1. Verbs and vocabulary should “match”. For example, if you are learning the verb “querer- to want” (which you should! even though it’s irregular ;)) — you may also want to learn activities because when you “want”, you usually want to do something. Thus: I want to eat. -Yo quiero comer. // You want to sleep. – Tú quieres dormir. So, learn the conjugations of QUERER (yo quiero, tú quieres, etc and learn a list of activities. In my other videos, I have covered QUERER and I have the list of activities covered as well. 🙂 Enjoy!
1b. Example 2 – If you were learning the verb “Ser -to be”, it would also be a good idea to learn adjectives. Ella es alta. – She is tall. Ella es delgada. – She is thin. (nice, boring, mean, fun, etc)
1c. Example 3 – If you are learning “estar” — you might want to learn a list of places. Estoy en la biblioteca. – I am in the library. (restaurant, house, school, work, supermarket, etc)
2. So, stay consistent. Say you learn about 20-40 words a week (or more or less), depending on your capacity — make sure you are practicing the verbs too — the ones from before and the ones that go with that list of vocabulary. (At some point, I will do the official calculations regarding about how many words I think you should learn a week in a specific time frame.)
Learning a language is like going to the gym. If you don’t go consistently enough and you don’t work hard enough, a few obsessive weeks here and there may help a little, but they won’t make the difference. “Consistency over time” should be your mantra. But, that’s true for everything. 😉 Be consistently learning new vocab. and new verbs (but not so many that you get overwhelmed.) Learn new vocabulary and new verbs, but also practice the old ones, ALSO PRACTICE THE OLD ONES. 😀 ….The one thing you should repeat and stay with is the actual TENSE. Do not jump to the preterite (past) tense unless you have mastered the present. I can do a video about how long it should take to learn tenses. In a nutshell, I think Spanish can be learned (really LEARNED relatively well) in about 2 to 4 years, depending on one’s capacity and available time to dedicate to it. It could be faster or slower than the 2-4 years depending on the person and the circumstance. I will make a video about this at some point.
Some of this may seem confusing, buuut, if I show you, which I plan to, it will all begin to make more sense. Do not be overwhelmed. Do not be afraid or scared or daunted. Do be excited, because you are about to enter the world of Spanish — a world of fun and possibility, but the work (and that too can be fun!) comes first. Let the adventure begin!
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Books: Adelante 1 and 2
The work book, the last time I looked at it, wasn’t great — hopefully they have improved it since. However, to get practice in, you can use a wealth of online resources and your printer ;).
I am not as familiar with the WORKBOOK for this series. The textbook itself is decent.