I'm trying to learn Spanish as an adult learner and am struggling to find and use a credible portfolio of learning approaches. I'm hoping to get enough of a base with this that I can go do immersion in some Spanish-speaking place. Here's what I envisage. Maybe you can help me refine this? Maybe you can learn from my efforts. I am a total beginner in Spanish with a current working vocabulary of less than a hundred words.
- A teacher. This was easy. Googled, went to superprof, found a nice retired lady happy to meet me at the local Panera bread for $20 an hour. She seems to know what she's doing. I also found an online instructor. They're good but they do require planning for scheduling which I'm a little too disorganized for.
- A Group. I'd like a live or online group of other beginners to try to chat with. I imagine this too should be easy but I haven't found one. My local community center has both a novice and beginner conversational group but for French and nothing for Spanish. #annoying
- A Hands Free Audio program for when I'm driving or walking by myself. This should not require me to look at the screen. The key point is that it is Hands-Free. Pimleur is heavily marketed here but I use "Behind the Wheel" which was free with my Audible credits.
- A program to use when I can look at the screen on my phone. This one is easy. I have Duolingo, Rosetta Stone, Babel, and Mondly on my phone now and am trying to figure out the benefits and problems of each.
- A television-like program to watch which has both entertainment and educational value in terms of learning Spanish. Lingopie is the heavily marketed one. Here's Youtube videos that I'm watching. Fun because I can change the playback speed.
- Some super easy books in Spanish to read.
- Maybe a textbook to follow that will explain some of the grammar stuff. I bought Spanish for Dummies.
- Some interactive app to use on my Alexas.
- Translate: Google translate app on my phone and website on my computer. I also ask Alexa how to say things.