Those who massage the truth.
Firstly, for your own sakes, let us be the bearers of the bad news. Despite what you might see awash throughout the internet, the claims that some rather unscrupulous companies make about learning Spanish in three months are to be viewed with extreme caution.
Let us explain what we mean when we say that.
When you decide to embark on your learning journey, you have to be fairly clear about “WHY” you are choosing to learn Spanish. This will help you clarify just WHAT LEVEL of Spanish you want to achieve.
Some people believe that if they can order a meal, pass the time of day and buy a beer in Spanish then they are fluent.
Some people believe that if they can talk fluently in Spanish regardless of what it is they are saying (fluently crap) then they have arrived.
Some people believe that fluent means being able to speak in every tense available in Spanish without making a mistake.
And so it is for that reason that the clear promises made to teach you to become “fluent” in three months, or overnight, or in a weekend, or with 500 words are ambiguous to say the least.
And so, the question for you is: “WHAT DOES FLUENT MEAN?”
Your perception of fluent may not be that of the person next to you and so, it is by knowing for what reason you want to use your Spanish that you will know which course is the right one for you.
How do I choose the right course for me?
These days, there is absolutely no need to shell out lots of cash to start learning Spanish. In fact, we would suggest to you that YOU SHOULD NOT pay large amounts of money to get started.
Because of one simple factor. In every beginners class that we have run, we have found that after ten weeks 75% of the class has given up!
Imagine investing 100’s of dollars, pounds, euros or whatever your currency is only to find after a few weeks that it just isn’t for you.
Far better to start off with the vast amount of free material out there.
But if I invest money won’t it make me more motivated?
If our experience is anything to go by, this is not the case at the beginning. We have seen many students who have invested a lot of money in books and more books and CD’s and anything else and after all that, they have given up without having even opened most of their material.
So what should I do to motivate myself?
This is easy. The biggest motivator for you is the time that you have invested in learning Spanish. The secret of how to learn Spanish is to invest as much time as you can in it. What happens is this: THE MORE TIME YOU INVEST; THE LESS LIKELY YOU ARE TO GIVE IT UP.
Time is our most precious asset and when we invest a lot of it in one area of our lives, we expect payback.
So, where should I start?
You start at the beginning. There are so many options but our suggestion is to choose the free ones. Here at LightSpeed Spanish we offer free video podcasts that help you through a step by step process of learning, from basics all the way through to Advanced. Our podcasts have been produced based on our years of teaching experience and follow a logical sequence using real Spanish in day to day situations.
Of course, we would never say that you should only use our materials. There is a wealth of material out there and we celebrate this fact as it helps us even more to help you. If you have an Android phone, there are some great Apps that help you work daily on your vocabulary and sentence construction.
When should I start?
There is no time like the present! To really get your Spanish moving, all you need do is to go to the very first beginner’s podcast of ours and start to work your way through. Repeat them, skip them, go back and watch again, if you have doubts, ask us. Study daily, become a little obsessed, get passionate and just do it!
We will be with you at every step of the way. Come and join us on our Facebook page and join an ever growing group of enthusiastic students who will show you how to learn Spanish in 2014.
Buena suerte, Gordon y Cynthia 🙂