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3 Activities That Will Help You Learn Spanish Fast | Berlitz

The first question most people ask when learning Spanish is: How can I learn Spanish fast? The answer is a combination of two things: find an immersive Spanish course and find ways to interact with the Spanish language outside of your classes.

The benefits of immersive language learning are well documented and have been proven to be the fastest, most effective way to learn a new language. For this post, we will discuss the second element to learning Spanish fast: how to interact with Spanish outside of the classroom.

Watch television and movies in Spanish with subtitles

Viewing visual media in Spanish will give you the opportunity to listen, watch and read. Combining all these different stimuli will help you retain the information you are digesting. Another distinct advantage to visual media is you will be able to understand how Spanish is used by native speakers.

One of the keys to making this activity beneficial is to diversify what you watch. You should watch all types of content, including news, entertainment and sports. These different types of media all use different types of Spanish. This approach will allow you to hear very formal Spanish (news) and very informal Spanish (sports and entertainment).

One last tip for this activity is to diversify the location of the broadcasts if possible. Just like English, Spanish has dialects based on the location, so listening and interacting with visual media from different regions will give you the best chance to learn Spanish fast.

Attend Spanish cultural events

With just a little online research, it is pretty easy to find Spanish cultural events to attend. These could be community events, museums, sporting events, musical acts or much more! These events will not only give you the opportunity to use your Spanish skills to interact with other attendees, but will also allow you to immerse yourself in Spanish culture.

When you learn Spanish, it is about more than just understanding the words and phrases of the language. It is about understanding the context and how the language is used. Spanish cultural events will give you a first-hand account of these interactions and can greatly enhance your ability to learn Spanish.

Join or follow Spanish groups and organizations

The beauty of joining Spanish groups and organizations is it can now be done from the comfort of your couch. From Facebook to Reddit, the internet has opened up the world more than any other innovation. When it comes to learning Spanish, you can take advantage of the internet by joining or following groups and organizations that speak Spanish.

The same way immersive Spanish classes will help you learn the language faster, immersing yourself in the language outside the classroom will help you learn even faster. Whether it is in-person or online Spanish groups and organizations, the routine interaction is the key. Unlike cultural events or media, these groups will have routine interaction. It also combines the ability to both interact and analyze, which allows you to get comfortable before deciding to engage with the audience.

The Berlitz Method is a proven language learning technique that has been proven to be the fastest, most effective way to learn Spanish. Still, if you want to truly become an expert in using the language, it will be up to you to continue to practice and learn outside of the Spanish lessons. This means finding ways to interact with the language.

The three activities outlined in this post are the best opportunities for learning Spanish fast.

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How to Learn Spanish And Prepare for the DELE B2 Exam in 3 Months | LINGUAPATH

My preparation for the DELE B2 exam began with learning Spanish. I remember completing a DELE registration form for the B2 level and using Google Translate to fill in fields like Nombre and Apellidos. At that point, I had three months left to get my Spanish from virtually non-existent to intermediate-advanced.

I sat my exam in July and ultimately passed it. During this three-month preparation period, I haven’t touched a grammar book, haven’t done a single grammar drill and spent more time watching YouTube than preparing for the DELE B2 exam per se.

In this post, I’ll explain how to get from zero to the B2 level in Spanish, prepare for the DELE B2 exam and get a bold-face “APTO” as a result.

Separate learning Spanish from DELE preparation

As you begin to prepare for the test, you’ll necessarily come across the DELE guides that will try to improve your knowledge of Spanish along the line. A typical textbook would offer you to memorize long vocabulary lists and read about intricacies of the Spanish grammar.

As a rule of thumb, you see such a textbook – you burn it.

There’s a logic behind it, of course. This exam tests your language proficiency. So, by default, you can’t pass the DELE B2 test if your Spanish is not that advanced.

If you can’t understand Spanish podcasts, such as Minimalizados, you’re not ready for the DELE B2 exam. If you’re failing to comprehend at least 80% of Juan Salvador Gaviota and figure out the rest from the context, you’re not on the B2 level yet. Similarly, if you can barely reply the DELE B2 confirmation email without consulting DEEPL translator, you still have to work on your Spanish skills.

