How to Learn Spanish (or any language)
If you already understand and agree with this statement:
When it comes to learning Spanish, fluency is the only worthwhile goal
click here and you can skip to the part where we discuss the practical and easy way to reach fluency in Spanish.
If you don't agree with the statement or aren't sure what is meant by 'fluency', we urge you to start with number 1 below because being very clear about the goal is always the first step on any successful path.
1. Why you should make fluency your goal
When it comes to learning Spanish, we believe fluency is the only worthwhile goal. The reason is simple: when you are fluent in Spanish you are in a position to participate fully in the life and culture of the 500 million Spanish speakers in the world. When you've taken one or a few Spanish classes you have started to make progress on the road to fluency, but your ability to participate in Hispanic life and culture, including business, is very limited. What is the point of studying Spanish if you won't be able to use it in your life? When you are fluent in Spanish you are able to use Spanish in many significant and rewarding ways.
If you stop after a couple of classes or programs, the time you've put in so far will go to waste. Within a year most of what you've learned will fade and your ability to participate in the incredibly rich and varied Spanish speaking world will pretty much be limited to trivial 'travel Spanish'; you won't be able to enjoy TV shows, movies, radio, books or normal conversations in Spanish.
2. How do you anticipate using Spanish in your life?
When you are fluent your world looks like this:
And here's what you can do:
Participate fully (understanding and speaking) with Spanish speakers and culture:
And if you don't reach fluency in Spanish what can you expect?
From Beginner to Elementary level your world looks like this:
Rudimentary participation with Spanish speakers and culture at best:
At Intermediate level your world looks like this:
Limited participation with Spanish speakers and culture:
At Advanced level your world looks like this:
Participate substantially well with Spanish speakers and culture:
3. There's an amazing ability that you (we all) have to learn languages
You (we all) learned out native language without effort or study
If you don't use that same natural ability to help you learn Spanish - or you don't yet know how to use it without having to travel to a Spanish speaking country - you'll miss out on the one thing that can guarantee your success no matter how many classes or programs you take.