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What is the easiest way to learn how to speak Spanish'

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updated FEB 3, 2009
posted by Vegas

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The quickest way: find a place where people speak Spanish, but not English. My spoken English improved dramatically after spending a month in a tourist area (in my own country!) where no one seemed to be able (or willing) to speak my language. See? I didn't even have to go abroad (politically, at least). Maybe in some areas in Los Angeles? Hehe...

updated FEB 3, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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haha, i tototally agree with Samdie! finding a Spanish speaking lover smile

samdie said:

The three most obvious truisms about learning a 2nd (3rd, etc.) language are: 1) The younger you are when you start, the better (in the absence of "time travel", this is of little help to most people). 2) The more effort you put in to it, the greater your reward.

2) The greater your exposure, the better. (To a large extent this is a special case of #2).

A Possible #4 might be, acquire a (in this case) Spanish speaking boyfriend/lover (preferably, one who who has no interest in learning English) but this is really a special case of #2.

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updated FEB 3, 2009
posted by casper
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The three most obvious truisms about learning a 2nd (3rd, etc.) language are:
1) The younger you are when you start, the better (in the absence of "time travel", this is of little help to most people).
2) The more effort you put in to it, the greater your reward.
2) The greater your exposure, the better. (To a large extent this is a special case of #2).

A Possible #4 might be, acquire a (in this case) Spanish speaking boyfriend/lover (preferably, one who who has no interest in learning English) but this is really a special case of #2.

updated FEB 2, 2009
posted by samdie
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Martyn said:

My suggestions would be:Do a little every day, rather than one big stint a weekRead Spanish newspapers and magazines, on subjects that interest youRe-watch your favourite TV episodes with Spanish audio and English subtitlesListen to the radio - even if you don't understand it - to get the hang of the sounds of the languageFind someone to trade language with - I help my tutor with English in exchange for SpanishRead parallel text books - they're surprisingly hard to find, but I love the ones I've gotI went for a one-to-one course at a school in SpainStudy the book "Spanish Verb Tenses" by Dorothy RedmondListen to the Michel Thomas CDs, but beware the traps he leads you in to


I'm learning spanish too, i'm learning out of this book this women wrote, she breaks down the whole languge from beggining to end. Each chapter ends with a 10 question quiz to reinforce skills you aquired through out the chapter, and after each section of the book she gives a 50 question test. I atleast try and do one chapter out of the book a day, and listen to music I like in spanish, but now i'm having a mental block I reached chapter 4, its on (Action and Possesion) i've reviewed this chapter like 2 or 3 times and for some reason the rules are not clicking with me, I keep quizing myself and I keep failing, I the rules of the Adjectives and Nouns and how to phrase a question is plain frustrating!

updated FEB 2, 2009
posted by t~tMissLovelyMamit~t
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wish I knew as I am struggling to remember anything

updated FEB 2, 2009
posted by rachel-Meadows
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My suggestions would be:

Do a little every day, rather than one big stint a week
Read Spanish newspapers and magazines, on subjects that interest you
Re-watch your favourite TV episodes with Spanish audio and English subtitles
Listen to the radio - even if you don't understand it - to get the hang of the sounds of the language
Find someone to trade language with - I help my tutor with English in exchange for Spanish
Read parallel text books - they're surprisingly hard to find, but I love the ones I've got
I went for a one-to-one course at a school in Spain
Study the book "Spanish Verb Tenses" by Dorothy Redmond
Listen to the Michel Thomas CDs, but beware the traps he leads you in to

updated FEB 2, 2009
posted by Martyn
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Hi vegas, have you seen the learn tab'

updated FEB 2, 2009
posted by 00494d19
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"Tu me dejastes caerrrr, pero ella me levantó."

Please remember that it's dejaste, though. smile Or pay the consequences. But I'm repeating myself.

Good luck smile

updated FEB 1, 2009
posted by Vikingo
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Vikingo said:

Hehe, aren't they cute. Get yourself a couple of audio programs, two of my favorites are "Spanish with Michel Thomas", and "Pimsleur Spanish". And read a basic grammar book or two. Then, try to speak to some Spanish-speaking people near you, and be bold. Also, the lessons on this site are very helpful for beginners, really. Don't get caught up the pronunciation, though, get that from your new Mexican friends. And read something that interests you in Spanish, and keep it alive.

Good luck smile

Okay, thanks. Don't get caught up in the pronunciation? I don't have any Mexican friends anymore since I have been in Arkansas. I did in Las Vegas. Anyway, thanks for the info. I appreciate it. I have been watching Daddy Yankee videos .

updated FEB 1, 2009
posted by Vegas
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Hehe, aren't they cute. Get yourself a couple of audio programs, two of my favorites are "Spanish with Michel Thomas", and "Pimsleur Spanish". And read a basic grammar book or two. Then, try to speak to some Spanish-speaking people near you, and be bold. Also, the lessons on this site are very helpful for beginners, really. Don't get caught up the pronunciation, though, get that from your new Mexican friends. And read something that interests you in Spanish, and keep it alive.

Good luck smile

updated FEB 1, 2009
posted by Vikingo
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by moving to Mexicoooouuuu
or talking to native spanish speakers, by anyway u can ImaginE

Chegx

updated FEB 1, 2009
posted by Chegx