Spanish is a very useful language to learn. As it is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world, you will find a lot of use for it once you have managed to master the basics of the language. However, there are some tips that can help you to learn Spanish more easily.
First of all, if you really want to learn Spanish and learn it well, you need to put yourself in situations where you are forced to actually use the language. Try watching a movie in Spanish, reading the Spanish language newspaper, traveling to countries where they speak Spanish, or getting a pen pal that speaks Spanish.
The best way to learn a language is to actually use it, preferably with native speakers of the language. That way you can pick up on common idioms, as well as pronunciation and even slang, so that you will sound like a native a lot quicker.
However you choose to learn Spanish, you will need to be sure that you practice a lot. Some programs that are meant to help you learn on the computer are great for this as they will give you games to play to help you pick up vocabulary, and even let you use a microphone so you can record yourself and have your pronunciation compared to the correct pronunciation.
Of course actually learning from a native speaker and speaking with them would be even better, but this is not always possible. Sometimes all that time and finances will allow are computer-based lessons rather than one on one or classroom based Spanish lessons. Just make the most of whatever methods you have available to you.
Another thing that you need to be aware of when you are trying to learn Spanish is that not all words can be directly translated from Spanish into English and vice versa, and some words or phrases that sound like they would mean the same in English do not. Always remember this as it could save you from experiencing some embarrassment.
Spanish idioms do not always translate word for word well, though a good dictionary or a Spanish speaking friend can help you figure out the correct way to say these in Spanish.
False cognates are words that sound very similar in both Spanish and English but are in fact two different things. For example, the Spanish word for 'pregnant' sounds very similar to the English word 'embarrassed'. Watch out for these!