Cultural events in the boroughs that will enhance Spanish comprehension skills

One of the important tenants of learning a language is to expose yourself to how natives speak to better understand pronunciation, context and the culture. Here in New York there are multiple societies, organizations and institutions that dedicate themselves to celebrating Spanish-speaking heritages, which showcase and support arts programs, lectures, company performances and other informative and interactive cultural and political events.

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Tips for Setting Spanish Language Goals

Learning a new language as an adult affords you new and exciting opportunities in your personal and professional live. Aside from your daily schedule, committing the time to study, practice and attend class calls for dedication and a clear strategy to keep you motivated while you learn. Your reasons for learning Spanish will be different than your classmates’, and no matter what your reason is, we have some tips to help you define your language learning goals and create an action plan to keep you on track with your Spanish development.

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Is English your first language?

On September 20, 2018, we conducted a survey in which we asked some of our current and former students in NYC and Chicago the following question:

Is English your first language?

627 students answered. Here are the results:

As you can see, 27.4 percent of our students don't speak English as a first language. Our centers are in New York City and Chicago, so this is not surprising!

Here are some interesting considerations about learning Spanish when you only speak English, when English is your first language but you also speak at least one more language, or when English is your second language.

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Challenge

We have a challenge for you. If you are an intermediate student, doing this will greatly improve your Spanish speaking and writing skills.

Here it goes: We’re going to ask you to memorize 98 basic verbs and learn how to conjugate them in the present, past and future tenses, and we’re going to give you a checklist so you can mark what you already know. Feel free to print it and post it on your fridge, where you'll be able to update it as you progress :) (You can also download it and keep your records electronically.)

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6 More Ways to Keep Your Spanish Learning Active

Looking for more interactive ways to keep Spanish fresh between classes? Here are some ways to stay involved and learn more about the culture.

1. Quizlet

An app and website with a free and paid offering, lets its users create their own study sets from scratch or copy ones already created by other Quizlet users. Once a study set is copied, the copied version can be edited and changed without affecting the original. Learn interactively with flashcards, matching games and pronunciation and typing lessons. There are over 250 million study sets created on varying subjects other than language.

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7 Benefits of Speaking a Foreign Language

"Oh, I'd really like to learn other languages, but"…

The sentence after the 'but' doesn't really matter. A great percentage of native English speakers that wish to learn other languages never do because the process is too rigorous. During high school, every student is taught some other language, but they never really learn it on a conversational level. Their Spanish or French is just good enough to pass the exam. And, we're here to explain why that is costing you.

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Why do people study Spanish?

On June 29, 2018, we conducted a survey in which we asked some of our current and former students in NYC and Chicago the following question:

What was the main reason behind your decision to learn and/or improve your Spanish?

The choices where:

-Professional development

-Personal growth

-Family/relationships

-Other

586 students answered. Here are the results:

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Berges Institute - Spanish Classes in Chicago

We opened our second location, Berges Institute Chicago, in February 2018. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it!

Opening a Spanish language school in a new city is not an easy task. There were several things to consider: do a lot of people in Chicago want to learn Spanish? Will Spanish language students in Chicago prefer our Graf Method over the vocabulary and visual methods commonly used by other language schools?

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Subjunctive cheatsheet

The subjunctive is a mysterious thing. It’s not a tense but a mood. What does that even mean? Well, the easiest way to see it is to think of it as an alternate present or past tense that we have to use in certain structures. In English: I live here. Juan doesn’t believe that I live here. We’re using present tense in both cases, of course. In Spanish, however, since “Juan doesn’t believe that…” is a subjunctive trigger, we’ll need to substitute “live” for its alternate reality subjunctive present: Yo vivo aquí. Juan no cree que yo viva aquí.

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Interesting Stuff

Welcome to this new section of our website! As the name suggests, we’ll post “stuff” here, and we’ll try to make it interesting. If you’d like to give us any ideas and/or you’d like us to write about a specific topic (related to Spanish language in general, or learning Spanish as a second language in particular) feel free to email us :)

Learning a language is hard, we all know that. At Berges Institute, we’re committed to make the process smooth, fun and, above all, logical.

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