any suggestions on learning spanish

@sophialin (2678)
China
May 5, 2008 10:35am CST
hi everyone,i decide to learn spanish from tommorrow.i'm a chinese and have none basis of spanish. how can i start? can you give me some suggestions on how to learn it well or do you know any learning resource about spanish on internet which is helpful to a beginner? any recommendation from you is appreciated,thanks in advance.
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@gemini_rose (16193)
5 May 08
I guess if you search on the internet you will find some resources on there and you may even find a few tips on how to start. Other than that what about looking around locally to where you live and see if anywhere does lessons.
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@sisterjinx (1136)
• United States
5 May 08
I homeschool and one of the subjects we have been working on is Spanish. There are a lot of good books out there but the best things we have found was a set of disks for the computer. It's called instant Immersion Spanish v2.0. It is 5 disks and takes you from the basics right up through more complicated conversations. The final exam is a game. You have to solve a mystery by deciphering the clues. And the whole thing is in spanish. We haven't gotton to that yet but it looks like great fun.
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@Jadesh (41)
• Canada
5 May 08
Hola, Como Esta Usted!!!LOL ... ive learnt a little in school ... im saying hello, how are you? Like almost any word you learn in Spanish (or any other foreign language), how you say it in English will depend on context.... here is a good site you can check out .. copy and paste link (without quotes) in your browser[quote]http://discoverspanish.com/[quote]
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@qtfrog99 (279)
• United States
5 May 08
I am currently using the Rosetta Stone CD's and they work well, they are a little costly, but work well.
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@flowerchilde (12518)
• United States
8 May 08
..they used to teach Spanish on Sesame Street.. Wish that show was still on!
@kaleegirl45 (1474)
• United States
6 May 08
The only thing I could tink of would be going to school. Or looking into getting some Cd just like the one they mention here. (sorry dont know the person name. You can also looking in the internet. make sure you're careful when buying CD's. I speak spanish, I read a little bit, but can't seem to write it. If I can help let me know.
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@lunmun (127)
• China
6 May 08
well it is a good new for you to learn a new language .i think ask a teacher and practise it very often can promot your speaking and writting .just a advice .
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@wickedangel (1636)
• Dominican Republic
6 May 08
Hi there sophialin, I think a lot of people have given you some really good hints at the best way to get some online material to learn Spanish. I learnt at University. I would definitely try and get some CDs discs to practice on (I did that as well as my Spanish courses). There are sometimes games that you can play too, to test your vocabulary. Try to download some Spanish music - that will get you used to hearing it. Try and get a Spanish 'pen pal' or a Spanish forum like this one so that you can look at how they are writing everyday things. Reading is a good one too - I learnt most of my Italian that way, reading Reader's Digest - not sure they may have it on the internet. Our teacher made us read Spanish at a very early stage, so even Spanish newspapers etc. The most important thing though is that you get a dictionary either online or physically. One good way of learning little things is to put 'post it notes' on things like your computer, door, window with the words in Spanish. That way every time you look at that object you see the word in Spanish. Good luck (suerte) - y espero che podemos hablar un poco de espanol en algunos meses (I hope that we can speak spanish in a couple of months)
@phoenix25 (1543)
• United States
6 May 08
I also agree that Rosetta Stone software is probably the best quality materials that you can purchase to learn Spanish by yourself. If you happen to have a Nintendo DS or know a friend with a DS that you could borrow, there are 2 games out now for the DS that teach basic Spanish. One is called "My Spanish Coach" and the other is called "Spanish for Everyone". "My Spanish Coach" seems to be a more adult-oriented game, while "Spanish for Everyone" seems to be more oriented towards kids and teens. This might be a more affordable option than purchasing the Rosetta Stone software. Also, if you can't afford to purchase the Rosetta Stone software to learn Spanish, you can always check your local library. Many libraries today do carry learning software as well as books on CD.
@bagumbayan (2707)
• Philippines
6 May 08
I learned Spanish during our college days. We have subjects about 12 units and we can converse in Spanish. Our country also is rich in Spanish language same as the language we are using, so we can understand and speak a little. But if you are not talking and using it in everyday talking you will not learn it fast the way you like it. There are some instructional materials in the internet, and enroll in a school offering Spanish language. Or you can ask the Spanish Embassy in your place whose teaching the basic of Spanish language as they usually have offerings for such courses. Also buy a Spanish dictionary where you can read and see meaning of words, and look for a Spanish speaking person befriend her and talk to her. Si, senorita!
• Philippines
6 May 08
I'm trying to learn spanish too. I bought audio books for basic conversational spanish. I suggest you try Pimsleur or Michel Thomas audio books. You'll be able to converse in Spanish in two weeks.
@GreenMoo (11842)
5 May 08
Well my advice to you would be to immerse yourself in the language as fully as possible. I don't know whether you'd be able to find a Spanish speaker who you could email or even talk to via Skype or something, but that would certainly help you. Even if your language skills are not good and you only know a few phrases, you'll quickly improve if you practice them often. The thing that was suggested to me when I was trying to elarn a language was to watch TV in that language. it might be hard for you, but if you were able to pick up any Spanish channels on cable or something that might help you to. Good luck, whatever you do. I actually have loads of books and CDs for my chosen language, but i've found that the biggest stumbling block is actually having the motivation to sit down and look at or listen to them!!
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
5 May 08
Here is a great resource page for you to get started: http://www.spanishdict.com/ it is much more than a dictionary! It uses four dictionaries to assist you and has a lot more to offer!
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