Joshua Nelsen
Spanish From Zero and a Different Approach to Language Aquisition

I have been giving some serious thought to studying Spanish. I've already started listening to common Spanish phrases in addition to the DuoLingo App. My primary motivation to learning Spanish is from the abundance of Spanish speakers in the Western US. I'd love to learn languages such as German, Mongolian, or Danish. However, speakers of those languages aren't as readily available to me as native Spanish speakers.

I am curious to those of you who have learned Spanish as an L2 (second language), what would you change in your studying program to acquire Spanish at a more productive pace? I am also open to advice on Spanish textbooks or learning recommendations. My plan is to study essentials on my own before purchasing any textbooks. I'd also like to attempt a two steps forward, one step back approach to avoid a plateau. Intro book to intermediate book, back down to an separate intro book to reinforce what I've already studied, while not overwhelming myself. 

I'd appreciate any advice or  tips. Good look to everyone in their language learning endeavors.

Jul 31, 2016 12:17 AM
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I really enjoyed the online program that I took.  If I were to do it again though, I´d pay by the month instead of the year.  I finished the course in three months because I found it so enjoyable.

I also found the techniques in ¨The Telenovela Method: How to Learn Spanish Online Using Spanish TV, Movies, Comics, Books and More¨ very helpful.  It has a Chapter on using italki that brought me here.

I have also found having a Kindle and downloading a Spanish/English translation dictionary to be an amazing tool.  When I first started reading beginner´s Spanish books I got a Kindle Unlimited plan so I could read a lot of books.  It was particularly good because I could try many books and find out if they were at a good level for me without having extra cost..  Kindles (with a translation dictionary as the default dictionary) are fantastic for reading in a foreign language because you can simply put the cursor on any word and get the definition.  There are many thousands of books in Spanish for the Kindle.  I now have a Kindle Fire that I use just for Spanish.  I have my Spanish apps on it and have Hulu on it so I can watch Spanish TV shows with Spanish subtitles anytime.   

July 31, 2016
My Spanish level is low B2. If I were to go back, I would start speaking with native speakers earlier on. I would have also taken private lessons with a teacher earlier on as opposed to taking classes with multiple students. I now do some of these things with my new languages that I'm learning.
July 31, 2016

Seems like solid advice. I was considering registering for a non-matriculated Spanish course at my closest university to help get me jump started. Although the cost  is way too much. The registration and course fee is around 400 dollars, in  addition to 350 dollars in supplies. Of course, if I used 750 dollars on italki it would about 75 sessions with a tutor or around 50 with a teacher.  

Gracias por su ayuda, Chris.

July 31, 2016
Joshua Nelsen
Language Skills
Danish, English, French, Korean
Learning Language
Danish, French, Korean