Most of us realize the problem (“My Spanish is not good enough“) but come up with a somewhat irrational solution. We register for DELE preparation courses.

Should you register for DELE preparation courses?

Trying to improve your Spanish via preparation for the DELE B2 exam is a mistake.

Most prep courses will try to do three things:

I’m not saying that you should never prepare for the DELE B2 in a classroom. Having someone to give you feedback can be extremely useful when it comes to writing and speaking. But you should separate language learning from the exam preparation.

Never regard your DELE preparation as a means for improving your Spanish. These are two separate tasks that should be dealt with differently.

How to improve your Spanish

There are three areas you want to improve in before you start to prepare for the DELE B2 exam. This is your vocabulary, comprehension skills, and grammar.

Yeah, right, and what about speaking?”, you might say. Well, your success in speaking largely depends on your comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary, and it is by no means a separate skill. However, I did start to practice speaking and pronunciation right from the beginning with Pimsleur Spanish lessons. I highly recommend you to do the same, especially if you don’t have much opportunity to practice speaking at home.

Below, I’ll list everything I did to improve my Spanish skills three months before the DELE test.

Back in a day, I used to have a little language notebook where I would spell out all new words I encountered in books, films, songs, and podcasts.

What a waste of time.

My current approach is based on input and frequency. I spend a month deliberately learning the first one thousand words using spaced repetition. It takes half an hour a day with apps like Memrise or SuperMemo. Then, I forfeit all my language learning toys and switch to incidental learning.

Thus, the rest of my vocabulary comes from reading, listening to podcasts and watching YouTube. It is a more natural approach because I learn more frequent words first. The more often I hear or see a certain word the better I know it.

This approach works wonders but it requires a lot of time. I used to spend at least two hours a day listening and reading things in Spanish. They had nothing to do with the DELE B2 exam per se. I just used Spanish as a means to explore topics I was interested in.

Listening comprehension

Once I’ve got that 1000 thousand words entrenched in my mind, I began to train my listening comprehension with what I call double input.

I got myself a nice little book called Juan Salvador Gaviota in both its e-version and audio-version. Then I spent a month, simultaneously reading-and-listening to it for at least 30 minutes a day. I ended up reading this book four or five times in a row. During my first read, I could barely understand what was going on. By the fourth time, I understood 90% of the story.

This practice helped me to expand my vocabulary and drastically improved my listening and reading comprehension at a time.

I repeated the same thing with two more Spanish books before switching to audio+video input. YouTube became my dearest friend. I created a special playlist for Spanish videos and weekly dumped there a good amount of videos by Euge Oller and Luis Ramos. In three months, I watched probably everything they had on their channels.

As I noticed that I have no problem understanding these two vloggers, I turned to audio-alone input and began listening to podcasts. Minimalizados and Aprendiendo GTD became my loyal companions during my daily bike rides to work.

And this is how I prepared for the DELE B2 Listening. After three months of such online immersion, understanding spoken Spanish was no trouble to me. My score this part of the exam was the highest: 23.33/25.

Reading comprehension

There’s little difference between listening and reading comprehension during the first few months.

The goal at that time is to get as multi-sensory input as possible. That´s why I combined reading with listening or listening with video. After all, there is a good amount of research telling us that phonetic processing (i.e listening) aids in word recognition.

Apart from Juan Salvador Gaviota, I read El Extranjero by Albert Camus (again, several times) and El Codigo Da Vinci by Dan Brown. Reading the same book three times in a row may not sound like a ton of fun, but it actually is. Every time you read, you understand more and more, and the progress makes you feel good. Plus, again, the research on vocabulary acquisition shows that repeated reading is an amazing method to expand your foreign language lexicon.

One month before the DELE B2 exam, I abandoned simultaneous reading (because audio support slows things down) and focused on reading alone. Similarly, I abandoned repeated reading and began to read more extensively.

