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Fisher Hill has an excellent series for English speakers to learn Spanish. The series is called Spanish Made Fun and Easy and consists of two workbooks. There are twelve lessons in each book. Each lesson deals with a common theme, i.e., Breakfast, Telling Time, Shopping, Sports, etc. At the end of the book are two dictionaries: Spanish-English and English-Spanish.
Each lesson is divided into eight parts. First, there is a vocabulary list. Beginning Spanish is included as well as the vocabulary of the particular theme. The definite article is placed in front of each Spanish noun on the list, letting the student know whether it is a feminine or masculine noun. Then there is a conversation in order to use the vocabulary in a common situation. Next is a story related to the theme which reinforces the vocabulary and the conversation. The fourth page of each lesson is an exercise that requires choosing a word from the vocabulary list and then writing it in a sentence that is missing that word. The next three pages are a variety of activity pages. At the end of each lesson are the answers to the exercises.
It is recommended that the student do one lesson per week but the you can go through the book more rapidly if you so desires. The speed at which a student learns Spanish depends on the student. It would be useful to read the conversation and story out loud to gain smoothness.
Also, you should listen to television in Spanish. In the beginning the you should listen to ads, cartoons, and news. It is very important to listen to and speak with Spanish speakers. This will help the student greatly. He or she will be able to practice Spanish and also improve his or her accent. No one is ever going to learn Spanish without practice. Children learn quickly to speak another language. The reason for this is that most children are not bothered by the mistakes they make in speaking. It is important to take advantage of every opportunity to speak.
These are fun workbooks to use to brush up on your Spanish or to begin learning Spanish. Summer isn’t over yet! Take the workbook to the beach or work on it in your backyard. Summer can be a good time to work on learning a second language.