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Steps to Learning Spanish Online

Posted in Learning Spanish Online on May 1st, 2007

Learning a foreign language is both challenging and exciting. The sense of accomplishment after you’ve successfully passed a language course is indescribable. There are benefits derived from learning other languages – in business, for example, it;s easier to close deals when you know the language of your client. For job seekers. It’s a great advantage to speak multiple languages, as well.

Spanish language courses have increased in popularity in recent years – maybe because more Spanish soap operas are available on cable! Fortunately for those who want to learn the language, Spanish courses are available online. You can of course, try and learn Spanish on your own, but you’ll see better results if you take proper Spanish course.

If you’d like to translate Spanish text online, it’s simple:

1. Using a search engine, find a language translation page on the web. There are many to choose from.

2. After selecting a translation page, choose the appropriate translation format – say, Spanish-to-English – indicate the languages you are translating.

3. If you’d like an entire web page translated into English, simply paste the URL into the space provided and then press the submit button. A translated version of the page will then appear.

4. If you want other text translated, you have to simply paste the text instead of the URL into the space provided and then press the submit button.

Things to remember:

• Bear in mind that the translations produced are quite rough – usually an intermediate Spanish student could do better.

• When pasting in your own text, you may be limited to one or two paragraphs.

There are also tutorials available online, offering tips on how to speak Spanish:

1. In speaking the Spanish language, remember to pronounce the letters B and V the same way they are pronounced in English. This is easy to remember.

2. Don’t bother to learn verbs in anything other than the present tense.

3. Don’t forget to pronounce the letters D, G, H, J, L, Q and Z the same as they are pronounced in English. Again very easy.

4. If ever you don’t know the Spanish word just add “o” or “a” at the end of the English word in order to make into a noun or “ar” at the end to make it into a verb.

5. Remember that if a Spanish word looks like an English word, it probably means the same thing.

6. Also bear in mind to forcefully pronounce all consonants and to muddle the sounds of vowels.

7. Don’t forget to study courtesies such as “por favor” (please) and “gracias” (thank you) are important in Spain and Latin America.

8. Speak using the “tú” form of “you”

9. Avoid redundant pronouns

10. Hopefully, learn something!

It is still recommended that you take a professional Spanish course in order to learn correct grammar and pronunciation. Be sure to practice what you’ve learned in order to become more fluent in the language.