Posted by: Anni Orekh | July 8, 2010

Learn Spanish Fast

There is no magic formula for learning a new language – it requires time, energy, and patience. There are, however, some techniques which will make your language study more efficient and thus help you to learn Spanish more quickly.

The two main aspects to language study are learning and practicing, and they go hand in hand. Memorizing vocabulary words won’t do you any good if you are unable to use them, so you have to supplement your studies with practice. The following tips on learning Spanish include plenty of practice ideas – if you really want to learn, do as many of the following as possible.

Spanish Classes

Take a class. If you don’t want to attend a language school, there are almost certainly some reasonably-priced Spanish classes available at your nearest local community college, university or Private institution.

If at all possible, spend some time in a Spanish-speaking country – that is the absolute best way to learn Spanish, to be inmerse in the culture.

Online Spanish Lessons

Work on the basic vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and verb lessons in my Spanish for Beginners section. You can choose between studying with the checklist (for a logical study order) or by topic.

Take a look at Spanish Tutorials   to see what you already know.

Study the differences between Spanish and English to see what you need to concentrate on.

Listen to Spanish

Listen to spoken Spanish every day. The more you listen, the easier it will be for you to acquire that lovely Spanish accent.

Invest in some audio resources. Listen to Spanish radio and watch television – even though it will be difficult to understand, it will help you get used to the rhythms of Spanish speech.

Listen to Spanish music – you may not understand all the words, but your subconscious will be working away. Watch Spanish  movies. While reading the English subtitles, your mind will unconsciously work on decoding the Spanish (well, that’s what my high school teacher told me anyway). 😉

Spanish  listening links

Read Spanish
Read Spanish newspapers and magazines. For each article, make a list of the words you don’t know, look them all up after you finish the article, and then read it again while referring to the list.

Ditto for Spanish literature.

Check out these Spanish readers and bilingual books. Or you might prefer reading children’s books like   el Pequeño Principe.

Use a dictionary to make flashcards and themed word lists.
•Use the flashcards to label everything in your house – doors, walls, bookshelves, rooms, etc.
 
•Keep word lists in a binder – flip through the pages every day to test yourself. When you’re sure that you know every word on a list, remove it from the binder to make room for new lists.
Spanish  reading links

Speak Spanish

Do some solo work on pronunciation.

Use  Spanish whenever and wherever you can. One obvious situation is shopping – you write your shopping lists in Spanish, count out your four apples or six cans of tuna fish in Spanish, look at prices and imagine how to say them in Spanish, etc.

Try to think in Spanish. When walking to the refrigerator, think  Yo tengo hambre or  Que voy a comer ?

Join The  the Cervantes Institute or The Spanish Cultural Association- this non-profit organization is devoted to promoting Spanish throughout the world, with parties and other activities where you can meet other spanish speakers and practice your Spanish. You’ll meet everyone from beginners to native speakers. Guaranteed to help you learn Spanish and have fun at the same time.

Spanish speaking links

Write in Spanish.

Use the forum to ask questions and exchange messages with other Spanish speakers.

Find a pen pal to practice with.

More Spanish writing links

Have Fun with Spanish

Enjoy yourself – learning doesn’t have to be a chore. Take a look at the inspiration and fun links.

Make a language scrapbook to keep all of your notes and related information in one place.

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