Fisher Hill has an excellent series for English speakers to learn Spanish. The series Spanish Made Fun and Easy 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 feminine or masculine. 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 students do one lesson per week but students can go through the book more rapidly if they so desire. The speed at which a student learns Spanish depends on each individual. It would be useful to read the conversation and story out loud to gain smoothness. It’s also helpful to listen to Spanish television.
These are fun workbooks to begin learning Spanish or to brush up on your Spanish. Take the Spanish workbook to the beach or work on it in your backyard. Summer can be a good time to work on learning a new language.