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What is the best way to learn Spanish?

There is no universal technique or system accepted as the best. There are countless programs or theories about how to learn a second language, and all of them can bring you at least some new vocabulary. But definitively if any of these different methods are not engaged with interesting and motivating topics, it will be hard and boring way of learning. That’s why effortlessspanish.com lessons are made in order to communicate and to find out about the target language, culture and idioms. In my personal opinion, James Asher’s TPR and Stephen Krashen’s TPRS have the most coherent and convincing theories about language learning. Both theories are based on listen first and NO grammar analysis, that’s the way we learned our first language.

Is there any specific age to learn Spanish or a second language?

No, according to James Asher theory any one can learn a second language as the same way we learned our first one. Of course there’ll be some accent troubles in adults age, so then the younger the better. But remember you are learning Spanish in order to communicate, not to become a Mexican soap opera actor or actress. Learning a new language is about how people of different cultures think and live, of course there isn’t specific age to discover this. In the same way we learned our first language from our family and school as adults we are able to learn a second language at any moment, just find the right method be open, curious and enthusiastic.

How long it takes to learn Spanish with effortlessspanish.com method?

Let’s compare learning Spanish with a weight lost program. How long it does take to lose 15 pounds? Well, there are some important factors to consider: diet, personal metabolism, age and life style, exercise, and determination among many others. How long does it take to learn Spanish then? There isn’t specific time to learn a second language; it’s more about to being involved in a learning process. How long depends on each person and how enthusiastic, motivated and determined each person is. At the moment you can understand a conversation without translating mentally buala! You are improving. If you can hold a conversation in Spanish it doesn’t matter the size (short or long) you’ve got it! What I’m trying to tell you is not to measure your Spanish level on matter of time but on showing improvement.

What would be the difference between learning Spanish with effortlessspanish.com and any other method?

Effortlessspanish.com is oriented to create a community, that’s why your opinions and positive feedback is so IMPORTANT to us. This website is going to change and evolve based on members progress, on the other hand these lessons are made for listening first without a grammar analysis method, so Spanish level doesn’t matter. You can start immediately. Besides competing with multimillion dollars companies the fixed price of the lessons is very affordable. Just consider if you are paying school monthly fees or expensive seminars and show no improvement at all. Give your self a chance to try effortlessspanish.com method.

What is a remarkable difference between schools or seminars method and effortlessspanish.com?

Learning Spanish from schools or seminars methods it’s very formal, I mean is not the Spanish you can hear on the streets normally. It’s more like learning how people write, not like how people speak. Doing multiple options exercises doesn’t help your Spanish understanding or help you hold a conversation. This happened to me learning English. With effortlessspanish.com you’ll learn how people speak in Spanish, you’ll find idioms, Mexican slangs, popular phrases and much more. Acquiring new vocabulary in every lesson will be fun and easy. Also you will learn different manners of using the same word and its different meanings. With the first lessons you will focusing on listen first, then little by little you will internalize how the Spanish language sound and sooner or later you will be able to speak in Spanish. Fluency comes later. Another remarkable difference is avoiding grammar analysis. Many times when you internalize too much on grammar rules is easy to get lost. Remember you are learning Spanish to communicate, transmit and understand ideas not to writing a book.

How does effortlessspanish.com method work?

This method works through listening MP3 or Podcast files. There are topics about real life situations, some news articles or small personal stories. You will get also a PDF grammar and vocabulary lesson on each topic. As I mentioned before I do not make grammar analysis but I will explain some important facts of the lessons like the tense, verbs, nouns and many other things. Mostly audio files are in Spanish but I do some comments in English trying to make these lessons more understandable. Some exercises are included, but my main concern at this moment is to you increase your Spanish vocabulary. As simple like that!

Why should I listen to audio files instead study grammar rules?

Listening audio files gives you an example of the sound and tone of the words, that way new vocabulary and phrases becomes mnemonic by listening over and over. So, once you decide to start using these words when you feel able to talk in Spanish, at least you have an idea of how these words sound. Studying grammar rules or analysis doesn’t come in handy to get Spanish fluency.

Is Spanish an easy language to learn?

Being honest, I think is easier to learn English as a second language than Spanish as a second language. I’m not saying Spanish is impossible! What I’m saying is Spanish has more variants than English does (personal opinion). Besides English became international language decades ago, and in many countries it’s very common to get ESL on elementary and high schools and at least have some basic language at the moment we decide to learn English. But you will be surprised once you realize how much both languages have in common, in many situations the only that changes are the tone and pronunciation.

What’s the point in studying Spanish when English is now an international language?

There are many reasons to learn Spanish or any other language (economic, romance, school) but learning a second language beneficial to your health and that is a proven fact. Bilingualism delays Alzheimer’s disease in susceptible people by as much as five years. http://www.neurology.org/content/75/19/1726 When you travel to Spanish speaking countries or regions (even inside US), learning the language will help you to interact and integrate to the local community, even if the locals talk English. Being bilingual enhances listening skills, since the brain has to work harder to distinguish different tones and accent.

The learning of languages develops skills or abilities, including:

  • Self-discipline and perseverance
  • Problem solving – in logical and creative ways
  • Analytical skills
  • Flexibility of mind, the ability to adapt to new situations, to cope with the unexpected.
  • Understanding of other cultures and people and a greater tolerance to both cultural and individual differences.
  • Confidence and clarity in oral and written communications.

If I am learning Spanish for business, why would informal expressions and slang be important to me?

Building trust and confidence in a business relationship it’s priceless, knowing and comfortably using informal expressions and slangs puts you on the right path to a more personal level. Being able to joke around like friends is a sure sign to a permanent and closer relationship.

Should I be worried about accent?

You shouldn’t be worried about it when learning a new language; the most important thing is to enjoy the learning process. Lets put it this way; the last step of mastering a second language is accent.

  • Be an enthusiastic and motivated learner
  • Discover your best learning method (the one in which you feel relaxed)
  • Getting Input (learn new vocabulary and phrases, listen first)
  • Learn from comprehensive and mnemonic materials.
  • Enhance your understanding skills. (Listening over & over)
  • Practice (do exercises and interact with Spanish native speakers)
  • Relate with the kind of topics you want to know about it in Spanish.
  • Gain some fluency (If you fill proficient enough to transmit and understand ideas on a second language, you’ve gained fluency and
  • the accent doesn’t matter)
  • Improve accent. (Copy the tone and sound of Spanish speakers)
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