Discover the Most Effective Way to Learn How to Speak Spanish Through Fun and Exciting Activities.
Did you know that most people that try to learn another language are left dissatisfied and unable to converse in that language, even though they’ve spent hours and hours learning grammar and vocabulary? Do you know why that happens? Because they are using guides that teach only grammar and vocabulary.
To be able to speak Spanish like a native, you need a little bit extra – and that extra can be found inside this captivating guide to learning Spanish. This guide has everything you need to get started now, especially if you never learned Spanish before.
That’s right; you don’t need any Spanish language experience because these exercises will slowly ease you into the world of Spanish grammar and vocabulary with fun and interactive activities.
But that’s not all; you will also learn how to pronounce words correctly. You will also learn the most common phrases used in the Spanish language and when and where to use them. With this guide in your hands, you will learn how to speak Spanish like a native in no time.
The best thing about this guide - you can learn Spanish wherever and whenever. Driving a car – still can do it; mowing a lawn – still can do it.
Here is what this beginner's guide to learning Spanish can offer you:
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Learn Spanish for Beginners
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Chapter One: Learning Strategies
Chapter Two: Pronouncing Spanish
Chapter Three: Nouns
Chapter Four: Pronouns
Chapter Five: Verbs
Chapter Six: Adjectives
Chapter Seven: Adverbs
Chapter Eight: Prepositions and Conjunctions
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LEARN SPANISH FOR KIDS
Chapter 1: Learn the Letters of the Alphabet in Spanish
Chapter 2: Learn Numbers in Spanish
Chapter 3: Learn the Days of the Week in Spanish
Chapter 4: Learn Months of the Year in Spanish
Chapter 5: Learn Objects in the House in Spanish
Chapter 6: Learn Clothing Types in Spanish
Chapter 7: Learn Different Foods in Spanish
Chapter 8: Learn Emotions in Spanish
Chapter 9: Learn Animals in Spanish
Chapter 10: Learn Objects in Space in Spanish
Chapter 11: Learn Useful Words for School in Spanish
Chapter 12: Learn Conversation Starters in Spanish
Chapter 13: How Long Will it Take for Me to Learn Spanish?
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Un, dos, tres
Un pasito pa'lante María
Un, dos, tres
Un pasito pa' atrás (Aunque me muera ahora, María)
- Ricky Martin, “Un Dos Tres, Maria”
Those Latinos and Latinas sure know how to pump up the party! You may have grown up listening to Gloria Estefan or Julio Iglesias, and dancing the hits of Shakira or Luis Fonsi, and never understood a word of the lyrics. But just listening to Jennifer Lopez is enough to make most people want to learn Spanish!
But actually, you can. If you think that enrolling in a fancy language course in an upscale institution or studying tons of books in a quiet corner are the only ways you can learn Spanish, you are gravely mistaken. To learn any language, especially Spanish, all you need to do is want to learn it. We understand that some people cannot quite seem to learn using the traditional methods of reading from a book or conversing with a live tutor. It may even be too expensive to book a flight to Spain or Latin America. Others are just too busy to squeeze in any spare time for Spanish grammar exercises. They have that desire to learn, but it can quickly dissipate due to the taxing and time-consuming methods of traditional language learning.
Well, we understand that. We know how some language books can be so intimidating that the desire to learn Spanish can disappear pronto when you reach chapters like conjugation. We understand that initial spark of Spanish gusto, and we want to make learning easier for you. And so, we came up with this handy book designed specifically for English-speakers with little or no background in Spanish. We designed each chapter to be just a small but substantial bite of the Spanish language that you can easily absorb. You will be exposed to common expressions, colloquial phrases, and useful anecdotes that will cover the basics. What you learn from this book can be enough for you to get by on your trip to Barcelona or understand some of that fast-paced Valtònyc rap you’ve been memorizing. Our goal here is to appreciate the Spanish language. We want you to have a grasp of how sentences are constructed, how words are related, and how phrases are pronounced. Hopefully, by reading this book, you will be able to engage in simple Spanish conversations and appreciate the language all the more.
Before you begin this exciting journey, we want to emphasize a key element in learning any language. Before getting lost in all the rules of conjugations and declensions, it might be useful and interesting for you to consider a simple question: Why are you learning Spanish?
Is it because -
- You are planning a trip to Majorca or Cancun with your family, and you want to have a grasp of the language to navigate your itinerary?
