The natural order to learn a language is listening, speaking, reading and then writing.
HOW TO LEARN TO SPEAK SPANISH AS AN ADULT
I've never heard of a human being who could produce words without first receiving them as input. If you can’t hear it, you can’t say it. Listening then must come before speaking (understanding precedes production). Clearly, in order to have good quality output (speaking), you must have A LOT OF good quality input (listening). Lots and lots of listening first. You can always understand more of a language than you can produce. If you hear something enough times, you’ll eventually be able to say it aloud quite effortlessly. In order to speak Spanish, you need to be able to recognise the sounds and patterns of the Spanish language. Your listening skills are the foundation that lay the ground to develop your speaking skills. First, get lots of listening and your mouth will naturally find the way to clearly express the ideas that are in your brain. We learn to speak Spanish by listening to Spanish first (with understanding). Fluent speaking with clear pronunciation comes by itself.
HOW TO LEARN TO WRITE SPANISH AS AN ADULT
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” -Stephen King
These words of the "Great Master" and famous American essayist can hardly be objected, taking into account his writing skills and his books' importance for several generations of readers from different countries. Reading then must come before writing. No good writing is possible without reading. Lots and lots of reading first. The more you read, the better you write. We learn to write Spanish by reading Spanish first.
LEARNING SPANISH GRAMMAR NATURALLY AND INTUITIVELY
A simple but effective solution. By listening repeatedly to Spanish phrases. In this way:
You learn Spanish grammar easily without studying grammar rules. The same way native speakers learn it.
You become competent in recognizing what sounds right and what sounds wrong like native Spanish speakers do.
You acquire a feeling for the correctness of the Spanish language like native speakers do.
You gain a subconscious knowledge of grammar and therefore you will use correct Spanish grammar naturally.
You train yourself in the skill of using correct grammar intuitively.
Learn how to use correct Spanish grammar by studying grammar intuitively and naturally. Speech with proper grammar develops from intensive listening to Spanish phrases.
The listen to Spanish MP3 course covers in a natural way all the grammar you need to speak Spanish well. Master the forms of grammar that native speakers constantly use on a daily basis.
Do you know what is the difference between a Spanish learner and a native Spanish speaker in terms of speaking correctly? The native Spanish speaker “feels” what is correct. He can tell that a Spanish sentence sounds either good or bad (unnatural) and he doesn't need to use grammar rules for that. He can do it because he has heard lots of Spanish sentences in his life. This is the only difference between a learner and a native speaker, the amount of listening. You can be like a native speaker if you get lots of listening, too. Get lots of listening and develop an intuition for the Spanish grammar.
HOW TO LEARN SPANISH VOCABULARY
Spanish word lists by themselves will not help you enough to build your communication skills. Research shows that words are learned from context; words have to be stringed together in a meaningful way for you to learn them effectively, that is, by learning Spanish phrases and not individual words, you will learn vocabulary and also you will remember it longer; furthermore by learning Spanish phrases by listening you will learn to speak Spanish 2 to 3 times faster.
One of the most credible and reference studies of Spanish word frequency was conducted by Professor Mark Davies of Brigham Young University, it concluded that the first 1,000 most frequently used Spanish words should get you close to 90% of all verbal communication; the inventory of regular street speech among native Spanish speakers. Please bear in mind that if you know the top 1,000 frequently used Spanish words, you might not be able to say one correct Spanish phrase; but if you know only 100 Spanish phrases you will be pleasantly surprised at how many correct Spanish phrases you will be able to say. When you know 1,000 Spanish phrases you will be able to interact with native Spanish speakers with fluency and spontaneity.
This audio course has more than 10,000 Spanish phrases which will serve you well to subconsciously master the Spanish language. The ultimate outcome of repetitive listening of phrases is the internalization of the Spanish language patterns and sounds, and not the memorization of phrases. When it comes to learning to speak a new language your subconscious mind just does a much, much better job than your conscious mind. Your subconscious mind is fast and can handle many things at the same time; your conscious analytical mind is slow and can handle one thing at a time. You will acquire a Spanish lexicon in context and you will be able to say nearly anything you need to in some way or another. Fluent speech develops from intensive listening.
LEARNING SPANISH PRONUNCIATION
Clear Spanish pronunciation is essential for speaking Spanish with confidence and also for understanding spoken Spanish well; in other words, the better your Spanish pronunciation, the better people will understand you and the easier you will find it to understand them.
Spanish pronunciation is very straightforward because Spanish is a phonetic language. Unlike English, almost everything is spelled as it sounds, and sounds as it is spelled, that is, in general, Spanish words are pronounced exactly as they are written.
You do not learn Spanish pronunciation effectively: by reading pronunciation textbooks, by watching pronunciation videos, by studying phonetic symbols or by someone telling you how to pronounce Spanish.
You learn Spanish pronunciation successfully by listening to the Spanish language.
