Learn spanish in a way that is convenient for you.

Speak Spanish in Spain

Visit Spain
Visit Spain | Source

Population of Spain

Men: 23,104,303

Woman: 23,711,613

The majority of people today will have learned a foreign language in high school be it French, German or Spanish. Ensuring that you keep practising the new language you are learning is a key element to becoming fluent.

If you are a native English speaker and have decided to learn a new language then becoming as fluent as possible in it will be an advantage to your career in the long run. Today most companies like employees especially multi-nationals to be able to speak a foreign language so that can be one benefit to getting a job.

One language which many people like to learn is Spanish. Not only is it a easy language to learn but once you get the hang of pronouncing letters of the alphabet then your halfway there.

With constant practise you will be able speak the language like a native and will soon have no problem getting around in a foreign country.

There are so many different ways you can choose to learn any language these days. When choosing the different formats out there you need to consider is it the right for your lifestyle.

Tourism In Spain in 2011

62,711 was the number of American tourist

29,306 was the number of British tourist

16,014 was the number of Canadian tourist

10,390 was the number of tourists from Singapore

24,714 was the number of toursts from Malaysia


~www.ine.es~


Spain

Cd's for learning Spanish
Cd's for learning Spanish | Source

Different Ways To Learn

1. CD's

With CD's you learn Spanish at your own pace. You simple pop the CD in the player in you car or home and continue doing what you normally do. If you career involve spending a majority of time in a car then this style might suit a sales person.



2. Audio Books

If you aren't the type of person who has the patience to sit down and listen to something for 30 minutes or an hour then CD's won't work for you. You could try instead audio books. These come pre-installed in a handheld player. This format is quick and easy to use and would suit college students or commuters who walk to work or even travel on the bus. It might be also more convenient for people who want to do household chores at the same time as study a language.

spanish classes
spanish classes | Source

3.Classes

If you have free time in the evening after work then why not look around your local area in schools or colleges and see if there in any Spanish classes being put on.

Keeping an eye on local newspapers and notice boards in shops is one way to see if any classes are being held. These classes usually are an hour long and sometimes learning in a classroom with a teacher on is more suited to some people.

Top 5 Spanish Speaking Countries

1. Argentina

2. Bolivia

3. Chile

4. Colombia

5. Costa Rica


Source:WorldAtlas

4. Pen Pal Sites

Another option is to us pen pal sites which offer a language exchange program. You join the pen pal site and while filling out your profile, you would state what nationalities you are interested in hearing from. This way you only get replies from people speak that language.


You Tube
You Tube | Source

5. You Tube

Another option is You Tube. There are some good college lecturer or high school teachers who post for their own students study notes. Some good ones are Professor Jason which I have used. He has years of experience and teaches it to students in college term so your getting advice from a professional.

The other site on You Tube I like to use is Mawuood Academy. They not only do Spanish but a variety of others too, so some investigating is needed. The lady who teaches Spanish on this site a native so she know the language well. One major benefit with You Tube is you are under no pressure, you learn at your own pace.

Decision Making
Decision Making | Source

Type of formats explained

Deciding which format suits you will be trial and error. If you rely on the Cd's or the audio book, they take you in steps through each phase. They start of with small phrases like " hello sir" or " hello madam". Then as you progress on the get more difficult and they try to get you to hold a more in depth Spanish conversation. Repetition is the key here.

If you join a class you end up getting more individual attention depending on the class size. The teacher will most likely give you homework to study at the end of each class to get you to practise Spanish at home. The one advantage of a teacher is you get to interact and speak in Spanish with another person and it won't be the same thing over and over again. The classes will be more varied.

If you decide to join a pen pal website you also get to practise with a native speaker. The main advantage here is you get to learn more than the basics as they will be speaking in everyday language to you which is what you need to know if you decide to travel to the country.

Spanish Restaurant.
Spanish Restaurant.

Sentences to know in a spainish restaurant

Buenas noches, una mesa para dos.

( Good night, a table for two)

Aquí tienen el menú.

( Here is the menu)

¿Cúal es el vino de la casa?

(What is the house wine?)

¿Qué lleva el plato de la casa?

( What is the house special?)


Conclusion

Spanish is a great and fun language to learn. The one thing I will say about Spanish is that it's all about the pronunciation. At times it can seem difficult to try to pronounce the words.

For instance if you listen to the Spanish alphabet certain letters like g, h, j, v, w, x and y have a totally different sound compared to the rest of the letters which vaguely sound like there English counterparts. If you check out this video you will see what I mean.

Spanish Alphabet

Spanish Alphabet
Spanish Alphabet | Source

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sangre 3 years ago from Ireland Author

@ Second Language, thanks for that extra tips. Will look into it. :)

I think different methods suit different types of people.


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Second Language 3 years ago

Great hub. There are so many ways you can learn and improve your Spanish. One resource you didn't mention are language learning software programs, too. There are so many, and they actually have different teaching philosophies. I wrote a hub about learning Spanish online as well, and you might find that interesting. Thanks again.


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sangre 4 years ago from Ireland Author

@ mariale2003, Thanks I keep that in mind for the future.

I actually recognised what you said there on first view, so I'm getting a bit better.

This weekend I'm catching up on all I didn't do last weekend. :-)


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mariale2003 4 years ago

love it!!! Spanish is my first language, so is you have doubts or want to practice, I be more than happy to do it!!! Que tengas un feliz fin de semana!!! Gracias!!!


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sangre 5 years ago from Ireland Author

@ Fuller-Life, tell me about it, I'm currently doing a class now to go up to the next level. There is this website called www.spanishmansion.com she had directed us to, to get a better understanding of the language. I'm sure that there has to be websites out there too offering the same service for people interesting in learning French.


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Fuller-Life 5 years ago from Washington, DC

I agree with the statement that you can easily lose the language. I did learn how to speak french in high school. Today I'm not even able to hold a conversation. I just retained a few isolated statements. I need to go back the basics and revive it. Maybe learning Spanish would bring it back. Thanks for reminding me.


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sangre 5 years ago from Ireland Author

Hi Adventure Colorad, you make a great point. Unless you acutally make use of it, you will lose it. I'm going to keep up with it myself and try to constantly improve.


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Adventure Colorad 5 years ago from Denver,CO

As you mentioned, it is easy to forget a language if you don't use it. If you know some one that speaks the language you are learning, use every opportunity possible to speak with them in that language. The real-life interaction is a great way to practice and gain confidence.

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