If you have just started learning Spanish or you’ve been learning it for some time and…
- you DON’T want to waste any more time and money on ineffective learning;
- you DON’T want to fall prey to common mistakes in language learning, and
- you DO want to achieve positive, quick results
…then read this article through to the very end.
Today, people have access to a variety of ways to learn Spanish. Some methods include: language schools, computer software programs, study abroad language courses or private tutors. And, in the era of the Internet, you can shorten the time and reduce the amount of money it takes to learn a foreign language.
Simply put, thanks to the Internet, two major constraints, time and space, are greatly reduced:
1. You can study whenever you want. Language school schedules are no longer a part of the picture, and you won’t have to worry about arranging meetings with tutors. All you need is a computer with internet access; it’s that simple!
2. You can study wherever you want. It doesn’t matter whether you are at home or anywhere else in the world; internet access is all you need.
If you decide to learn Spanish online, you’ll soon begin to realize that:
- you don’t waste needless time and money spent in transit to school, or to meet with a tutor;
- you won’t have any materials to buy since everything is available online;
- it is much cheaper to learn the same material with an online Spanish course, than it is in a language school.
The above-mentioned factors should at least make you consider learning Spanish online.
However, beware of a common trap that causes some online Spanish courses to be less effective than intended.
What is it?
Essentially, the tool or medium applied to language-learning does not necessarily determine the results. When learning Spanish for the first time, the method is key.
The secret to any effective method of learning Spanish resides in its principles. If a given method does not have the proper principles, it simply may not work, and it won’t matter whether you make use of it at school or online, the same poor results may apply.
As mentioned in the article, “Spanish for Beginner – What Does it Take to Learn Spanish?” you should first become familiar with the most frequently-used Spanish words, and then develop other language skills along the way.
Unfortunately, the majority of computer software programs and Spanish language-learner websites often ignore this element of learning (understanding basic vocabulary) and instead, focus on teaching various elements all at the same time, similar to in-person Spanish language courses.
Trying to learn many different facets of a language all at once belabours the effort of learning the language. In the end, it rarely leads to significant language competency, and only serves to make learners more frustrated in the process.