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The best cities to learn Spanish in Spain

Several studies show that when acquiring a language, it is important that you encounter the language frequently. This means that learners must be able to regularly hear the language of people who speak at their native level, and while TV shows, films, radio stations and music can do so, that is not always enough.

When you learn Spanish, you will get the best results from really immersing yourself in the language. For this reason, many people choose to learn Spanish in Spain. This will force you out of your comfort zone, encourage you to speak the language, and help you understand how the language is spoken authentically.

Here we want to take a closer look at five Spanish cities that are best to visit to learn the language.


1. Salamanca

Located in western Spain, the city of Salamanca is an extremely popular choice for those looking for real immersion in the language for a number of reasons. For one thing, the city's residents speak very clearly and distinctly, and the Castilian accent is one of the easiest to understand accents in the entire country.

On the other hand, Salamanca is one of the most important university cities in Spain and attracts thousands of international students every year. This means that Salamanca is a young, tolerant and safe city compared to other parts of the country, where language students can find like-minded people with the same goals.

In fact, there is a disproportionately high number of Spanish language schools in the city, 16 percent of the total market for teaching Spanish takes place here. In addition, the cost of living is lower than in many larger Spanish cities and the summers are hot, but there is less to do here than in places like Madrid or Barcelona.

2. Granada

Granada is a popular choice for those who want to travel in Spain and study in a more challenging environment. Granada is one of the most important cities in the Spanish region of Andalusia and therefore most of the people there speak Andalusian Spanish, a dialect that is noticeably different from Castilian Spanish.

Perhaps the most striking feature of Andalusian Spanish is the omission of the letter ‘s ’in many words, and various other words are also shortened. Also, people speak with a heavy accent that can be difficult to understand, even if you can speak the language fairly well.

Due to the large number of emigrants who have moved to Andalusia from Spanish colonies in Central and South America, the Spanish spoken in Granada is similar to the dialects in these parts of the world. The city may not be ideal for beginners, but for those who want to understand all Spanish speakers, it is a great choice.

3. Santiago de Compostela

The capital of the Autonomous Community of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, is a unique destination for those who want to travel to Spain to learn Spanish. Many who have done this would say that the results were excellent. Nonetheless, this is also a challenge, as only 15 percent of the population speaks only Spanish. In fact, the region has its own language, Galician, which is the only language spoken by only 21 percent of the population. Fortunately, the majority speak both languages, and it's not at all uncommon to hear Spanish in the streets. You can also hear Spanish on TV, on the radio and so on.

Once you've come to terms with the fact that two languages ​​are spoken here, Santiago de Compostela is actually a very useful place to learn Spanish as the locals speak the language with a fairly heavy accent. This can be difficult at first, but once you understand the people of Santiago you will understand most Spanish speakers.


4. Madrid

As the capital of Spain and one of the largest cities in the European Union, Madrid is a very popular option for people looking to move to Spain. The vast majority of the city's 3.2 million population speaks Castilian Spanish and the city has an abundance of different schools for students interested in learning Spanish.

Much like in Salamanca, one of the pluses of learning Spanish in Madrid is the purity of the accent, which makes it so easy to understand. But there is one remarkable characteristic: the people of Madrid pronounce a ‘d’ at the end of a word like the English ‘th’.

The city is used to a relatively high number of immigrants, which means that it is easy to find other international students. In terms of lifestyle, Madrid is a hectic city with lots to experience and lots of tourist destinations to offer. July is the hottest month of the year with temperatures averaging 32 to 33 ° per day.


5. Barcelona

In terms of population, Barcelona is the second largest city in the country, which makes it an outstanding choice for many people thinking about where to learn Spanish. However, one of the main advantages of learning Spanish in Spain could be lost as many Barcelona residents do not speak Castilian Spanish as their first language.

In fact, roughly half of the city speaks Catalan. This is not a Spanish dialect but a very special language that comes from Latin. Nevertheless, a total of 98 percent of the population speak Spanish, even if it is not the first language for all, and there are Spanish television and radio stations and street signs in Barcelona as well.

Despite the potential problems with the two different languages ​​spoken here, pupils and students from all over the world travel to Barcelona to study Spanish at one of the many schools there. In addition, the combination of the city's unique culture, the multitude of things to do and the pleasant weather has its own charm.


How Lingoda can help

No matter where you ultimately travel, your online learning of Spanish can be helped by taking an online language course at Lingoda. All of our courses are taught by fully qualified teachers who speak the language at a native level, and students can create their own study plan and book courses as often as they want and as it suits their day-to-day life. Our courses are designed in accordance with the GER, which means that our certificates are internationally recognized, including many academic institutions around the world. Those who decide to study Spanish in Spain will find that Lingoda is also very useful for communicating with people of the same language level.