Ready to learn Spanish?
If you are planning a move (or even long term travel) to Latin America – you’re going to need some Spanish.
In this post and infographic, you’ll learn ten steps to learning Spanish.
Lets get started!
10 Steps to Learn Spanish
- Download apps: Check Duolingo (won Best App Award in 2013) to get started. There are plenty of free and pay apps that range from flash cards to audio and video courses.
- Convert everything to Spanish: Switch your devices to Spanish and label everything in your home (color coding them as masculine/feminine).
- Listen to Spanish songs: Music helps with both vocabulary retention and proper pronunciation. You might want to check out the highly rated Rock ‘N Learn: Spanish audio cd.
- Read Spanish texts: Start off with easy books – like children’s books. Our first Spanish books was called “Soy Gorda” (I’m a Fat Woman) that we bought in Venezuela. These books will help with common words and phrases – and keeps things light.
- Write what you learn: Writing out the words that you learn (along with definitions) will help you remember them.
- Learn using cognates: Cognates are words that share similar spelling in both English and Spanish and have the same meaning. Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish has a huge section about cognates. Read our Madrigal’s review.
- Watch a Spanish movie: It is best to watch with English subtitles so you can confirm that you really understand what they are saying.
- Converse with a native speaker: Your proficiency will progress much faster having two-way conversations. There are a number of sites that allow for language learner meetups.
- Signup for a course – in Spanish: Taking a class in a foreign language will help you gain fluency and competence faster. Try taking a course in art or dance in Spanish. If you can’t find one in your area – take one online. Once you learn how to say the letters and sounds in Spanish, you’ll be surprised at how fast you’ll progress.
- Get out there: Book a flight and immerse yourself in Spanish. There is no better way to learn.
While you can get the basics in a few day and weeks – it takes years to become fluent. Why not start now?
Below the infographic, check out more of our favorite language learning resources.
10 Steps to Learn Spanish in 10 Days [Infographic]
How To Learn Spanish in 10 Days [Infographic] by the team at Thomas Cook
As we began learning Spanish, we used a lot of different books and courses. Here are our favorites. Short on time? Here are 9 time finding hacks for language learning. I think our favorite method (other than immersion) is Pimsleurs. Learn about Pimsleurs interactive audio method.
How are your learning Spanish? What tips and tools do you have to share?
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