Do You Know The Different Ways To Learn Spanish?

by learn a language journalist

Is There A ‘Best Way To Learn Spanish’?

As the old saying goes ‘there is more than one way to skin a cat‘. This is certainly true of trying to learn a new language and in this case we can apply it to learning Spanish as there are quite a few different ways to go about learning the Spanish language. If you are thinking about learning Spanish or just getting started in the language then spending a little time evaluating the different methods of learning the language that are available to you would be a wise thing for you to do.

To answer the question ‘is there a best way to learn Spanish’ you’ll be glad to know that the answer is a resounding ‘yes’. However the best way to learn Spanish for one person may not be the best way to learn for another and this is something that most people fail to realise before they begin their language learning efforts.

Since we all learn in very different ways it would be a good idea for each of us to make sure that we choose the right method of learning Spanish from the very beginning. We need to figure out the method of learning that best suits our learning style and strengths and avoid the methods of learning that might make our learning experience a more difficult one.

Making the right choice in the method of learning for the type of learner that we are will not only save us time and money but in the long run it will also make the process of learning Spanish a whole lot easier on us and a whole lot more enjoyable overall. It is entirely up to you to discover which is the best way to learn Spanish for you and then commit your time and energy to learning the language using that exact method.

The Three Ways To Go About Learning Spanish

Although there are many ways that you could go about learning Spanish most of them can be categorised one way or another into one of three different methods. Although most people eventually use a combination of methods to learn Spanish the majority will generally start off using just one of the following three methods:

Should You Try to Teach Yourself ?

One way to learn Spanish is to try to do it on your own by essentially teaching yourself. The self taught method of learning Spanish would traditionally have involved buying one or two Spanish language books and going through them, meticulously learning words and phrases off by heart. Over time your vocabulary would improve and newer more advanced books would be added to your learning material.

In more modern times of course with the internet at our fingertips self taught Spanish learning material is much more accessible to us and often available for free! There is a limitless amount of Spanish learning material available on-line in the form of language learning websites and blogs, language learning forums and also a huge variety of videos that can be found on sites like Youtube for example.

The ‘Pros’ and ‘Cons’of Teaching Yourself Spanish

All the different methods of learning Spanish will hold advantages and disadvantages for some. The following points illustrate some of the advantages and disadvantages associated with trying to teach yourself Spanish.

The ‘Pros’:

The ‘Cons’:

Although it is possible to learn Spanish – or any other language for that matter – by the teach yourself method the complete lack of structure and the need for huge self determination means that not many people succeed in learning Spanish in this way.

Is Taking  a Class or Enrolling in a College Course the Best Way to Go?

One of the more traditional ways of learning a language is to join a class or enrol in a course at your local university, college or adult learning centre. For most of us our first experience of learning a second language has been in a classroom environment using this exact method of learning.

No matter where you are you will usually not have much difficulty in finding foreign language courses in your local area. Learning through a structured course or series of classes has been a successful method of learning Spanish for many people the world over.

The ‘Pros’ and ‘Cons’of Taking a Spanish Class

As with the self taught Spanish method discussed earlier there will of course be both advantages and disadvantages for some in enrolling in a Spanish learning class of some sort. The ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ of taking a learn Spanish class are outlined below.

The ‘Pros’:

The ‘Cons’:

Although taking a class in Spanish has been, and continues to be a successful method of learning the Spanish language for many people, for others it is just not an option. With the busy and often hectic lifestyles that many of us have these days a lot of people will find that they need a more flexible method of learning – one that fits in easily around a busy family/work life schedule.

Is an On-Line Spanish Course the Best Way for You to Learn?

It is easy to see why on-line Spanish courses are so popular these days. The best courses are designed to eliminate all the most common pitfalls associated with other methods of learning a language. The modern on-line Spanish courses are generally very well structured and allow you to learn comfortably at your own pace.

The best courses contain audio, audio visual and reading and writing material and lessons. They are cleverly developed to cater  well to the three main types of Spanish learner all at the same time. This is why so many people choose an on-line course as their first choice method for learning a new language. This is also the reason why I myself also chose an on-line Spanish course as my method of choice for learning Spanish.

The ‘Pros’ and ‘Cons’ of On-Line Spanish Courses

There are many companies who offer on-line Spanish courses and most of them are of very good quality. Of course each company will try to tell you that their course is better than their competitors but you will generally find that most on-line courses have similar features and contents. The one I went for is called Rocket Spanish and like many other on-line courses it is well designed to address most of the ‘cons’ associated with other methods of learning Spanish. There are of course a few ‘cons’ associated with on-line Spanish courses that you might need to consider. Both the ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ are listed below.

‘Pros’:

‘Cons’:

In Summary

What I myself have learned is that before taking on the challenge of learning any new language you should first figure out which type of learner you are. Once you know your learner type you will be better able to choose the right method of learning to match your learning strengths. Also it is important that the method of learning you choose will fit in comfortably with your lifestyle.

What I found out is that I am a visual learner. The on-line Rocket Spanish course that I chose has plenty of learning material that caters to visual learners like myself. Also the fact that I myself am self employed and as such do not work a regular 9.00 to 5.00 or even a regular five day week meant that I just would not have the time to source the material to try to teach myself. The flexibility offered by an on-line course was the only way for me to go.

Whether you’ve already started your Spanish learning or are just getting into it I hope this article has given you some food for thought as regards the way you’re going about learning how to speak Spanish. If you don’t yet know which type of learner you are then you can use the link below to go and read one of my other articles which may be helpful to you. I’ve also provided a link back to a review I wrote about the Rocket Spanish Premium on-line course that I mentioned in the article above.

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