Firstly, I’d like to point out a fascinating thread over at Reddit discussing this exact question that has a lot of interesting responses and turned into a great discussion: How did you become fluent in another language?
Secondly, if you haven’t joined the language-learning subreddit on that site, you should, it’s worth joining just for that alone (and the people on reddit are awesome for the most part, by the way): /r/LanguageLearning
Thirdly, if YOU have ever learned another language to fluency (we’ll say “conversational fluency”, basically just to the point where you could readily converse with the natives about whatever) then I’d like to hear from you in the comments about how you managed to do that!
That’s it! Short post today – I’m working on the upcoming Shakira post, 3rd in the series, plus I’ve got an article on verbal manners in Spanish in the works, those should be out within the next week or two.
How to learn Spanish using a combination of free online resources and popular Spanish-language media such as TV shows, music, movies, books, and more (and have a ton of fun while doing it!)
I’ve just written an e-book about precisely this called “The Telenovela Method”. It took me 2 years to write and contains over 400 links and includes over 7 hours of videos of me personally demonstrating all the resources I recommend and concepts I teach, and it’s available on Amazon right now for just $9.99 US. I wrote a blog post explaining it here (which includes the table of contents and a short explanation of each chapter) that I recommend you check out (it’s short), plus you can even take the basic method “for a test drive”, so to speak, because I’ve given it away for free in my post explaining The Telenovela Method here (also includes videos of me demonstrating all the basic steps!). If you’d like to go straight to Amazon and have a look here you go.
Get my list of the internet's top 33 FREE Spanish-learning resources here!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!
December 28, 2010 2 Comments