From the very beginning. Yet, this is something you should tackle as quickly as possible, before any bad habits get ingrained. But focus mainly on observing dialogues. earning the 300 most common words in Spanish can give you a really big comprehension head start. But the most useful way of thinking about grammar is as an “explanation” of what you’ve already seen in dialogues. Our game-like Spanish lessons are scientifically proven to be very effective to teaching Spanish for beginners. The ones who took the advice to heart and use the method to learn Spanish, now have fluent, natural Spanish sentences roll off their tongue, and are happily participating in conversations with native speakers. Bonus: the pdf even comes with some explainer footnotes! During the class, choose topics you’re familiar with so you can use the chunks you’ve learned during listening and speaking practice. That’ll help you get over your fear of speaking! It’s important that you always add the full sentence in which you found the chunk to the flashcard, and then blank out the chunk. They can be quite entertaining, too. (On average, in conversations). This is why I usually start practicing with a conversation partner who’s in no place to complain about my limited choice of conversation topics—myself! In the example dialogue I gave you, there are some footnotes that explain grammar rules. By the way: Spanish words always have a gender (masculine or feminine). But at least you can now be confident that you have a plan to follow. Each unit is in the form of a checklist with links to online lessons and other resources. Of course, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t read in Spanish at all. Technically, you’re already speaking if you’re shadowing the dialogues. Be careful: just by learning those words, you won’t be able to speak much yet. You can save a printable pdf copy of each checklist to your computer or you can create a Checklist account to save a dynamic version online. If you’ve already learned some Spanish (even if it’s just for a couple of weeks), you can probably skip this step. You speak with native speakers and notice: You keep noticing the difference between how you speak, and how natural native speakers sound, and  you’ll eventually get. Like: “To sound more natural like a native Spanish speaker, you should speak LESS!”. Both beginning and advanced students will benefit from fun quizzes and games developed to practice your listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Learning a language on platforms like Preply helps you save your time and speak with native speakers right from your home. But that doesn’t mean that learning Spanish won’t take time and effort! Or if you like music, popular Spanish songs are a no-brainer. But never forget that speaking Spanish in itself won’t make you a better (or more natural) Spanish speaker! You just keep going for as long as necessary to reach your goals. But that’s not how language works! Now, the easiest way to find these chunks this is by listening to easy, recorded dialogues between native speakers. These are the small things most language learners just don’t know or notice… because they spend their time learning word lists and grammar rules . . So far so good. Your first step in learning Spanish is to create a personalised Spanish phrasebook. Ok, so before we get started, we need to set some things straight… Because years of language education at school and in traditional courses (maybe even using language apps) have probably left you with some wrong (and counterproductive) ideas about language learning. Both options are completely free, so it’s up to you! In fact, don’t learn just words at all!”. There’s one exception: Spanish stories that contain lots of dialogue! After all, don’t we all want to be interesting conversation partners? As a first step, familiarize yourself with some of the basis Spanish sounds. We talked a bit about speaking before, and being able to participate in conversations is probably one of your big goals for learning Spanish. For example, several times during the day, when I’m alone, I would introduce myself in Spanish—to myself. You’ll discover which steps you should take when starting out so you can say your first sentences as quickly as possible. So yes, learn grammar to understand the Spanish sentence structure. That’s the magic of learning languages by observing… . That can be weeks, months, or if you’re in it for complete native speaker fluency, even years! Here’s a list of the 625 most frequent words. Just create a playlist with some Spanish music that you like and listen to it a lot. Keep reading for some info and advice on making the most of this course, or go straight to the lessons. primer día de clases (first day of class/school), Identify the chunks that you’d like to start using yourself. Step 2: Use Spanish conversations for beginners! Greetings, introductions, nouns, verbs, alphabet, Politeness, definite articles, subject pronouns, -ar verbs, vowels, Feelings, negation, -ir verbs, the letter D, Body, toiletries, reflexive verbs, the letter H. If you enjoy reading, by all means, go for it! We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. How do you start learning Spanish this way, as a beginner?