The Spanish language is the 4th most commonly spoken language in the world – 414 million speakers – ranking close after Mandarin, English, and Hindi. Spanish is spoken in many Latin American countries and is recognized as the official language in 21 countries including Mexico, Spain, Colombia, Argentina and Peru. It is also the most studied second language in the United States.
Learning Spanish with Berlitz
When learning a new language, it is important to also understand the culture behind the speakers. Take Spanish as an example, certain phrases in Spanish can be interpreted differently if spoken in Mexico vs spoken in Peru. Hence in Berlitz, all our instructors are native speakers who will teach you how to speak like a local.
The Berlitz Online Proficiency Tests (BOPT)
Should you wish to evidence your level of proficiency in the Spanish language in an objective, non-refutable way, we recommend the Berlitz Online Proficiency Tests (BOPT). This comes in particularly useful when applying for translation jobs, or jobs that require you to have a certified proficiency in Spanish. The BOPT were specially designed to assess an individual’s language proficiency (listening and reading skills). It is a 90-minute test that can be taken at a Berlitz Language Center, or, for your convenience, can be arranged to be taken at your site. An advantage of the BOPT is that the results are immediate – no long waits and hassles. BOPT is recognized by many companies.
To assess the oral proficiency of individuals, there is the Berlitz Rater – it can assess the oral proficiency in the areas of fluency, grammatical accuracy, linguistic range and phonological control of individuals in the context of a workplace environment.