Nonetheless, I always chose books that I had already read before in Russian or English. I read Padre Rico, Padre Pobre by Robert Kiyosaki and El Monje que Vendió su Ferrari by Robin Sharma. Some part of my brain still remembered the plot in general details, and this distant memory helped me to reconstruct it where my Spanish let me down.

This set of strategies greatly improved my reading comprehension skills. I ended up having 19.44/25 for this part of the test.

At the beginning of this article, I wrote that I didn’t touch a Spanish grammar book.

I didn’t.

In fact, the more time I spend learning languages the more I feel like sprinkling some holy water on anything that says “grammar” and “workbook”. To cast out the demons. As a part of language learning exorcism, so to say.

Nonetheless, the whole Writing part of the DELE B2 exam and the fourth task in the Reading section are all about grammar. How can someone with a huge gap in grammar get 20.52/25 for Expresión e Interacción Escritas?

I read and listened to lots of Spanish content, but I never paid attention to conjugations, prepositions, tenses and other important aspects of grammar. So, as I began to prepare for the DELE B2 exam, I got deadlocked every time I tried to write anything in Spanish.

So I paused everything for a week and focused on pattern recognition. I tried to distill the internal rules by which the language worked.

Every day, I would write out conjugations of ten random verbs and compare the endings for each tense. I would figure out suffixes that marked of person and number (yo, tu/usted, el/ella/ello, nosotros, vosotros/ustedes, ellos/ellas). I also tried to understand why certain tenses triggered a change in the root of irregular verbs (e.g entender turns into entiendo in present, subjunctive and imperative).

One week later, I had a little table that told me a conjugation of any verb with a 90% accuracy rate. (But, obviously, nobody is able understand it, except for me):

If it sounds insane to you, that’s fine. I’m a linguist, we do crazy things. But the moral here is that instead of memorizing each irregular verb, I extracted and internalized the rules under which they operated.

I didn’t have to think about the grammar as I wrote anymore.

How to prepare for the DELE B2 exam

Once you have brushed up your Spanish, it’s time to do some DELE-specific stuff. And here, your goal is to develop a set of skills and techniques to perform well on the exam.

I’m going to dive deep into the sea of technical details here, but, please, stay with me because details matter.

Understand the structure of the DELE B2 exam

The earlier you familiarize yourself with the structure of the test, the better. Because it gives you the idea of how to build your preparation.

As most language proficiency tests, the DELE exam consists of four parts: listening, reading, writing and speaking. The first three go together: they make up a written part of the test. Speaking is tested separately, and usually on a different day.

My speaking interview was scheduled two days before the written part. I can’t say I was happy about it. Speaking was my weakest skill, and, with this schedule, I had even less time to prepare for it.

Understand the fail/pass schema

You can either pass DELE B2 (apto) or fail it (no apto).

Each part of the DELE exam is worth 25 points, the whole test being 100. To pass the exam you need to get at least 60. More precisely, you have to get at least 30 points in each of the two groups: reading+writing and listening+speaking.

To be honest, this grouping requirement remained a dark mystery for me until I received my results. For the whole time, I assumed that the score grouping was based on active (writing+speaking) versus passive (reading+listening) skills. I was wrong.

Don’t make the same calculation error, it can be costly.

Develop a strategy for passing the DELE exam

The next question you want to ask yourself once you understood the test structure is “What is my weakest skill?“.

Everybody has one. I don’t speak in general, so the DELE B2 interview was a frequent theme of my nightmares. Most people are tormented by writing. Some cannot understand speech, etc…

Figure out yours.

Why? Since the DELE B2 grading scheme is based on groupings, your “weak spot” will necessarily be in a bundle with some other skill. What you want to do here is to maximize your score for that other skill to compensate for your “weak spot”.

That’s exactly what I did to pass the DELE B2 exam. Look at my speaking score, I’ve got these pathetic 9.65/25 for my interview. But at the same time, I aced the listening section with the score of 23.33/25. In sum, I’ve got 32.98/30 for this group of skills, and voilà – APTO.

