Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question about Dynamic Spanish? The most common questions are answered below but if you have a question that isn't covered, feel free to contact us.
▶ What is Virtual Reality?
In simple terms, Virtual Reality (VR) is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment. Dynamic Spanish does this with 360 degree videos, which completely surround learners as they watch and interact with in realistic conversations.
VR is usually experienced with a headset, but you can use Dynamic Spanish with your smartphone and learn in VR by turning your phone into an immersive Spanish environment!
▶ Do I need a VR headset to use Dynamic Spanish?
No. Your experience of the course will be different depending on the technology you use, and there are three ways to interact with the Dynamic Spanish VR content:
You can use a smartphone, tablet or computer as a "Magic Window" to view the 360 content. You will have access to all of the 360 videos and photos, but this is the least immersive way to experience it.
You can put your smartphone in a mobile VR headset, such as the Google Cardboard. These headsets start at as little as $10 and will increase the immersive nature of your experience significantly.
You can download the Dynamic Spanish app to your Oculus headset. This will give you the fully immersive experience, with the added bonus of AI speech recognition and more customisable settings.
▶ How do I use Dynamic Spanish on my phone?
Dynamic Spanish is available as a series of 360 videos via the Vimeo app, available on Apple and Android devices. The 360 galleries are included in the online course, along with all other course materials.
Note: iPhone/iOS users are unable to use a Mobile VR headset to watch the 360 content.
Video tutorials and more information about how to use Dynamic Spanish with your smartphone or a headset can be found here.
▶ What if I buy an Oculus VR headset later? Do I still get the VR App?
Yes! As long as you buy your Oculus VR headset within 12 months, we will give you access to the VR app on your new device. The same is also true when upgrading headsets, e.g. from Oculus Go to Oculus Quest 2. Multiple headset access at once is available subject to approval.
▶ I'm not a complete beginner. Is this course still relevant to me?
Yes! Dynamic Spanish Trips has been created with intermediate and above learners in mind. The guided tours use language designed to challenge intermediate learners, as do the accompanying online materials.
That being said, the Trips have optional Spanish and English subtitles, so learners of all levels (CEFR levels A2-C2) can enjoy the experiences while developing their skills.
The Starter Pack is designed for complete beginners and lapsed learners, so the basic language being taught may not be suitable for intermediate learners. However, the Quickfire lessons and Conversation series will give even intermediate learners lots of opportunities to practise speaking and brush up on the basics.
▶ Which variant(s) of Spanish do you teach?
Throughout Dynamic Spanish you will be exposed to a variety of accents.
The classroom teaching in the Starter Pack centres around European Spanish, but you will encounter native Spanish speakers from Bolivia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain and Venezuela, and non-native speakers from Europe.
The Trips are narrated and guided by native speakers from Spain, Venezuela and Mexico.
▶ How long does the course take to complete?
Starter Pack: We generally advise people to work through the Starter Pack in about six weeks, although this is entirely flexible and up to you.
We'll help you find time in your schedule, no matter how busy you are, so you can create a consistent routine and set of habits that will keep you progressing. Completing the course in six weeks lays a solid foundation and gives you the momentum to keep learning Spanish at a strong pace once the course finishes.
Trips: There are 38 Trips in the itinerary, each with accompanying online activities. Most people revisit places multiple times, and with regular VR and online sessions they tend to complete their tour around Spain in about two months. But remember, the Trips are always there to come back to when you feel like exploring.
▶ I don't have much free time. Can I study at my own pace?
Absolutely! There is no expiration on your access to the VR and online materials for the Starter Pack or Trips, so you are free to go at a pace that suits you.
Just remember that the best way to ensure progress with your Spanish is to interact with the language daily. So whether that's with a podcast, some music, a conversation with a tutor, or Dynamic Spanish, it's the daily contact with the language that will keep you on the path to fluency.
▶ Will I get all future Trips around Spain that are released as part of Dynamic Spanish?
The short answer is no. You are purchasing 41 Trips around Spain, with three in the Starter Pack and another 38 in Trips, including La Alhambra and La Sagrada Familia - the top two tourist sites in Spain! More Trips will be released in the future and we'll keep you informed by friendly emails.
▶ Other than the VR videos, what else is in the course?
Lots! With the Starter Pack you get an online course full of modules that not only teach you Spanish, but help you understand how to learn Spanish efficiently.
You also get videos, audio files and worksheets with listening, speaking, and grammar exercises, and lots of other materials for you to learn Spanish with. We've included links to our favourite free resources, such as podcasts, YouTube videos, apps and articles.
For Trips the online materials vary, but you will always have access to transcripts of everything you hear/read in the headset.
These online modules are available on desktop and mobile so you can improve your Spanish whether you're at home or out and about.
▶ When will the course be released on the Oculus Rift?
We are ready to release the app and are awaiting Oculus Store approval. We estimate this will be by the end of September 2021. If you sign up now, you get immediate access to the online course and 360 content via the Vimeo app.
▶ Which languages are you going to do besides Spanish?
We plan on exploring other languages of Spain besides Castellano, such as Catalan, Gallego, and Basque. We hope to have these ready by the end of 2022. Let us know which language you'd like to learn in VR.
▶ How do I get Dynamic Spanish?
Click the button below and pay online with your credit or debit card. We currently only accept payment in USD. You'll be sent emails with instructions on getting Dynamic Spanish on your headset and mobile device.