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Learn to speak Spanish Fluently courses at your home computer click link below to check out our Spanish Programs! [please contact me for website address] 10 Secrets to Learning Spanish Like Crazy
If you want to learn
a language quickly and inexpensively, you have picked the right
language. With the exception of English, Spanish is spoken more than
any other language in the U.S. You will have plenty of opportunities to
practice your Spanish with native speakers of Spanish and even
Americans that learned Spanish as their first language.
The
ability to speak Spanish also opens many career or business
opportunities. As an attorney, the ability to speak Spanish has enabled
me to represent many clients simply because I spoke their language.
Of
course, if you live in certain cities or states you will have more
opportunities to practice your Spanish. For example, if you live in New
York you can find many Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Colombians,
Ecuadorians, Peruvians, Mexicans, and other Latin Americans an Latinos
to practice your Spanish. If you live in Texas or California you may
find a lot of Mexicans that can help you with your Spanish. In Florida,
there are many Cubans.
My
objective is to give you a multitude of tips and techniques to help you
speed up your learning of Spanish. I also want to reveal a number of
things that you can do to make your learning experience as inexpensive
as possible.
Numero Uno: Immerse Yourself

If you really want
to learn Spanish, you need to immerse yourself in the language and the
culture. Do you know why you learned English so easily? It’s not just
because you were a child when you embarked on your study of the English
language. It’s mainly because you were immersed in it. As a child you
heard English 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
If
you could hear and speak Spanish 24 hours a day and 7 days a week you
would also learn Spanish incredibly fast. Although it may be difficult
for you to hear and speak Spanish 24 hours a day and 7 days a week,
there are things you can do to help immerse yourself in the language.
Instead of listening
to your favorite music station when you’re driving in your car, play a
Spanish instructional CD. Of course, if your favorite music station
happens to be a Salsa or Merengue radio station, you can listen to the
Spanish lessons CD some other time.
When
you’re home watching TV, try substituting MTV or the Discovery Channel
for Univision or Telefutura. If you are jogging, working out in the
gym, taking a walk, or just waiting in the doctor’s office, play a
cassette or CD from your favorite Spanish course. If you are waiting on
line in the supermarket, instead of reading that gossipy tabloid, press
“play” on your your cassette player and listen to a Spanish vocabulary
tape or some other Spanish lessons tape or CD.
Have
you ever met a Hispanic person that has lived in the U.S. for many
decades and is still unable to speak English? That’s because he or she
has little or no exposure to English and is constantly immersed in
Spanish. That’s what you must try to emulate. Expose yourself and
immerse yourself as much as possible in the Spanish language and Latin
American Culture.
Numero Dos: Develop the Right Habits

This is probably the
most important advice that I can give you about learning Spanish or any
other foreign language. More than anything else, your habits will
determine how quickly you learn Spanish. In fact, your habits will
determine if you actually learn the language or not.
Of course it helps
if you have a language learning aptitude. Unfortunately, I didn’t have
a language learning aptitude. In fact, I couldn’t speak English until I
was four years old despite the fact that English was my first language
and the only language spoken in my home as a child. However, my desire
to learn Spanish was strong enough for me to develop the necessary
habits for learning Spanish.
Out of habit, every
time I turned on my television it was tuned to Unvision, Telefutura or
HBO Latino. Out of habit, every time I got in my car the radio dial was
set to the Latino radio station Latino Mix. If not, then a CD or
cassette from a Spanish course was playing.
Out of habit, if I
went out to a club it was a Salsa or Merengue club. If I went out to a
restaurant, it was probably a Latin American restaurant. Not that
Latino food “es mi plato favorito.” But if I go get a steak at Outback,
I am probably not going to get a chance to practice my Spanish with the
waiter.
In fact, if I was
dating someone, she was either a native of a Spanish speaking country
or she learned Spanish as her first language here in the U.S.
If you develop and cultivate these habits, you will learn Spanish extremely fast.
Numero Tres: Learn Spanish the Same Way that You Learned English

This may come as a
shock to you, but in the high schools and colleges in the U.S., the
method that they are using to teach Spanish is all wrong.
If
you want to learn Spanish, you must learn it the same way that you
learned English. Let me you ask you a question. Which did you learn
first: How to speak English or how to read and write English? Of course
you learned how to speak it first.
Then
why are they teaching the students in the high schools and colleges to
read and write Spanish first? That’s because they don’t expect the
students to ever be able to speak Spanish. And that’s exactly what
happens. Students take several years of Spanish, graduate, and cannot
even speak Spanish.
There’s
another problem with learning to read and write Spanish before you
learn to speak it. By default, you subconsciously learn how to
pronounce the Spanish words the way you would pronounce them in
English.
I
made that same catastrophic mistake. It took me countless hours and
countless dollars in private instruction to correct the error. After
much wasted time and money, I discovered that the mistake could have
been avoided. I should not have learned to read and write Spanish until
I had at least reached the intermediate level of conversational
Spanish.
You are going to
have to trust me on this one …. Nothing sounds more excruciating to
Latin American ears than a “Gringo” with a thick American accent
speaking Spanish. How do I know? Because now that I speak Spanish
fluently, every time I hear an American with a strong American accent
speaking Spanish it makes me cringe.
Numero Cuatro: Relate to What
You Already Know

Many words in
Spanish are related to English. When you learn words in Spanish and you
relate them to words in English, it is much easier to remember the
Spanish words. For example, the word “beber” means to drink. If you
make a mental note or written note that the word “beber” is related to
the English word “beverage” it is easier to remember. Here’s another
example. The word “vegetales” is related to the English word
“vegetables.” If you make a note of this, the Spanish word “vegetales”
will be much easier to remember.
Numero Cinco: Make Use of On-Line Resources

