At some point, we’ve all played ourselves with the I can’t wait to start learning _____ , only to give up sooner or later. Maybe that was you, or you’re the other person, who has no idea where to begin. Well, I’ll be your guide. So, chill, no need to run out and purchase Rosetta stone because most of these tools are completely free and most importantly, effective. I’ve been learning spanish since summer 2016 and It’s been fun. No, I’m not crazy, it really has been. I can now have conversations with natives, read signs and words from stores, bus ads, and most of all, I can jam to reggaetón, while pulling out my sweet moves and learning new words at the same time.
Let’s start at the beginning, a good perfect place to start. ♫♫♫
Listening is key, it familiarizes you with the language and it helps you understand proper pronunciation and flow. This is how I kicked started my journey into Spanish and It’s still a big chunk of how I learn
- Pimsleur-This is a 3 level program with some bonus lessons after level 3. Each level has 30 lessons, lasting 30 minutes each. They lesson start with a 1 minute conversation that repeats itself a second time. After that it’s one giant conversation with the words that was in the first conversation the time you get to the end, if you did not get the first conversion, you will have by the end. I still remember listening to level 1 lesson and being shaken at the fact I could not understand a thing, but towards the end, I blew myself away, I could. I’m currently on the last level and have 4 lessons left , yahhhhhh. The only downside to this program is cost, but, but, but if you have good internet detective skills you can easily find all three lessons ;D. (CLUE: argggggggg)
- Notes in Spanish-This is free and it’s a podcast type thing where these two lovely humans named Ben and Marina just talk to each other and teach us words through telling us about their city, Madrid and their lives. On this program, you will hear talks about the weather, vacations and they even help us with the tough stuff like figuring out when to use por or para. There are beginner, intermediate and advance conversations, so everyone is catered to. http://www.notesinspanish.com/
- Music-This is one of my favorite ways to learn. I recommend listening to Marc Anthony first, as he talks at a good pace and you’ll learn alot of vocab through his songs, along with pronunciations. Some of my favorite cancions from him are vivir mi vida, valio la pena and tu amor me hacer bien.I mostly listen to the lyric videos , so I can follow the words and pronunciations. Then, listen to the some Shakira and Maluma.They speak slightly faster, but their songs are great.Maluma’s el perdedor (loser) and Borro Cassete ( erased cassete) are my current ear worms. I almost forgot this, but I love Putumayo music.They are this international music company that share music from all cultures. You can find tons of music from them on youtube.I highly recommend dancing to the Latin party album, the Colombian mix (I love me some Cumbia), and one of my favs the Cuba album.But I love them all and you too will find yourself busting out some moves.
Stay tuned for part 2 -Grammar