This guide was written for Spanish Beginners that don’t know where to start learning the Spanish language.
You probably already have your own reasons on whether or not you want to begin learning Spanish or not. You may have doubts or simply lack the necessary motivation to learn. Many people have various reasons for learning any language. So I humbly submit 5 reasons on why you should consider learning Spanish as a second or possibly third language.
Spanish is spoken by an estimated 350 million people around the world and growing! Spanish is currently ranked the Third most commonly spoken language worldwide. Knowing Spanish allows you to communicate with a third of a billion speakers worldwide!
Throughout the United States, it is possible to have close contact to native Spanish speakers in many cities or in rural areas. Definitely true in the states surrounding the Mexico border, or other states such as Florida that have a lot of Cuban immigrants or of Cuban ancestry reside. 2008 the estimated amount of Hispanics constituted 14 percent of the nation’s total population.. This will only continue to rise. Currently 53% of students attending US colleges and universities are choosing to learn Spanish over any other language.
Ever wanted to visit a exotic and tropical places around the world? Look no further then the great variety of Spanish-speaking countries that have beautiful landscapes that match that description. Whether it’s Central America or Spain, knowing the Spanish language will enhance your experience with the Spanish locals.
Knowing a countries language and culture before you visit, can give you a better understanding than someone then a non-Spanish speaker. It’s always easier and more enjoyable when you can speak Spanish fluently with native speakers when you travel. Putting forth just a little effort into learning the Spanish language can improve your appreciation of the places you visit.
Additional skills such as knowing a second language can be beneficial when looking for a job in this troubled market today. In fact, many jobs today require a minimum of basic proficiency in another language.
Especially when the business world becoming more international and global, contact with people from other countries in the word is becoming more necessary. Just having a basic knowledge in another language separates you from other applicants for a job you are applying for. Such jobs include nurses, social workers, teachers, salespeople, translators, and much more. Often Bilingual employees receive larger salaries then their monolingual counterparts. Cause after all, who couldn’t use more cash?
The most important reason to learn any language is to communicate with people around you. Some people don’t realize this fact because they are usually intimidated at meeting new people that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. Communicating with someone in their fluent language is a great icebreaker and allows you to connect better then using hand gestures or body language.
Even though becoming fluent in Spanish can take it’s toll of effort, dedication, and the time learning the language. The benefits can be much greater for your relationships at home and aboard.
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:
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 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 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.
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.
Romantic Spanish Phrases
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.
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.
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.
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: