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Best Ways for Beginning Students to Learn Spanish
Language-learning software: Perfect for people who like to learn Spanish at their own pace in the comfort of their own home or who can’t attend regular classes, language-learning software gives learners the flexibility to set their own pace. And since you’d be using a computer instead of a teacher, you could tell the computer to repeat a phrase or a lesson 10, 20, or however many times you’d like until you get it right. You can use the software when the spirit moves you or religiously set aside some time each day; the choice is up to you. But if you lack self-discipline, this method is not for you.
Language-learning software most commonly falls into two types: immersion and the translation method. Immersion software only uses the target language (Spanish in this case), employing pictures (and previous knowledge of the language in later lessons) to “immerse” the learner and simulate native-language acquisition. One example is Rosetta Stone Level 1 (Spain) (PC/Mac) or Berlitz Spanish Premier (PC/Mac). Software that teaches by the translation method gives words or phrases in Spanish, as well as the equivalent or approximation in the student’s native language. One example is Talk Now!’s Learn Spanish: Beginning Level available from Amazon.
Games: When learning as a family, using games and fun incentives can help keep children and their parents motivated to learn Spanish. One option is Comprendo, a board game whose aim is to teach you Spanish.
Reading selections from the Instituto Cervantes: To build your reading skills, try your hand at the Centro Virtual Cervantes’s reading selections (provided by the Instituto Cervantes, Spain’s official institution to promote Spanish language and culture). Every selection in the beginners’ section (called inicial in Spanish), like the other levels, has optional pre- and post-reading exercises and information about the book and the chosen selection. Within the reading text itself, many words have links to definitions.
Group classes: For Spanish-language students who need the structure of a class and enjoy a community setting, group classes are a good way to go.
Group classes are usually of the traditional or conversational type. Traditional classes generally follow a textbook, which is supplemented by other activities, such as taped conversations, songs, games, and worksheets. Grammar is an important topic. Conversational classes, on the other hand, shy away from grammar (and sometimes textbooks) and focus on oral expression. Learning with others can be fun, but having different levels within the same class can make it more difficult.
Private classes at a language academy: For Spanish-language students who need the structure of a class but desire the personal attention a private teacher offers, private classes at a language academy are a good, but certainly not a cheap, way to go.
Private classes for free: It may be possible to get private classes for essentially free. Put up an ad on a bulletin board (virtual or not) or approach Spanish-language teachers about a skill swap: Spanish classes for English conversation or piano lessons or baby-sitting or whatever it is that you’re willing and able to do.
Article source: Spain Forum by SpainExpat.com
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