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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

Top Tips For…

spanish Books

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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.

spanish Books

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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Macarena - Los del Río

Have you ever danced to the rhythm of Macarena? This was a massive hit in the 1990s and it’s still heard today in many bars and nightclubs across Latin America. The song is very simple: it talks about Macarena and her moves on the dancefloor. The song is extremely catchy and will surely get stuck in your head, which you can use in your favor to improve your language skills. Research shows that music activates the auditory cortex part of our brains, helping us repeat the song over and over while learning new vocabulary and structures. Dance to the rhythm of this catchy song!

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Livin La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin

It can be very useful to listen to familiar songs dubbed in the language you want to learn. Luckily for language students, there are many singers who sing both in English and their native language, like Ricky Martin. So, why not try and listen to “Living la Vida Loca” in Spanish? Released in 1999, the song topped the charts and is still very popular today. It talks about the “crazy life” lived in Puerto Rico and there is a lot of vocabulary repetition and very few tenses, so it’s very easy to understand, even for beginner-level students. Click here to listen to the song!

La Tortura - Shakira

“The Torture” is a song that follows the story of a man who cheats on his partner and wants to win her back. Shakira describes her tortured feelings and how hard it is for her to say no to him, knowing he will never change. Apart from being really catchy, the song tells an interesting story, so it’s worth the effort to understand it. Plus, it’s a very powerful way to get some Colombian words and expressions like “no te rajes” or “yo se que no he sido un santo” to stay in your mind long-term. Click here to listen to the song!

spanish Youtube Channels

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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!

spanish Lifestyle

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Sunday Football - Argentina

Argentina is known as the country of tango, asado (barbecue), and, of course, football, one of the most important traditions for men (and women, too!). The passion people hold for this sport extends to all corners of the country. Those who live in Buenos Aires have the privilege of going to “la cancha” (football stadiums) to watch the most exciting matches live, while those who live elsewhere frequently get together with their friends and family on the weekends to watch their favorite teams, like River Plate, Boca, San Lorenzo, and more! Learn more about Argentinian football here!

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Take a Siesta - Spain

Have you ever listened to “La Isla Bonita” by Madonna? Then, you’ll probably know that, after lunch, Spanish people take their siestas. Throughout the country, almost every shop closes during the hottest part of the day so people can rest and take naps. The period traditionally occurs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., but it can be longer or shorter, depending on the region of Spain. Spanish people take this habit very seriously, even holding sleeping competitions, so don’t be surprised if you ever go to Spain and find all the shops closed in the afternoon! Click here to know more about the "siesta"!

Go for Beer at Tapas Bars - Spain

A tapa is an appetizer in Spanish cuisine that is eaten before dinner. From chips (papas fritas) to chicken fingers or croquettes (croquetas de papa o acelga). And though they are served in small portions, you’ll soon discover they are more than enough to be a complete meal on their own. Combine a few tapas with some beers with friends and taste the best Spanish cuisine on offer. You’ll even find that most regions have their own specialties! For example, Madrid bars use a lot of potato in their tapas, while Barcelona bars use more fish. Want to know more about tapas? Click here!

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