Know your weakness. If it’s speaking, focus on listening. If it is writing, focus on reading. Improving your stronger language skills will have a better effect on your overall score than any attempt to develop non-existent abilities.

How to pass the DELE B2 exam: task by task

How do you make sure that you get the highest score possible on the DELE exam?

You have to develop effective strategies for dealing with every single task of the test. You can do several things here:

Get the DELE B2 prep resources

When it comes to proficiency tests, my approach is fairly straightforward: get the book and study. I look for three things in prep books:

Having these three combined, anyone can nail any language proficiency test. The problem is that there is simply no such guide for DELE.

There is a useful resource called Guia del examen DELE B2 provided by Instituto Cervantes. It gives a good insight into the exam structure, tasks focus and marking scales for each section. I recommend reading it to make sure that you have an accurate idea of what’s awaiting you on the test. But the Guia won’t help you to prepare for the DELE B2 exam itself.

So I ended up using two textbooks: Alzugaray’s Especial DELE B2 Curso Completo (2016) and El Cronómetro, each for a very specific purpose.

In general, I used El Cronómetro more extensively. It helped me a lot in understanding tasks and preparing for the listening and reading parts of the test. But El Cronómetro was completely useless for the writing part. There were zero model texts. You could read the book and remain ignorant of how to score well in Writing.

Alzugaray’s textbook, if you decide to study with it, is a massive time-waster. But, ironically, it was indispensable for my preparation for Writing. This textbook contained a dozen text samples and useful tips on how to construct the discourse. Analyzing them gave me a good idea of what was expected from me on DELE B2 Writing.

Study daily

You have to study every day. It may sound self-evident, but keep in mind the human tendency to procrastinate.

Set yourself a goal to go through all four model tests of El Cronómetro, for example. Spend an hour a day working on them. By the end of a month, you’ll probably be done. You’ll know your average score for each task and will sense what holds you down in each of them.

I’m planning to write a detailed guide for those who prepares for the DELE B2 exam. It will contain tips and strategies I developed to deal with each task of the test. If you’re interested, please leave your email, and I’ll send you the guide once it’s ready.

The more test-specific practice you get, the better you’re likely to perform on the DELE B2 exam.

When I worked through all model tests from El Cronómetro, I downloaded more sample papers and took them with me to Spain. There, I would head to the main campus of the University of Sevilla and lock myself in a library for good three hours solving these tests.

I studied with a timer set for 70 minutes for the Reading section, 40 minutes for the Listening section and 80 minutes for the Writing section. Then, I investigated how and where I could potentially save time. With these extra 10 minutes I had by the end of each section I could revisit my answers and recheck them. I usually found at least one error.

I also printed the answer sheet provided by Instituto Cervantes and marked off my responses directly on it. The reason is that transferring your answers from the questionnaire to the Hoja de respuestas takes time. So when preparing for the DELE B2 exam, you want to account for this time as well.

Have someone to speak to

The speaking part of the DELE B2 exam stands somewhat by itself. You can’t prepare for it by reading El Cronómetro. So if you want to involve a tutor, this is where you’d need it the most.

I didn’t have a tutor. I came up with that ingenious idea to make a little language learning trip to Spain and practice speaking with natives. And indeed, I came to Spain a week before the test date and got myself into conversations with border officers in the El Prat airport, hotel clerks, waiters, gas station attendants, a police officer on the AP-7, taxi drivers and even a canyoning instructor.

I did help me a lot, but clearly, a week wasn’t enough. So if you decide to do something similar plan for at least 2-3 weeks of immersion. And, of course, use Pimsleur for daily practice when you’re back home.

From complete novice to B2

Learning a language at this pace was quite a new experience for me.

And although it sounds like I knew what I was doing and had everything pre-planned, it wasn’t the case at all. I was unsure of whether I would pass the DELE B2 after just three months of learning Spanish. And the fact that I did came as a pleasant surprise for me two months later.