- You are watching a film by Pedro Almodovar, a Spanish telenovela, or MoneyHeist, and you want to drop the subtitles?
- You have a lot of Latino friends who bring you enchiladas and tacos, and you’d just like to join in their lively conversation?
- You are spending a semester in Salamanca studying Spanish architecture, and you need a crash course in the language before you get called in class?
- You are courting a Spanish senorita, and you want to impress her with a few lines from Neruda that you actually understand?
- You just want to be fluent in a language spoken by over 483 million people, the second-most spoken native language in the world?!
It may be a “Last song syndrome” with “Despacito,” or a delectable and authentic Spanish paella, or an invigorating flamenco that got you interested in Spanish. Whatever it is, don’t lose that fire and passion. Remember that first bite of a jamon serrano or the unforgettable lines of Pablo Neruda or the first Spanish hit song you danced to. You know that saying, no one forgets their first love? Well, that first love with Spanish is going to take you through the difficult lessons. Yes, Spanish is really quite an easy language, but when you hit conjugations, it can sometimes be a little disheartening. You might find this exercise silly, but in our experience, reliving and visualizing that initial love for Spanish motivates people to continue learning. The soul of the Spanish language is in the emotions, so you need to have that emotional connection to guide you through the lessons. The Spanish words may sound new to you, but the feelings embedded in the way Spanish speakers utter words are universally felt. Learning a language should not be a chore you force yourself to plod through, but an enjoyable leisure you can relish! And with us helping you in the background, we will build more precious Spanish memories together.
Spanish is one of the Romantic languages. This means that it belongs to a family of languages that have a Latin origin, the language used by the Romans. This language family includes French, Italian, Romanian, and, yes, English. As such, some of the English words we use are actually grounded in Spanish. Words like “stampede,” “canyon,” “patio,” “cargo,” and “tequila” are easily accessible to English speakers, and yet they are rooted in Spanish. Sometimes, you can simply listen to the Spanish words and the context of the conversation, and you will often have a general idea of what the words mean. This language family connection makes your initial entry to learning Spanish easier.
But to accelerate your Spanish learning curve, we will provide you with some learning strategies to maximize each lesson. We firmly believe that to learn any language, you have to have a clear process. As much as we’d like to make learning spontaneous, we will introduce a structure to make the learning more effective. We have designed each lesson to follow a certain format: a conversation in Spanish, a vocabulary builder, the lesson proper, and a simple exercise. The learning is accelerated when you can anticipate what happens in each lesson. There is also a sense of continuity as each lesson builds on the previous. Each segment is actually a learning strategy we use to help you get into the language faster.
1. Enter the Story
Each lesson starts off with a conversation in Spanish. There will be a couple of characters who will be speaking about daily activities using common expressions. There will be an English translation after the Spanish conversation. Read the story and have a sense of how Spanish is used in context. Try practicing the conversation aloud so you can hear your pronunciation. It would be even better if you could listen to actual Spanish speakers delivering these lines.
As we have said, Spanish is an emotional language. You can have a sense of what is being said through the emotions imbued in the pronunciation. The lilts, tone, pacing, accents, and emphasis in speaking Spanish all convey the emotions being communicated. When you listen to a story, all those emotions will come together in a cohesive whole. Understanding each word would only make sense when you use it in a story.
2. Build your vocabulary
After each story, we will highlight certain words as part of the vocabulary builder. We will explain the meaning of common Spanish words so you can use them right away. The goal is that you slowly build up your arsenal of Spanish words so that you can understand conversations quickly and easily. You might not be able to memorize all the words on the first try. But the more you use it in your everyday life, the more comfortable you will feel with the language.
Later on, whenever you encounter new Spanish words, have the initiative to look up their meaning. Spanish dictionaries may come in handy for this. Through the audio lessons, you will grow in your Spanish vocabulary. You should end up learning as much as a thousand words, and that’s more than enough for everyday conversation.
3. Immerse in each lesson
We are going to break down the elements of language composition in each chapter. We will start with nouns and pronouns then move to verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions. Each chapter builds on the previous one, so it’s important that you read this book from start to end. From the individual elements of language, we will bring them together and see how words are positioned to make sense. This can be quite challenging, given that Spanish has particular ways of forming sentences compared to English. But the more you dig into each chapter, the more you will have that Spanish sense of connecting ideas and words into comprehensible phrases.
