Learn Spanish Beginners Guide
This guide was written for Spanish Beginners that don’t know where to start learning the Spanish language. Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese and the Hindi language.
It is estimated that Spanish is spoken in more than 25 countries all over the world and has about over 500 million native speakers.
Recent polls of college students show Spanish is the most popular choice as a second language of U.s. college students surpass other language favourites such as French, and German.
The most important thing you need to have before you start learning Spanish. You need to have a reason to Learn Spanish. To keep you properly motivated towards your goal of becoming fluent in Spanish. Motivation to learn will be your biggest challenge to determine if you’ll be successful or not. So focus on a reason to keep your interest and motivation for the long haul.
Learn Spanish Alphabet
Learning to read the Spanish Alphabet should be the first stop for Spanish beginners.
Spanish used to have 30 letters until 3 of them were removed(Ch, ll, and rr). Spanish has 27 letters, 26 from the English Alphabet with the letter “ñ” added in plus different pronunciation as well.
The Spanish Alphabet currently contains twenty-seven letters including the twenty-six from English Alphabet with extra letter ñ.
Some Spanish letters of the Spanish Alphabet are pronounced differently than their English counterparts.
There are two kinds of syllables in Spanish:
- Stressed (tónicas)
- Unstressed (átonas).
One-syllable words will be either tónicas or átonas. In words with more that one syllable, only one can be stressed. Spanish as changed over recent years, removing letters from the Spanish Alphabet.
So make sure to practice pronouncing and writing the Spanish Alphabet whenever you can. As many times as you can.
Practice with the Spanish alphabet with pictures below:
Spanish Alphabet Chart
Learn Spanish Numbers
Spanish numbers are similar to English but with a different pronunciation. Further information about both the Spanish Alphabet and Spanish Numbers linked below.
Understanding how to write Spanish numbers should take very little time and effort to learn.
Spanish numbers are easy to understand because they are written exactly like English Numbers but are pronounced differently.
It’s actually pretty straightforward when it comes to learning how to use the Spanish number system.
Pronouncing Spanish numbers on the other hands get a little bit tricky. Spanish numbers 1 to 10 should be your primary focus when you begin.
Spanish Numbers 1-10
Spanish Numbers 1-100
Spanish Numbers beginning at twenty gain prefixes and on top of that add “y” to the mix. So overall the pattern becomes an appropriate prefix + y + base number.
Spanish numbers after gain various prefixes added to the base number. To illustrate what I mean, here are Spanish numbers 1 to 100 and their prefixes.
Example of how to write the pronunciation of Spanish numbers below.
Pronouncing Spanish Numbers ExamplesUnderstanding how to write Spanish numbers is really that simple to learn. Only takes an hour or two to fully memorizes the Spanish number system.
Learn Spanish Vocabulary
The logical next step for Spanish beginners after learning the Spanish Alphabet would be to start developing your Spanish vocabulary with Spanish words and phrases.
Basic Spanish Vocabulary Words
Spanish Vocabulary for Times & Days
Spanish Vocabulary for Months/Year
Spanish Words for The Weather
Spanish Vocabulary Words Meal times Food
Spanish Words for Animals
Spanish Words for Anatomy
Spanish Words for Colors
Spanish Words for Professions
Learn Spanish Phrases
Romantic Spanish Phrases
Romantic Spanish Phrases
Spanish Vocabulary For Emotions Feelings
Spanish Swear Words Examples
Learn Spanish Grammar
The Spanish grammar rules you must follow and understand to properly speak the Spanish language. Spanish sentence structure follows a Subject + Verb + Object format to their sentences. Spanish Nouns can be either masculine and feminine. Masculines nouns are preceded by the article “el” and usually end in a “o”. Feminine nouns are preceded by the article “la” and usually end in an “a”. Although there are Exceptions. Spanish Verbs have 5 tenses. Past, Present, Future, imperfect, and subjunctive. Spanish adjectives appear after the noun they describe. More information about Spanish grammar can be found below.
Examples of Spanish Verbs
The acute accent marks are used as an aid in pronunciation and also to distinguish some sets of words that are otherwise spelt alike and pronounced alike but have different meanings or different grammatical usages.
The dieresis, also known as the umlaut, which is placed over the u when it pronounced after a g in the combinations güe and güi. Umlauts are rarer than the other types of diacritical marks.
The tilde is used to distinguish n from ñ. In a technical sense, this might not be considered a diacritical mark, since n and ñ are separate letters of the alphabet.
Useful Spanish Alt Codes
To do the Spanish accents marks on a non-Spanish keyboard. Alt code can be used. Alt code is when you press then hold down the Alt key on your keyboard then type in numbers on your num pad then release the alt key.
Online Language Learning Program
If you’re really serious about learning Spanish and want to maximize your time then you should consider using a Spanish language course to further aid you in your quest to learn Spanish.
There are several great programs out there that deliver a great language learning experience. The advantages of a language learning program are the organization and having a next step already lined up. Most break down the lessons into 30-minute intervals that can fit into any type of schedule. Flexible to retry a lesson to make sure you understand what you are learning and give you confidence in succeeding.
Examples of great Spanish language programs can be found below: