What is the best way to start learning on here?

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I have a question and I also need some advice. Well I guess both are really question come to think of it. red face The second question that I would like to ask is, what is the best way to start learning on here? Do I need to check to see what the lesson is going to be on first and then study the Spanish words that pertain to that lesson or just keep doing the lessons until I get it right?

Since I'm planning on coming here and studying at least an hour a day,I need as much help as I can get.

EDIT: Patricia, please ask your conjugation question on the vocabulary forum smile

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updated JUL 18, 2009
posted by Patricia-M

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Well there are a few things you could do, you could go to the flashcards, or the reference section, or you could just start with learn Spanish 1.

Bienvenido al foro, Patricia.

updated JUL 18, 2009
posted by eric_collins
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Thanks everyone,I was kind of afraid to go to the chat room anyway. I know that I don't know enough to carry on a conversation in there yet. It's nice to know that there are people on here that are willing to help you will you need it and when I advance to the chat room I can get help there to.

updated JUL 17, 2009
posted by Patricia-M
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I've not looked at the chat on this website but a few times, but I can say that chat rooms in general are not a good place to learn proper Spanish.

Hi rocco, we are trying to keep our chat as well spoken and clean as possible. However you do get the occasional weirdo, as Nick can confirm, just happened the other day... confused

However, it is a good place to make contacts, you can listen to natives speaking, but of course, with no basic knowledge, it won't help a lot. To think one can actually learn Spanish in a chat room is a mistake. Many people come there and we get privates asking: Can you teach me Spanish?

But it is a good way to improve and practise once you have the basics.

Yes... I guess I composed my message without much thought. It's really not the best place to begin Spanish, it's just that I've found it extremely interesting to talk to native speakers, "actively."

And, aww, thank you so much Heidita. Please don't stop helping me though - I still have a lot to learn and your help and corrections - however small they may be - are very appreciated! :-D

updated JUL 17, 2009
posted by Nick-Cortina
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Welcome to the forum, Patricia, you might want to check this thread too. grin

updated JUL 17, 2009
posted by 00494d19
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I've not looked at the chat on this website but a few times, but I can say that chat rooms in general are not a good place to learn proper Spanish.

Hi rocco, we are trying to keep our chat as well spoken and clean as possible. However you do get the occasional weirdo, as Nick can confirm, just happened the other day... confused

However, it is a good place to make contacts, you can listen to natives speaking, but of course, with no basic knowledge, it won't help a lot. To think one can actually learn Spanish in a chat room is a mistake. Many people come there and we get privates asking: Can you teach me Spanish?
But it is a good way to improve and practise once you have the basics.

updated JUL 17, 2009
posted by 00494d19
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Hi Patricia:

Something that I've found to be extremely helpful (and very fun) is using the chat feature of this site. You can practice what you've learned and talk to other learners AND native speakers. Also, many on the chat are willing to answer any questions or teach you something (haha, I've been teaching a lot of people lately about conjugating regular verbs in the present indicative tongue laugh. I'd be happy to help.)

Anyway.. ¡Bienvenida a este sitio y buena suerte con tus estudios!

I can coonfirm this, Nick is the STAR on the chat grin He is helping all kind of students and his Spanish is excellent. sometimes we help him, but that is getting more seldom, as his Spanish is improving all the time.

updated JUL 17, 2009
posted by 00494d19
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Well, yes, I guess I agree with you there. I guess what I was really trying to say was that I've found it to be a great place to speak to native speakers, conversationally. But yes, Patricia, I think it would serve you well to use the forum and lessons on this site to improve rather than use the chat at this time.

Rocco: It has helped to expand my vocabulary a lot, and there are usually very friendly people there, but I do agree with you that it is not always the best for beginners. Thank you for your comments. grin

updated JUL 17, 2009
posted by Nick-Cortina
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Hi Patricia:

Something that I've found to be extremely helpful (and very fun) is using the chat feature of this site. You can practice what you've learned and talk to other learners AND native speakers. Also, many on the chat are willing to answer any questions or teach you something (haha, I've been teaching a lot of people lately about conjugating regular verbs in the present indicative tongue laugh. I'd be happy to help.)

Anyway.. ¡Bienvenida a este sitio y buena suerte con tus estudios!

I've not looked at the chat on this website but a few times, but I can say that chat rooms in general are not a good place to learn proper Spanish. Yes, you can sometimes get quick answers to your questions (sometimes correct, sometimes incorrect), but for the most part, chat rooms are filled with slang, abbreviations, and text-message type jargon to save space and post quickly. For someone who is advanced in the language, it could be a place to expand your vocabulary and pick up on some slang and colloquialisms, but I wouldn't recommend it for beginners.

updated JUL 17, 2009
posted by hhmdirocco
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Hi Patricia:

Something that I've found to be extremely helpful (and very fun) is using the chat feature of this site. You can practice what you've learned and talk to other learners AND native speakers. Also, many on the chat are willing to answer any questions or teach you something (haha, I've been teaching a lot of people lately about conjugating regular verbs in the present indicative tongue laugh. I'd be happy to help.)

Anyway.. ¡Bienvenida a este sitio y buena suerte con tus estudios!

updated JUL 17, 2009
posted by Nick-Cortina
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Thanks, I believe that will help a lot, I just didn't know which way to go about this. I've been repeating some of the harder lesson so far, but some of the stuff is just not sticking in my head. But one thing about it, no matter how much I learn on here, I'll know more then when I first started out. grin

updated JUL 17, 2009
posted by Patricia-M
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I guess everyone has his/her own method. Here is what I've been doing this summer, and it seems to work for me:
1. Watch the video for the lesson (Take them in order, beginning with the first one, even if you know a little Spanish.) Say the words out loud as you watch them.
2. Do the vocabulary exercises with the flashcards. Do them several times if you don't get 100% the first time.
3. Go to the Reference section and read about the verb tense or whatever she taught in the video.
4. Try to write using the new words and new grammar.
5. After you've done a few lessons beyond, go back and watch the video again. You'll get more out of it as you understand more. I've watched some of them four or five times now.

On "breaks", read some of the Forum discussion. It's amazing how much you can learn.

Buena suerte

updated JUL 17, 2009
posted by keybordrfm