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What is the Weekly time commitment for your Spanish beginners course?

We asked several Spanish online tutors how many hours beginners should dedicate weekly. Here's their recommended study schedule.

Kieran Ball

The 3 Minute Spanish course is set out in such a way that anybody, even with the most hectic of schedules, can find time to learn to speak Spanish. Each lesson is broken down into 3-minute chunks (hence the name), and this means that you can easily fit in one video every single day. Little and often is the best approach to learning anything as it develops consistency, which is the key to success. By keeping your study sessions short but regular, you’ll find it quickly becomes a habit, you’ll learn things much more quickly and Spanish won’t ever feel like a chore – you’ll maintain enough motivation to carry on to fluency!

Jennifer Corralizza

For effective and steady progress in language acquisition, I recommend that beginners allocate approximately 3 to 5 hours per week to practicing or exposing themselves to the Spanish Language. This dedicated time can also include activities such as listening to Spanish music while engaging in other tasks. It’s important to note that language acquisition is largely a subconscious process, and during the initial stages, focusing on listening comprehension holds significant value. Merely exposing yourself to the language in any form can contribute significantly to your proficiency.

Research indicates that incorporating language exposure while asleep can have a positive impact on the learning process. This practice is believed to accelerate the acquisition of accent and pronunciation, contributing to a more comprehensive language learning experience. This is precisely why I’ve integrated a multitude of listening activities featuring authentic music. Through these activities, students have the opportunity to explore their musical preferences, enabling them to discover songs they genuinely enjoy and resonate with and will hopefully feel inspired to listen to in the context of their everyday lives or even while they fall asleep!

Furthermore, consistency plays a pivotal role. It’s more effective to practice the language for around 10 minutes every day rather than dedicating 2 hours all in one day each week. This consistent approach allows learners to achieve better results and reinforces language retention.

By adhering to this time commitment, students can effectively engage with course materials, practice activities, and exercises, ensuring gradual and meaningful improvement in their language skills. While individual learning styles and paces may vary, dedicating this amount of time each week will establish a strong foundation and ensure steady development throughout the course.

Octavio Olenik Giaccaglia

Usually, I would recommend at least two hours a week, divided in two lessons of one hour each. Now, if possible, three lessons a week is the sweet spot in my experience, because it allows the student to make a steady progress while also having time to process the new information and doing the extra activities I always send.