Spain is a fantastic place to visit and travel, there is so much to do and see, however a great way to enhance your visit is understanding the basics of the Spanish language and being able to hold simple everyday conversations.
If you are thinking of learning to speak Spanish there are many ways to do so. You can learn from watching videos on You-Tube, buy a distance-learning course, sign up for an online course or attend a Spanish language course either in your own country or in Spain.
One of the quickest and most rewarding ways though is via an immersion homestay in Spain, this method will have speaking the lingo in no time whilst having lots of fun doing so.
So what makes learning Spanish via an immersion homestay so special?
Well most importantly from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave you will be totally immersed in the language, culture and customs of a typical Spanish family.
Your brain will be flooded with Spanish at every opportunity and so the learning curve is much quicker.
So no TV, movies, radio, shopping or chatting to friends in your own language during the day, this way you will be forced to test your new found Spanish language skills throughout your stay. This may push you outside your comfort zone, but the results for most people are quite astonishing.
Staying in Spain at the home of your teacher offers a wide range of benefits.
Beside learning Spanish in a natural and fun way you will also get to know a lot more about your host countries everyday way if life, its culture, history and gastronomy.
One of these homestay destinations is run by Maria at dive-into-it.com and is ideal for singles or couple.
Maria’s homestay is located close to the coastal town of Calella on the Costa Maresme, an hours drive from Barcelona. Calella is a popular destination for locals as well as international visitors offering a long sandy beach, a wide range of eateries, shops and sports activities.
Homestay visitors enjoy a lovely room in a rustic house with magnificent sea views, it also boasts a large patio, sundeck and a sparkling swimming pool.
The large sun terrace is a great place to unwind and guests are free to use the kitchen and living room, there is also Wifi throughout.
Maria has spent most of her life in the hospitality industry and is fluent in English and French and also some Italian and German. And although Maria is not a Spanish teacher as such she understands the challenges of learning foreign languages.
This immersion homestay close to Barcelona is ideal for the people who are complete novices or for those with a more advance level of Spanish. Maria is flexible and can adapt her way of speaking with more challenging constructions, tenses and expressions depending on what works for you.
Another positive is that she is able to be more or less present during your homestay, so you can either spend more or less time chatting away in Spanish, as well as having time to yourself. Its all about achieving a perfect balance which suits you.
During your stay you can visit the Catalonian capital of Barcelona, located about an hours drive from Calella, it is one of the worlds most popular city destinations.
Barcelona is home to some of Spain’s most famous attractions, including the Sagrada Familia, Mount Tibidabo, Montserrat plus the charming districts of Las Ramblas and Paseo de Gracia.
Boasting a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere and a charm and warmth found nowhere else in Spain. Barcelona is a city where art, architecture and culture fuse together perfectly and really does offer something for everyone.
Useful resources to enjoy Spanish immersion homestays.
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