Audio Spanish Lessons – 3 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Chose to Learn Spanish at Home

Audio Spanish lessons have been marketed as a fast and fun way to learn Spanish from home. This is true, however there are still a few things I wish I’d realized before I made the jump. Here are three of the main points I wish someone would have driven home to me before I chose to forgo the traditional learning method to go it alone.

1. It’s Not Going To Be A Walk In The Park

A sizable number of people, myself included at one point, do not realize how difficult learning at home, on your own can be. It can be a blast, but the delusions of grandeur about it being “easier, better, quicker and generally awesome” need to be tempered by some realities.

It can be all of the things mentioned above and more, but it also requires a sizable commitment and a large amount of self directed dedication and creativity. If done incorrectly, taking the non-traditional route can be harder, more frustrating, hopelessly annoying, and something that many people never want to do again. 

2. You’re Going To Need More Resources Than Even The Best Software Program Can Provide

Even the best “learn a language from home” software packages have their shortcomings, and it is unrealistic to expect to glean high level, or even intermediate level language skills without using other sources on top of whichever program is chosen to help you along the language learning path.

These “extra” resources do not have to be expensive, and they can include anything from a movie collection, to a book of verbs, to an internet chat group or anything else. This is one area where the creativity factor is important. All that matters is that you use what you learn from the chosen program in a variety of ways, and learn to think outside of the box.

3. No One Else’s Opinion Matters When It Comes To How You Should Learn

That’s right, it’s true, boy is it ever, but I wish someone would have made this clear to me from the beginning so I wouldn’t have had to keep fighting other people and their assorted methods and opinions. Know that anything is possible, and that stepping outside of the “norm” to learn something like a language on your own is an exciting adventure that can lead to greatness.

If you want to learn on your own, have courage and don’t give up on yourself, and don’t cave in to peer pressure and trade your audio Spanish lessons and home spun resources for the “typical method.”