Learning Spanish

This is the second part of “Beginner’s Guide: The Best Way to Learn the Past Tense in Spanish”. When you speak with a friend, you have to talk about things that happened a few days, months or years ago. Talk in past is important too by knowing the history of a place, a country or someone special to you. If one of your New Year’s wishes is learn Spanish in Costa Rica, you are still on time. We invited you to continue reading and know more about the Past Tense in Spanish. 4. Tackle the conjugations of the preterit (preterite). There are lots of irregular formations of the preterit tense, and it takes practice and some memorization. Here are the five major groups used by most traditional Spanish grammar sources: Regular -ar, -er, -ir verb endings: All you have to do is drop the infinitive and add the correct preterit ending. Common irregular preterites: These include ser, ir, dar, and ver. Ir stem-changing verbs: Only -ir verbs that are stem-changing in the present tense have a stem change in the preterit. Just the first letter of the change is kept, and only in the third-person singular and third-person plural. Verbs with irregular
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So, you’re learning Spanish in Costa Rica, and you’ve gotten the basics of the present tense down. And now you can’t wait to learn the past tense in Spanish. It’s a major milestone as you become proficient in another language, allowing you to talk about past events and make a more personal connection with your conversation partner. But it’s time you know it: The Past Tense in Spanish has many faces: simple preterit, past progressive, present perfect… So, read on to learn about the best way to learn the Spanish past tense as a beginner. 1. Spanish uses several tenses to state facts. When you use the past in English to describe events that happened, to say the same thing in Spanish you could be using any of several indicative past tenses in Spanish, including compound tenses. These include the preterit, imperfect, past progressive, present perfect, and past perfect. 2. Think of the simple past in terms of preterit (preterite) and imperfect. Talking about what happened in Spanish without using compound tenses is divided into the preterit indicative and the imperfect indicative. The simple preterit indicative in Spanish is used when you merely state what happened at a particular point and
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Spanish is such a popular second or foreign language to learn that there are plenty of courses one can take at major colleges and universities. In the United States, Spanish is the most studied language in higher learning. And, in the world, it ties with Mandarin and French as the second-most-studied language. But, do you know how is the best way to learn the Spanish language? The Spanish Study Abroad has a lot of benefits, and here, in the Costa Rican Language Academy, we can give to you this big opportunity. Want to know it? Let’s start. About the Spanish Study Abroad Program Some students already speak Spanish and want to improve their grammar or vocabulary. Spanish study abroad programs offer your students the chance for immersion as well as a beautiful, fun and enriching experience in a Spanish-speaking country. Interacting with native speakers is a great way of quickly adapting to the language. However, it is even better to study using the immersion method; that is, by having to use the language for most or all of the time. The 3 benefits of a Spanish Study Abroad program in Costa Rica There are many reasons to have a Spanish study
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You travel to beautiful Costa Rica. You have the sun, warm climate, and amazing nature to enjoy on a daily basis. You love the friendly people and relaxed atmosphere. There is, however, one thing you might be missing while in Costa Rica—the Spanish language. You probably have been willing to learn Spanish, but you just have not known where to start: verbs, personal pronouns, Spanish Prepositions… What you need is a Spanish school in Costa Rica, but you don’t want just any Spanish school. You need the Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA) to help you with your goals. As you are learning Spanish, you are going to want to know all about the language. You will want cultural and language immersion along with a comprehensive program of Spanish studies. You are also going to need to know the important prepositions in the Spanish language. Once you have learned these, it will make studying Spanish much easier. Some Important Prepositions What are the prepositions in the Spanish language? Here are twelve of them: De: of, from, or about A: to, at En: in, on, at Por: for, by, because of, through Con: with Para: for, to Sin: about Sobre: on, about,
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Take a Spanish Immersion Program If you’re a senior or any other adult above traditional college age, you may have entertained thoughts of regret about not learning a popular language like Spanish. Well, although the need for Spanish in the US has been on the rise for decades, nothing compares to today’s demand, use, and opportunities for Spanish speakers of any age or background. So if you’re asking yourself, “Am I too old to take a Spanish immersion program,” the answer is a spontaneous and triumphant “No!” Here’s why: The experiences of success You may be at an advantage by waiting to learn a language. Since your teens and twenties, you have probably taken on a hobby, a sport, a musical instrument, or a profession which captured your passions. Chances are, you have learned that you can absolutely succeed when you’re motivated, inspired, and immersed. The best Spanish immersion programs are located in tourist-friendly, peaceful countries like Costa Rica, and provide an exciting environment that allows you to pick up features of a language naturally. At CRLA, Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA), you actually learn Spanish while you pursue your deepest passions such as travel, volunteering, taking dance or cooking
