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Spanish Lessons in Aberdeen

According to the 2011 census, there are over 68 languages used in Aberdeen, Scotland’s third-largest city. In fact, over 12% of the 228,670 estimated city residents were reported to use a language other than English or Scots at home. Among this wide range of languages, Spanish is the sixth most commonly used, with almost a thousand speakers.

As the official language of more than 20 countries, Spanish is the second-most spoken native language after Mandarin Chinese, with nearly 500 million native speakers in countries like Argentina, Chile, Venezuela and of course, Spain. With 548.3 million total speakers, it’s the fourth-most spoken language in the world, which makes it one of the most popular among language learners.

As you can imagine, learning such a widespread language can be a great advantage. Whether you’re looking to connect to a broader part of the local community, get access to better job opportunities or just expand your horizons, learning Spanish is just what you need.
 

Why Study Spanish in Aberdeen?

Learn Spanish for Work and Travel

Learning Spanish is one of the best things you can do to advance your career. Not only will it allow you to work in countries like Spain, Colombia or Paraguay, but it will also help you land a job in multinationals across the globe. Top companies in Aberdeen like Amazon, Deloitte and Schlumberger are constantly looking for bilingual applicants for job positions like Localisation QA Tester, Field Specialist and Customer Engineer.

What’s more, if you have your own business, learning Spanish will allow you to build professional relationships with many local Spanish and Latin immigrant communities, which can be the key to growing your business and getting access to once-in-a-lifetime opportunities in the city.

Learn Spanish for Social

There’s more to learning a language than just expanding your vocabulary, it’s also important to immerse yourself in the cultures where that language is spoken. One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to do so is through its food, and fortunately, if you’re interested in exploring Spanish and Latin American cuisine, there are many amazing places you can visit in the area.
 
One of the best places to get a taste of Spain in Aberdeen is Café Andaluz, located at 5 Bon Accord Street. Stepping inside this exotic restaurant will make you feel like you’ve been transported into the Andalusia region in Spain. Among the mouth-watering Spanish dishes you can taste, there’s the traditional tortilla española, a thick omelette filled with sliced potato & onion, albóndigas, which are spiced pork & beef meatballs in a rich tomato sauce, and the famous paella, cooked with Calasparra rice and topped with your choice of meat & seafood.

Do you want to try some of the best Mexican food in the area? If so, you should visit Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant, located at 3015 6th Ave SE. From fajitas to carne asada, they offer fresh, traditional meals that are perfect for both lunch and dinner. It’s the perfect place if you want to get to know Mexican dishes from different regions while you enjoy traditional music in a relaxed, warm atmosphere. Whether you want to try spicy burritos or delicious quesadillas, this place is just for you! 

Learn Spanish for Culture

Every language learner knows there’s nothing like practising your target language with other people to take it to the next level. If you’re looking to boost your Spanish skills and meet new people, you should attend one of the language exchanges held by the Aberdeen Spanish Language Society. This group of Spanish language enthusiasts meet every Tuesday at 7 pm in La Tasca, located at 367 Union Street. These meetings are the perfect chance to better your conversation skills and meet native speakers from Spain and Latin America. In addition to the regular language exchange events, they arrange special meetings like salsa nights, ceilidhs and Spanish movie nights.

Where to learn Spanish in and around Aberdeen?

If you’re a film lover, you can visit one of the many Aberdeen Public Library branches, where you’ll find a great selection of Pedro Almodovar films you can’t miss. As one of Spain’s most accomplished directors, watching some of his films like Pain & Glory, Julieta, and The Skin I Live In will make you feel like you’ve been transported to Madrid and will help you understand the passionate Spanish culture.

After watching these amazing films, you’ll be eager to start learning Spanish right away. If so, the best place you can choose to do it is Listen & Learn! Nowhere else in Aberdeen will you find such personalised lessons that will make your learning experience so rewarding and fun. To start learning right away, the first thing you can do is take one of our free 15-minute tests where you find out how good your Spanish skills are. After that, send us a quick enquiry and one of our team members will get in contact with you.

If you want more information about the course or you’re ready to book your first lesson, you can also call us!

