Learn a New Language
When my husband and I found out we would be living in Spain for a semester we signed up for ten private Spanish lessons with a local language instructor. Neither of us took Spanish in school. As far as learning another language, my husband took German in high school and I took a year of French in college.
So it meant that at least twice a week for the next 5 weeks, we were committed to butcher such a beautiful language in the basement of somebody's house while we struggled to master the basics.
But learning a language doesn't come easily to me. I was looking for a way to supplement our lessons with something that would help the words and comprehension stick. I figured if little kids could learn Spanish with Sesame Street Spanish Videos and songs, why not me?
While we've invested in the Rosetta Stone interactive language program, it was an awfully expensive program. True, it does make language learning more fun. But at the end of the day, the real kicker to learning any language is a commitment to practice, practice, practice. So having expensive software didn't necessarily mean I was going to set aside an hour a day to practice. I'd recommend picking up a workbook and/or audiobook and using fun short videos like Sesame Street first. Use repetition to build up vocabulary. Nowadays you can find a lot of free Spanish vocabulary videos on YouTube.
Set a time frame, like 8 to 12 weeks and if you find you're still enjoying the language learning, then and only then consider if you wanna use a more intensive, highly effective program like Rosetta Stone. The investment in the software doesn't seem as expensive and well justified once you compare it to the cost of in person language lessons.
THIS LENS IS FOR EXTREME BEGINNERS
Some of the videos will seem pretty basic but when I found myself humming "hacer calor", I knew Sesame Street helped with my Spanish. Also included is the No Me Gusta / Me Gusta Song On YouTube.
The other key to learning a language is to try a multitude of different stimulus to get your brain re-wired. Plus, you need to find what works best for you. For some people it's repetition, for others, it's watching movies and listening to songs or watching videos or playing audiotapes in the car. You'll also find different approaches from memorization to situational language series. Regardless, keep at it and you'll slowly start to build up your vocabulary and confidence.
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Sofia Vergara & Elmo - What Does Baile Mean?
Sofia plays around with Elmo to get him to guess what the word Baile means. Sofia sends in dancing penguins in more.
Learn Spanish The Easy Way
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The other great way to learn a language is of course, total language immersion. So if your lifelong dream is to learn Japanese, Spanish or Italian, go live in one of those cities for week to a month. My recommendation is to rent an apartment and live like a local.
Even though it will be tempting to want to travel from place to place, the best way to learn a language is to get to know your neighbors. This means engaging and speaking with people in conversation -- buying groceries, going to the hardware store, visiting the post office, ordering coffee, going to the bakery, etc. These ordinary encounters end up being like mini tutorials with free tutors on every street corner and store front totally unaware they're providing relatively inexpensive language learning for just the cost of a pastry.
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Basic Expressions in Spanish - Amigo Music Video
Sesame Street - Numbers in Space in Spanish
Salida or Which Way Is Out
Cerrado y Abierto
No Me Gusta / Me Gusta Song
I like it or not like it video on YouTube.
Ernie Practices Rubber Ducky in Spanish - El Patito
There are endless books to help you speak Spanish. I bought phrases books and the textbook recommended by my teacher. But these are the ones I found most helpful.
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Meet Armando The New Neighbor on the Block - Celebrating Hispanic Heritage at Sesame Street
Source: Sesame Street Workshop
I was just reading about the latest cast member to join the cast of Sesame Street but I was happy to see that along with bilingual muppets Rosita and Ovejita (Carmen Osbahr), long time cast members Maria (played by Sonia Manzano) and Luis (Emilio Delgado) are still on the show entertaining a new generation of kids.
Hola! Have Any Books or Resources to Recommend? - Or feel free to just leave a note. Gracias.
Martina from Croatia, Europe on September 27, 2013:
Nice, helpful and informative! :)
NibsyNell on June 18, 2013:
This has got to be the best way to learn a language! :)
anonymous on June 10, 2013:
Wow, just stumbled upon this. Great database of materials including lots of stuff on YouTube I didn't know about. I've been using the YouTube videos from LingoLive (username lingolivespanish) to learn basic Spanish phrases and constructions. Thanks for sharing!
David from Europe on February 21, 2013:
nice lens and very encouraging for the language learner. great job :-)
worldwidesouven on February 20, 2013:
Thank you for the lens. My kid is starting to learn spanish, I found out a lot of ideas from this lens, really useful. Thank you so much!
niels010 on January 23, 2013:
Haha it is a good idea to learn it on the child way. Interesting lens!
Rose Jones on December 23, 2012:
Great idea! It is much easier to learn language as a kid, and it is a great idea to learn from a kids resource. Blessed and pinned onto my board "this I want you to know."
askformore lm on December 04, 2012:
Thank you for sharing all this great information. Gracias!
markwellcott on July 14, 2012:
One of the keys is actually getting kids to enjoy the learning experience - Sesame Street has shown how it can do that over the years so i have no doubt that this will help kids learn Spanish. MUCHAS GRACIAS!
ElaineK on July 12, 2012:
JoshK47 on May 15, 2012:
Well, I learned much of my English from Sesame Street going up, why not learn Spanish that way, too? :)
Frischy from Kentucky, USA on August 31, 2011:
Great idea! My daughter wants to learn Spanish and they do not teach it at her school. I am going to play these videos for her. It is a terrific way to learn! Thanks!
JeanJohnson LM on August 16, 2011:
I got a book for my kids it's a Disney Spanish/English book, they really love it.
nick16 on October 01, 2009:
Super cool lens. I love everything Spanish! I used to teach Spanish before staying home with my son.
Kerri Bee from Upstate, NY on June 14, 2009:
Turn on the spanish subtitles for any dvd you watch. Make that a practice.