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There are more reasons than ever before to learn Spanish, the official language of Costa Rica, Spain, as well as 20 other countries. Whether you’re preparing for college or getting ready to retire, you’ll benefit from knowing this particular Romance language. Read on to find out exactly why you should learn Spanish. 1. Over 400 million people are native speakers worldwide. With over 400 million native speakers — the precise number varies from study to study — Spanish ranks as the second most widely spoken language in the world after English. And experts are now recognizing Spanish as an unofficial second language in the US. In fact, according to the New York Post, the US now has more speakers of Spanish than Spain. 2. You can be an expert at what you do in two languages. Organizations across the industries are hiring bilingual speakers of Spanish and English that have the expertise to carry out work in professional positions — doctors, lawyers, CEOs, diplomats, scientists, journalists — just to name a few examples. With a strong command of each language, bilingual individuals use their Spanish skills to practice their given profession and reach a broader audience. 3. Your brain will
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Studying Spanish in Costa Rica is a great idea Studying Spanish in Costa Rica is a great idea. You get the chance to learn a new language and see a new country. Costa Rica is full of natural beauty and host to some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Check out these five things to do while you study Spanish in Costa Rica. The Cloud Forest Find yourself amongst the clouds in this surreal place in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. You will feel like you are in heaven as the mists surround you and you sense real magic taking place. The clouds loom around you for you to reach out and touch them. This unique place will amaze you so make sure it’s on your list when you study in Costa Rica. The Jungle The tropical rain forest of Costa Rica is rich and green. With an abundance of endemic bird species, monkeys, and yes, insects, the jungle is the perfect place for a stroll or hike in the wilderness. You will be surrounded by lush tropical plants and trees that display many different shades of green – the epitome of verdant and vibrant wildlife. The Hot Springs Want to take a
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Learning a second language has become essential as the job market continues to become more and more diverse. In addition to giving you a competitive edge over your competition, multilingualism is known to be good for brain development and prevention of diseases such as dementia. Here are 7 ways to study Spanish and be excellent at it: Make reading a habit By reading a lot, you familiarize yourself with Spanish grammar and the correct way of constructing sentences. You are also able to compare your progress to see what you need to work on. Worth noting is you have to read trustworthy material that makes use of formal grammar. Learn core words first Every language has its core words and features which you are obligated to learn before delving into details. Focus on commonly used Spanish vocabulary to build a firm foundation for your language development. Understand gender of nouns Unlike the English language, nouns in Spanish are either masculine or feminine, which makes them rather difficult to master. For better results, take time to understand the basics so that you are able to categorize them accordingly. Practice writing in Spanish Writing Spanish on an everyday basis is an effective
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Did you know that learning a second language boosts your brain?. Scientific research in the last 50 years finds that people who learn another language reap many brain benefits, and we made a list of some of them below. So read on to find out everything that happens to your brain when you learn a new language! 1. Your brain expands. According to an article in Your Training Edge, a recent study proves that learning another language makes your brain grow. The study monitored and compared the brain activity of two groups: med students and military personnel who were taking several hours of language courses each day. The results revealed that the areas of the brain involved with language learning actually expanded after a certain amount of time in the military group. Meanwhile, there was no change in the brains of the med students. 2. Language learning helps protect your brain from developing Alzheimer’s. Scientists also found evidence that being bilingual helps protect your brain against Alzheimer’s. The above-linked article in Live Science describes how a Canadian scientist conducted a study involving two groups of Alzheimer’s patients. One group spoke only one language while the second group was bilingual. On average, the
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Why students prefer us What better way to learn Spanish than to completely immerse yourself in the language, culture, and beauty of Costa Rica! According to the World Economic Forum, more than 437 million people globally speak Spanish. Students learn more quickly and retain the language better when they are able to use it in natural situations, and the program we offer at Costa Rica Language Academy CRLA provides the best environment possible to join a volunteer project, experience a way of life, make new friends, and much more. Learning Spanish abroad at CRLA is a safe, wonderful experience for students of all ages. Our homestay program pairs students with local families who make them feel right at home, immersed in the Tico culture. Homestays provide a great way to enjoy Costa Rican cuisine, learn about daily life, and converse constantly in Spanish. The secure neighborhood in San Jose has experienced local staff to ensure the comfort and security of all students, allowing everyone to relax and absorb the experience. Our programs Our programs are flexible and can be customized for a short- or long-term stay to fit each individual’s needs. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced Spanish speaker, our varied and
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April 2, 2020
Past Tense in Spanish

