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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CRLA students have the opportunity of contributing to make a tangible difference in our world and to leave something positive for future generations.

October 16, 2018

Give Student the Perfect Spanish Study Abroad Opportunity

When it comes to studying abroad, most universities and colleges highly encourage it. While advisors work hard to provide the best opportunities for their students, sometimes without knowing it, students pick a study abroad program that doesn't provide them with credits that transfer easily.
May 23, 2017

CRLA makes Spanish an experience of living, not a long slog in a dry textbook. It´s really fun.

CRLA makes Spanish an experience of living, not a long slog in a dry textbook. It´s really fun. The methods used by the Costa Rican Language Academy WORK! I spent the first month of a 5-month exploration of Costa Rica at the CRLA, and, as I had hoped, I received a solid foundation in Spanish that allowed me to start speaking with the fine people of this country. CRLA makes Spanish an experience of living, not a long slog in a dry textbook. It’s really fun Dr. Jeff Stewart Maine, USA December 2014
January 15, 2017

Prepare for Your Future Career with Spanish Studies Abroad & Specialized Program Options from CRLA

There has probably never been a greater demand for bilingual and even polylingual employees in many fields throughout the Americas. As English- and Spanish-speakers mingle across the western hemisphere, there is a huge need for quality translators and those fluent in specialized areas of language. For many, it can be very difficult to find the quality that only Spanish studies abroad provides.
December 28, 2016

Costa Rican Language Academy Now Offers Volunteer Opportunities That Reinforce Spanish Studies Abroad

December 5, 2016 – San Jose, Costa Rica – For over twenty-five years, Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA) has created amazing opportunities for students to engage in Spanish language immersion programs that go far beyond the classroom environment.  Now, CRLA takes another step forward with the integration of volunteer opportunities into its Spanish studies.
November 28, 2016

Now Announcing Online Spanish Courses from Costa Rican Language Academy, a Leading Provider of Spanish Language Immersion Programs

December 5, 2016 – San Jose, Costa Rica – Since the 1980s, Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA) has helped students master the Spanish language through their Spanish studies abroad programs.  Now, however, CRLA is taking their language-learning opportunities a step further with the addition of online classes.
October 23, 2016

Costa Rican Language Academy Helps Medical Students Enhance Their Expertise with Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica-based experts for Spanish language studies, Costa Rican Language Academy are now offering Spanish classes for medical professionals. The school’s courses are designed to offer a way for medical experts to study Spanish abroad in Costa Rica with qualified teachers and the leading training resources in the marketplace. Professionals will also have the opportunity to book tours and weekend excursions in Costa Rica as part of the tour experience. Studying in Costa Rica represents an unmissable opportunity to explore a beautiful country with a rich history. Millions of travelers visit Costa Rica each year to take in the historic sites and captivating views found throughout the country. Visiting Costa Rica also offers travelers the opportunity to study the Spanish language abroad in Costa Rica and apply it to their specific field, in order to communicate with a whole other range of patients As part of the Costa Rican Language Academy program, students will have the opportunity to work with highly skilled educators in learning Spanish with relevancy to their medical profession. Qualifying through the Costa Rican Language Academy will give students the opportunity to communicate with native speakers and then build their understanding for a potential career
September 2, 2016

Complete Studies Abroad While Immersed in Costa Rican Culture with Costa Rican Language Academy’s Spanish Homestay Program

San José, Costa Rica-based language school Costa Rican Language Academy invites students to their homestay program. The homestay program enables Spanish students to study the language abroad in Costa Rica while staying with an authentic Costa Rican family. It’s the ideal opportunity to become immersed in Costa Rican culture while enjoying a unique trip experience. Costa Rica is a country with captivating scenery and a fascinating history. And now students from across the globe visit Costa Rica to take part in studies at local schools. But for a truly unique and immersive experience, only a high quality homestay program can offer the student full value for their study investment. And that’s why so many are now turning to the homestay program at Costa Rican Language Academy instead of staying at a hotel. The Costa Rican Language Academy program combines classroom courses with a stay with a local Costa Rican family to help the student learn more on Costa Rica and the country’s rich cultural heritage. During their stay, students will be fed two meals a day by the family and will be given a key to the home so they can enter and leave the property as they wish. It’s
August 28, 2016

