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How can I Learn Basic Spanish?

K T Solis
K T Solis

If someone wants to learn basic Spanish, there are various ways to do so. Many people learn Spanish by using an audio learning program. These programs are available on CDs, cassettes, and even in an mp3 format. In this way language learners are exposed to vocabulary and grammar drills. Popular language learning courses include those made by Pimsleur, Berlitz, and Living Language. The student listens to the native speaker recorded on the CD. By listening and repeating, the student learns vocabulary and how to construct her own sentences in Spanish.

Spanish audio programs are popular choices because students can study Spanish while driving in the car to work, exercising, or working around the house. Audio learning courses can be purchased at discount stores, bookstores, or online. Students who don't wish to spend money on a program can usually go to the library and find audio courses available for check-out.

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Woman holding a book

Another way to learn basic Spanish is to use Spanish language learning software. Using Spanish software is ideal for those who need both visual and auditory learning. Software allows a student to interact with the computer, responding to various scenarios.

For example, the computer software may provide a situation where the student must practice booking a hotel reservation. The student can watch an "actor" or cartoon image on the computer screen as it converses with her. The student can then speak into a microphone in order to respond to the computer. The computer can check to see whether the student answers the question correctly. It even helps the student perfect her pronunciation so that she works toward polishing a native accent.

Those who wish to learn basic Spanish should obtain books on how to speak the language as well. If a person visits any bookstore or library, he will be greeted by a variety of books that promise to teach her basic Spanish. He should consider choosing one or two that will assist in the goal of learning the language.

Investing in a good Spanish-English dictionary is another wise choice. Having a Spanish-English dictionary on hand will help a student build her vocabulary. A Spanish language student may also find it helpful to make her own flash cards from index cards. She can put vocabulary words on the cards and study them whenever she has a few minutes to spare. Sitting in the doctor's office, standing in line at the checkout counter, and waiting to pick kids up from soccer practice are ideal ways to use time wisely.

Some people prefer to learn in a more formal setting since they don't do well with independent study. If this is the case, they should enroll in a basic Spanish class. Adult education programs offer language classes held on nights or weekends. Prices are usually reasonable and are attended by people who want to learn basic Spanish. Most cities have private language schools that offer language classes on a regular basis to people of all ages. Whether a person desires private classes or classes with several students, she should determine the type of setting and school that suits her needs.

Once a person begins to learn some Spanish, he should watch Spanish television or listen to Spanish radio. Hearing native Spanish speakers helps to build vocabulary and make a person grow accustomed to hearing Spanish spoken quickly. Some Spanish language learners choose to find a Spanish-speaking pen pal. They locate pen pals online and exchange emails with the pen friend. In today's Internet age, people can use voice chat to speak with others in real-time — even if that person lives on the other side of the world.

Of course, a person who wants to learn Spanish should interact with native-Spanish speakers as much as possible. She should find some Spanish speakers in her local area and make friends with them. This will help her practice the language with people who are experts in the subject.

No matter how a person decides to learn basic Spanish, it's important to carve out time for studying. Learning another language takes patience and dedication. Mastering the Spanish language will not happen overnight, but if a person makes the effort, she can eventually become adept at conversing with native Spanish speakers.

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