HOW SHOULD YOU LISTEN TO LEARN SPANISH PRONUNCIATION WELL
Repetition, repetition, repetition! Intensive listening is the key to clear Spanish pronunciation. Before you start trying to speak Spanish, spend a few months tuning your ears to the sounds and rhythms of the Spanish language. You will gradually become familiar with the Spanish pronunciation and start to be able to pick out words, phrases and sentences. Eventually you'll be able to understand most if not all of what you hear. Your mouth and tongue will effortlessly and naturally find the way to clearly say the sounds that are deep in your brain. Speech with clear pronunciation develops from intensive listening to Spanish phrases.
IS SPANISH AN EASY LANGUAGE TO LEARN?
This is a question that is often asked. Compared with some other languages, Spanish is not a difficult language to learn. One reason for this lies in the pronunciation. Unlike English, Spanish is a phonetic language, that is to say it is written the way it is spoken. There are no complicated combinations of vowels and consonants which give the same sound, like ‘though’ and ‘blow’ or ‘through’, ‘blew’, and ‘blue’ in English. A vowel has a particular sound value regardless of where it occurs in a word: at the beginning, in the middle or at the end. Each vowel in a word is pronounced and its sound does not change when it joins with another vowel. The five vowels, ‘a’, ‘e’, ‘i‘, ‘o’, ‘u’, each have a single, pure sound, while the majority of consonants have sound values very similar to English ones. There are only a few consonants where we have to be mindful of a different pronunciation in Spanish from English. Another reason for saying that Spanish is not a difficult language to learn is because many Spanish words look like English words and usually have a similar meaning as they share the same origin, either Latin or Greek. So without perhaps realizing it, we already know some Spanish, and this awareness can help in the learning process.
STUDYING SPANISH USING OTHER SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHING METHODS
Traditional methods are expensive. They cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Over 200 dollars per week tuition fee for 20 hours per week course with an average class size of 12 students. Traditional methods are very slow; courses are designed to take a long time to complete. The normal beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. They usually take more than two years to complete. You will probably never become a successful Spanish speaker studying with traditional methods. Generally you will end up knowing a lot grammar rules and individual words but unable to sustain a conversation.
Textbooks, tests, tiring exercises, flashcards and mnemonics. Trying to learn to speak Spanish with your eyes is inefficient; you won't succeed. Speech comes from listening first.
Boring and complicated grammar books and endless word lists. They are inefficient for learning to speak Spanish well. Studying grammar rules and word lists by themselves won't help you enough to learn to speak Spanish fluently and automatically.
Lengthy written and/or oral explanations in another language are a waste of time; they give you a false sense of progress. They make you think you are learning Spanish because you can understand the explanations.
Translating everything will make slow and inarticulate; you won't learn to think in Spanish and you need to think in Spanish to be able to speak it automatically and naturally.
Software and online Spanish courses are slow; your Spanish studying is limited by the time you can spend in front of a computer and even they are inefficient if they give you lengthy explanations in another language.
STUDYING SPANISH WITH OUR COURSE
Listen to Spanish MP3 is completely different from other language courses. It is not a grammar text for students, yet it contains an in-depth study of all the grammar inherent to spoken Spanish. It is not a phrase book for particular situations, yet it contains all the in-depth Spanish vocabulary you might want or need in every conceivable situation. It is, therefore, a unique combination of the two that gives you what you need for an immediate jump start in learning the Spanish language. Students will find useful and adaptable in a wide variety of situations: socializing, giving and receiving information, persuasion, expressing feelings and emotions, expressing needs, etc. These are the elements that are necessary for anyone who wants to understand and be understood: that is, to communicate as effectively as possible, our Spanish course will allow you to reach this goal. This intensive course is expressly designed to lead the adult beginner to a comprehensive knowledge of spoken Spanish.
LEARN SPANISH WITH MOVIES
You can use movies and TV shows to learn Spanish; they are a very, very powerful tool for improving your Spanish speaking; much, much better than a textbook. Movie Spanish is much, much closer to the real Spanish native speakers use all the time in real life. I would recommend this technique to the students with an intermediate level of Spanish (just about half way through my course).
HOW TO CORRECTLY USE THIS TECHNIQUE TO LEARN SPANISH
Do not watch the whole movie. Using a movie in this way does not help your Spanish. Why not? Because you won’t understand most if not all of it and if you don’t understand you are not learning.
Choose a small scene, 2 to 3 minutes and watch and/or listen only to that scene again and again for an hour a day and for 4 to 5 days (in the beginning, for 3 to 4 times, listen and/or watch with the translation and/or the Spanish transcripts for understanding). In this way, studying small scenes, one every 4 to 5 days, your listening will get better and better; the speech and speed of the movie will get easier and easier. Learn deeply the idioms, slang and expressions of that small scene. Learn deeply so that the Spanish language will just pop up in your head when needed. Let your brain do the work naturally.