Part II of: Beginner’s Guide: The Best Way to Learn the Past Tense in Spanish

This is the second part of “Beginner’s Guide: The Best Way to Learn the Past Tense in Spanish”. When you speak with a friend, you have to talk about things that happened a few days, months or years ago. Talk in past is important too by knowing the history of a place, a country or someone special to you. If one of your New Year’s wishes is learn Spanish in Costa Rica, you are still on time. We invited you to continue reading and know more about the Past Tense in Spanish. 4. Tackle the conjugations of the preterit (preterite). There are lots of irregular formations of the preterit tense, and it takes practice and some memorization. Here are the five major groups used by most traditional Spanish grammar sources: Regular -ar, -er, -ir verb endings: All you have to do is drop the infinitive and add the correct preterit ending. Common irregular preterites: These include ser, ir, dar, and ver. Ir stem-changing verbs: Only -ir verbs that are stem-changing in the present tense have a stem change in the preterit. Just the first letter of the change is kept, and only in the third-person singular and third-person plural. Verbs with irregular
March 30, 2020
Past Tense in Spanish

Beginner’s Guide: The Best Way to Learn the Past Tense in Spanish [Part I]

So, you’re learning Spanish in Costa Rica, and you’ve gotten the basics of the present tense down. And now you can’t wait to learn the past tense in Spanish. It’s a major milestone as you become proficient in another language, allowing you to talk about past events and make a more personal connection with your conversation partner. But it’s time you know it: The Past Tense in Spanish has many faces: simple preterit, past progressive, present perfect… So, read on to learn about the best way to learn the Spanish past tense as a beginner. 1. Spanish uses several tenses to state facts. When you use the past in English to describe events that happened, to say the same thing in Spanish you could be using any of several indicative past tenses in Spanish, including compound tenses. These include the preterit, imperfect, past progressive, present perfect, and past perfect. 2. Think of the simple past in terms of preterit (preterite) and imperfect. Talking about what happened in Spanish without using compound tenses is divided into the preterit indicative and the imperfect indicative. The simple preterit indicative in Spanish is used when you merely state what happened at a particular point and
March 26, 2020
Spanish Study Abroad

3 Benefits of a Spanish Study Abroad program in Costa Rica

Spanish is such a popular second or foreign language to learn that there are plenty of courses one can take at major colleges and universities. In the United States, Spanish is the most studied language in higher learning. And, in the world, it ties with Mandarin and French as the second-most-studied language. But, do you know how is the best way to learn the Spanish language? The Spanish Study Abroad has a lot of benefits, and here, in the Costa Rican Language Academy, we can give to you this big opportunity. Want to know it? Let’s start. About the Spanish Study Abroad Program Some students already speak Spanish and want to improve their grammar or vocabulary. Spanish study abroad programs offer your students the chance for immersion as well as a beautiful, fun and enriching experience in a Spanish-speaking country. Interacting with native speakers is a great way of quickly adapting to the language. However, it is even better to study using the immersion method; that is, by having to use the language for most or all of the time. The 3 benefits of a Spanish Study Abroad program in Costa Rica There are many reasons to have a Spanish study
March 23, 2020
Spanish Prepositions

Learn the Most Important Spanish Prepositions

You travel to beautiful Costa Rica. You have the sun, warm climate, and amazing nature to enjoy on a daily basis. You love the friendly people and relaxed atmosphere. There is, however, one thing you might be missing while in Costa Rica—the Spanish language. You probably have been willing to learn Spanish, but you just have not known where to start: verbs, personal pronouns, Spanish Prepositions… What you need is a Spanish school in Costa Rica, but you don’t want just any Spanish school. You need the Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA) to help you with your goals. As you are learning Spanish, you are going to want to know all about the language. You will want cultural and language immersion along with a comprehensive program of Spanish studies. You are also going to need to know the important prepositions in the Spanish language. Once you have learned these, it will make studying Spanish much easier. Some Important Prepositions What are the prepositions in the Spanish language? Here are twelve of them: De: of, from, or about A: to, at En: in, on, at Por: for, by, because of, through Con: with Para: for, to Sin: about Sobre: on, about,
March 4, 2020
Studying Spanish in Costa Rica - 5 Things You Must See

