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Old 20th December 2009, 06:35 AM   #1
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I have always wanted to learn Spanish however I have yet to be given such an opportunity. As it goes I do not keep the proper hours to join a class and I do not have the funding to purchase expensive software. That being said I really want to learn Spanish. I can't think of a good reason why however their is something about the culture and the language itself that really draws me.

I know next to nothing about where to start when it comes to learning a language. All I know is that I strongly desire to learn Spanish in any way I can. I have to work in order to help my parents so classes aren't currently an option however I was wondering if anyone on the boards might be able to suggest a book that help to properly introduce me to the language.

I understand that just like any skill it is something that takes time and effort. I am willing to devote both however the one thing I lack is the proper direction. If anyone could help me I would be grateful.
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Old 20th December 2009, 08:39 AM   #2
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I started with a "Teach Yourself Spanish" book that had some cassettes with it. You need some input via the ears or you'll get into some bad pronunciation habits early on that may be difficult to shift later. This will give some structure to your learning, often not found on web sites.
Have a look on the usual book sellers and you may even find a second hand copy very cheaply.
Then as you progress you can also use some of the many free web sites such as
wordreference.com - with its user forums this is a great resource
spanish.about.com - collection of articles about Spanish grammar and usage
wikipedia - some excellent grammar pages in there.
notesinspanish.com - for some of the best audio material you'll find

plus many more as the next 20 posts will point out

Finally don't be afraid to ask on here for help from many nationalities going through the same experience plus our great Spanish members with seemingly infinite patience.
Buena suerte
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Thank you very much! I really appreciate the information you've provided and I welcome all the feedback I can get. I will start looking up various bookstores to see if they have similar products and I will make sure that they come with some audio cassettes.
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... and I will make sure that they come with some audio cassettes.
More likely CDs these days
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I have always wanted to learn Spanish however I have yet to be given such an opportunity. As it goes I do not keep the proper hours to join a class and I do not have the funding to purchase expensive software. That being said I really want to learn Spanish. I can't think of a good reason why however their is something about the culture and the language itself that really draws me.

I know next to nothing about where to start when it comes to learning a language. All I know is that I strongly desire to learn Spanish in any way I can. I have to work in order to help my parents so classes aren't currently an option however I was wondering if anyone on the boards might be able to suggest a book that help to properly introduce me to the language.

I understand that just like any skill it is something that takes time and effort. I am willing to devote both however the one thing I lack is the proper direction. If anyone could help me I would be grateful.
Notes is Spanish podcasts are a good way and here is another web site for starting to learn:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/

good studying
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Old 21st December 2009, 12:55 AM   #6
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Ah! Thank you, that seems quite useful. I didn't know such a site like that existed for free.
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Old 21st December 2009, 02:14 AM   #7
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Notes is Spanish podcasts are a good way and here is another web site for starting to learn:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/

good studying
CL
the only thing with the site quoted is that I couldn't get it to work. when I attempted to watch/listen to a video I got "not available in your area". I haven't looked to see if there is a version for we here in the states. but since folks are posting links to sites, I found this one recently (by someone else here that linked it in another thread):

http://www.spanishdict.com/

and even tho you see "aprender ingles", there are also sections for learning Spanish.

buena suerte! (good luck)
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Old 21st December 2009, 09:22 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone. When the money goes through later today I plan on ordering an introductory guide to Spanish. I am sincerely looking forward to it.
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Thanks everyone. When the money goes through later today I plan on ordering an introductory guide to Spanish. I am sincerely looking forward to it.
The first step in a long journey!! Buena suerte - esperamos sus "posts" en español.
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