So feel free to use my strategies for your own preparation, but keep in mind that it’s far from being a bulletproof method for passing language tests. Nonetheless, do take risks and do challenge yourself.

All this was just my experience. I would love to hear about yours.

Image Credits: Photo by A.R.T.Paola on Unsplash


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How telenovelas will help you learn Spanish – Latino schools

Watching telenovelas is a terrific method to learn Spanish. Check out these 3 telenovelas and learn Spanish while having the most fun!

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Learn Spanish online – Babbel.com | Babbel

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Learn online grammar, vocabulary and phrases, practice in optimal intervals: At Babbel, you’ll get the basic and advanced vocabulary for Spanish. The Review Manager makes sure that you’ll exercise the vocabulary and grammar rules that were hard for you.

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Learn Spanish with Mango – East Baton Rouge Parish Library InfoBlog

Did you know? Although Dia de los Muertos takes place at the same time as Halloween, the two events are very different. It begins on October 31st and lasts until November 2nd. It is believed that spirits of departed loved ones return. Across Mexico, sugar skulls and pan de muerto (bread of the dead) are left as offerings. Dia de los Muertos is a time of celebrating those who have passed away.

Learn some Spanish (for free!) through Mango Languages — available for free to anyone with an East Baton Rouge Parish library card!

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Why learn Spanish online during COVID-19? – Learn More Than Spanish

2020 has been a very strange year. Do we all agree on that, right?

The coronavirus pandemic took us by surprise. No one was prepared for it. We thought it was another “virus” but we didn’t expect it was going to spread out all around the world that fast.

Suddenly, we had a worldwide lockdown. International flights canceled and borders closed. Thousands of people got stranded away from home and all our plans changed.

Everyone is in a different situation but we are all experiencing the same feelings. We have passed through different emotional stages. We had been skeptical, worried, anxious, and frustrated.

But also, we have accepted the situation and have been resilient. We have been good at adapting to the situation, to the so-called “new normality”.

Here we are, five months since the worldwide lockdown

At first, we thought it was going to be a 2-weeks -or 1-month- lockdown until we “fix it out”. But here we are, five months since the worldwide lockdown. And we are yet not so sure how long this is going to last.

Before COVID we often heard -and even said- we wanted to have more time. We wished Sundays were longer. We wanted to have time to spend with our families, time to relax, time to watch movies, time to learn a new language, etc.

Now, we have the opportunity to have the “time” we wanted. But, since it is something we didn’t plan and something we can’t control, it freaks us out.

It’s totally normal, life didn’t come with a manual on “what to do during pandemic and lockdown”. But as the saying goes “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”.

2020 has given us the opportunity to think, to appreciate things we normally took for granted, and to restructure our lives in many ways.

Online activities, the new normality

Everyone’s situation is different. Some people have had the opportunity to work from home, while others have lost their jobs. Some people have had the opportunity to spend more time home, while others couldn’t make it home. Some people have started their own business, while others have lost their businesses, and so on.

In that sense, everyone is spending their time differently. However, the common denominator is that people try to be more “productive” at home. They see this situation as an opportunity to take advantage of their time. Also, an opportunity to do those things they always have wanted but -that for any reason- they have never done.

The world has adapted progressively to the current situation as well. Online platforms like Zoom have allowed people to keep up with their routines. Online meetings have become part of the “new normality”.
Now, we have our work meetings, attend to any classes, and even celebrate birthdays online. We can do basically anything online. We didn’t know we could do it until we had to.

Are we being productive enough?

It’s true we have also overwhelmed ourselves during these months trying to “occupy” our time. We are having free time and many emotions; and we don’t know what to do with all that.

There has also been social pressure on “being productive”. There are high expectations on how we are spending our time. Are we being productive enough? Are we learning something new? Are we developing that idea we talked about before?

But one thing is pushing ourselves to be productive, another thing is taking advantage of the time we have now to do those things we always have wanted to do. Like learning a new language. That’s one of the things people normally want to do but due to the many obligations they have, they never do.

