Spanish is an official language in over 15 countries, including Bolivia, Cuba and obviously, Spain. It is also spoken in the United States and several other nations. As such, learning to fluently speak Spanish enhances your chances of easily sharing information with people from various parts of the world. Whether you want to move to a Spanish-speaking country for work, or you just met a suitor who happens to be Spanish, or you just want to be bilingual for the sake of cultural diversity, here are the strategies you can use to master the language.
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1. Move to Spain
If you have all the time in the world to learn Spanish, then you can move to Spain and interact with the natives. Although you may be tempted to settle in Madrid or another big city, it is important to choose a small city or town where everyone communicates in Spanish. As you undertake your everyday tasks, you will gradually learn their culture and acquire the language. Depending on how quick you are, this method can take you anywhere between three months to three years to become a relatively fluent Spanish speaker.
2. LIY – Learn It Yourself
This method is ideal for people on a tight budget, or those who are interested in learning the language for non-professional reasons.
There are vast resources in the Internet, from audio books to websites that can help you teach yourself Spanish. Open Culture, for instance, provides a list of websites that offer free Spanish lessons. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a computer, tablet or smartphone and of course, your memory.
If you adopt this strategy, start by learning Spanish greetings before moving to common Spanish phrases such as Qué hora es? (What time is it?), De dónde es usted? (Where are you from?), and Usted tiene Facebook? (Are you on Facebook?). Then, learn some Spanish survival words and follow it up with Spanish podcasts, which will help you pull your verb conjugation together.
3. The College Route
If you want to become a professional Spanish translator, or you have been offered a corporate job in Spain or another country with Spanish as an official language, then you must consider going to college.
The National University in California, for example, offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish that will enable you to reach advanced levels of speaking, listening, writing and reading in Spanish. Besides learning the language, you will also become familiar with various cultural aspects including food, film and literature, and history of the Spanish-speaking world.
Other institutions offering relevant programs include:
- Arizona State University, Arizona
- Oregon State University, Oregon
- Black Hills State University, South Dakota.
Using the college route to learn the Spanish language also comes with added advantages. When speaking with native Spanish speakers, for instance, you will not suffer the fear of making a mistake or shy away from using certain words, since your mastery of the language would be superb.
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These are some of the strategies you can use in order to learn Spanish. Remember that regardless of the strategy, it is very useful to buy a Spanish/English dictionary. From time to time, you will come across many words that are new to you, so you will need to check it up. Good luck and Godspeed mi amigo.
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