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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LEARN SPANISH & LEAVE A POSITIVE FOOTPRINT

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

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 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 4, 2020

Why learn Spanish?

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
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
February 5, 2020
Students Love Learning Spanish in Costa Rica

Students Love Learning Spanish in Costa Rica

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
January 22, 2020
Never Too Old Learn a New Language

You’re Never Too Old Learn a New Language

Is it worth it to take a Spanish language immersion program as an adult? Have you always wanted to learn a second language? Maybe you thought it would take too much time, or were afraid you would be embarrassed about making mistakes, or you just haven’t made up your mind to do it. Now is the time to consider the Costa Rica Language Academy (CRLA). Our program immerses you in the natural beauty of Costa Rica, while cultural opportunities and expert Spanish language teachers help you achieve your goal of learning Spanish. Need some facts to help you make the decision? More than 20 percent of our nation’s population speak a language other than English, according to a recent United States Census. The Census also reports that 40.5 million, or 13.3 percent, of the population speak Spanish, demonstrating Spanish has become an important language in the American culture and it continues to grow. Learning a second language provides you with many benefits. It improves your analytical skills, confidence and creativity, while also building your resume. You develop a deeper understanding of another culture, and also make international traveling easier, as you broaden your acceptance of diversity. By choosing an immersive program at CRLA,
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
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:
February 4, 2019

Studying Spanish in Costa Rica – 5 Things You Must See

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.
January 21, 2019

3 Ways to Prepare For the Risks of Studying Abroad

Participating in a study abroad program can offer you the experience of a lifetime. You’ll learn a new language while you immerse yourself in an exciting new culture — and you’ll have countless opportunities to make new friends inside and outside the classroom. However, there are always risks involved whenever you spend time in another country. To help you prepare for your total immersion Spanish language experience, we’ve compiled a list that will help you know the risks of studying abroad — and how to deal with them.
January 7, 2019

Students Love Learning Spanish in Costa Rica

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.