There are a number
of on-line resources that can assist you in learning Spanish. Many of
them are free. One of my favorites is [please contact me for website address] My
Language Exchange is an on-line community of language learners. You can
meet people who are learning virtually any language at
[please contact me for website address]
Since
you are studying Spanish you would try to meet someone at My Language
Exchange that’s a native speaker of Spanish and is trying to learn
English. You could become pen pals with the person. But I recommend
that you become more than just pen pals. As I mentioned earlier, the
only way that you can learn how to speak Spanish is by actually
speaking it.
At
My Language Exchange, you can meet people that are interested in doing
“voice chat.” Voice Chat permits you to have a live audio chat session
with one or more persons on-line. This is one of my favorite techniques
for learning Spanish. I have practiced with people from Mexico, Spain
and Colombia at My Language Exchange.
Normally,
I would help them with English for 30-45 minutes. In exchange, they
would help me for the equivalent amount of time with my Spanish.
The
last time I checked, My Language Exchange was offering two memberships.
There’s a Free membership. And there’s a Gold membership. The Gold
membership costs only $12 for a full year. That averages out to just $1
per month.
Numero Seis: Become an Imitator

From the very
beginning of your learning-Spanish journey, try your best to imitate
native speakers. Try to imitate their pronunciations, their
intonations, etc. This is not something that you should delay. In fact,
this is one of the most important facets of learning any language.
Have
you ever had someone come up to you and speak in what sounded like a
foreign language. Maybe the person was asking for directions or some
other information. And after the person rambled on for a while, you
realized that the person was not, in fact, speaking a foreign language.
He or she was actually speaking English. But his or her accent was so
thick that you initially believed that the person was speaking a
foreign language.
This
can happen to you as a student of Spanish if you are not careful. You
must make a purposeful effort to sound like native speakers. I know
many Americans who claim that they speak Spanish fluently but their
accents are awful. When I hear them speak, I say to myself “what a
Gringo.” So I can only imagine what a native speaker of Spanish says
about the person.
If
you wait until you reach the intermediate level to start sounding like
native speakers it will be too late to break the chains of habit. Make
a deliberate effort to start now. It will begin to pay off when you
start noticing how many native speakers of Spanish tell you how great
your accent sounds.
Numero Siete: Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes
Perfect is more than just a saying. It’s a language-learning reality.
When we were children we were completely unaware of the emotion called
“embarrassment.”
Throughout
my teenage years and adult life, my mother would tell me about a story
– a true one – that when I was four years old I had wanted a drink of
water, and I asked “wah wah – wah wah.” My sister, on the other hand,
barely two years old at the time would say “mother may I have a glass
of water please.”
Despite
the fact that a child not much more than a toddler was speaking perfect
English and I was grunting like a caveman, I never became discouraged
or embarrassed. I kept at it until I got it right. And now I can say
water in two different languages – actually three if I include
Portuguese.
You
have to take the same child-like attitude toward learning Spanish. You
will make many mistakes. You will mispronounce words. You will use the
wrong vocabulary. And you will make grammatical errors. But never let
this hold you back from practicing your Spanish with a native speaker –
even if the native is a total stranger.
You
must accept the reality that making mistakes is a part of learning any
language. If you are not making mistakes, it’s because you are not
speaking Spanish to anyone. And if you are not speaking, then you are
not learning.
Keep
in mind that Rome was not built in a day. And neither was Madrid, San
Juan, Santo Domingo, Cali, Mexico City, Colón, Havana or Buenos Aires.
Numero Ocho: “But First You Must Believe . . .”

I don’t know if it
was Peter Pan who first said this one, but I am going to borrow it. It
is imperative that you believe in yourself and your ability to learn
this beautiful language. I cannot overemphasize this point.
I
am a strong believer in the power of thought. This is a technique that
has not only helped me to learn Spanish, but it has also helped me
immensely in everything that I have ever set out to do in life. I
encourage you to use this same technique – not only in learning Spanish
– but with any goal that you wish to accomplish.
In anything that I am striving to accomplish, I first visualize the successful outcome of the goal.
After
I have visualized the successful outcome of the goal, in this case
speaking Spanish fluently, I then map out the steps that I must take in
order to arrive at the accomplishment of my goal. For example, the
steps may involve practicing Spanish everyday for one hour. I then put
in writing the steps that I need to take on a daily basis to accomplish
my goal. Then I take action. Not sporadic action or inconsistent
action. I take daily, consistent, tremendous action until my goal is
accomplished.
Numero Nueve: And now for my favorite
Learning-Spanish technique: Get a Latin Amor

This technique may
get you in a lot of trouble if you are already married or otherwise in
a committed relationship. In other words, this suggestion is only for
the single people.
If
you really want to learn Spanish quickly, find a “significant other”
that’s a native of a Spanish speaking country. Preferably, someone that
speaks very little or no English. This way you will be forced to listen
to and speak Spanish.
Numero Diez: Last but Certainly Not Least:
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER Give UP

If you stay focused
you will surely accomplish your goal of speaking Spanish proficiently
or fluently. And you have total control over whether you reach that
goal in a year or two or a decade or two. I hope that the techniques
that I have outlined in this report will enable you to accomplish your
goal as quickly as you desire.
You
are also welcome to pass this report on to anyone who you think may
benefit from this report. However, I do ask that you do not make any
changes to this report if you pass it on to anyone.
Patrick Jackson
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patrick
Jackson is the Founder of the Learning Spanish Like Crazy system of
learning Spanish. To learn more about his system of learning Spanish
visit his web site at [please contact me for website address]
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