You may have thought about it before, but now with so much learning online, having your own online Spanish tutor just seems to make more sense than ever before. Why may it be the right time for you?
“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.”-Rita Mae Brown
You can take a class anytime, anywhere! You have the ultimate flexibility to pick a lesson that fits into your schedule and lifestyle. Want to learn Spanish from your patio? No problem! How about on the road from your RV? Maybe you want to learn it right at work from your desk. Of course! As long as you have an internet connection, you have access to learning a new language wherever and whenever you would like.
2. Customized learning
Maybe you have taken a Spanish class before – or perhaps LOTS of Spanish classes! Or maybe you are a beginner. Nonetheless, I bet you’ve been nervous about taking a class and realizing your Spanish level is either way above or way below the others in your class. With an individual online Spanish tutor, you don’t have to worry about this. Your tutor will challenge you just enough to take you to the next level. You will learn vocabulary YOU want to learn – whether it is just to learn conversational Spanish or to improve communication for your job. Your Spanish tutor will provide an interactive and personalized session for you to build confidence and learn in a fun, effective way.
3. Native speakers from a different culture
In some of your Spanish classes, I bet you have had a native-English speaker as your teacher. In other words, you have had a person like me instructing your class! Non-native Spanish teachers can be great in that they know where the pitfalls and confusion are going to be and can explain it in your native language. But what if you just want to practice and hear a native sounding accent? That is what is so great about a native-Spanish speaking tutor. Most know a bit of English, but the class will be primarily in Spanish for you to practice as much as you can. You will hear a native accent and if you’re lucky, learn all about another culture! Practicing conversation is the key to improving your fluency and what learning to speak Spanish is all about.
4. Practice without the embarrassment
I bet you know more Spanish than you let on. You know lots of words and phrases. But have you ever had the experience of when it comes to actually speaking these words and phrases, your mind goes blank? Or perhaps you are just embarrassed to speak because, “What if I am wrong? What if they don’t understand me? What if I make a mistake?” With an individual online Spanish tutor, there is no need to feel embarrassed. Your tutor’s job is to help you progress and feel more confident in speaking Spanish. Because you will have already practiced different scenarios with your tutor, it will become easier in “real-life” situations.
Here is one of the best parts of having an online tutor. Because companies are able to leverage the power of the internet and utilize qualified tutors in other countries, the hourly rate often goes down. It would be difficult to find a good tutor in the United States for $14/hour, but due to the exchange rates, currencies, and cost of living differences, having a highly qualified Spanish educator is very doable. It is a win-win situation. You find an affordable, individual Spanish tutor to customize sessions just for you. The Spanish tutors share their teaching skills and earn a well-paying rate in their home country. Win-win!
Who do you recommend?
There are several companies that offer this service, such as italki, Preply, and Verbling. Pronto Spanish, however, has chosen to partner with Speak Shop. Why you ask? Speak Shop is a U.S.-based nonprofit that works with qualified Spanish teachers in Guatemala – a country who speaks Spanish with a fairly neutral accent. Speak Shop knows these tutors well. They are not any random tutors that sign up on a platform. These teachers have been perfecting their craft of teaching online for over 10 years with Speak Shop.
“Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world.”– Rumi
For more information on how to sign up for an online class and/or individual tutor, click here.