Did you ever day-dream about being able to speak Spanish? Understand what people speaking Spanish were saying, be able to talk with them? Travel in Latin America or Spain and be able to get out of the tourist traps, take a taxi, visit the restaurants, see the sights and make friends where the real people live?
It’s not as hard to learn Spanish as you might think. The Internet, new teaching methods and digital media have revolutionized the way languages are learned. This has brought learning another language into the cost and time-requirement range of millions who could not afford it before but can now.
Don’t think in terms of traditional classroom learning. This is the 21st Century, we’ve gone beyond that. Modern interactive courses, available at low cost, can help you learn fast and easy. There are excellent digital media learning courses that you can download and study whenever and wherever you want to.
The 31-lesson learning course by Rocket Spanish, for example, can be downloaded in a few minutes (depending on your connection speed) and you can start with it immediately. It comes in MP3 format which can be downloaded from your computer to your iPod or other MP3 player. Or it can be burned into CD’s to be played on the CD player in your car or anywhere.
You will hear Spanish spoken by native speakers, interact with them and learn to pronounce words and speak as they do. The advantage of learning from skilled native speakers is that you can learn to speak Spanish without an accent, or at least with minimal accent.
Also, with your lessons on digital media, you can listen to them again, take a refresher course, anytime! Even while you are on the plane to Acapulco or Cancun!
With traditional classroom learning, it takes years to become fluent. But with an interactive learning course you can learn a language in only weeks or maybe months. Using natural methods (learning Spanish like you learned English, through learning basic conversation and then expanding from there) you will be able to carry on a basic conversation within a few days!
Spanish is an excellent language to start with. There are many common words between English and Spanish, so you already know more Spanish words than you realize! And with Spanish it’s easy to get started. You can make yourself understood with a 2,000 word vocabulary! That’s enough to make and pay for purchases, ask directions, order in a restaurant, take a taxi… most basic activities.
Spanish is very useful to know. Not only is it the fourth most prevalent language in the world, it is the most prevalent language in the Americas. There are 41 million Hispanics in the U.S., of which 17 million don’t speak English, or don’t speak it very well.
You can use Spanish to communicate with your Hispanic neighbors! You can use it in traveling to Mexico, many other Spanish-speaking countries and Europe where Spanish is widely spoken! You are almost certain to find many uses for Spanish and be delighted to be able to communicate!
So what are you waiting for? Quit dreaming of speaking Spanish, download a course and start learning it! It’s fun, it’s easy and costs less than a couple of computer games!
Go ahead, expand your mind and your horizons! Start now! Do your part to increase international understanding! Learn to speak Spanish!