Many adults are finding that they need to be able to speak or understand Spanish in their work or personal lives, so much so that they will need some type of formal instruction. There are many different paths to receive this instruction, but the type you choose depends solely on what you want out of the instruction. Knowing your overall purpose for the language will help you to ultimately choose the best adult Spanish course.
For those of you who just want the basics, who do not need to communicate fluently, or maybe just need a little refresher course, I would suggest an online or audio Spanish course. Products like Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone, Livemocha, or audio lessons via CDs / podcasts would best suit your need. These products focus heavily on memorized words and phrases, which is more suited for those that just need phrases and specific words.
Those that need to be able to put their own thoughts and ideas into Spanish would benefit more from an online or in-person adult Spanish course that focuses on how the language is used. These would be university courses or classes taught by companies who have background knowledge in language education as well as business. Even an online resource like italki.com would be a good option. The most successful classes are those that are taught as an immersion class (one that is completely taught in Spanish) and study abroad opportunities. These allow students to not only understand the mechanics of the language, but to also speed up their comprehension and understanding of language. Many cities offer study abroad opportunities for adults that include a host family.
Whichever path you decide to take in deciding what type of adult Spanish course best suits your needs, after you find yourself feeling confident in the language, test out your new skill with someone who will be understanding in your difficulties and frustrations of the language, but who can also coach you through those mishaps. This may be a friend, a colleague, a relative or even a language professional. Learning a language is a difficult task, and language is a communal skill. Without the feedback from another human being, it will prove difficult for you to develop your ability to pronounce and produce the correct language.
What suggestions do you have regarding how the best adult Spanish course? How would you choose?
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