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President Obama Wants You to Learn Spanish (short video)

Just found this, I smiled a bit, kind of funny (“Merci beau coup!” lol), but he’s absolutely right:

Most Western Europeans speak at least two languages fluently, and someone speaking 5 or 6 isn’t the least bit abnormal or special over there at all.  The fact that we’re a first-world, wealthy nation and we’re also the worst, among first-world wealthy nations such as Western Europe, Canada and Japan, when it comes to language education is just embarrassing.  Our education system is bad enough, this is just one more facet of it 🙁

Why do you think it is that we are this way (the worst as far as language education goes amongst wealthy nations)?  Seriously, let me know, leave a comment.

A quick note before we finish up: if you’re interested in teaching yourself Spanish…

I have a short post and video (that are free to read and view of course, won’t cost you more than a few minutes of your time) on how to do precisely that with the system that I put together which allowed me to become fluent in Spanish in just 6 months after years of trial-and-error by watching Spanish-language TV shows (like telenovelas, hence the name of the system) and movies, reading Spanish books and comics, and listening to Spanish music. If this sounds interesting to you, check it out by clicking the link below (the following link should open in a new tab or window for you when you click it so I’m not asking you to leave this article here):

“The Telenovela Method of Learning Spanish” (a “telenovela” is a Spanish-language soap opera, they’re what I initially used to teach myself Spanish!)

I also include some quick and valuable tips for learning Spanish as well as a couple of the most useful free Spanish-learning websites that I recommend.

Cheers,

Andrew

 

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I put together a list of the internet’s Top 33 Free Spanish-learning resources, my favorite language exchanges and Spanish chat rooms, and more. I’ve spent a great deal of time putting together a 3-part series of articles for you on the internet’s best free resources for the Spanish-learner that you’ll get when you sign up for my newsletter–in addition to all of what you get below, I’ll be sure to send you any updates about cool new sites, resources, and learning tips and techniques that I come up with (I’m currently putting together a whole series that will teach you in great detail precisely how I go about learning a new language):

Part 1: A very long list of my favorite Top 33 free online Spanish-learning resources (tools, references, sites with free lessons, articles, blogs, forums, etc.) that’s far too long to include here, especially with all the other stuff I’ve got here that’s available just on this site alone, and I’d like to offer it to you (completely free, you don’t have to do anything other than sign up) right now.

Part 2: I explain what language exchanges are (essentially they allow you free access to an unlimited number of native speakers to practice your Spanish with), why they’re absolutely essential if you’re teaching yourself (I’m serious when I say this: it’s impossible to get fluent without them if you’re learning a foreign language on your own), how to use them, and which ones are the best.

Part 3: I cover chat rooms which are specifically devoted to connecting you with native Spanish speakers who want to learn English so you can chat with them in Spanish (and they’ll help and correct you) and then you do the same for them with their English (these are completely free to use, but rather hard to find, but I’ll tell you where the best ones are!). Sign up below!

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  • Motivation is really important to learn a language.
    And I can understand that most american lacks a goal. What the matter of learning a foreign language as everybody speaks english ? At school, I was very bad in language classes, because the teacher was not really motivating, but I didn’t see the interest for myself (I was a bit stupid and lazy ;-). But later, I found some interest to improve my bad english and learn spanish from scratch (I learned German for my second language). And it was easy, because the motivation was here…

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    Bingo. It’s all about motivation (and having a great teacher, or not, makes HUGE difference, of course). If you’ve got the will, there is a way, no matter what.

    I had no interest in learning French in high school, so I didn’t despite 4 years of classes.

    I had no interest in learning Spanish in college (University), so I didn’t.

    When I decided I wanted to learn Spanish, I did, and I learned quickly. Same thing with Japanese.

    Our problem here in the U.S. is that we’re isolated, we’ve got Mexico next door but the great, great majority of Americans will never HAVE to interact with them (and even if they do, they’ll often speak English), Canadians speak English, and…that’s it. It’s not like Europe where you all are surrounded by people who all speak a different language. Plus, your educational system is better than ours, generally speaking.

    Cheers,
    Andrew