I’m excited to share my review of Pick Up Spanish with ya’ll today.
But first, a story.
My journey to Spanish competency has been long and tumultuous. It started with Spanish classes in Mexico (which I promptly quit after just a week), then moved on to audio courses (most of which I slept through) and finally to Latin music and telenovelas, with which I finally began making some progress.
Initially, my goal was simple: learn Spanish to meet women. But it took me months of stumbling through learning methods before I was finally able to hold down a basic conversation on a discotec dance floor (discotec is Spanish for “nightclub,” by the way)…
Here are (more or less) the steps I took to learn conversational Spanish.
I’ve toyed with many resources over the years, and found these ones to be the most helpful.
If you’ve always wanted to learn Spanish, but weren’t sure where to start, this article is for you – if you proceed through all of these stages, you’ll come out the other side pretty damn fluent!
I know what you’re thinking.
Telenovelas, essentially Spanish/Portuguese-language soap operas, are for old ladies with too much time on their hands.
But I have a confession: I immensely enjoy them.
Not only are they great for learning Spanish, but they can also make for some high quality television.
Here are the 12 best Spanish-language telenovelas that I’ve found
One thing that is not entirely clear to travellers who have never been to Mexico is whether or not you can get by in the country without Spanish.
Considering its proximity to the United States, one might expect that everyone here will be able to handle themselves in English.
For better or for worse, this isn’t true.