5 Reasons Students Choose to Study Spanish Abroad in Costa Rica through Costa Rican Language Academy

The best way to learn a new language is for students to immerse themselves within the culture. This experience can provide the foundation for understanding the language in a way that simple classroom learning cannot match. Which is a reason why students are now choosing to study Spanish abroad in Costa Rica at Costa Rican Language Academy. In this article, the team at CRLA explains the many advantages of their educational services. 1. Broad Range of Programs It’s important that the school the student selects has a wide range of language programs from which to choose from. That’s why many people are selecting the Costa Rican Language Academy as the school that offers both group and individual programs combining education, tours and volunteering opportunities. We also offer a large variety of class schedules and volunteer projects, depending on your preferences and needs. Each of the options available through CRLA are designed to help students grow within Costa Rican culture and to learn the language while immersed in a vibrant environment. 2. Proven Student Performance The results from the school’s study abroad Spanish courses speak for themselves. For more than 25 years, we have continually helped students move forward within their
August 2, 2016

Combine Spanish Studies Abroad with Volunteering in Latest Programs Offered by Costa Rican Language Academy

The San Jose, Costa Rica-based language school Costa Rican Language Academy is now inviting student groups to explore their full range of course options. One option for student groups is their personalized programs. The school offers a range of customized group programs for students of all language levels and college majors, where each program can be designed to include excursions across the region, volunteering and Spanish lessons. It’s the ideal educational opportunity for those looking to complete Spanish studies abroad. One of the fundamental challenges for a student trying to learn Spanish at a school in the U.S. or Canada is that the moment they leave the classroom, they find it challenging to retain the information and practice what they’ve learned. To ensure an optimal retention of course lessons and an unparalleled learning experience, students are now turning to CRLA for customized training programs that meet their needs and interests. Costa Rican Language Academy offers training programs for all types of Spanish learners. A popular choice is their tailored group programs, which allow Spanish students to study abroad in Costa Rica while adding various elements to their course. The school offers Spanish or faculty-led courses, as well as Spanish lessons
July 20, 2016

Costa Rican Language Academy Offers Numerous Programs for Spanish Studies Abroad

San José, Costa Rica – August 5, 2016 – Costa Rican Language Academy (CRLA) is offering numerous quality programs for those looking to invest in Spanish studies abroad. Each of these programs ensures that you have the opportunity to learn Spanish while enjoying the many pleasures of Costa Rica. CRLA offers numerous abroad programs through various universities, colleges and institutions. These programs are highly flexible and offer Spanish lessons, volunteer work and excursions. Each is as affordable as possible so everyone can study abroad in Costa Rica. For high school and college groups, we offer the ability to customize programs, with the possibility of including Spanish classes, volunteer work, as well as cultural classes. In addition, other activities such as museum visits, home stays and weekend excursions can be integrated into their program. Investing in Spanish studies abroad will lead to the experience of a lifetime and the customizable programs offered by CRLA provide high quality lessons and plenty of opportunity for exploration. For more information or further questions, contact them here. About CRLA Since 1989, CRLA has helped more than 15,000 students around the world learn Spanish while at the same time immersing themselves in and enjoying the culture
June 20, 2016

Costa Rica-based Costa Rican Language Academy Offering a Full Range of Spanish Language Courses

Costa Rica-based Spanish language teachers, Costa Rican Language Academy is now inviting students to explore their full assortment of Spanish language courses. Included within the company’s course selection are courses for beginners, intermediates, and experienced speakers. It’s a program selection designed to help integrate students within Costa Rican culture and ensure they can speak Spanish fluently over a short time period.