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How To Quickly Learn Spanish With Plaza Sesamo Sesame Street Spanish Videos & Songs

Updated on September 24, 2013

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When my husband and I found out we would be living in Spain for a semester we signed up for ten private Spanish lessons with a local language instructor. Neither of us took Spanish in school. As far as learning another language, my husband took German in high school and I took a year of French in college.

So it meant that at least twice a week for the next 5 weeks, we were committed to butcher such a beautiful language in the basement of somebody's house while we struggled to master the basics.

But learning a language doesn't come easily to me. I was looking for a way to supplement our lessons with something that would help the words and comprehension stick. I figured if little kids could learn Spanish with Sesame Street Spanish Videos and songs, why not me?

While we've invested in the Rosetta Stone interactive language program, it was an awfully expensive program. True, it does make language learning more fun. But at the end of the day, the real kicker to learning any language is a commitment to practice, practice, practice. So having expensive software didn't necessarily mean I was going to set aside an hour a day to practice. I'd recommend picking up a workbook and/or audiobook and using fun short videos like Sesame Street first. Use repetition to build up vocabulary. Nowadays you can find a lot of free Spanish vocabulary videos on YouTube.

Set a time frame, like 8 to 12 weeks and if you find you're still enjoying the language learning, then and only then consider if you wanna use a more intensive, highly effective program like Rosetta Stone. The investment in the software doesn't seem as expensive and well justified once you compare it to the cost of in person language lessons.

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Some of the videos will seem pretty basic but when I found myself humming "hacer calor", I knew Sesame Street helped with my Spanish. Also included is the No Me Gusta / Me Gusta Song On YouTube.

The other key to learning a language is to try a multitude of different stimulus to get your brain re-wired. Plus, you need to find what works best for you. For some people it's repetition, for others, it's watching movies and listening to songs or watching videos or playing audiotapes in the car. You'll also find different approaches from memorization to situational language series. Regardless, keep at it and you'll slowly start to build up your vocabulary and confidence.

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Classic Sesame Street Spanish Videos

Sofia Vergara & Elmo - What Does Baile Mean?

Sofia plays around with Elmo to get him to guess what the word Baile means. Sofia sends in dancing penguins in more.

Learn Spanish The Easy Way

Get Free Episodes of Aprende Con Sesame

Download From Amazon.com & Watch on Kindle. Sesame Workshop is pleased to present in partnership with Amazon.com this FREE educational programming, available to watch instantly online or download and watch later. Plus it's not just quick television clips but ten full episodes from Season 1. Enjoy! Although, it's great to watch on a Kindle, you can also watch it on your PC or Mac.

The other great way to learn a language is of course, total language immersion. So if your lifelong dream is to learn Japanese, Spanish or Italian, go live in one of those cities for week to a month. My recommendation is to rent an apartment and live like a local.

Even though it will be tempting to want to travel from place to place, the best way to learn a language is to get to know your neighbors. This means engaging and speaking with people in conversation -- buying groceries, going to the hardware store, visiting the post office, ordering coffee, going to the bakery, etc. These ordinary encounters end up being like mini tutorials with free tutors on every street corner and store front totally unaware they're providing relatively inexpensive language learning for just the cost of a pastry.

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Basic Expressions in Spanish - Amigo Music Video

Weather

Salida or Which Way Is Out

Cerrado y Abierto

No Me Gusta / Me Gusta Song

I like it or not like it video on YouTube.

Here's the No Me Gusta / Me Gusta Song From Sesame Street on YouTube Video

Ernie Practices Rubber Ducky in Spanish - El Patito

Additional Spanish Language Learning Resources

There are endless books to help you speak Spanish. I bought phrases books and the textbook recommended by my teacher. But these are the ones I found most helpful.

See It and Say It in Spanish: A Beginner's Guide to Learning Spanish the Word-and-Picture Way
See It and Say It in Spanish: A Beginner's Guide to Learning Spanish the Word-and-Picture Way

If you only have room to pack one book, buy "See it and Say it in Spanish". It is so simple with line drawing illustrations and easy to understand that it's been in print since 1961.