This is the best time to learn Spanish online

Staying at home in isolation may induce anxiety and boredom in some people, especially those who thrive on social connections.

If you are looking for an option that keeps you productive and entertained, and that levels up your skills for your future career or studies. Then, one of the best things you can do is to learn a new language. For example, Spanish!

Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world. It’s spoken for more than 500 million people, in more than 20 countries. Thus, it’s not a surprise that during COVID people have decided to learn this language or to improve their level.

10 reasons to learn Spanish online during COVID-19

The digital sphere is here to stay. It will take some time until we are free to move freely around as we used to.

So, this is the moment to learn Spanish! And even better, it’s the moment to learn Colombian Spanish online with LMTS!

Don’t forget to follow our weekly blog to learn about Colombian Spanish and about Colombian Culture!

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How Long Does It Take To Learn Spanish? – Justlearn

If you are thinking of traveling or working in Spain or just in a country where Spanish is commonly spoken, you might be thinking about learning the language before you go.

You might also be thinking about how long it takes to learn Spanish?

According to a study from the Foreign Service Institute of the United States Department of State, it should take you 23-24 weeks, or 575-600 hours in the classroom to learn Spanish.

Spanish is a language that originated in Europe’s Iberian Peninsula. Currently, the most common Ibero-Romance languages that are still spoken are: Spanish, Portugues, Catalan, Valencian-Balear, and Galician.

Ibero-Romance languages are called so because they originated from Iberia and evolved from Latin, which was commonly spoken there because they were part of the Roman Empire.

The most common of these Ibero-Romance languages is Spanish.

How to Learn Spanish?

According to the FSI, one of the biggest factors that affect how long it takes someone to learn another language is whether or not the language to be learned has similarities to languages that the learner already knows.

The FSI considers Spanish as one of the easiest languages for an English speaker to learn, while Japanese is one of the hardest.  How long does it take to learn Japanese if you’re an English speaker? Well the FSI places it at 88 weeks, or 2,200 classroom hours.

As Spanish is considered a Romantic language, with much of its vocabulary and grammar based on Latin, you also have a significant advantage if you already know another Romantic language.

The most commonly spoken Romantic languages, aside from Spanish, are Portuguese, French, Italian, and Romanian. If you speak any of these already, the chances are high that you’ll learn Spanish more quickly.

4 Ways to Learn Spanish Quickly

If you want to learn Spanish, you should consider these four tips.

1. Be engaged with the language

The best way to learn the language is to “spend time with it” or to use it. This can include reading and listening to the language as well as interacting with other people in the language.

Being “forced” to use or think in Spanish is how you’ll learn it in a way that goes beyond memorizing words and figuring out the proper tense or gender.

There is still no substitute for interaction, so having a native Spanish tutor who can ensure that you practice the language for several hours a week is a good idea.

It can also help for you to consume media in the Spanish language.

So find some good Spanish movies on Netflix or follow a telenovela and try to watch without subtitles.

Reading Spanish language publications can also help.

Listening to Spanish music – or better yet podcasts – in the background will also help you immerse yourself in the language.

2. Immerse yourself in Spanish culture

Generally speaking, the more you want to learn a language, the quicker you can pick it up.

Motivation and determination can make it easier to really stick to your language lessons and focus on what your tutor is trying to tell you.

Don’t think about learning Spanish as purely an intellectual exercise; look at it as a means to access the vibrant and interesting Spanish culture. 

If you want to learn about both the Spanish language and culture, a good step to take it to find if there is an Instituto Cervantes in your area.

The Instituto Cervantes is an organization created by the Spanish government that seeks to promote the study of Spanish language and culture in the world.

There are about 86 Instituto Cervantes centers in the world in 45 different countries.

They offer Spanish language learning courses.

They also hold events that promote the culture of Spain, including lectures, concerts, art exhibitions, and film festivals.

Many of them have libraries and collections of Spanish language books, records, and films. 

3. Take a Spanish immersion course

Immersion experiences are great for building up morale and providing the correct motivation to continue with language learning.  