4. Test what you know
Once you get a general feel of the conversation, the meanings of individual words, and the patterns in grammar, it’s time for you to test what you have learned. At this point, we advise you not to be doing anything else that demands your attention. Don’t be answering the questions and trying to drive your car! These short exercises may need your full concentration, and we want your learning to be as safe as possible. But don’t worry too much about these tests. Of course, you will not be graded for accomplishing them, nor will anybody be checking up on you. These tests are for your own use so that you can pace the level of your understanding of the lesson. You will know if you got the lesson or if you need to go back and study some parts a bit more thoroughly. What is also good is that you can rewind the lessons so that you can answer the tests more accurately.
These tests are only basic exercises for your own growth in the Spanish language. The true test is to be able to participate in actual Spanish conversations without the need to translate all the time. This happens after some time of rigorously studying Spanish. But you will get there. This is just a reminder that our goal is not to think in English and then translate in Spanish, but, rather, to think and speak in Spanish.
Aside from these learning strategies, we are going to provide you with more tips to maximize your learning. These are just general tips you can apply in each Spanish lesson to make the language journey more fun and effective.
a. Say it out loud
It is one thing to hear Spanish and another thing to say it yourself. Again, we emphasize that language is easier to learn when you use the word. So say the words as you hear them. We provide prompts for you to speak aloud, so we have some semblance of an interaction. We love to speak, but we would love it even more to hear you speak! Let the “guacamole” roll on your tongue and “el proceso” softly hiss through your teeth. We want you to stretch those Spanish voice muscles in a fast-paced and lively Spanish conversation. What is good is that you can speak out loud in the comfort of your car. Yes, you’ll look strange talking to yourself out loud. But this is the only way you can learn to speak Spanish. And the privacy of a car will be the best environment for that.
b. Repeat, repeat, repeat
When you want to learn how to drive, there is no better way than driving a real car. The more you drive, the better you get at handling turns, or parking in tight spaces, or navigating through traffic. There is no other way but just to keep on driving.
In the same way, learning Spanish is only possible if you keep on using it. The key is really to repeat, repeat, and repeat. If you don’t understand a lesson, repeat it again. If you understand a lesson somewhat, repeat it again. If you feel confident about a certain lesson, just repeat it again to reach complete mastery. You become more Spanish every day you repeat your lessons.
Make this audio book a habit then. It is not enough to have one go at the program and expect to have absorbed everything. We imagine that this audiobook can be on loop in your car audio for months on end. Don’t study only when you feel like it. Continue learning Spanish even if you are bored and disinterested. Surrounding yourself with Spanish words in your car every day will make you feel like you are in Barcelona, never mind what the weather is like!
c. Use films, music, books, social media
Listen to Spanish hits of singers like Gloria Estefan and Julio Iglesias. Watch “Mar Adentro” or “El Laberinto del Fauno.” Read “El Pais” or “El Mundo,” Spanish newspapers. Expose yourself to as much Spanish as possible. Whether you are on a country road in the United States or in a subway station in Japan, you can always make your environment feel as if you are in Spain or Latin America. When you use different forms of media, the learning is increased because you are stimulating different parts of your brain. Listening, seeing, speaking, writing, conversing in Spanish, all these elements trigger separate parts of the brain, and the consolidated result is a better understanding of Spanish.
We would also recommend that you join different Spanish interest clubs. There are Facebook groups of Spanish-speaking dog lovers, orchid growers, stamp collectors, and there are definitely plenty for soccer enthusiasts! The interaction with Spanish speakers in this platform provides you with a safe space to test your Spanish skills while pursuing your hobbies. Language should not be learned for its own sake, but because it is useful. When you discuss something you are passionate about, the emotion becomes food for learning Spanish. We can even equate Spanish to passion and hobbies, so make that important connection.
In this chapter, you have:
learned the importance of listening to Spanish in context.
realized that the emotion behind the Spanish language can guide your understanding.
discovered learning strategies and general tips to make learning Spanish more effective.
In the next chapter, you will learn how to pronounce words in Spanish.
Time to test those Spanish voice muscles! In this chapter, we will introduce you to some conventions in Spanish pronunciation. What is fortunate for you is that Spanish is phonetic – that is, every letter in the spelling is pronounced. There are actually a lot of similar pronunciation patterns in Spanish and English, which can help you breeze through the lessons. It might be good for you to say the letters and words aloud as you read them. We have included English approximations of each letter to help you pronounce the letters and words.
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