Posted by: D. M. | July 21, 2010

How to Learn the Spanish Language

 The most effective way to learn a language, including Spanish, is through immersion–an extended amount of time spent in the home country, among the people and in the culture. One of the difficulties with the Spanish language, also called Castillian or Castellano, is that it not is a minority language. Spanish is spoken in a whole continent!.

1.Step 1

Has fluency been a life-long dream or goal based on Spanish heritage? Is there a plan for a lengthy stay or retirement in Spain or any Latin America country? Ask yourself whether survival words and phrases (“Can you help me?” “Where are the restrooms?” “Please.” “Thank You”) and being able to read a restaurant menu and signs be adequate for a short-term vacation or business trip.

2.Step 2

Options for fluency courses in Spanish will be easier to find than a language such as Russian. A good place to begin is an online search for Spanish heritage organizations in the province, region or area, which may offer courses or have recommendations. If self-teaching is the only option, investigate reputable courses such as Pimsler or Rosetta Stone or Teach Yourself Spanish , available in bookstores and at

Check to see if your public library have these materials on hand or offer lists many online courses from which to choose.
With a voice option on the computer, an online language exchange, such as Yahoo! Internet Life pairs students with native Spanish speakers to help with grammar and conversation.

3.Step 3

Whatever methods you find available for learning Spanish (books, CDs or tapes, software or internet sites), cost and time required will be the determining factors. Knowing your individual learning style is also important when choosing the method.

4.Step 4

Serious students of Spanish should arm themselves with reinforcement tools that can be carried with them and used most any time or place, such as a phrase book or list, an English/Spanish dictionary, tapes or CDs to use in the car, books, reading materials in Spanish. Our Spanish Phrasebook is helpful here, including lists of the modern Spanish alphabet, pronunciations, links for those useful survival words and phrases and sources you will see also in magazines and newspapers.

5.Step 5

It is up to you to set aside the time and accomplish the goal of learning the Spanish language. Daily study and practice are the keys. An hour a day is ideal, but just ten or fifteen minutes every day will make a difference. The most effective learning is often accomplished as much by the trials as the triumphs, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

6.Step 6

Buena suerte (good luck).

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