So a while back I decided to dive into learning Spanish. I picked this particular language as the one to focus on currently because it was the easiest to practice here in my area and because I know a ton of people whom that is their native language and they could tell me if I was on the right page or not. I started with working with podcasts from SpanishPod101.com and using LiveMocha.com and watching a lot of Spanish TV and movies which were great as beginning tools. The cool thing is that even though that was a few years ago, I still have many of the phrases memorized and they pop out randomly on their own. Though it was not at all working when it came to writing, it mostly in my case was helping me with simply understanding. My boyfriend at the time was Hispanic and his whole family spoke Spanish 90% of the time at home, so I was working on being able to understand conversation, but was always afraid to jump in and try out my own speaking skills for fear that they would find me hilarious.
At some point in 2011 I purchased: Instant Immersion Spanish Levels 1,2, and 3. And for some reason never opened it. Haha. I think because I moved shortly after and my life simply ended up in boxes. Well, last night I did find it in pristine condition and it resparked the craving to learn! I opened it up and popped in the first disk and was enjoying the learning style so far :D. Also I posted on Facebook, my joy of finding this little treasure and to my surprise my friends were all super supportive and one even posted a link to a site she is using to learn Italian: Duolingo.com I have tried it out this morning and it was super fun too, it is free and appeals to the achievement hunting side of me with awards, and comparisons to your friends.
I am going to devote 30 minutes per day to working on my Spanish and making a point to practice the verbal part. Actually speaking to native speakers is a huge fear of mine that I need to get past and the only way to do it and to improve is to actually do it, even if I am making a fool of myself. Though with both of these new tools, I am stoked because they both use a microphone in the learning process so you must speak to it and you can compare what you said to how it is correctly said and see if you are on the right track. That will improve my self confidence in this matter by quite a bit since I know I wont be too far off since I can do this :D. I am still using my SpanishPod101.com podcasts too.
Goal is to become fluent in multiple languages at some point in my life.
Paso uno: español!