Spanish classes with Mexicans
Welcome to the CAD Community based in Tijuana, Mexico. We are CAD Centro de Aprendizaje y Desarrollo (Learning and Development Center in English), let's leave it at CAD. Start your Spanish classes TODAY.
How to start with Spanish classes?
Ok, first things first… Why do you need to learn Spanish or why do you feel that you NEED Spanish classes?
Most of our CAD Members (students) want to learn Spanish because of our country’s (Mexico) culture, some others because they want to study here (because of financial reasons), and finally, there are some members wanting to do business here in Mexico.
Whatever the reason may be, it’s important that you’re aware of that. And not only in Spanish or languages, we suggest this to all of our CAD Members, even those studying Personal Development and Business topics. The purpose behind learning something new, is critical.
So, if you’re starting out, this might be tricky. Another “trouble” you may face, is the pronunciation, because we do pronounce every single letter of the words. But don’t worry, you’ll get used to it.
What are the challenges of learning Spanish?
Now that we cleared the way and you feel confident with your purpose behind the decision of start learning Spanish, let’s get started.
One of the main “troubles” that most Spanish learners face is the STRUCTURE of the sentences, if you haven’t studied any other language before, it might be overwhelming, for example:
- In English, if you want to refer to someone or something you use THE like “THE dog”.
- In Spanish, well, we use a lot of articles “El, La, Los, Las”. Yeah, I know it may seem intimidating, but it’s not that hard actually, trust me.
How difficult is Spanish for English speakers?
Aside from what I told you before (pronunciation), for English speakers, there might be some other things to take into account.
First, English and Spanish share similar words, however they don’t always share the same meaning. For example:
- Fabric looks like the word Fábrica (Factory) but it’s no way close to the actual meaning, the equivalent would be “Tela”.
- Embarrassing is classic, and you have to be careful because it looks similar to Embarazado (Pregnant), however, the equivalent is “Apenado”.
Grammar is TOTALLY different, by this I mean, conjugation, question structure, tenses, and more. In our experience with CAD Members, subjective, for example, is hard to grasp.
Now that I remember, there’s something else about pronunciation. Sounds are not the same, for example:
- Double R (RR) like “PERRO” is a sound that you WON’T hear in English… like, NEVER.
- T, D and K are “dry” in Spanish. In English the sound for us is a bit more breathy, not as strong as in Spanish.
Is Spanish class necessary?
This is actually a great question, mostly because it can save you a lot of energy, time and money. Yes, the answer to this is DEPENDS, it depends on WHY, if you do it for you, or if you’re doing it for something external.
I highlight the external factors because, later on, they might not be enough to endure the ups and downs of your learning process. Traffic, investment, frustration, time and all those aspects, start potentializing through time. At the end, all of this translates into quitting your process.
What are 5 reasons to learn Spanish?
- Mexican culture
- Business opportunities
- Affordable education
- Living in a Spanish speaking country
- Love for languages
Why do I find it hard to learn Spanish?
There’re a lot of answers to this question, actually it’s quite personal. However, if you feel like you’ve been hitting the books full time and there’s no progress, there are 3 main reasons to that:
- Because you haven’t found the right tools/resources to practice between your Spanish classes.
- Because you haven’t found the right method for you. We believe that all of us learn in a different way, our own way.
- Because you need more time. I know, it’s not the greatest answer, but sometimes is the right one. Give yourself time and patience, try new things and be aware of the things that works best.
how much does spanish tutoring cost?
If you’re sure that you want to start this amazing process, let me tell you that there are lots of options out there.
But to answer the question about pricing, it depends on the school you choose. For us in CAD, for example, the standard price per hour is $20 USD, tailored lessons, which means you’ll receive Spanish lesson from a CAD Guide (teacher), with a customized schedule and starting at your Spanish level.
Free Spanish lessons online
So… we have a Youtube channel, where not only you can check all the Spanish learning videos, but other topics in Spanish too. This will help you get used to listening to Spanish speaking people.
Here’s a video of a book recommendation for you to start learning Spanish TODAY. It’s actually a book that we’ve used in CAD since we started teaching Spanish back In 2017.