There are so many excellent reasons to learn to speak Spanish, that one almost wonders why everyone doesn't take the time to learn this useful language. There are lots of different resources available to help you. Between audio books and free resources online, you will certainly find the right way for you to learn Spanish.
As the fourth most commonly spoken language, Spanish speakers around the world number about 400 million. It is the official language of countries on four continents. From North and South America, Europe and even Africa you will find native Spanish speakers. Most Americans can benefit from learning Spanish, not just those living along the US-Mexico border. Educators, health care professionals and those in the agriculture and food service industries will find that learning this valuable language will improve their job prospects.
One of the things that makes this language so attractive to learn is that it is relatively easy for English-speakers to master. Its written form is almost completely phonetic. That means you can pretty much know how a word is pronounced by the way it is spelled. In addition, the grammar is pretty straightforward. Spanish, like French is derived from Latin and has contributed many words to the English language. English-speakers will find many familiar word forms. This all makes learning Spanish a breeze.
If you don't want to enroll in a typical language class at a local community center, the internet offers a wide range of options to learn Spanish online. There are many websites that allow you to learn Spanish free. Many sites have audio features that allow you to hear proper pronunciation. You can complete the drills at your own pace and easily review lessons until you feel confident that you have mastered those skills. Because lessons are accessible at all hours of the day, your classes can take place at times most convenient to you.
For true flexibility, try audio books. Once you find a good one, such as the Pimsleur Spanish series, simply download it directly onto your mp3 player or burn it onto a CD. This makes your lessons infinitely portable. They can go everywhere you go. Since you aren't tied to a computer or classroom all those pockets of formerly wasted time can become opportunities to review your lessons. While commuting you can repeat phrases out loud with no fear of embarrassment. Listen to the lessons while doing housework or standing in line helps to train your ear to recognize unfamiliar words and phrases. Audio books allow you the opportunity to learn basic Spanish as you go about your daily life.
Whether you plans include travel to a Spanish-speaking country or your career could benefit from learning Spanish, it has never been easier to find resources. Not only is this a fairly easy language to learn, but you can find a wide variety of lessons online and through audio-books. You can learn Spanish at your own pace in your car or at home in your pajamas. Before you know it you'll be watching Telemundo and understanding every word.
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