GO Blog | EF Saudi Arabia
The latest on travel, languages and culture by EF Education First
MenuFree Brochure

Why learn Spanish in Spain

Why learn Spanish in Spain

In the modern world, speaking more than one language is not just a skill; it's a superpower. So why not start with Spanish? With over 400 million speakers globally, it opens doors to a diverse world of culture, history, and exciting opportunities.

But why would you want to learn a language by scrolling through an app when you could dive headfirst into the vibrant heart of its homeland? Whether you choose to live in Barcelona, Madrid, or Malaga, here are four reasons why you should study Spanish in Spain.

1. Language

Complete immersion into Spanish culture gives you an authentic learning environment from the moment your plane touches down. You’ll get the chance to converse with locals and turn every interaction into a valuable language experience.

Street vendors, shopkeepers, and baristas become your teachers outside of the classroom, engaging you in lessons that complement your textbook. Through this consistent immersion, your learning extends beyond grammar and vocabulary; it becomes a part of your daily life.

The different dialects of Spanish, from Andalusian to Catalan, Galician, and Basque, will help you strengthen your understanding of both language and culture (even if it is a little confusing at first).

2. Culture, art, and literature

Spain is filled with rich history, which is woven into the fabric of its culture. Marvel at the towering spires of La Sagrada Familia, discover Antoni Gaudí's visionary design, and learn about eclecticism, modernism, and what made him the architectural (and Catalonian) icon he is today.

Art lovers can dive deeper into Spain's artistic heritage at Madrid's Museo Nacional del Prado, one of the world's top art galleries. Wander through halls decorated with masterpieces by Velázquez, Picasso, Goya, and El Greco, each offering a window into Spain's rich history.

If you’re a literary buff, you can explore the tales of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote and the creator of the modern novel. Not only will you gain insights into an iconic piece of literature, you’ll enrich your understanding of the Spanish language.

3. Food

Discovering the full spectrum of Spanish cuisine isn't just a treat — it's cultural immersion, serving up both a literal and metaphorical taste of Spain.

Trying national dishes, from paella to jamón, is a great way to explore Spain's world-famous food. Attending cooking classes and exploring bustling food markets can also add a deliciously unique local flavor to your learning.

Meals in Spain are more than just eating; they're about sharing, socializing, and enjoyment. Tapas' small and varied dishes present a unique culinary adventure, perfectly suited for cozy, intimate gatherings and lively, larger group outings. This communal spirit is best experienced during long lunches or late dinners, where conversations flow freely, providing an authentic setting for practicing Spanish.

4. Sport

In Spain, football is not just a sport; it's a way of life. The Spaniards’ love affair with the game offers an extraordinary way to dive into Spanish culture, connect with locals, and naturally improve your language skills through camaraderie. The chants, cheers, and discussions surrounding football provide an environment where learners can pick up conversational Spanish, football-specific vocabulary, and regional slang.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re playing football, attending a live match, or joining in discussions at a local bar. Engaging with Spanish football immerses you in a part of local life that is both exhilarating and educational.

If football is not for you, don't worry. There are plenty of alternatives to explore, such as basketball (Spain's second most popular sport), hiking, cycling, and water sports.

Learning a language where it’s spoken by locals takes you beyond the classroom. Immersing yourself in the country will blend daily interactions, culture, food, and sports into a beautiful combination of ongoing lessons. As you consider your own Spanish adventure, remember: the goal is not just to learn the language, but to live it.

Buen Viaje!

Learn Spanish in SpainLearn more
Get the latest on travel, languages and culture in the GO newsletterSign up

Discover the world and study a language abroad

Learn more