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dave0010

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987 posts

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Does anyone have any recommendations as to the best way to learn a new language? I'd like to learn Spanish just have no real idea where to start?


MGZRod

6,414 posts

62 months

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Go to a busy Spanish square and do something stupid, strip, dance, jack off a turkey etc.


Would you be interested in doing evening classes etc or a home study?

dave0010

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Happy to do either. With my job a drive for a few hours a day so maybe something with an audio format I can use in my van.

kuzushi

226 posts

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dave0010 said:
Does anyone have any recommendations as to the best way to learn a new language? I'd like to learn Spanish just have no real idea where to start?
The best way to learn a new language is to immerse yourself in it as much as you can. Hang out with people who speak it, try out words and phrases on them.

Here's a good website where you can converse with Spanish people:

www.sharedtalk.com

As a native speaker of English you will be very sought after there!

kuzushi

226 posts

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kuzushi said:
The best way to learn a new language is to immerse yourself in it as much as you can. Hang out with people who speak it, try out words and phrases on them.

Here's a good website where you can converse with Spanish people:

www.sharedtalk.com

As a native speaker of English you will be very sought after there!
And you don't need to know any Spanish to go there. People will be happy to chat to you in English, but they will also gladly help you with any Spanish queries you may have.

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Zad

9,697 posts

122 months

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How about Spanish online newspapers, TV etc? Admittedly that's not ideal for driving around, but it is an additional resource.

groucho

11,561 posts

132 months

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dave0010 said:
Does anyone have any recommendations as to the best way to learn a new language? I'd like to learn Spanish just have no real idea where to start?
Get locked up in desired country.

sensa

141 posts

95 months

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I use LiveMocha, which is similar to shared talk I think.

Also, DuoLingo is good for basics.

Hoofy

56,139 posts

168 months

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Immersion is certainly a good way of learning a language. Focus on "thinking" in the language rather than translating from English to Spanish. Michel Thomas' CDs are very good for this.

dave0010

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987 posts

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Hoofy said:
Immersion is certainly a good way of learning a language. Focus on "thinking" in the language rather than translating from English to Spanish. Michel Thomas' CDs are very good for this.
Sounds like the kind of thing I'm looking for. is it for all levels of learning?

AJS-

11,781 posts

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Immersion is undoubtedly the best. Get a grasp of the basics then go to somewhere where it will be used all the time.

If it's not practical then try and hook up with a native Spanish speaker and talk daily.

maser_spyder

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dave0010 said:
Hoofy said:
Immersion is certainly a good way of learning a language. Focus on "thinking" in the language rather than translating from English to Spanish. Michel Thomas' CDs are very good for this.
Sounds like the kind of thing I'm looking for. is it for all levels of learning?
Second for Michel Thomas, although you'll end up speaking Spanish with a slight 'Eastern European' accept. wink

Absolutely no barrier whatsoever, he starts right from the beginning, and by the end of the first CD, you'll have learned more than you would in a year of secondary school education.

There's normally 8 CDs in a full set (or a 'starter' version with just two), then a couple of 'language builder' sets with a couple more CDs each.

His method of teaching really is very good. No pens, no paper, just concentrate and listen.

The only problem with this, is you can't really do it in the car, as you do need to focus on what he's saying. I tried doing the Spanish one on my iPod when I was painting the living room, but found I got half way through and simply hadn't listened to half of it. It works best with a quiet room, no distractions, sit down, and concentrate. Thirty minutes a time, five times a week, within a month you'll be flying.

Hoofy

56,139 posts

168 months

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hehe and a lisp.

kuzushi

226 posts

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kuzushi said:
The best way to learn a new language is to immerse yourself in it as much as you can. Hang out with people who speak it, try out words and phrases on them.

Here's a good website where you can converse with Spanish people:

www.sharedtalk.com

As a native speaker of English you will be very sought after there!

Justices

2,920 posts

50 months

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Find yourself a Spanish-speaking lass and shack up together. Fastest, cheapest and most efficient way.

Nardies

797 posts

105 months

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kuzushi said:
The best way to learn a new language is to immerse yourself in it as much as you can. Hang out with people who speak it, try out words and phrases on them.

Here's a good website where you can converse with Spanish people:

www.sharedtalk.com

As a native speaker of English you will be very sought after there!
Kuzushi works for sharedtalk AICMP

ZesPak

14,264 posts

82 months

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dave0010 said:
Happy to do either. With my job a drive for a few hours a day so maybe something with an audio format I can use in my van.
I've done this, and you really have to stick to it. It's only the basics though, but saying goodnight and ask for the toilet is a good start imho.

phumy

3,922 posts

123 months

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Get yourself a long-haired dictionary, seems to work for others.

CK_N4S

458 posts

68 months

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Justices said:
Find yourself a Spanish-speaking lass and shack up together. Fastest, cheapest and most efficient way.
+1

This was the best improvement my Swedish skills could ever get hehe

CK

Super Slo Mo

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Justices said:
Find yourself a Spanish-speaking lass and shack up together. Fastest, cheapest and most efficient way.
You sure about that?

You also forgot to mention the crucial one: It's probably the most dangerous way, I speak from experience.
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