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Best Spanish Language Courses - Learn Spanish This Year

Updated on November 30, 2015
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I am Engish, learned Latin and Afrikaans at school and a smattering of other languages as needed. Different cultures and words fascinate me

You can learn Spanish at home, with Spanish language software

I have found that going to language classes can be very helpful and motivating, but also very time-consuming. Before my retirement, I had a very busy life, often working long hours, so it was often inconvenient to attend a language course at a regular time every week.

This is my own Experience of Learning a Language on my own:

I've tried a basic Spanish course in book form, and got on fairly well with it, but that was partly because I used to visit Spain quite often, and got a feel for Spanish pronunciation, which you don't necessarily get from a book. The book did give the written equivalent of phonetic pronunciation, but it's still hard to get right without a Spanish speaker to refer to.

I've tried travellers' phrase books in Russian, and Bulgarian and language books in Arabic, and even Mandarin Chinese, but never got through them, although I found them helpful for learning and practising the Cyrillic and Arabic scripts and Chinese pictograms.

I've also tried Spanish and French language tapes (yes, tapes, before modern technology came into my hands), and I began to realize how important it is to hear a native speaker when trying to get the accent right.

My Spanish Salad Dressing Decanter - a Souvenir from Malaga

I began to get obsessed with language courses, picking them up cheaply at local markets and car boot sales

Having sampled everything, I can tell you categorically that the Spanish language courses you will find on this page outstrip all the methods I have tried, because they are interactive, and that's what you need to retain your interest and progress quickly.

If you don't want to sign up for a language class with fixed times and pressure to do your homework, you might find that the most convenient way for you to study Spanish is to buy one of the language courses shown below, and just work on it in the comfort of your own home, at your own speed and at a time which fits in with your own schedule.

You will find a variety of Spanish language courses and language software here to help you to learn Latin American Spanish or Castillian Spanish, depending on y

Some of the language courses are in depth, and others will just help you to learn the basics of the Spanish language, but, with the help of a Spanish language dictionary, this would probably be enough for you to get by on holiday, making contact with the local people, finding your way around, an buying food and necessities.

If you seriously want to learn a language, you do need to devote a regular amount of time to it, perhaps an hour a day, or several hours a week, to give you time to build up your skills and knowledge. There are language courses telling you how to learn a language fast, and even some which say you can learn a language in 10 days.

My own feeling is that, if you were to completely immerse yourself in a language for a short but concentrated period, you could learn enough to get by on a fairly superficial level, but that really it takes longer than this to learn a language thoroughly.

Here You'll Find Spanish Language Courses for Castillian Spanish and South American Spanish

Check out the Spanish language software on this page

Happy hunting in your quest to gain another language skill!

There are several different language courses shown here, but this web page would be too long if I were to include even more of them, so if you don't see the language programs you were looking for, just hover on any of the items below and you will be transported to the Amazon.com website, where you can browse for the language course of your choice.

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And remember there is a distinction between Latin American Spanish and Spanish as it is spoken in Spain. There are many Spanish dialects, but Castillian Spanish is the Spanish language normally taught in Europe

Learn Latin American Spanish - Levels 1 - 5

If you travel to South America, or want to do business there, it is very important to learn at least the basics of Spanish.

From the CD Rom This is what you will learn, according to the Amazon product description:

"Build your vocabulary and language abilities

Read, write, speak and understand your new language

Speak without a script

Retain what you've learned

Practice unscripted conversations in your new language

Negotiate complex situations with confidence and accuracy"

Learn Spanish: Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America) - Level 1-5 Set
Learn Spanish: Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America) - Level 1-5 Set

In particular, there are sections on:

"The basics, such as age and family relations

Questions, greetings, introductions

Telling time, calendar terms, the weather

Directions, locations, dining out

Emotions, opinions, ideas

Political, media, business terms

Arranging home repairs

Planning to move abroad

Discussing the arts and tourism

Careers and conducting interviews

Problem-solving and commercial transactions"

 

Learn Spanish (Spain) - Levels 1 - 5 Rosetta Stone - This would be Castillian Spanish

If you are planning to visit Spain, as opposed to South America, this is the appropriate CD-Rom for you. Castillian Spanish is the rather posh or educated Spanish, as opposed to the various Spanish dialects spoken in the different regions. Basically everyone in Spain will understand Castillian Spanish, whereas they might find the dialects and regional accents more difficult to follow

Learn Spanish: Rosetta Stone Spanish (Spain) - Level 1-5 Set
Learn Spanish: Rosetta Stone Spanish (Spain) - Level 1-5 Set

You will learn:

"The basics, such as age and family relations

Questions, greetings, introductions

Telling time, calendar terms, the weather

Directions, locations, dining out

Emotions, opinions, ideas

Political, media, business terms

Arranging home repairs

Planning to move abroad

Discussing the arts and tourism

Careers and conducting interviews

Problem-solving and commercial transactions"

 

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Are you a linguist?

Some people can only speak their own language, or they learn just one other language at school, whilst others are bilingual because their parents speak different languages. There are lots of immigrant families with more than one language in cosmopolitan London, where I live, and some of our local schools have children who between them speak over 100 different languages. So English is their second language, and there are many programs to help them to improve their English, and for their parents to learn English.

Of course, many people have learnt way more than just two languages, and now that it is so easy to travel abroad, or to have foreign business interests, many people are keen to learn as many foreign languages as they can.

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People want to learn languages for all sorts of reasons, and this, of course, affects which language they decide to learn.

Some people just want to learn the basics of a foreign language in order to get around on a short visit; others want to become immersed in a foreign language for business reasons, or because they intend to live in the country, or have a partner who is a foreign national.

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      When my parents wanted me to learn other foreign languages, I kinda be reluctant... but I have to recognize now that the foreign languages I know give me so many beautiful moments in my life.

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      boutiqueshops 4 years ago

      Hey this is pretty handy ~ easy to pick up the main world languages. Great presentation; Blessed!

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      Diana Grant 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      @boutiqueshops: Thank you so much!

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      LaptopLeader 3 years ago

      Awesome lens for learning an awesome language!

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      chi kung 3 years ago

      cool - if in the future I want to learn Spanish Iáll come back :)

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      Diana Grant 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      @chi kung: Bravo!

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      stvabs 3 years ago

      Looks like we have a similar path to learning Spanish.

      I went several times a year to Puerto Rico which got me started. But, going to Mexico and being surrounded by Spanish in every meeting and meal, really got me focused. I used Pimsleur tapes at the beginning. Now I use the downloadable files on my phone while I drive around.

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      kindoak 2 years ago

      I grew up in South America so I got Spanish for free. It's a marvelous language which i would have studied and learnt in any case. Try it! it's quite easy to learn if you are English speaking.

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      Diana Grant 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      @kindoak: I agree - I love Spain, and found the vocabulary fairly easy because I learned Latin at school for 5 years.

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      Melody Lassalle 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for the information on these Spanish language course. I wish I had taken the time to learn another language. I've tried some course, but don't get very far. Little did I know that later in life I would be working on my family tree and knowledge of Latin, French, and Portuguese would come in handy. I have taken a Spanish course a few years back. It's actually come in handy when I've worked on translating records in the two languages I mentioned.

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      David Paul Wagner 6 months ago from Sydney, Australia

      @Gloriousconfusion: Thank you for your great learning tips and course reviews. I studied Spanish using an early (1960s) version of Spanish Without Toil (Assimil) and found it very effective and enjoyable.

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