Because of the technology today you can learn Spanish without having to sit in a boring formal class for years! The days of be bored to death while trying to learn Spanish are over!
The best way to learn Spanish, or any other language, is total submersion in the language. This would mean living somewhere surrounded by only native speakers. Sadly, this option tends to be costly and difficult to do for most people. This option is best for students, either students in high school or college students.
If you’re a senior in high school you should look into exchange programs through your school. These programs offer you a variety of different options whether you want to participate in place of your senior year or if you want to spend a year abroad after high school and before college. High school students should talk to someone in their guidance department; they should be able to help!
Now if you’re in college you will probably have a lot more options and will most likely receive college credit for it. Many schools will have a study abroad fair that will offer information in all of the programs available for students. If you’re school doesn’t have one, or you missed out, talk to your advisor, they should be able to direct you to the correct places. If your school’s programs opportunities are scarce you should look into programs that other colleges offer and see if they allow students who do not attend to enroll in their programs. If you do enroll in a program not through your school you will want to talk with someone about how the credits will transfer, if you’re looking to earn college credit for participating in the program.
By using online tools you’ll be able to learn at your own pace, whether you have hours a day or just an hour a day these sites allow you to learn when you can! Spanishdict.com is a great online resource for learning Spanish. They offer a series of great lesson which you can use at your own pace, a forum where you can get your questions asked by real people, flashcards, and many more study techniques.
Speak, speak, and speak some more!
The best way to learn a language is to speak it, especially with native speakers. You can find people to talk to online if you have a webcam and microphone. Look in your area as well, if you live near a university or in a large city it should be fairly easy for you to find someone who is fluent in Spanish.
By talking to a native speaker it gives you several advantages: you’ll be able to learn some slang words from them that you wouldn’t be able to learn from a book and you’ll be able to hear their pronunciations of words.
These tips offer helpful ways of learning Spanish; however, learning a new language fluently isn’t easy and requires practice and dedication