List of Sites Where You Can Watch Spanish Videos with Spanish Subtitles or Transcripts Online

This is the Holy Grail for Spanish-learners: Spanish videos with Spanish subtitles (movies, TV shows, whatever), or with an exact transcript in Spanish of what was said (the two are functionally the same given our purpose here).  Why are Spanish subtitles so...

Respond in Spanish Like a Native: Common Spanish Phrases, Expressions & Comebacks

Every language has a short list (a few dozen or so) of standard "answers" or "responses" to indicate commonly expressed sentiments (e.g yes, no, maybe, I don't know, good luck, etc.).  Knowing these and being able to whip the correct one out immediately and...

Spanish Transition Words (Muletillas) and Sentence Starters: The Grease of the Language Gears

An extremely common problem amongst people learning a new language is smoothness, that ability to keep talking without herky-jerky stops-and-starts in their sentences (lots of awkward silences and "ummms" while they try to think of the right word), which is how...

Manners in Spanish – The Basics of Being Polite in Spanish-Speaking Cultures

Easy, but important...and often skipped.  That's how I'd put this.  We all have a certain set of manners ingrained in us since birth by our society that we do automatically, things you do to be considered polite (e.g. saying "please" and "thank you" when appropriate,...

The Spanish Subjunctive Explained: How the Subjunctive Works Plus a Mnemonic Trick to Help you Remember When to Use It (The W.E.I.R.D.O. System)

I couldn't find a picture that related to what I was writing about (I always try to do that), in this case the Spanish subjunctive, so here's a picture of my idea for an anti-gravity device based on a cat with some buttered toast on its head - what do you think? The...

List of Best Sites to Watch Spanish-Language TV/Videos Online (most are free to use)

Today I'm going to give you a list of my favorite websites that you can use to help you learn Spanish via watching television in Spanish (news, shows, telenovelas, whatever), almost all of which are entirely free.  I've divided it up alphabetically by country.  This...

How Many Words Do You Need to Know to Be Fluent in Spanish (or Any Foreign Language)? And Which Words Should You Be Learning?

This is going to start out a bit technical and academic, but I promise that if you'll wade through it you will be rewarded with some very useful practical information that you can use to significantly enhance your learning of the Spanish language, or any other second...
The Telenovela Method, 2nd Edition

telenovela method andrew traceyAfter failing to learn a new language on five separate occasions, I taught myself to speak Spanish like a native in just six months by watching movies and TV shows, listening to music, and reading books and comics like Harry Potter and Garfield.

This simple, easy-to-learn technique, that even the most linguistically-challenged can master literally overnight, is used by many of the most respected and skilled polyglots and language teachers in the world, and it’s never really been laid out, explained, and demonstrated in full, point-by-point, step-by-step detail until now.

The best way to learn Spanish is…

…with an experienced, professional tutor who you meet with face-to-face, 3-5 days a week for a minimum of 1 hour a day, preferably 2, and who assigns you homework which you then spend another couple hours on every day.  However, very few of us can afford either the time or the money this costs.  So, what to do?

The best you can.  I strongly recommend a heavy emphasis on using popular media in the language you’re learning (in this case: movies, YouTube videos, music, TV shows, books, etc. in Spanish) for two reasons: you can choose things that are fun and interesting, which helps keep you engaged and prevents boredom, and because you learn to speak Spanish from native speakers who are using the language in precisely the way it’s used in conversation (when you see two characters conversing in Spanish in a movie or YouTube video, that’s how those people naturally talk, which is what you want to learn, so copy them – I’ll teach you how).

This doesn’t mean passively listening or watching, it means studying them.  It means actively learning from them and that requires real work, just so those of you who are rightly sceptical of any such “passive learning” nonsense know that I’m certainly not advocating it.  This does not, though, mean that it has to be at all unpleasantIt can be fun, interesting, engaging, and rewarding.  It never has to be boring, tedious, or frustrating…but it very easily can be if you don’t do it right.

I tried and failed to learn various languages on at least 5 separate occasions until, finally, in my mid-20s, I taught myself Spanish entirely on my own and was able to speak fluently in just 6 months.  I used the method I advocate here, still advocate, and have since used to learn French and German as well.

That is the main focus of this site: how to learn to speak Spanish on your own, that is how to teach yourself Spanish.  I help you do this here with articles on methods, tips, and tricks such as this in-depth look at how many words you need to know in Spanish (depending on your goals) or this article on “how not to sound like a gringo” where I cover common mistakes beginners tend to make and how to fix them, as well as articles where I teach you Spanish directly such as with my various posts on grammar, slang, colloquial expressions, and even profanity.  Not only will I give you all sorts of advice and tips on how to learn Spanish on your own but I’ll also teach a lot of it to you myself.  I’ll teach you:

…and much more.

Please stick around, check out my most popular posts below, feel free to use the menu at the top to explore the site, and let me know what you think or if you have any questions.

Andrew

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The Telenovela Method, 2nd Edition

After failing to learn a new language on five separate occasions, I taught myself to speak Spanish like a native in just six months by watching movies and TV shows, listening to music, and reading books and comics like Harry Potter and Garfield.

This simple, easy-to-learn technique, that even the most linguistically-challenged can master literally overnight, is used by many of the most respected and skilled polyglots and language teachers in the world, and it’s never really been laid out, explained, and demonstrated in full, point-by-point, step-by-step detail until now.

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 I’ve been learning languages since I was twelve years old, Spanish for about the past nine years, I used it for three months when I lived in Spain (Zaragoza), and I’ve been writing about learning languages for the past eight years, including a bestselling book currently in its 2nd edition. 

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