The type of courses we offer:

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

These lessons in Spanish are wide-ranging by nature and are driven towards students who have a variety of differing needs. All beginner students will expect to study enough survival Spanish to get them through a short visit to the country. Those who choose to continue with the lessons will progress differently, depending on their individual requests and requirements. Whether you are buying property in a foreign country, married to a foreign national, planning a round-the-world trip, interested in Spanish history and culture or if you simply want to attain a particular level of Spanish, this is the choice for you. Enquire 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 driven towards people who have a requirement to learn Spanish to bolster their work output. For novices, you will find it useful to learn basic greetings and business etiquette. Once you have become more proficient, then reading and writing will come to the fore. Typical students include those concerned with imports and exports, those seeking work in multinational companies, international negotiations and anyone working with international colleagues or administration. Even in our most rudimentary lesson for beginnners, students can expect to finish with decent telephone and e-mail Spanish, as well as a good enough grip on the language for a short trip to the country where the language is spoken. Enquire 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 two 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, 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 does not suggest group sizes of more than 6-8 people, but In-Company Taster Spanish Lessons can occur with up to 12 people. Enquire 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 instruct you and your group at your work or at home at a time most convenient for you. Classes can take place on any day of the weekeven weekendsmorning, afternoon or evening. 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. Enquire 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

The Spanish lessons are also available for two or more people studying together (Two-to-One Spanish Lessons or Small Group In-Company Spanish Lessons). All participants must have the same level, the same business or general language needs and be able to study at the same time in the same location. The booking must be made for all participants at the same time. Listen & Learn does not recommend group classes of more than 6-8 people though In-Company Taster Spanish Lessons can be run with up to 12 people. Enquire now about our Spanish Courses or Take A Free Spanish Level Test

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Gran Hotel - Netflix Series

If you like period dramas, then you will surely enjoy “Gran Hotel”, a superb production with plenty of romance and intrigue. The story is set in the 1910s and follows Julio, a man who arrives at the Gran Hotel to speak with his sister, head chambermaid Christina, only to find out she has disappeared. So, he decides to pose as a footman to find out what happened. This Spanish drama has more than 80 gripping episodes for you to binge-watch while improving your European Spanish. Even if the series is set in the previous century, you will certainly learn useful words and expressions for modern-day interactions! Here you can find more information about the series

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Spanish Film Festival

Every year, London hosts the fantastic Spanish Film Festival, established in 2002, where you can find more than 50 ground-breaking Spanish and Latin American movies screened in their original language. This event features the most representative films from Spanish-speaking countries of the year, so why not attend this festival and watch classic and traditional Hispanic films without English subtitles? This way, you’ll pick up new words, improve your listening comprehension skills and learn more about Spanish and Latin American cultures. Most of the time, actors and directors also attend the festival, so you can approach them afterwards and speak to them in Spanish! Click here to know more about the festival.

The House of Bernarda Alba - Play

“The House of Bernarda Alba” is a classic play written by the Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca in 1936. It is entirely set in Bernarda’s house, where you can take a peek at her family life with her five daughters, her maid and many other servants. It explores the themes of sexual repression, inheritance and violence among three generations of women who live in the same house. You can watch this award-winning production at the Cervantes Theatre in London, where it is delivered entirely in Spanish. So, as it’s fast-paced and uses complicated grammatical structures, this play is recommended for intermediate to advanced students. Click here to learn more about this play.

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Cuentos de la Selva - Horacio Quiroga

If you are looking to unlock a whole new world of stories while improving your Spanish skills, then don’t hesitate to read “Cuentos de la Selva” by Horacio Quiroga, an Uruguayan writer who published this novel in the 1920s. The tales are set in the Argentinian jungle and the main characters are animals that take on human characteristics, serving as a metaphor for how people interact with nature. These tales were originally written for children, so they are short and use fairly simple language, making this book the perfect choice for beginners eager to know more about the Argentinian culture. Click here to find out more about the novel.

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La Sombra del Viento - Carlos Ruis Zafón

Reading a novel will help you familiarise yourself with Spanish sentence structure and grammar in real-life contexts. Forget about reading overly simple sentences and grab a novel like “La Sombra del viento”. Set in Barcelona, this is the story of 10-year-old Daniel, a boy who visits one of the biggest libraries in the city and finds a book called “La Sombra del Viento”. But, as soon as he draws it from the shelves, something strange happens and a seemingly innocent action transforms into a race to save the ones he loves. This novel by Zafón is the perfect choice for those who love mystery books and would like to know more about what happened in Spain after the civil war. Click here to find out more about the novel.

El Amor en los Tiempos de Cólera - Gabriel García Márquez

Developing proficiency in reading in Spanish has a positive effect on your listening and speaking skills as well, so it’s a great option for beginners who want to build their confidence. For example, you can start reading one of the most well-known books ever written in Spanish: “El Amor en los Tiempos del Cólera” by Gabriel García Márquez. This is a multiple-character story set in the 1800s that depicts forbidden love and draws a comparison between love and illness (in this case, cholera). The novel tells a captivating story but also carries a lot of deep, potentially unanswerable questions about the human condition and love itself. Click here to find out more about the novel.

