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SOS I want to learn spanish

Hello, My name is Morgan. My native language is English, and I took french lessons for six years. But I really want to become fluent in Spanish. I currently am in college so I can not afford private lessons. Does anyone have any tips on how I can teach myself? (other websites, tips, etc.). Thank you!!!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
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Outside of the Duolingo skill tree, there's a load of other websites on the Duolingo wikia page here: http://duolingo.wikia.com/wiki/Spanish

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yodydee

Hi Morgan (unusual and lovely name by the way). I'm almost in the same shoes as you, perhaps a bit ahead, but not much at all, in Spanish. I signed up (it's utterly free, and you can drop it if you don't like it or find it difficult) to a course by Salamanca university. I really enjoy it and find it useful... One learns and one feels associated to one of the most ancient universities of Europe... You can find it on miriadax.net, it's called Español Salamanca A2. Other resource I love is the podcast Coffee Break Spanish. The facilitator is very charismatic, the shows are fun and free and utterly well structured (well, one can pay for extra stuff, but the basic podcasts are all free, all brilliant). Hope this helps. Spanish is so beautiful. I'd like to do the Camino pilgrimage next year and converse in both French and Spanish along the way...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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Does your college offer Spanish classes that you can take at some point? Other then that just what others have already mentioned.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SoyHenry
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3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeHerself

There are so many resources available for Spanish that it's almost a bad thing - you can get analysis paralysis trying to figure out the "best" course to use.

My advice - power through the duolingo Spanish tree as fast as you can stand it. Then dive into the language. I really, really strongly recommend sticking to one course all the way through to the end before you complicate things though. Duolingo can be worked through relatively quickly if you're focused, and it introduces you to the most important structures and vocabulary. Don't get caught in the trap of getting a few lessons into umpteen different courses, trying to find the "perfect" one. There is no perfect one. The important thing is to finish one. If you want to use more than one actual course, then I recommend doing them back to back rather than simultaneously - that way you're continually reviewing, but you also don't lose your forward momentum. The worst thing you can do is get six months into your studies and realize you still don't know anything except survival phrases in the present tense because you never got past the first few lessons in anything.

Check out free videos for learners - Destinos is a good one. Another good one is extr@ in español, which is on youtube. Youtube is a great resource btw - lots of native speakers creating original content.

Listen to podcasts - there are tons of good ones. I enjoy Notes in Spanish (I think the Madrilenian accent is lovely, but I recommend listening to a variety of native speaker materials from all over the Spanish speaking world). Lightspeed Spanish is another good one, though it's pretty similar to Notes in Spanish (native female Spanish speaker from Spain, second language male Spanish speaker). Some people like News in Slow Spanish, but I personally think artificially slowing the language down is a bad crutch to depend on. If you get enough exposure to authentic native speech, you'll get used to the speed of it.

Sign up to practice with native speakers - italki, mylanguageexchange, etc. Find a skype buddy - don't be shy!

If you can afford to spend some money then I highly recommend fluencia.com (somewhat similar to duolingo in course set-up, but a lot more material, and native speaker recordings for the audio) - I think it's the best Spanish course I've ever used, and I've used entirely too many. I would also recommend getting an audible.com subscription and downloading audiobooks in Spanish (they've got thousands to choose from). If you want an all-audio course to do in your car then there are several good ones (I like Learning Spanish Like Crazy, and Synergy Spanish. Pimsleur bored me but it's still decent, if overpriced. On audible there's a course by Paul Noble, which is very similar to Michel Thomas's course only with native speakers as examples, and it's quite inexpensive. I think it's also available from itunes). I'd avoid anything by Rosetta Stone, or the "Learn in Your Car" series, mostly because of the boredom & ineffectiveness factors.

The most important tip though - just don't stop. Do something every day, even if it's only a couple minutes. Don't quit. Make it fun, enjoy yourself, and enjoy the ride.

Buena suerte!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kiran012

You have memrise an another website similar to duolingo . you can try that ,best of luck mate :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WanderingMonk
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FSI courses are free and get a lot of praise. Here is one website where they can be found Click Here

I think you should finish your Duolingo tree first though, it will help inspire you and you will learn alot.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CrystalInnes

read spanish out loud to yourself. practice writing it in a book. maybe find a site online were you cant talk to people in spansh and they can help out with your speaking and how to pronounce it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulaPelayo24
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Well, I'm going to tell you the tip I used and I still use. You can learn just by music. It's very simple. You just have to look for the lyrics in Spanish and translate only the words you don't know. What's more, it's free! And it won't take you a long time if you practise every day, you download the song to your cell phone and you learn it all. That's the way I improved my English. Before I discovered this method, but well, it's not a tested method, only the way I use to learn better, I got good grades at school but I didn't have much interest in languages. Music is a very useful tool that can help you as much as you want! You could ask me about some Spanish or American artists or people who sing in Spanish if you want :) Hope my advice has been useful :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HibaAhmad2

Hi Paula. if you could tell me some nice Spanish songs or singers i would be grateful

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/morganmariepaul

thank you so much !!! I really appreciate the feedback

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ktgwendu1

everything you need to know is in this post https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8281011

Regards

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/machaelajean
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I do quite a bit with Memrise and it is great for memorizing vocabulary! Also try spanishdict.com if you need grammar help. I've used it a ton and it definitely comes in handy.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/latin100

I speak Spanish maybe we can help each other!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RRR-ENGLISH

If you're 18 or more you can go out and look for a bar or pub where latins get together to dance salsa and drink beer. There's at least one in every big city of the world.
Make some LatAmerican friends and have fun!.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pabos95
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You are right, there's at least one latin american in almost every place in the world. And also some people who don't understand spanish like salsa and bachata. Some foreingers tought that I am good at dancing, just because I'm latino XD.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RRR-ENGLISH

Haha..., I lived in Japan for six months and met some Japaneses who danced salsa much better than any latinamerican I know.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LuvGMMLinkNeal

Well before duolingo I took a Spanish course called learning Spanish with Grace. GOOD LUCK!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yusufkok

hello my name is yusuf I want to be learn spanish ı am practising all day I have grammer book but this
isn't good to learn a language did you know Noam Chomsky who is a linguist he say no pain no gain doesn't apply n language acquisition so he talk about LAD( language acquisition device ) maybe you can watch spanish film if you want we can try to speak spanish this is good for me see you

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThisYoungQuigs

conversationexchange.com You can sign up for a pen pal, face to face, or chat with someone who is fluent in your target language and learning your native language. So far it's been free!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/morganmariepaul

Thank you so much for all the great advice!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JP78_6

hola te puedo ayudar, yo estoy aprendiendo ingles.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/debbydarlyn

hi morgan i speak spanish maybe i can help you andyou can helps me with my english do you have wasap?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/morganmariepaul

That would be great! I do not have it, but i can get it :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/debbydarlyn

yes.we can help us

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/morganmariepaul

Is it an app for your phone?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/debbydarlyn

yes it is an app is whatsapp

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jhonatan2.0

You can improve talking to natives and listen music with subtitles.

3 years ago