More Ways to Learn Spanish
While I hope that you’ll love No-Work Spanish stories, there are many other great ways to learn Spanish. Many individuals and small companies are offering alternatives to the standard textbook approach. Here, No-Work Spanish chooses to highlight some additional resources to help you learn Spanish.
Learn Spanish in Spain or other Spanish-Speaking Countries
Of all the programs to learn Spanish abroad, the one that looks like the most fun to me is don Quijote.
Don Quijote has programs oriented around participating in activities, so whether you are interested in youth programs, scuba diving, wine tasting or cooking you can enjoy it in a Spanish-speaking country and learn Spanish at the same time.
Programs are available in:
See more participant photos from Don Quijote.
Learn Spanish While Traveling On Your Own
A variation of taking a vacation and learn Spanish program rolled into one, is to travel to a place where folks speak Spanish, but be your own guide, Spanish teacher and student. This approach is encouraged by the self-proclaimed “Benny the Polygot” who offers a program called Speak from Day 1.
To understand Benny’s philosophy, watch this video of him talking at TED.
I like what he says towards the end where he comments that people think the “world will end” if they try to speak a new language and mess it up, but that it’s just the opposite, that a whole new world begins when you try to speak a new language. For more information on Benny’s program, go to: http://www.speakfromday1.com.
Other Learn Spanish Stories
Another resource for learning Spanish shares my own philosophy about language being used to express something meaningful. StoryFlip.com is a free resource for Spanish who are learning English, and English who are learning Spanish. It also offers dual language audio-text and has short stories, articles, phrases, jokes and vocabulary with audio in English and in Spanish. StoryFlip encourages community participation and there is a nice section where people talk about who they are and why they are trying to learn either English or Spanish. I hope to add my own story there soon.
Still More Ways to Learn Spanish
Okay, I know there are MANY more great websites and resources to help you learn Spanish and I had planned to include more on this page. However….. just as you shouldn’t wait to be perfect before you begin to speak Spanish, so too I don’t want to wait till this page is the end-all-be-all list of resources. I hope you find it useful now and I’ll continue to add to it.