Whats the best way to learn Spanish?

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  1. chrisgreen

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    me and the wife will be spending a bit of time in Spain in the future and would like to be able to speak Spanish so whats the best way to learn?
    some sort of home course maybe??
     
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    Move to Spain.
    Sis in law married a Spaniard and moved to Castilion 45 years ago knowing no Spanish.
    Now she thinks in Spanish and has to mentally translate to English in conversation
     
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    We found that Paul Noble's course was one of the best and easiest to learn from. We were in Spain in February and a Spaniard that we got to know quite well complimented us on our understanding and pronunciation.
     
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    thank you for stating the obvious(n)
     
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    No, really, the best way to learn any foreign language is to live in the Country.
     
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    i dont intend to marry a spanish man just to learn the lingo.:LOL:
     
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    Mix with the Spanish, and give the ex pat community a miss.
    Our friends did this and are fluent in Spanish and their ways.
    Phil
     
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    No need, just talk loudly and point to stuff, usually works.!
     
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    as i said stating the obvious but it aint a option, i live in England.
     
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    A few people rate Duolingo, also the Michael Thomas Spanish CD's.
    If you live close to London, the Spanish Govt run Cervantes Institute offer weekly and intensive courses.
    There's a lot of free stuff on the net, find one you enjoy.
    As previously stated 'total immersion' is best where you are picking it up from different sources daily.
    I've done a few courses including a course at the Cervantes Institute but unless your using it very regularly you forget things quick.
     
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    Babel is good as well
     
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    Learn baby Portuguese and speak it with a ridiculous lisp, ideally in an effeminate manner, that will probably get you by.

    Seriously, a basic Colins language course to start off with


    Avoid the expats, most of whom seem to struggle to cope with English, and immerse yourself. The Spanish are usually very responsive to people trying to speak their language, and will generally be tolerant and helpful
     
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    MH 55 FUN. does have the best answer..
    I just can't learn while at home but when we are at our place in Beni I do pick a bit more up each time...
    Books learnt me to ask how are you "Como estas".. No bugger uses it.. It's all.. " quetal".. Same with adios !!
     
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    The BBC online course is free and a good place to get the basic vocabulary started. And it's quite fun to do.
     
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    I have a book called Spanish With Carlos. It comes with 2 cds and has exercise classes included with the tuition. It's really great for getting your head around the Ser v Estar verbs.

    As others have said Michel Thoma is is good too. Sometimes I listen to his ads while driving. Duolingo is a great app but it seems to be more of a Mexican spanish app.
     
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    Sign up for a one year (one night a week, term time) evening class at your local Sixth Form College to get the basics, and visit the country as often as you can to fill in the gaps.

    I've done this for four languages and the results have varied. I failed French at school but picked up a lot of good stuff at an evening class, plus travelling in France. I now know enough French to more than get by, can engage in simple conversations, and can haggle at flea markets. I tried an Italian class and the teacher (an Italian) was great, so I've retained enough of it to get by in Italy, which we don't visit so often. I only did a twelve week class for Spanish and forgot the lot, plus the teacher was a bit low key. My latest effort was German - I stuck at the course for most of the year but dropped it a few weeks short of the end because they were going on to more advanced stuff and the teacher was boring as hell. I reckon I've covered enough for touring needs but have still to try it out on our next trip in a month's time.

    Big advantage of a college class is you get to interact with others, and you learn from them as well as from the teacher. Doing it on your own with a pack is all well and good but it's always on your terms. Sometimes a bit of pressure to perform, plus expert advice can be helpful. You can't ask a CD for guidance either. Your teacher will recommend stuff to try outside the lessons too, so it isn't just the one class a week.
     
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    Drinks lots of San Miquel.... Certainly loosens my tongue and embarrassment!

    Also strongly recommend the Paul Noble course - very easy , no hard memorising, can listen in the car in on your phone.

    I have learnt a reasonable level of tourist Italian and French with these. It all sort of falls into place when actually in Country.
     
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