Learn Spanish in one of the many Spanish countries in the world....
Take your pick of one of the many Spanish countries in the world where Spanish is spoken as a first language
We have 23 Spanish countries in the list.
As part of your learning Spanish programme, a period of concentrated time spent in a Spanish speaking country can be important for consolidation.
is the very best way to learn Spanish or any new language, and is how we all learnt to speak our own native tongues.
However, as children we spent about 3 to 5 years learning full-time and, as adults, we don’t have that time now, and we learn in a different way, and we have developed self-consciousness about making mistakes.
So adults need to get some structured learning in, using a plan, and then the best way to achieve consolidation is by going and living in one of the Spanish countries, and using the language.
By living in one of the Spanish countries you hear words, phrases and Spanish expressions in action and in context. You can use your learned knowledge and get feedback if living in one of the Hispanic countries.
You hear your mistakes corrected in the Hispanic countries.
You hear catch-phrases, and build up your repertoire of Spanish vocabulary.
For optimum results you need to implement a fairly disciplined programme.
1. STOP speaking your mother tongue.
This means that you are best not to go to one of the Spanish countries with a friend that speaks your language, or communicate with people that speak your language.
With a colleague around, it is just too easy to resort to not speaking Spanish.
(...easier if you are in one of the Spanish countries, and nobody around speaks a word of English...)
2. Force yourself to speak Spanish.
(...easy if you’re in one of the Spanish countries, and you are the only English speaker...)
By forcing yourself to speak Spanish you have to form sentences on the hop.
Initially in any new culture, without a word, you can make yourself understood with sign language, but to progress from here you need a combined structured learning programme of which there are many available.
Combine as many sorts of Spanish language learning as possible.
After you have used new sentences, you will find yourself figuring out better ways of having said that sentence. Write them down, ask native speakers how to have said something correctly.
You need a certain level of Spanish grammar and Spanish vocab.
3. Live with a Spanish-speaking family.
Many Spanish language schools offer homestays with Spanish speaking families.
Find one where they are not trying to improve their English, because you will too easily fall in to the trap of speaking English, and avoiding speaking Spanish when it gets a bit hard.
4. Find some Spanish-speaking old folk, befriend them, and just talk, talk and talk.
Old folk love to chat, they tend to have more time, and they love to help. With oldies you can sit there and just talk Spanish.
After the siesta time in Spanish countries the families come out and stroll the streets, chat in the parks, and on the sidewalks.
5. Make errors.
Just accept that you are going to make a loads of mistakes... remembering that the more mistakes you make, the more progress you make - if you can be corrected.
Keep a notebook or electronic diary and record every new word, or phrase and the context in which it was spoken.
6. Get a grasp of Spanish grammar, either by taking a course, reading a book, getting a CD-ROM... whatever.
(Lots of information on this site for the above courses...!)
7. Build a good, solid base Spanish vocabulary. With modern techniques you can
learn 200 words a day of Spanish to use in these Spanish countries.
Having a solid vocabulary makes it easier to put sentences together.
8. You need to learn Spanish verb conjugation.
This can seem an overwhelming exercise before you start, but by learning basic Spanish verb patterns combined with advanced memory techniques, you can now make this exercise much less arduous.
This combined with any of a number of Spanish learning resources will make for an enjoyable, and exciting learning experience.
Unfortunately many courses teaching verbs can get very technical and instead of calling a Spanish verb based on the word 'might' they call it a CONDITIONAL verb, and just scare the daylights out of the poor student of Spanish.
Check out the facts on any of these Spanish countries, and about learning Spanish there.
AndorraPerched in the Pyrenees mountains is the tiny state of Andorra.
One of the more volatile Spanish countries. Probably not a first choice for some time yet.
CubaOne of the Hispanic countries which is more difficult to access.
El SalvadorOne of the Hispanic countries in Central America.
GibraltarA British enclave situated at the bottom of Spain where many of the locals speak fluent Spanish.
One of the cheaper Spanish speaking countries in which to learn Spanish.
HondurasOne of the Hispanic countries in Central America.
With 100 million people, it has the largest population of the Spanish countries.
NicaraguaOne of the Hispanic countries in Central America.
One of the many Spanish countries in Central America, Panama is cheap and has a favourable climate.
One of the many Spanish countries in South America.
Learn all about the Motherland of the Spanish Countries.
Visit these Spanish Countries to learn Spanish!
Check out some of the Spanish language schools in these Hispanic countries by clicking on this link.
Check out the Maps of the Spanish Speaking countries by clicking on this link.
Check out the Flags of the Spanish Speaking countries by clicking on this link.
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