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Whistlefritz Spanish for Kids

Spanish videos for kids are a fabulous learning resource. The videos are fun, memorable and keep children engaged. Furthermore, watching videos like Whistlefritz Spanish for Kids is an excellent way to expose your child to a variety of Spanish accents. Whistlefritz products are themed and teach contextual Spanish words to kids. The videos are intended for children ages 2-7 and introduce basic vocabulary related to the seasons, birthday parties, animals and other topics interesting to young kids. The presentation is clear with plenty of repetition, so the kids will never feel overwhelmed. Check out their website to know more.

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Juegos Arcoiris

If your children enjoy short, interactive games, why not take advantage of this and encourage them to play games in Spanish? For example, Juegos Arcoiris is an excellent resource for kids to acquire new vocabulary and reinforce what they learn in their Spanish course. It hosts a variety of puzzle games, short stories and even colouring activities that will keep your children amused for hours. These games are perfect to practise vocabulary: the colouring activities display the names of object and colours and all the instructions are in Spanish; and the short stories are written and read in Spanish, too! Check out their website to know more.

La Ratita Presumida

La Ratita Presumida is a popular folk tale that follows a mouse who wants to get married. She welcomes different suitors to her home, like a pig, a dog and a cat. To decide whom she wants to marry, she always asks them “¿Y por las noches, que me dirás?” (What will you say to me at night?), but never likes their answers. This is a great story to learn some phrases and vocabulary about animals, as it’s repetitive but fun. Your child can even watch the story on YouTube and then act it out. Check out this website to read the story.

spanish Comedy

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Esperando la Carroza

Are you looking to improve your listening skills in Spanish in the comfort of your own home while learning more about the Argentinian culture? Then, Esperando la Carroza is a movie you should not miss. This comedy follows the Rodriguez family who suddenly lose Mamá Cora and believe her dead, with amusing scenes that take place during the funeral. Today, most people in Argentina know the characters’ lines. So, by watching this hilarious movie, you’ll be able to pick up a lot of puns and cultural references to help you to integrate with the locals if you ever go to Argentina. Here you can find more information about this Argentinian movie.

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Un Novio para mi Mujer

Are you planning to visit Argentina soon? If so, you’ll find the locals’ slang and high use of cultural references can be difficult to comprehend. Fortunately, you can become familiar by watching movies at home. One of the must-watch Argentinian comedy is Un Novio para mi Mujer, a movie that follows Carlos, a man who wants to get a divorce but doesn’t know how to say it to his wife. One of his friends suggests that it would be easier if his wife falls out of love with him instead, so the movie depicts hilarious situations where Carlos tries to make Victoria hate him. Find out more about the movie here.

8 Apellidos Vascos

Watching comedy can be a lot of fun and it’s even better if you watch them in the language you are learning. For example, watching Spanish comedy can be of great help when improving your listening skills and picking up some new vocabulary. So, why not enjoy high-quality Spanish productions, like 8 Apellidos Vascos? This movie deals with the ridiculous prejudice some people have about those who come from the Andalucia and El País Vasco regions, through a humorous lens. If you enjoy irony and jokes, then you’ll certainly have a laugh with the absurd situations depicted in the film! Read more about the film here!

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Drink Some Mate - Argentina

Argentinians are known for carrying their mates everywhere they go, but what are these exactly? A mate is a drink made up of yerba, hot water, a straw and sugar. But mate is much more than just a drink: it’s a tradition. Although you can drink mate on your own, most people share it with friends, family or even strangers. Also, you should consider that some people prefer to drink mate dulce (with sweetener or sugar) or mate amargo (without sugar). Have a taste of both and decide which one you like best! Click here to learn more about mate!

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Dance Flamenco - Spain

Flamenco is a highly expressive dance form originally from Spain, characterised by clapping, percussion and movements of the body, arms and hands. Most of the time, the dancer is a woman, who dances to the rhythm of a song and guitar. If you plan to learn it, there are some terms associated with flamenco that you should learn, like “corto” (a singer skilled only in some styles but not in others) or “braceo” (the movement of the dancer’s arms). Improve your mind-body coordination and build your confidence while embracing this cornerstone of Spanish culture! Learn more about Flamenco here!

Celebrate el Dia de los Muertos - Mexico

El Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican traditional celebration that honours those who have passed away. It’s celebrated every year on the 1st and 2nd November. In Mexico, it is believed that those who are not remembered by their families will just fade away and never reach paradise. So, during these days, people pray for the ones who died to be welcomed into Heaven. Some other traditions include visiting the graves of family and loved ones and preparing altars at the cemetery with food, candles, flowers and photographs to remember them. Learn more about the Day of the Death here.

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