In-country immersion is particularly effective in building language proficiency and helping learners become more familiar and confident in holding conversations in a language.

You have no excuse!

Everyone around you is speaking the language so you too must use what you know to make yourself understood.

If you can take the time to go a Spanish speaking country, being “forced” to think and speak in Spanish will have you sounding and understanding native speakers in no time.

4. Learn Spanish online

The most popular online language learning resources, are Rosetta Stone and Duolingo.

Duolingo claims to be able to teach you a language through a series of lessons that will only take you about five minutes a day.

Of course, many users take more than one lesson a day and there are “extra” learning opportunities that you can pay or subscribe to.

So how long does it take to learn Spanish with Duolingo? If you look at the forums of Duolingo, there will be people who claim that it took then about three months to 2 years to finish Duolingo’s Spanish course. 

If you ask how long does it take to learn Spanish, Rosetta Stone doesn’t have a specific answer, but it does have a general answer to how long it takes to learn a language using their systems.

Rosetta Stone’s official stance is that the average time it will take to learn a language with them is 120-150 hours for Level 1-3, while it will take you 200 hours to complete up to Level 5. 

A 2012 study, comparing the effectiveness of Spanish Language modules of Duolingo and Rosetta Stone found that people learned faster using Duolingo. The study found that taking 34 hours worth of Duolingo lessons was equivalent to studying Spanish lessons for one college semester. For Rosetta Stone, it was 55 hours. 

Justlearn is a language learning platform where you get to learn languages from native speakers. This way of learning has proven to be effective and fast, because you get to immerse yourself in the language and its culture at once.

Book your lesson with a Spanish tutor and get closer to fluency

The quickest way to learn Spanish or any other language for that matter is to just plunge right in.

Hire a good Spanish language tutor and spend several hours a week having conversations with someone who doesn’t just understand the language but also loves the culture. 

Supplement this by learning about Spanish history and culture by reading the literature, watching the cinema, and even listening to the music.

You will surely be inspired to become one of the world’s many Spanish speakers.

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What Is The Best Way to Learn Spanish on Your Own? – Justlearn

Okay, you want to learn Spanish on your own. You want to speak to natives and surprise them with your skills. It would be great to make them wonder how on earth you were able to learn Spanish by yourself.

And now, let’s get back to reality.

Keep in mind that you can’t learn Spanish overnight. It is not that easy, but with enough dedication, you can succeed.

That is why we are here to share with you the best way to learn Spanish on your own step-by-step.

Remember, there is no only one ideal, unique, and fast way for learning Spanish on your own. A combination of several ways and methods, constant dedication, and practice will get you to the right path.

So, let’s get started.

Start With Grammar and Exercises

It’s essential to know grammar rules. Even though grammar may seem monotonous, it’s a valuable part of every language, and language can’t work without grammar.

To make it as entertaining as possible, find some brief Spanish textbooks for self-study with explanations and lots of exercises.

Easy Spanish Step-by-step, for example, is one of the popular books that have clear explanations about grammar rules with exercises.

Another textbook, particularly suitable for learning Spanish for beginners, is Spanish in 3 Months by Hugo. This one is the right source for basic grammar such as plurals and gender, tenses, prepositions, etc.

We suggest doing exercises every day for about an hour. Very quickly, you will get into this part of the language. Whenever you feel you have some issues with some grammar sections, dive into exercises.

Enjoy Spanish Movies and TV Shows

Learning Spanish for beginners with TV shows and movies is possible if you use English subtitles, or subtitles in your native language if they are available.

For those who already speak Spanish, intermediate and advanced learners, watching movies with Spanish subtitles is very helpful. It may seem a little weird at first, listening Spanish and reading the same sentence in Spanish, but this technique will help you improve your listening skills and reading skills as well.

We suggest some of these best Spanish movies on Netflix that can help you learn many new Spanish words and phrases, as well as have fun.

Visit As Many Countries As You Can

Believe it or not, there are 21 Spanish-speaking countries worldwide. 

