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Learn Spanish in Granada Spain – Language resources and tips

Learn Spanish in Granada Spain – Language resources and tips

If you are thinking of coming to Learn Spanish in Granada. Choosing the Andalusia region is a great idea. The people are really friendly and sociable here.

You also get to stay in a magical city with the Alhambra palace and the Sierra Nevada mountains as your scenery. We would recommend that you take online classes for spanish before your travels to make your times in Southern Spain easier.

Staying in a Spanish home

Staying with a Spanish family is a great idea to understand the Spanish culture as well as learning the language in an immersive environment. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I usually write about my own personal experiences in Spain.

I haven´t spent any time learning Spanish in Granada myself. Nor do I have first hand experience of a language school in the city. I learnt my Spanish in the UK and some later in Barcelona.

Here´s a video of me speaking Spanish for your enjoyment….

Learning Spanish

Anyway let´s not digress, living  here I notice that a lot of people around me regularly attend language schools and some of my closest friends work in them.

I want this post to be a useful resource for people who are thinking about coming to Granada while in the US or UK or even for those who have just arrived in the city and are finding their feet.

So here are some Language Schools to where you can learn Spanish in a friendly environment. I choose these as they have a modern innovative approach to language learning.  Not just reading textbooks or listening to boring audios. Another useful list maybe this one by Granada tourist board have their own official list of Language courses. The Instituto Cervantes also has a list of authorised centres in Andalusia here.

Valencia Market in Spain

Language exchanges in Granada

If you already have a grasp on Spanish and just want to keep up your level, another fun way is to join in with an intercambio. Language exchanges in Granada may work well. These are often done informally over tapas and beers in the evening.

In Spanish they maybe advertised as ´Intercambio de Inglés Español´ Here are some of them that are currently running in the city:

English & Spanish Language Exchanges

  • Weekly Language Exchange. Usually Wednesdays at 8.30pm close to El Corte Inglés/Palacio de Congresos Totes Intercambio

Malaga Exchange

In Malaga city itself their is a regular language exchange in Calle Larios. Details here.

Any finally a few tips of mine to help you to Learn Spanish. These are things I did to learn Spanish when I first arrived in 1998 and didn´t have money for a language school.

Hope they will still help now.

Learn Spanish in Granada

Tips to Learn Spanish

  • Make Learning Spanish fun. Link the learning to a hobby or passion. Do you like cooking? Read culinary books or recipes in  Spanish. If you love sailing find websites in Spain about that.
  • Listen to Spanish Radio, listen to real accents. My favourite was listening to adverts and working out what they were saying.
  • Find an online course that is fun and not tedious. It should be easy to follow and broke down into easy to tackle sections.
  • Read magazines or newspapers. Choose short pieces or articles with lots of photos to break it up. Maybe about a subject that you are particularly interested in: cooking, cars, science, movies. You can access some of them online.
  • Read books in Spanish. If this idea seems daunting at first, choose short stories. Try to avoid looking every word up in the dictionary. Only look at words that are repeated frequently that you don´t understand and that are key to the story.

Spanish Films

  • Watch films in Spanish without subtitles. You may think that you need to read the subtitles, but unless the film has a particularly complicated plot,you usually get the idea from the music, the tone voice and the imagery. Choose films where you have an idea of the storyline, simple stories or particular favorites that you want to see again.
  • Try to lose your Fear and shyness. The most important part of learning a language is to be brave. I am fluent in Spanish and only became fluent after making MANY mistakes. I had to suffer several embarrassing moments while learning Spanish. The mistakes are part of learning and improving.
  • You may think the process is slow but you will soon improve and gain confidence if you are constant and continue.

¡Muchisima Suerte a Todos!

bimba lola spanish shoe

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  1. Roberta says:

    Hola Molly,
    Thanks for a wonderful site & blog – you are a great resource and such an inspiration to me!
    I attended Escuela Delengua for a month in October 2018 (living with a host family) & fell in love with Granada. I am working on my residency visa to move to Granada with a goal of becoming fluent in the first year. Thanks so much for the insights into Castila, as I’ve wanted to try explore the diversity of an additional school experience and it looks really interesting. Perhaps I’ll book Castila for 4 weeks to get a feel for their program.
    I’m so excited to be moving to Granada and seeing my Spanish friends again!
    Warmly,
    Roberta

    • Molly says:

      Hello Roberta,

      Thrilled that you came across my blog and you are finding it useful. I try to publish new content every week or so. Mainly about Granada + Andalusia, ocasionally other areas of Spain or points on Spanish Food + Culture too.

      Cheers
      Molly

  2. Jorge huxtable says:

    How would you compare the DeLengua school to the Castilo school, both in Granada ?

    Gracias, Jorge

    • Molly says:

      Hi Jorge,

      I know the teams at both schools and they are both excellent
      Lots of activities arranged after class, they both do varied levels of exams.

      I would look at the websites of both and see which suits your personal style
      Mucha suerte
      Molly

  3. Pedro says:

    hola Molly, i just came across your blog, and it is really good and interesting!

    i am glad that you love Granada, the city of my grandmother from my mother’s side, my grandmother was born in the Albaicin and lived there, but had to leave because of the civil war, so she came to Murcia where she met my grandfather, but she always had Granada in her heart and was devoted to the Virgen de las Angustias.

    well i really doubt that Granada or Andalucia is a good place to learn Spanish, i mean, a foreigner who gets into those acentos andaluces will have a problem to understand Spaniards from Castilla or Galicia for example.

    • Molly says:

      The magical setting of Granada is fantastic for any visitor. For learning Spanish all areas in Spain have accents. That’s the richness of Spain & it’s culture. Andalusian accents vary. Cadiz is a particularly strong accent, I think Granada accent is quite clear. Some villages around Granada province have stronger accents. Andalusia is a good choice as only Castellano is spoken rather than Gallego, Catalan o Valenciamo in other areas.

  4. Amy Scott says:

    Hola Molly,

    Gra├žias por un gran blog! Thank you for responding to my request from New Mexico to write about studying Spanish in Spain… Your blogs are so informative, genuine and timely. Saludos!

  5. Great advice, Molly. Personally we’d recommend Gran Canaria over Granada as a place to learn, but we’re biased. Seriously though, this is a fantastic article to help you learn Spanish wherever you choose to base yourself.

  6. Hi Molly,
    I’ve been thinking of doing a spanish immersion program in spain after I finish school next year. I want to do something like an 8 week program where i live there and study spanish. I have 10 years of study and I’m proficient in spanish but I don’t consider myself fluent and I haven’t practiced in years. I want to know if you have any advice on any immersion programs that are a bit more intense.
    Thanks
    -Brittany Ruth

    • Molly says:

      Hi, the best immersion is being in Spain of course. In this post the places I mention all have different types of courses. If you look at the websites you can see their offer of Intensive plus courses. Delengua seem to offer 6 day a week courses. Mucha suerte!

  7. Sue Sharpe says:

    Very useful and informative post, Molly.

  8. Bianca says:

    HI Molly!
    thanks for this perfectly timed piece as I will commence a language course on 2nd September at Castila http://www.castila.es/spanish-granada/
    however since reading your post, I noticed that delengua offers the same courses for half the price. I am considering losing my deposit at castila in order to change to delengua. Do you know what the differences are between the two schools? Perhaps it is class size or other?
    Many thanks!

    • Molly says:

      I’m sorry I don’t know the difference myself. Maybe check with each school for details of class size etc. by email or phone before deciding. But yes there all lots of different prices. You need to check into the detail.

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