 
Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish: A Creative and Proven Approach
Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish: A Creative and Proven Approach

The magic is simple. Start with English words with Spanish pronuniciation to build confidence and you find out you know more Spanish than you realized.

 
Spanish by Association
Spanish by Association

Optional fun word associations if you learn by pictures.

 

Learning Languages Tip

Watch Movies & Soap Operas in Spanish with Subtitles to Develop an Ear for the Language.

Watch Your Favorite Movies or Television Shows With the Spanish Subtitles ON.

There's also the Spanish Learning Soap Opera "Destinos"

A Must Have - Get Yourself a Pocket-Sized Dictionary

Merriam-Webster's Pocket Spanish-English Dictionary (Flexible paperback) (Pocket Reference Library)
Merriam-Webster's Pocket Spanish-English Dictionary (Flexible paperback) (Pocket Reference Library)

Once you get serious about learning Spanish, you may want a larger, more extensive dictionary with greater vocabulary. But in the meantime, I can't tell you how many times having a small pocket dictionary was helpful. I would never leave home without it. Make sure you get one that's dual language that has both a Spanish-English & English to Spanish section.

I'd often find if I brought out a dictionary, shop keepers could look up the word themselves and point to it so I could read the English translation or I would ask they write down the spelling of a word so I could look it up myself.

This is when size matters. Small is great. You want a dictionary that's both small and thin enough to slip into a suit jacket, pant pocket or purse without being too heavy or bulky. Here's one of the most recommended Spanish language dictionaries but you'll find more available, just click on photos to preview inside so you find one that speaks to you.

 

Just For Fun

Behind the Scenes With Elmo's Right Hand Man

More About Former Sesame Street Puppeteer Kevin Clash

Being Elmo Movie Trailer - Biography of Kevin Clash

You may also enjoy the behind the scenes story of puppeteer Kevin Clash who transformed Elmo when he took over voiceover and puppeteer duties for what is now one of Sesame Street's most beloved characters.

Meet Armando The New Neighbor on the Block - Celebrating Hispanic Heritage at Sesame Street

Source: Sesame Street Workshop

I was just reading about the latest cast member to join the cast of Sesame Street but I was happy to see that along with bilingual muppets Rosita and Ovejita (Carmen Osbahr), long time cast members Maria (played by Sonia Manzano) and Luis (Emilio Delgado) are still on the show entertaining a new generation of kids.

Hola! Have Any Books or Resources to Recommend? - Or feel free to just leave a note. Gracias.

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      Martina 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Nice, helpful and informative! :)

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      This has got to be the best way to learn a language! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow, just stumbled upon this. Great database of materials including lots of stuff on YouTube I didn't know about. I've been using the YouTube videos from LingoLive (username lingolivespanish) to learn basic Spanish phrases and constructions. Thanks for sharing!

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      David 4 years ago from Europe

      nice lens and very encouraging for the language learner. great job :-)

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      worldwidesouven 4 years ago

      Thank you for the lens. My kid is starting to learn spanish, I found out a lot of ideas from this lens, really useful. Thank you so much!

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      niels010 4 years ago

      Haha it is a good idea to learn it on the child way. Interesting lens!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Great idea! It is much easier to learn language as a kid, and it is a great idea to learn from a kids resource. Blessed and pinned onto my board "this I want you to know."

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      askformore lm 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing all this great information. Gracias!

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      markwellcott 5 years ago

      One of the keys is actually getting kids to enjoy the learning experience - Sesame Street has shown how it can do that over the years so i have no doubt that this will help kids learn Spanish. MUCHAS GRACIAS!

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      ElaineK 5 years ago

      Me Gusta!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Well, I learned much of my English from Sesame Street going up, why not learn Spanish that way, too? :)

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Great idea! My daughter wants to learn Spanish and they do not teach it at her school. I am going to play these videos for her. It is a terrific way to learn! Thanks!

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      JeanJohnson LM 6 years ago

      I got a book for my kids it's a Disney Spanish/English book, they really love it.

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      nick16 7 years ago

      Super cool lens. I love everything Spanish! I used to teach Spanish before staying home with my son.

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Turn on the spanish subtitles for any dvd you watch. Make that a practice.