Learning a second language has many benefits and is a tremendous idea. Spanish as almost as widely spoken as English in the United States. Consider this, how often do you hear English repeated in Spanish? This is only one good reason to learn Spanish. However, learning a second language is hard for many people. What follows are some helpful tips and a few tricks you can use to make things easier.
When you speak a new language, you want to be understood, which is why you first want to have a Spanish accent or "tongue." You really want to be able to speak Spanish well and have people understand you; this is more fundamental than the grammar or even knowing many words. You can improve your speaking by getting Spanish books or magazines and reading out loud from them. While written material is good to practice with, you can also get good practice by repeating any phrases you hear from people actually speaking Spanish. This process can show you how to use proper inflections and using words in the right order and even the way idioms are used in Spanish. This is actually a very enjoyable thing to practice once you get into the spirit of it. It can feel like singing, which is a great way to let loose and express your creativity. An important skill to acquire is to practice thinking in the new language. You have to use an internal translation process, where you take your thoughts from one language and put them into the new one. You will have to practice this, so don't be in a hurry. Periodically throughout your day ask yourself how you would say the words you are thinking in Spanish. Like any skill, you can become better at it the more you try it. You will be surprised at how fast you will be able to do this translation process once you practice it for a while. At some point, you will become so accustomed to this that you won't even have to make an effort; you'll just find yourself thinking in Spanish. If you know how to think in Spanish you can work on saying those thoughts out loud--the key to truly interacting in Spanish.
However you decide to learn, do it consistently. Learning a language doesn't have to be hard, but you have to use one system or another. Languages have a certain logic to them, and you have to follow this. Learning the alphabet and how to count as first steps makes more sense than trying to learn complex sentences. The fastest methods always teach vocabulary first and then grammar. It's best to stick to the rules of the system you are using and not jump from one chapter or section to another at random. The people who put together these programs know the best way to lay it all out. Changing the order can cause you to miss something important. It doesn't make sense to try to change a proven method.
Learning Spanish, or any new language, does not have to be a terrible experience. You may feel it's hard when you start, but with a little patience is gets easier. You can become fluent if you stay with it and use the hints and tricks.