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VOCABULARY

Vocabulary words are the building blocks of communication. As you progress, you will want to expand your vocabulary in areas that are of interest to you. But, beware!

Too many beginning courses bombard you with long lists of Spanish vocabulary words to memorize. For most people, this is counter-productive because you won’t even be using many of these words—and so you will eventually just forget them anyway.

With Camino del éxito we purposely keep the number of vocabulary words to a minimum. The words that are used are repeated over and over throughout the course, so you really learn them well, and they are words that you will find yourself using every day.

Once you have learned the basics, will want to expand your Spanish vocabulary in areas that are of interest to you. Maybe you work in health care—you’ll be interested in medical and anatomical terms. If you’re into sports, then you will find a whole different set of words to be the most useful.

Truth be told, the simple 3X5 flashcard that you make yourself is your most powerful tool for learning new Spanish vocabulary. The reason is simple: you can always carry a few flashcards with you, and so you can turn what would otherwise be wasted time (standing in line, stuck in traffic, etc.) into productive study time. Even if all you have is 2 minutes, that’s enough time to review a few flashcards.

GRAMMAR

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Frankly, when most people think of “grammar” they don’t get very excited. But grammar can teach you something in minutes that might take days to figure out by immersion alone.

We believe in grammar, and we include it in our method. But let’s be honest. Studying Spanish grammar will not make you fluent. To reach a conversational level you need a complete course like Camino del éxito.

These days, it is popular in some circles to claim that there is no need to learn grammar. The thinking goes something like this:

I didn’t learn grammar as a child, and yet I still learned to speak. Therefore, I do not need to study grammar as an adult.

This sort of thinking ignores the fact that as an adult you have a higher mental capacity, and learning some grammar is easy and will be a big help to you.

For most people, the goal is not to become a grammar expert—the goal is to be able to speak Spanish conversationally. To do that, you need a complete conversation course.

Camino del éxito is the only course that is fully integrated with the material on this website. By combining Spanish grammar exercises with real conversational practice, you will much more quickly reach a level where you can communicate effectively.

And for most people, communication is the primary goal.

PRONUNCIATION

Develop a native-like accent, feel successful from the very beginning, progress more quickly there are lots of reasons that good pronunciation is important.

Use this section to quickly develop confidence in your Spanish pronunciation skills. With that confidence, you will progress much more quickly. But remember, for these exercises to be effective you must speak out loud, at normal conversational volume.

The first five lessons cover the vowels. In Spanish, the vowels have only one sound each. That’s one of the reasons that Spanish words are spelled exactly how they sound. Here’s an interesting fact: It only takes Spanish-speaking children about a year to master spelling.

You may be familiar with the “trilled r” as represented by the “rr” character. Many English speakers find this sound difficult to reproduce. If you are one of those people don’t worry about it! Eventually, you will probably get it. But even if you don’t you can still sound good. You’ll just have a bit of an exotic foreign accent.

CONVERSATION CLUB

Practice your Spanish! Improve your Spanish, meet people from around the world, make new friends and have fun. If you are seeking to develop and practice your Spanish conversational skills in a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere, come and join our Spanish Conversation Club in Los Angeles!

The Spanish Conversation Club will help you acquire confidence, perfect your Spanish language skills and/or maintain your language ability by meeting on a regular basis. You will participate in activities especially designed to help you develop and improve your Spanish conversational skills.

You will discuss articles on contemporary topics, watch movies, and practice advanced role plays that will teach you how to express yourself correctly and confidently. Ideas and suggestions from students are welcome.

Spanish is a useful language to know, and it is not hard to learn if you put in the time and effort every day to study it. Improving your speaking skills is an important part of learning Spanish and should be given special attention in your daily lessons. Learning grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation is important, but it is only part of learning a language and you must practice conversing to fully improve your Spanish.