What are good tips for new learners?
And what are good languages?
1) always practice "talking out loud". When reading spanish or doing your exercises say the words out loud. Practice out loud so you can comfortably say, words, phrases without looking at the text. Do this from the start. You want to be a Spanish speaker, NOT a Spanish reader ! ( but you will learn how to read, but develop speaking as your prime objective)
2) integrate what you learn into daily life. Say simple things you learn in spanish to your family , friends, co workers. Find new places to frequent, where there are spanish speakers, grocery stores, coffee shops, dry cleaners, w/ever you can think off. Create your own spanish environment.....talk spanish as much as you can.
If you are an English speaker, Spanish is one of the "easier" languages so stick with that. If you are curious about how long it should take you, search "how many hours does it take to become fluent" and you can find a couple of good guides on average hours needed. As for learning tips, use Duolingo and also watch Spanish TV and listen to Spanish radio. Practice EVERY day. Don't become discouraged!
I LOVE french I find it easier to pronounce than Spanish [dont know why I have no french in me!] i am an English speaker....
The EASIEST second language is Esperanto. It was specifically designed to be easy to learn. People who learn Esperanto learn other languages faster and easier than people who don't. All languages are "learnable". Is there any language which is not learned by the average two-year old? If any language was actually MORE difficult, you should expect the children in that culture to be less able to learn that language.