Learning to speak Spanish online has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its convenience and accessibility. In my opinion, online learning is here to stay! With the rise of digital platforms, you can now learn Spanish from anywhere in the world, at your own pace, and often for free.
In this post, we will explore the top 5 pros and cons of learning to speak Spanish online, as well as provide tips and resources for those looking to learn how to speak Argentine Spanish fluently.
5 Pros of Learning to Speak Spanish Online:
Convenience: Learning to speak Spanish online allows you to access your course materials from anywhere with an internet connection, at any time of day. Our students, who are working adults, say this makes it easy to fit language learning into their busy schedule.
Cost: Many online resources for learning to speak Spanish are free or very low-cost, making it an affordable option for those on a budget. On our website you get access to the blog posts and podcast episodes all for free.
Flexibility: Online Spanish courses often offer the flexibility to learn at your own pace. For example, students who support our podcast on Patreon can listen to the podcast whenever they want, as many times as needed. They also get transcriptions and glossaries of each episode that they can read and study any time.
Access to Native Speakers: Many online Spanish courses and podcast memberships provide access to native Spanish speakers, which can be incredibly valuable when it comes to learning the nuances of the language and improving your conversational skills.
Variety of Resources: There are countless resources available online for learning to speak Spanish, including audio and video lessons, podcasts, ebooks, blog posts, and conversation practice with native speakers.You can get all of these by subscribing to easyargentinespanish.com.
5 Cons of Learning to Speak Spanish Online:
Limited Interaction: Limited opportunities for group interaction and collaborative learning, which can enhance the learning experience. However, this can be solved by joining online groups of students who share the same learning goals. Join our group of students who learn Argentine Spanish here!
Self-Discipline: Online learning requires a certain level of self-discipline and motivation. Without the structure and accountability of in-person classes, it can be easy to lose focus and fall behind. In our ebook we included the best strategies to stay focused and achieve your goals.
Technical Issues: Technical difficulties and internet connection problems can disrupt learning and cause frustration. Back in 2020 when everybody was at home and connected, having stable wifi connection was a miracle! Fortunately, this problem is, in most cases, quickly resolved by restarting the router.
Limited Non-Verbal Communication Skills: Learning Spanish online makes it difficult to practice and develop non-verbal communication skills, such as body language and facial expressions. These are actually very important for Argentinians, who gesticulate a lot. Follow our youtube channel to see Melany, a native Argentine, and study her body language.
Lack of Accountability: Without regular check-ins and deadlines, it can be easy to lose momentum and motivation. In our ebook “Help! I Am Dating an Argentinian!” we included tips to keep track of progress and stay motivated.
How to Learn to Speak Spanish Fluently in 7 Weeks
While becoming fluent in Spanish takes time and effort, there are steps you can take to accelerate your progress. Here are some tips for learning to speak Spanish fluently in just 7 weeks:
Set a Goal: Define a specific goal for what you want to achieve in 7 weeks, such as being able to hold a conversation in Spanish or understanding a certain level of written Spanish.
Immerse Yourself: Immerse yourself in the language as much as possible by listening to music in Spanish, watching movies or TV shows in Spanish, and reading books in Spanish..
Practice, Practice, Practice: Practice speaking, writing, and listening to Spanish every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Find a Conversation Partner: Practice speaking with a native Spanish speaker to improve your conversational skills and pronunciation.
Use Language Learning Apps: Language learning apps like Duolingo and Babbel can be helpful tools for building vocabulary and grammar skills. You might also want to try the VOS SOS app to learn the different uses of ‘tú’ and ‘vos.’
Seek Feedback: Seek feedback from language instructors to identify areas where you can improve. I would not recommend seeking feedback from native speakers who aren’t language instructors because, usually, they aren’t familiar with grammar rules and find it hard to explain concepts related to language learning.
Stay Motivated: Keep your motivation high by tracking your progress, rewarding yourself for milestones, and staying committed to your goal.
Easy Argentine Spanish’s 7 Week Study Plan
Our 7 week, quick study plan is ideal for language students who want to cover the basics before they travel to Argentina. The main purpose of this plan is to boost your confidence when engaging in conversations with locals and put you on the right track to becoming a fluent speaker.
Find the complete 7 week study plan, step by step, with activities for practice included, inside our ebook “Help! I Am Dating an Argentinian!”
Best Resources for Learning How to Speak Spanish Free Online with Audio
If you’re looking for free online resources for learning to speak Spanish, here are some of the best options: podcasts, blog posts, and youtube channels. Check out this post about 5 Best Podcasts for Learning Spanish Like a Pro to learn more about podcasts for language learners.
Follow our youtube channel to see Melany, a native Argentine, and learn Argentine Spanish for free online.
It might be worth it to take into account these 5 pros and cons of learning to speak Spanish online before you jump into this new way of learning. In my opinion, it is good to have both the in-person learning experience and the online learning experience, and then choose the one that suits you the most.