There is at least one Spanish-speaking country in every continent!

We believe that you like to travel and try to spend every time possible to visit many fascinating countries and places on this planet.

So why don’t you combine the two good things and start visiting Spanish speaking countries? That way, you can meet the divine and marvelous Hispanic world, and you can practice your Spanish at the same time.

Plan your trip and visit every of the Spanish country, meet native speakers, and hear different variants of Spanish. Besides practicing the language, you will get used to different dialects and can easily recognize them.

Listen to Radio And Podcasts

The good thing about radio and podcasts is that you can listen to them whenever and wherever you are. Whether you are jogging in the park, walking in the street, or waiting in the line, you can turn on on your mobile device, plug in the earphones, and voila! The Spanish lesson starts.

Organize yourself and listen to the radio or podcast about an hour every day. 

The times when listening to the radio was challenging for beginners are long gone. Today, many Spanish radio stations are suitable for beginners as well, such as News in Slow Spanish.

Many Spanish podcasts can help you dive into the Spanish world. You just have to choose one (or two, or even three).

The compelling part of listening to the radio and podcasts is that no matter how advanced and fluent you are in Spanish, there will always be some phrase or word you don’t quite get, so besides mastering your listening skills, you can always learn something new.

It’s hard to say which are the best free Spanish lessons online since there are many good online resources for learning Spanish are available. Among them, Spanish courses are more than suitable for every Spanish learner, no matter his level of proficiency.

With so many courses available, you can choose whether you want to learn Spanish YouTube way with Spanish Dict videos that can keep you engaged all the time watching, or you rather want something more on a daily basis such as Coffee Break Spanish. Perhaps something between these two courses is what you are looking for but in video lessons that you can download use on your mobile devices like 5 minutes Spanish.

Oh, so many great courses and only one life! 

Improve Your Vocabulary With Apps

Apps maybe aren’t ideal for practicing conversations or some advanced language learners, but they are more than useful for improving your vocabulary.

All of them are convenient for mobile usage, so the good thing is that you can work on boosting your vocabulary any time you want.

Apps are made to make learning easier. Many Spanish apps offer so many features, such as tracking your progress, targets, and goals you have to achieve to unlock new words and phrases or using flashcards.

The good thing about the apps is that they are game-like. The more you progress, the more you will want to play.

The result is vocabulary improvement.

Find Spanish Pen Pal

Do you know what is the best way to learn Spanish fluently?

With pen pals.

The times when you were writing a letter to someone from another country, going to the post office, sending it, and then waiting for the reply are long gone.

However, the term pen pal doesn’t have to be the word you find only in dictionaries. You can find your Spanish pen pal from the comfort of your sofa and a cup of coffee or tea in one hand.

Yes, you only need a PC, laptop, or some mobile device and internet connection, and you can start searching for your Spanish pen pal.

He can help you with your grammar, pronunciation, idioms, slang, and many more, including a true friend. Or who knows, along with practicing Spanish, you may find your soulmate?

Spanish Tutor as the Wind at the Back

Even though there are many ways, techniques, and methods on how you can learn Spanish by yourself, sometimes you need help with native speakers.

Getting a Spanish tutor to help you and take you in the right direction is one of the best ways to learn Spanish fast.

With Spanish tutors on Justlearn, you can practice your listening skills, learn Spanish slang, find out some interesting Spanish food traditions and recipes, even understand the difference between Mexican and Spanish, and in the end, improve your conversational skills without fear of making mistakes.

The best thing is that it’s not important where you live. Booking online lessons is easy. So, don’t hesitate any more minutes and find a Spanish tutor.

So, now you have a bunch of ways that can help you learn Spanish on your own.

Be persistent and believe in yourself.

Apply these steps, and practice every day. 

Don’t forget to ask for help from Spanish tutors when needed.

When you feel your head is going to explode, take a break and choose a good and entertaining Spanish movie.

And, very soon, the day when you will be able to say that you have successfully learnt Spanish by yourself will arrive.

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