Spanish is one of the most diverse spoken languages in the world. It is estimated that up to 400 million people currently speak it as their first language with many more learning it. In countries like the United States, it is growing in popularity as a second language. One way to learn Spanish is using an audio course that comes on a CD or Mp3 format. This article will take a look at how learn Spanish audio on CD or Mp3 works.
If you are looking for a course to help you study Spanish, I would suggest that the most important part of the course is the audio component.
When it comes down to the nitty-gritty, you learn a language to talk to people. Whether this is via a business or social interaction, you use language to receive and give views on a particular topic. People like to talk.
The other things that you associate with language, like reading and writing are important of course, but they are not essential. Again, you learned to talk your native tongue long before you ever learned to read or write (and certainly before you learned about grammar).
So talking is the most important skill to have. Ironically, it is also the hardest part of learning a language because you have to perfect a number of skills. You have to be able to pronounce words correctly. You have to be able to comprehend what is being said to you to hold a conversation. And you have to do both of these things quickly if the conversation is to flow naturally.
Spanish audio CDs or Mp3's give you the opportunity to learn and practice these core skills without the pressure of talking to another person. You can use many of these courses wherever you want.
Many people choose to listen to them in the car when they are going to or coming from work each day. This makes sense to some extent because there is nothing more frustrating as being stuck in traffic for a couple of hours each day. However, it is debatable whether you can give your full concentration to the course while driving at the same time. Many courses advise against doing this but in my experience you can do it if you have listened to the CD many times and just want to touch up some of your knowledge.
An audio course will typically be a series of around 30 lessons. Each course format may vary but absolutely they all boil down to: you listen and then repeat. There will also be some instruction or explanation in between. Depending on the level of the course, it should take you from beginner through to Spanish, with each lesson lasting from 20-30 minutes.
By advanced I would say you can ask basic questions and understand the answers. An advanced level in most of these courses means this. It does not mean fluent Spanish. This will take time, and in reality, will only happen when you are comfortable speaking to native Spanish speakers. In my view, being confident about talking to people is as important as the language skills you have. Once you get to this stage your Spanish language skills will really take off. However, a good learn Spanish audio course is the first step in this process.