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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Answers


1. How many countries speak Spanish?
Every day Spanish is spoken by more than 422 million people around the world. Spanish is the official language for the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Venezuela and Uruguay, also it is spoken in some parts of the following countries: Brazil, Morocco, Philippines and the United States of America.

2. Are the Spanish grammatical rules the same in all Spanish speaking countries?
Yes they are the same, despite the fact that Spanish is widely spoken in different continents it maintains the same grammatical rules and this is due to the fact that Spanish is regulated by the “La Real Academia Española”.

3. What is the mission of the “La Real Academia Española”?
Its main mission is to ensure that the changes undergone by the Spanish language, in its constant adaptation to the needs of its speakers, do not break the essential unity maintained by all the Hispanic community.

4. What are the differences between Spanish from Spain and Latin America?
The are two main differences:

i) Pronunciation
Latin America is the continent with most Spanish Speakers and its accent is based on Andalusian Spanish (South of Spain) due to the massive emigration from Andalusia to Latin America during the colonisation.
There are mainly two letters of the alphabet that make that difference, letters “C” and “Z”.

Mainland Spain Latin America
“C” = Theh “C” = Se
“Z” = Theta “Z” = Seta
"Cerveza" =Therbetha "Cerveza" = Serbesa

"Cinco" = Thinko

"Cinco" = Sinko

ii) Vocabulary
Different vocabulary is used in Spain to Latin America (similar to UK English and American English)
For example in England we say "Flat" in America "Apartment"
in Spain "Piso" and in Latin America "Apartamento"

5. What sort of Spanish accent will I be learning at Spangles?

You will be learning the accent from mainland Spain.
However, on request we can tailor our lessons to accommodate the differences in other Spanish speaking countries.

6. What happens if I miss a lesson?
If your child misses a lesson we will keep the vocabluary sheet for the following week until he /she returns.

7. What happens if I miss more than two lessons? Would spangles give me a refund?
We are unable to provide refunds in respect of missed classes as your place is reserved for a fixed number of consecutive weeks. Please refer to the terms and conditions for further details.

8. When can I start?
Our courses are tailored to start at the beginning of each academic term: January, April and September. These dates are regularly updated on the courses page on our website.

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"Our son enjoys his time at Spangles. Our son can present challenges for his teachers
and such like due to his hyperactivity and inattentiveness, but you are excellent at keeping
his attention and interest.
The balance of 'work' and fun activities in the lessons seems
to suit him perfectly and he
always leaves the sessions in a happy mood

Sarah Hodge



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