Learn Basic Spanish: 5-week Crash Course
Can you learn basic Spanish in five weeks? Not to complete fluency. However, you can make a great deal of progress in the next five weeks.
How long does the language you want to speak take?
This is a hugely important factor in learning a language, time. To learn basic Spanish (it’s really closely related to English) you can invest between 750 and 1,000 hours of focused, immersive, input and practice, and hit a very basic level of fluency. Those hours are researched-based. They’re done by the US government, and they’re used to prepare people for their missions in embassies and counselors abroad.
Most of us aren’t like these people, however, where we get uninterrupted time to focus on learning a new language and do nothing else. However, I think it’s a really good rule of thumb to give an idea of how long it takes to learn to speak a language.
Each week you will learn a new theme presented in chunks. Communicative themes and chunks are critical pieces to learning a new language.
This week’s lesson– Learn basic Spanish for Meeting and Greeting
|Good morning.||Buenos días.|
|Good afternoon.||Buenas tardes.|
|Good evening.||Buenas noches.|
|See you later.||Hasta luego.|
|I don’t understand.||No lo entiendo.|
|Do you speak English?||¿Habla Ud. inglés?|
|Can you speak more slowly please?||¿Podría hablar más despacio, por favor?|
|It was nice to see you.||Ha sido un placer verle.|
|What’s your name?||¿Cómo se llama?|
|My name is……..||Me llamo…|
|How are you?||¿Cómo está?|
|So- so.||Así así.|
|Where are you from?||¿De dónde es Ud.?|
|I’m from….||Soy de…|
|It’s nice to meet you.||Mucho gusto.|
|Where do you live?||¿Dónde vive?|
|I live in______________.||Vivo en…|
Track your time this week.
Track your time each day that you’re working on your language skills. We’re human beings. Life gets in the way, but there’s certainly time that we can all find- waiting in line, getting your car washed. Pull out your phone or your notebook, or your phrase book- whatever it is that you’re using to learn a language, and invest 20 minutes, or 30 minutes, here and there. The time all adds up. Even if you don’t do it perfectly over the next five weeks, you’re going to see pretty direct correlation between the amount of time you invest and your progress.
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