Studying Spanish in Costa Rica – 5 Things You Must See

Studying Spanish in Costa Rica is a great idea Studying Spanish in Costa Rica is a great idea. You get the chance to learn a new language and see a new country. Costa Rica is full of natural beauty and host to some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Check out these five things to do while you study Spanish in Costa Rica. The Cloud Forest Find yourself amongst the clouds in this surreal place in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. You will feel like you are in heaven as the mists surround you and you sense real magic taking place. The clouds loom around you for you to reach out and touch them. This unique place will amaze you so make sure it’s on your list when you study in Costa Rica. The Jungle The tropical rain forest of Costa Rica is rich and green. With an abundance of endemic bird species, monkeys, and yes, insects, the jungle is the perfect place for a stroll or hike in the wilderness. You will be surrounded by lush tropical plants and trees that display many different shades of green – the epitome of verdant and vibrant wildlife. The Hot Springs Want to take a
October 11, 2019
Speed Up Your Spanish Learning with These Additional 5 Tips

Speed Up Your Spanish Learning with These Additional 5 Tips

Learning a new language is time-consuming, and it requires hours upon hours to achieve fluency. However, it’s not simply about the quantity of time spent studying; the quality of those hours matters too. For higher quality learning, turn away from grammar books, conjugation drills, and vocab lists and focus on actively incorporating Spanish in your daily life. Here’s five ways to make the best use of your time for faster and more effective Spanish learning. Practice Listening The next time you pull up Netflix to binge watch a new series, consider picking a show in Spanish. Instead of using the English subtitles as a crutch, use the Spanish subtitles so you can train your ear to better identify words and phrases. Beyond Netflix, there are countless YouTubers geared toward Spanish learners such as Easy Spanish in which Spanish speakers are interviewed about their daily life. The channel also provides accurate subtitles in both Spanish and English. Incorporate Your Interests If you have a hobby, think about how you can add Spanish into the mix. For example, if you love to cook, start looking up recipes in Spanish. It’s a win/win situation if you can learn and treat yourself to a delicious home-cooked
October 4, 2019
Spanish is for everyone! 3 reasons to learn Spanish

Spanish is for everyone! 3 reasons to learn Spanish

Why learn Spanish? You hear it at the supermarket, the coffee shop, the park, and on the street. The melodic sounds of the beautiful Spanish language are all around us. No matter where you live or spend your days, you probably hear or see Spanish in some form or another. The time has never been more right to learn Spanish. Here are 3 reasons to learn Spanish lo más pronto posible (as quickly as possible). Professional advancement: No matter what profession you’ve chosen, or if you’re undecided or in transition, learning Spanish can give you a professional edge. Many positions advertise that Spanish proficiency is “preferred,” which means that you’re more likely to be accepted for the position if you speak and understand Spanish. This preference spans professions: Spanish proficiency is heavily sought in the fields of marketing, business, education, non-profit, sales, and virtually every other type of profession. Social connections: If you’re interested in expanding your social connections, learning Spanish is a sure way to find new friends. In fact, even the process of learning Spanish, especially if you chose to immerse yourself in a Spanish-speaking culture, will provide opportunities for deep, fun, meaningful social interactions. For more information
September 27, 2019
5 Most Important Grammar Rules in the Spanish Language

5 Most Important Grammar Rules in the Spanish Language

Learning the basic grammar of a new language is important — even if you’re studying abroad in an immersion program and also hanging out at the beach or hiking in the rainforest. A language’s grammar is the glue that sticks everything together, ensuring clear communication and smooth navigation through social situations. So read on to find out about the five most important rules of grammar in the Spanish language. 1. There are several ways of saying “you” (second person). Standard forms across the board in any Spanish-speaking country include: tú (you singular, informal); usted (you singular, formal) and ustedes (you plural, formal). All these forms are used when addressing both males and females. There also some regional forms of “you” as well. You may hear vos in Costa Rica, Argentina, and other countries as an alternative to the second person singular tú. In addition, you’ll hear vosotros/vosotras in Spain to represent the informal plural of “you” (think: “y’all” or “you guys.”) 2. Nouns are assigned genders and reflect number. For instance, the beach is “la playa,” To visit the beautiful beaches of Costa Rica, though, you would say “las playas de Costa Rica.” The word for beach is assigned a feminine gender,
September 20, 2019
5 Tips to Learn Spanish Faster

5 Tips to Learn Spanish Faster

Learning a language nowadays can be so much easier than in decades past. Today’s top methods concentrate on helping the student learn Spanish through direct experience in a natural, dynamic environment. And that means not just signing up for a Spanish course, but studying abroad and immersing yourself in the Spanish language and local customs. Read on to find out about five tips that will help you learn Spanish much faster. Study in a Spanish speaking country that’s open to tourists and students. Costa Rica, for example, is known for its peaceful history, its tourist-friendly citizens, and its clear Spanish dialect. Most tourists find that the local ticos, or native Costa Rican speakers, have a relaxed and joyful approach to life, and tend to be friendly and helpful towards people from other countries who come to learn their language. Stay with a host family. A host family provides invaluable guidance, introduces you to local events, and helps you learn the basics — like how to use the local public transportation. You may even find a host family with members your age who know the best places to hang out. You may even end up forming friendship bonds that last for years.
August 21, 2019

How to Choose the Best School to Learn Spanish

Hay muchas escuelas que ofrecen una experiencia de estudio en el extranjero, por lo que puede ser confuso cuando intentas elegir una escuela de idiomas donde puedes aprender español en el extranjero. Pero hay algunas cosas clave que debe tener en cuenta al buscar, y que elevan las mejores escuelas de idiomas por encima del resto. Entonces, para saber cómo elegir la mejor escuela para aprender español , sigue leyendo: Una reputación estelar en línea y fuera de línea La escuela que seleccione debe tener una reputación excepcional, tanto de boca en boca como a través de reseñas en línea. Consulte con las escuelas y universidades que han enviado a sus estudiantes en programas de estudio en el extranjero a la escuela que tiene en mente, así como con revisiones en línea independientes como TripAdvisor para ver qué tienen que decir. No debe conformarse con nada menos que excelentes críticas. Diversos datos demográficos Cuando te embarcas en una experiencia de estudio en el extranjero en Costa Rica para aprender español, lo último que quieres encontrar es que muchos estudiantes de tu propio país solo hablen inglés. Es por eso que es importante asegurarse de que la escuela que elija para
July 26, 2019

More Phrases for surviving a Conversation or Trip Abroad: Learning Spanish

Phrases in Spanish to survive traveling Learning a new language can be intimidating. There are countless strategies for learning a new language in the modern world, including in-person classes, websites like Duolingo, a potpourri of apps, and immersion programs. In many industries, learning a new language is an essential skill that will give an individual an advantage over other candidates and coworkers. In many regions or when traveling to countries where the language in question is spoken, it is practically a necessity. There are a few Spanish phrases that can help an individual survive a conversation or a trip abroad. 1. ¿Dónde está (el baño, la estación de policía)? This phrase means, “Where is (the bathroom, the police station)?” It is important for individuals in Spanish-speaking nations to be able to orient themselves and ask for directions. Getting lost in a domestic setting is intimidating enough; imagine the same scenario in a country where your language of fluency is not spoken. Of course, it would help for an individual to learn more location words. Many may argue that applications such as Google Maps eliminates the need to learn this phrase, but this is simply untrue. Phones do not always have
July 17, 2019

Survive a Spanish Conversation with these Phrases (Part I)

Phrases in Spanish to survive a conversation You may be familiar with the common Spanish phrases “Hola,” “¿Cómo estás?” and “¿Cómo te llamas?” but here are a few more common phrases that you may not have been taught in your Spanish 101 class in high school. These are phrases you’ll actually hear in conversation in most Spanish-speaking countries.
June 27, 2019

How Many Types of Spanish are There?

The Spanish language is spoken by an estimated 437 million native speakers worldwide. And like any language, Spanish varies depending upon the geographic location and socio-cultural influences. So how many types of Spanish are there? Read on to find out ways to identify language variations in Costa Rica. Continental variations: Spain and Latin America
June 19, 2019

Common Phrases in Spanish to Survive a Conversation

If you’re planning to take a trip in a Spanish-speaking country and don’t know Spanish yet, it’s time to equip yourself with the basics — including courteous amenities. In Costa Rica, for example, the people are very open and patient with tourists, yet they still place value on being respectful and pleasant to everyone. Whether you’re traveling across the country or just passing through town, here are some common phrases in Spanish to survive a conversation.
February 18, 2019

Am I Too Old to Take a Spanish Immersion Program?

If you’re a senior or any other adult above traditional college age, you may have entertained thoughts of regret about not learning a popular language like Spanish. Well, although the need for Spanish in the US has been on the rise for decades, nothing compares to today’s demand, use, and opportunities for Spanish speakers of any age or background. So if you’re asking yourself, “Am I too old to take a Spanish immersion program,” the answer is a spontaneous and triumphant “No!” Here’s why: