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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

Those wishing to learn Spanish in groups of 2 or more together (Two-to-One Spanish Lessons or Small Group In-Company Spanish Lessons) can sign up for our group classes. All students must be at nearly the same level of Spanish proficiency, must have the same needs from the language, and must be able to study at the same time and place as the others. Bookings must be made for all students simultaneously. Listen & Learn do not propose group sizes or more than 6-8 people, but In-Company Taster Spanish Lessons can occur with 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

Your colleagues and yourself can be trained by our native-speaking fully-qualified Spanish tutors at a time and location to suit you. Classes can take place any day, even weekends, and can happen in the morning, afternoon or evening. If the case may be that your home or office is not convenient, there is always the option to take your classes at the office of your teacher. Study books for the lesson are provided. 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

Lessons in Spanish are also accessible for 2 or more studying in tandem (Two-to-One Spanish Lesson or Small Group In-Company Spanish Lesson). All those involved must have around the same experience of the language, similar needs of areas of proficiency, and must be able to work at the same time and place. Bookings must be made for all students at the same time. Listen & Learn do not advise classes of more than 6-8 people, although In-Company Taster Spanish sessions can be run with as many as 12 people. Inquire now about our Spanish Courses or Take A Free Spanish Level Test

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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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Mis Pastelitos

To achieve fluency in Spanish, it’s important to constantly absorb information via different mediums. And what better way than to listen to native Spanish speakers talk about topics you are passionate about? For example, if you like cooking, then watching Mis Pastelitos’ videos can be a great choice. This YouTube channel is run by Griz Verduzco, a Mexican woman who loves sharing recipes about delicious desserts from her home country. You’ll soon pick up words and phrases related to cooking, like “olla,” “freír” and “qué delicioso”. But don’t watch it if you are on a diet: you’ll soon be craving sugar! Subscribe here to the channel!

spanish Youtube Channels

ElSmosh

If you love anime and games and are looking to improve your Spanish, why not follow ElSmosh’s Youtube channel? This Youtuber makes comedy videos aimed at pop culture and Pokémon fans in English, which is then dubbed into Spanish by a Chilean man. So, if you are interested in watching videos about how Pikachu won his first battle or curious facts about Disney princesses, this is the channel for you. Plus, as the channel is available in both English and Spanish, so you can cross-reference both versions if you are a beginner and would like to improve your comprehension skills and vocabulary. Subscribe to the channel here!

Daniela Bos

Learning Spanish on YouTube is convenient. Since you can watch the platform from any device with an internet connection, you can use it to learn Spanish anytime, anywhere. For example, you can start watching the content uploaded by Daniela Bos, a YouTuber who shares facts about Mexican lifestyle and current events. This channel is recommended for everyone learning Spanish, even beginners, as she speaks in a very clear way, making it easy to understand what she’s saying. Soon, you’ll develop a fluid vocabulary and learn some of the phrases she always uses, like “Hola, bebé!” Subscribe here to the channel!

spanish For Kids

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Fisher-Price Videos

Are your kids learning Spanish? Do you find it difficult to have them sit down and do the homework? Then Fisher-Price videos for toddlers and children of early school age can help! The site has a huge selection of videos that range from teaching the names of animals and colors to everyday vocabulary related to school and other environments and scenarios. Each new word is displayed on screen, so these videos are great resources to teach children spelling. They’re super fun too, so you can be sure your child will be thoroughly entertained while practicing their Spanish! Click here to start playing with your kids!

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Spanish Kid Stuff

Textbooks and flashcards are highly recommended to learn and retain vocabulary, especially when it comes to children, as using visual reinforcement is a great way to commit terms to memory (and avoid boredom). And while these elements are certainly expensive, you can also find great resources online for free, such as at Spanish Kid Stuff. The website promotes language learning by offering hundreds of resources for children to learn Spanish. You’ll find all the materials conveniently divided into categories, like “Animals,” “Clothing,” “Time,” and so on, so it will be easy for you to find the materials you want your child to practice! Click here to start playing with your kids!

Pandora

Do you remember the songs your family used to sing to you when you were a baby? Lullabies are one of the most natural and memorable ways to learn a language. So, if your child is learning Spanish, it’s a great idea to enter Pandora and listen to some lullabies (canciones de cuna) together. You’ll find a lot of options on the site, like “Estrellita donde estás.” In most cases, you can find an English counterpart (like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”), which is even better because your child will already be familiar with the soothing tune. Listen to these songs 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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Memrise

Are you looking to increase your Spanish vocabulary outside your lessons? Then, you should consider Memrise, an app with a wide variety of lessons and resources that will help you learn new words in meaningful ways. For example, you can find videos featuring native speakers uttering phrases and words so you to learn how to pronounce them. Then, you can complete different exercises to help you remember those terms and understand their context of usage. Download Memrise and you can choose what to learn and decide when and where you want to practice, all while staying entertained and motivated. You can check out the app here!

spanish Apps

Tuenti

This is a mobile operator based in Spain that offers messaging and social media services too. Created in 2006, between 2009 and 2015 it was known as the “Spanish Facebook,” with over 15 million active users. Today, Tuenti offers mobile telephone services within Spain and Latin America as well. Its plans are affordable and easy to use, and they offer instant messaging through the app. If Spain is on your bucket list, you might want to download the Tuenti app to your phone to stay connected with old friends back home and new friends while you are traveling. Download the app here!

Arbor

Arbor is a new app in the fintech field that helps people save and optimize their expenses. It has several tools, with its expenses planner being the most useful of them. You can upload invoices to keep track of all your expenses and divide them into categories (like taxes, transportation, food, leisure, and so on) to understand where you spend your money. You can even set financial goals per week or month, and you’ll receive congratulations once you attain them. All you need is a mobile phone and some reading knowledge of Spanish. Click here to find out more about the app.

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