I learned Spanish entirely on my own, online, and I'll show you how you can, too!
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How Did YOU Get Fluent?

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.

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

 

Learn Spanish from TV shows, movies, music, books, comics, and more!

Did you remember to check out my post on the Telenovela Method? Again, it costs nothing to read it, watch the (short, under 15 minutes!) video, and give it a shot! I'll show you exactly how you can learn to do all sorts of cool things, including teaching yourself Spanish from whatever modern popular Spanish-language media you choose (TV shows, music, etc.) as well as how to apply what you've learned immediately by using it to talk to a real, live native speaker who will, for free, be glad to help you with your Spanish (I'll show you where and how you can find these people online and how to talk to them, either face-to-face via Skype or via written means if you'd prefer). Check out the Telenovela Method (click here) and get started learning Spanish today!

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!

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December 28, 2010   2 Comments