Realistic Spanish Learning Expectations

Realistic learning expectationsIf Spanish is your first foreign language, it will take approximately 600 hours of study and practice to reach intermediate level. This is why many students suffer “language shock” when they visit a Spanish-speaking country for the first time and discover that, despite months or even years of casual Spanish study, they can barely order in a restaurant, much less carry on a conversation.

Relearning Spanish

Relearning SpanishIs your Spanish as rusty as an old can? Did you live in Spain years ago or study the language in high school—and promptly forget everything upon leaving? The fact is that language ability fades with lack of practice. It probably won’t come rushing back all at once, but you can relearn it much more quickly than if you were starting out without that previous knowledge.

Setting Goals

Spanish goal settingWhatever your dreams related to Spanish may be, setting specific goals – and measuring your progress against them – is one of the most effective tools in your learning arsenal. Choosing the right goals isn’t rocket science, but there’s a little more to it than just throwing together a list.

Spanish for Beginners

Spanish for beginnersA self-study course divided into 30 loosely themed units consisting of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation lessons; cultural tips; and assorted quizzes along the way.

   

Spanish Help

Get Spanish helpNo matter how motivated and self-reliant you are, you can’t learn Spanish entirely on your own. For those times when you just can’t figure out a particularly tricky Spanish phrase or grammatical construction, here are some places to get help.

What Is Fluency?

What is fluency?There’s no secret recipe for fluency; indeed, it’s difficult to even find consensus on what “fluency” actually means. Is it the ability to have a conversation, or language proficiency equivalent to that of a native speaker?