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Eight benefits of online learning with Berges

Online education has proliferated in recent years. As higher education institutions expand course offerings and flexibility within those programs for busy professionals, online learning has taken root and become a mainstream option.

The Graf Method at Berges can now be learned online. Berges has created an online learning environment for all grammar and conversation level courses. Taking a Berges course online brings convenience and accessibility to starting or continuing Spanish language studies.

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How to memorize new words faster

Reaching a high level of proficiency in a new language requires the acquisition of thousands of words as well as learning the mechanics of how these words combine in a system through which communication is possible.

There is little doubt that memory plays a vital role in this process. Without a healthy memory, acquiring a new language is an impossible task. In today’s world, the average language learner is used to relying on outer devices for recollection, such as computers and smart phones, and this reliance hinders the development of an active memory.

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Online Spanish Classes at Berges Institute (finally!)

We’ve designed them so they are as similar as possible to our regular, in-person courses. Classes are not prerecorded. Online courses have set start and end dates, and meet at the same day and time every week for 10 weeks, just like the ones at Berges Chicago and Berges NYC. There’s weekly homework, and there’s a test between the 9th and 10th session that you should pass before you move on to the next level. The online rooms are set to Discussion Mode, so students can talk to the instructor or to other students, just like they would do in a regular class.

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The letter ‘X’ (equis, pronounced e-kees) and its phonetical discrepancies in Spanish

Have you ever wondered why Mexico is written in Spanish as “México” but we still say “Méjico” (mé-hee-ko)? We would like to invite you on a journey through time and discover the origins of one of the most mispronounced letters of Spanish. From its addition to medieval Spanish to its uses in the New World, the letter ‘X’ was a particular consonant that was subject to phonetical changes according to people’s needs at certain times.

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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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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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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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