Teach yourself Spanish: Can you Learn Spanish at Home
Millions of people worldwide are eager to teach
yourself Spanish for a variety of reasons.
What do people usually do when they want to start with Spanish?
They subscribe to a Spanish class. This is a traditional decision and it’s
considered normal and logical. For most people it’s the only reasonable way to study and learn a
Why do people go to Spanish classes?
They like spending a couple of hours in a classroom of a language school, they
like to be guided by a teacher, they like to be among classmates – thus they both can talk in Spanish and feel kind
of safer as well.
But is that the way you can learn Spanish fast and easy?
The answer is NO.
A single level of a Spanish class usually takes about 2 months…and after this
time, you are often persuaded to take up the next level, since you’re not happy with your skills.
You join a Spanish class. You might have your lessons in the evenings, when you
are usually tired from your day at work. Or you might have Spanish classes at weekends, when you actually need a
One thing is sure – you dedicate a couple of hours every time you go to your
Spanish class but you often cannot work effectively in class and are not able to put all your willingness and
passion in the learning process.
Your teacher might use outdated and ineffective methods. Your classmates might be
either not motivated as you, or have poorer skills than you. So, you are going to get bored and frustrated to see
you’re wasting your time with people who have lower abilities.
The similar situation could happen if your classmates are better than you in
Spanish – you fall behind them and you feel again frustrated and disappointed.
Ok, let’s talk about conversational Spanish. You’ll be lucky if you chance on a
native Spanish teacher for your classes. Actually listening to the teacher in class seems to be the only
You cannot develop your listening skills by listening to your classmates since
they are in the same situation as you (I guess none of them is a native Spanish speaker anyway!). You don’t have
even real opportunity to talk in class, since among a group of people you’ll hear your own voice just a couple of
times per a 40 minutes period!
You see how much negative energy could be accumulated if there are too many
external factors you depend on. Instead of directing your energy to learning and improvement, you spill it to face
things you could definitely avoid.
I don’t think I’d exaggerate if I say that subscribing to a Spanish class can kill
all your enthusiasm, willingness, ambition and passion of a person who wants to learn Spanish as fast and easy as
You like this beautiful language and you perfectly know what you need it for – you
are aware of how Spanish would match both your needs and your personality.
By teaching yourself Spanish however you gain the
- You have your freedom to choose when you start your regular learning session
and how long it will take. You study in the most convenient time for you, and you study for shorter periods,
putting in however much more capacity and attention.
- You choose your learning method according to your needs and learning style.
What is more, you know how to tell apart a good learning program from a bad one.
- You can listen and talk as much as you want. As long as you are an ambitious
person and as long as your self-learning tool allows you that, you can develop your listening and speaking
skills much faster than in a Spanish language class.
- You don’t depend on other people.
- You can track your progress, you can pay special attention to all difficult
moments, so that you can correct them in the most effective and agreeable way.
- A good self-learning program is normally always cheaper than traditional
learning Spanish in class.
- Studying Spanish on your own is much more effective than studying in a class
– in a shorter time you progress more, for a less amount of money.
- Last but not least – after your beginner’s Spanish self-study course is over,
it’ll be much easier for you to make the next step and move on to what comes next – the real self-study phase
comprising the rest of your life.
You’ll have developed certain self-study habits – learning new words and phrases,
successfully applying them in practice, taking the benefit out of every opportunity for learning and practicing and
ability to track your progress.
It’s much more difficult to switch to a self-study mode after your Spanish class
is over – you cannot get used to the lack of teachers and classmates and to the fact that it’s no point keeping a
low profile and expecting someone else do your work for you.
Along with the benefits, there are enough challenges for every Spanish
self-learner to cope with:
- You’ve got to be a proactive person - you’ve got to take responsibility for
your success, be ready to take the risk to learn without a teacher, search actively every opportunity to expand
and practice your Spanish.
- You’ve got to be motivated – you are in clear what you need Spanish for, you
want to learn it as fast and easy as possible, but you are also ready to dedicate to your end goal some time
everyday. You are not afraid of hard work because you know it’s worth and good results will come
- You’ve got to choose the right self-learning program for you, so you need to
do some research.
- To benefit from your freedom however, you’ve got to study regularly – every
day if possible, to be able to see the results as soon as possible.
- You should listen a lot and speak as much as possible, without being afraid
of looking foolish or making too many mistakes. The more time you spend tinkering at Spanish – that is the more
involved you are in it – the more you’ll learn. Your success will drive you forward.
The good news is that the above mentioned features are not innate, they do not
constitute any talents or special abilities.
You can acquire them easily and in a natural way as long as you have set some
clear targets to you – you want to learn Spanish, you need to learn Spanish, you like Spanish and you want to
achieve a certain knowledge level in a given period of time.