Learn spanish in a way that is convenient for you.
Speak Spanish in Spain
Population of Spain
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
Different Ways To Learn
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.
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
5. Costa Rica
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.
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.
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.
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?)
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.
© 2011 Sp Greaney
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