the Spanish are huge fans of the sport as a result. So, if you are looking to connect with Spanish speakers, what could be better than talking to them about football? Gather together with Spanish speakers and watch some matches on TV networks, like Univision, and soon you’ll soon start to pick up important soccer vocabulary, like how the referee is called árbitro or that a forward (like Messi) is called delantero. Learn more about Spanish teams here!

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Use Ligas to learn Spanish

If you ever go to Spain, you’ll see that the most popular sport in the country is soccer. Every weekend, fans put on their teams’ shirts and sit in front of the TV or attend the local stadium to watch football matches of La Liga, la Liga de Campeones o la Liga del Rey. Watching soccer matches is the perfect way not only to learn some new vocabulary (polivalente, for example, is a player that can take different positions in the field) but also to engage in interesting discussions with your Spanish friends. All of them will have heard about Messi or Suárez, so ask them their opinions on the players with your Spanish skills. Click here to know when the Liga starts!

Watch the World Cup in Spanish

The soccer World Cup is one of the most prestigious sporting tournaments in the world. It takes place every 4 years and attracts millions of attending fans and excited TV viewers, ready to cheer on their nation’s team. But did you know that, for decades, the World Cup has been transmitted inboth English and Spanish in the USA? This is a great chance for Spanish learners to enjoy a world-class sports event while increasing their Spanish vocabulary. Plus, you’ll have an exciting topic to discuss with your Latin American or Spanish friends! Learn more about the World Cup here.

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Univision

Univision is an American Spanish-language television network where you can watch the daily news, telenovelas (Spanish-speaking soap operas), and more. It also has a free-access website where you can read articles written in Spanish about Mexico, Latin America in general, and American politics. This is the country's largest provider of Spanish-language content, so you’ll find a lot of diverse information about Mexican celebrities, news and politics which impact the Spanish-speaking community, and updates about your favorite Spanish shows, for example. The website is recommended for intermediate to advanced students as the language can be quite complex. Get started with news in Spanish here!

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Estrella TV

Estrella TV is an American television network that broadcasts programs and news in European Spanish. You can tune into one of their shows and learn more about local and international news, current reality shows, and sports. The vocabulary they use is a bit formal, which will come in handy if you plan to use your Spanish skills at work or to apply for a new job. Also, you can visit Estrella TV’s website to read the news instead of just listening. The articles are very short and use simple words and sentences, which is perfect for beginner-level students who want to start reading in Spanish. Get started with news in Spanish here!

Telemundo

Telemundo is the second-largest provider of Spanish content in the USA and is owned by Comcast. This television network broadcasts programs (telenovelas, sports, reality shows, etc.) and news either imported or Spanish dubbed. And if you want to improve your reading skills while learning more about what’s going on in Latin America, you can access Telemundo Digital Media’s website, where you can find articles about celebrities, politics, the economy, and sports. They are usually quite short and written using simple language, so beginner and intermediate-level students can read these real-life materials and take their Spanish to the next level. Get started with news in Spanish here!

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El Chavo del 8

Who ever said that learning a new language is boring? One of the biggest mistakes that students make is to just use textbooks to learn. Of course, flashcards and books are very useful but watching comedy in Spanish is a great method to improve your vocabulary and grammar while having a laugh. For instance, El Chavo del 8 is a Mexican show that follows the adventures of a poor orphan boy called el Chavo and other low-income characters who live in the same housing complex (la vecindad). Put away the books and turn on the TV to pick up some Mexican slang! Click here to learn more about this Mexican series!

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La Casa de las Flores

Watching movies and series is a great strategy to improve your Spanish. Even if you are just starting with your course, try not to watch dubbed series but the original Spanish and use English subtitles instead. This will help develop your ear for the language, and once you become more proficient, you can use Spanish subtitles or none at all! If you like comedy, we recommend trying The House of Flowers. This is a very popular black-Mexican comedy television series you can watch on Netflix. You’ll develop a greater awareness of contemporary Mexican society and culture while having some fun and improving your Spanish. Click here to learn more about this series.

Allí Abajo

Allí Abajo is a comedy that playfully depicts the cultural differences between one of the northernmost regions in Spain, el País Vasco, and Andalucía in the south. It follows Iñaki, a man from the north, who falls in love with Carmen, a nurse from the south. This is a great series that can help you understand the cultural differences between Spanish regions and will serve to increase your awareness and understanding of dialects in terms of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. This series is great for any level of proficiency and will help you to pick up some slang and expressions from Andalucía and País Vasco! Wanna know more about the movie? Click here.

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