How Long Does It Take To Learn Spanish is a question often asked by potential Spanish language students. However, there can be no standard answer to such a question because there and too many variables involved.
What is the language aptitude of the student? How much effort will the student put into actually learning Spanish? What Spanish language learning program will the student use? Will the student study with a private tutor, in a small class environment with other students, in a large university type class, or with a home study program that uses books, audio, multimedia, and computer software, or will the student learn the language while residing in a country where the language is spoken natively? How good is the teacher or program being used?
Since the answers to all of these variables will influence how long it takes to learn Spanish, there can be no one answer to the question. I have known students that have learned a significant level of conversational Spanish within six months and are completely comfortable speaking it in almost all situations. On the other hand, I have known students who have studied the language off and on for over 40 years and still have only a survival level of Spanish speaking skills.
So, instead of trying to come up with a specific time period to answer the question, “how long does it take to learn Spanish?”, I will offer what in my experience is the fastest process to learning Spanish. And the first tip is that a student of any foreign language should try to use as many opportunities to interact with the language as possible.
First, the classroom environment takes way too long if it is the only method being used. I much prefer a good quality self study method that will allow you to proceed add your own pace and if you are really serious about learning the language, it will be at a much faster pace than the classroom will provide.
Pick up a good quality interactive program that includes written Spanish, audio lessons, and multimedia lessons. The audio lessons should be able to be downloaded onto a mobile device such as an iPod or iPod like listening device. If you are going to learn the language, you’ll want to be able to read it, write it, speak it, and understand it (listening skills), If your program does not address all these areas, it should not be used alone, but will require supplemental material.
One such good quality program is Rocket Spanish. It is a program that addresses all four areas of language learning and will provide an excellent foundation of basic Spanish and have you speaking conversational Spanish quickly. Another good quality program is the well known Rosetta Stone program which also addresses all four aspects of language learning. Rosetta Stone offers two versions of their Spanish program, a Latin American Spanish version and a Spain version. Rosetta Stone, is more expensive that Rocket Spanish and it will take you a little longer to actually develop conversational Spanish, but it will also provide a great foundation for future learning.
So while there is no specific answer to the question, “How long does it take to learn Spanish?” there are things you can do to maximize the speed with which you learn the language. If you really want to learn Spanish rapidly, Rocket Spanish and Rosetta Stone Spanish taken together will work synergistically to quickly develop your language speaking skills. But no program will make you a truly fluent Spanish speaker by itself. Continued exposure to the language and practice speaking and reading it are required. One means of accomplishing this and continually increasing your Spanish language skills is to subscribe to “Puerta del Sol Audio Magazine” that is for intermediate-to-advanced Spanish language learners”, and to join a Meetup group near you that focuses on learning Spanish.
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George Dodge has studied languages for over 40 years using various learning methods. He has written several Spanish language program reviews of a number of the popular Spanish Language Learning programs where you can read his review of his currently recommended Spanish Courses. While there, you can also sign up for a no-cost 6 Day Spanish Language eCourse and start learning Spanish today.