Recently the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, gave some advice to Hispanic immigrants. He told them to turn off the Spanish television programs, stop reading the Spanish newspapers and they will in turn learn English faster. That advice is actually the basic premise of any immersion foreign language program. Immerse yourself in the new language and you will learn it much faster.
In this case though, to learn Spanish you’d want to do exactly what the Hispanic immigrants were doing. Start watching Spanish television exclusively. Read Spanish newspapers or find them online to read. Go to Spanish sections of your town and listen. This will help you to learn proper pronunciation, accent and it will just sink into your head!
Along with doing those immersion activities I also recommend that you have a book or software program to follow. You could of course learn Spanish just by listening and speaking but you need to learn to read Spanish as well as learn to speak Spanish. So a book or program are vital as part of your learning to speak Spanish goal.
A book sounds great but there is a slight problem, there is no interactivity. You can’t learn a living language from a dead book! I would go with something that has audio as part of the package. Not only do you want audio tapes or cds as part of the Spanish program but you want to be able to interact with it as well. That will really help you learn Spanish quickly.
What Spanish lessons interactive software program do I recommend to learn Spanish ? It costs less than $100 too! Follow the links to find out.