The Books to Learn Spanish series is from my own study guides. It is the result of my own effort working to improve my knowledge of Spanish.
My little Colombian wife refuses to teach me Spanish. She will not teach me Spanish until she satisfies her perfectionist drive towards her own 100% fluency in English. I have been teaching myself for years, making my own notes and remembering my favorite phrases.
Books to Learn Spanish
I have finally started organizing my self-taught Spanish work and since I’m writing them down anyway, I might as well share the knowledge and learning! We will throw them up on Amazon and have different options available on the individual book pages as they publish.
The best way for me to learn is to have fun while doing it. Making that emotional connection with the material is important.
Spanish Audio Books:
The big boon from this series is the plan to turn all these books directly into audio files so I can listen while driving and sleeping. Please look out for those in particular! I’m not sure if I want to do a full Audible book on Amazon, but may instead go for an AI version and bundle it with the book as a digital download package. That’s a stay-tuned kind of thing as I figure out that new skill set.
What Are The Best Books To Learn Spanish?
Well, figuring out the best books to learn Spanish is pretty easy! They are the books we spent the most time making here!
Humor aside, these four books we made are to practice specific skills, while making a compendium of physical text and audio versions.
This ‘Common Phrases’ book is designed to create familiarity with what I will hear most frequently. This starts with the simplest phrases like ‘Hello, how are you’ and steadily becomes more complex. The organization is alphabetically and includes about one hundred of the words I use the most frequently.
The ‘Food & Restaurants’ is intended to organize the words and phrases used on restaurant menus, bars, and at home. We won’t last long without food, so it is a good idea to get this sorted out pretty quickly.
We tested and approved Spanish Pick-Up Lines! It is almost guaranteed to get a laugh, or you’re not doing it right. The emotional connection of confidence & humor helps, so this is meant to be fun. Not to help you find your next ex-wife.
Getting Around Town is the ‘left’s, ‘right’s, ‘uphill’, and ‘downtown’ type descriptions. The goal is to get from the airport to the hotel, to the beach, and back again without pulling out the phone for directions!
Can I Learn Spanish Just By Reading Books?
Short answer: No to start.
We need at a minimum additional practice with pronunciation, reading to see the structure of the words, and practice with live interaction.
Once we have attained basic functional proficiency reading Spanish books is a great way to expand our vocabulary.
Reading is a great way to expand your vocabulary, improve your grammar, and learn about the culture. However, it is important to choose books that are appropriate for your level and interests.
Here are some tips for learning Spanish by reading books:
- Start with simple books that use basic vocabulary and grammar structures. You can find books specifically written for learners, or you can choose children’s books or graded readers.
- Don’t be afraid to look up words that you don’t know. You can use a dictionary or a translation app, but try to write down the words and their meanings so that you can learn them.
- Don’t worry if you don’t understand everything. Just keep reading and the language will start to make more sense to you over time.
- Re-read passages that you don’t understand. This will help you to solidify your understanding of the vocabulary and grammar.
- Read books that you enjoy. This will make the learning process more fun and motivating.
What Really Works To Learn Spanish?
The best way to learn Spanish is through immersion.
That means that you will need to read, write, listen, and speak as often as possible.
We need to surround ourselves with the language by using it in real-life situations. We can achieve immersion by speaking and practicing with local friends. There are very powerful online programs to help your immersion through games, and puzzles. You can also travel to a Spanish-speaking country. You can attend a language school, or participate in a language exchange program.
How Do I Start Learning Spanish On My Own?
You can learn Spanish on your own. If you are unable to immerse yourself in the language, there are still many things you can do to learn Spanish effectively. Here are some tips:
- Set realistic goals. Learning a language takes time and effort, so it is important to set realistic goals for yourself. Don’t expect to become fluent overnight.
- Find a learning method that works for you. There are many different ways to learn Spanish, so it is important to find a method that you enjoy and that fits your learning style. Some people prefer to take classes, while others prefer to learn independently using books, apps, or online resources.
- Be consistent. The key to learning any language is to be consistent with your studies. Even if you can only study for 15 minutes a day, it will make a difference in the long run.
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes when they are learning a new language. It is important to not let this discourage you. Just keep practicing and you will eventually improve.