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Discover the best way to learn Spanish

Whether you want to learn the basics – from counting in Spanish to ordering your morning cup of coffee – or achieve fluency, it’s important to ask yourself why you want to learn Spanish.

Is it to communicate with friends and family members? So you can prep for your next holiday to Spain or Mexico? Or even to better understand the culture?

At Busuu, we believe your reason for learning is fundamental to your language-learning journey. That's why we ask you this question at the very beginning of your journey. We keep a note of your answer for you so that when you feel like your Spanish learning slows (which, by the way, can happen to everyone from time to time!), we can send you notifications and keep you on track.

Together with feedback from the Busuu Community and award-winning course content crafted by expert language teachers, we strive to offer our learners the best way to learn Spanish.

2 Spanish language courses to fit your every need

Learn Spanish and speak the language fluently with Busuu's online Complete Spanish course

Complete Spanish

Try speaking, listening, reading and writing in Spanish for free with our Complete Spanish online course. With lessons covering everything from learning basic Spanish vocabulary to grammar, our content will help you study quickly and efficiently.

Learn Spanish online for travelling with Busuu's language course

Spanish for Travel

Thinking of visiting a Spanish speaking country? You’ll like our Spanish for Travel course. Whether you’re learning the language on your own or with your kids, our course offers the easiest way to learn the Spanish vocabulary you’ll need to get by on holiday.

Top tips: how to become fluent in Spanish, fast

Learn Spanish online in 10 minutes a day

1. Begin with 10 minutes

Discover how to speak Spanish as a beginner or at a more advanced level by putting aside 10 minutes and trying your first online Spanish lesson. Research proves that studying in small, 10-minute chunks is best.

Track your Spanish language progress with Busuu's Study Plan app feature

2. Track your progress

Keep motivated as you power through your learning by keeping tabs on how you’re getting on. With our Study Plan, you can check things like Fluency Score and the Spanish words you’ve learned each week.

Be unafraid to make mistakes in Spanish when you're learning

3. Make tons of mistakes

Making mistakes is truly the best way to learn. That’s why we also recommend trying our Spanish classes online – interactive group lessons, designed to help you progress faster by learning from each other’s mistakes!

Your first week with Busuu

Say you’ve decided to learn Spanish. You’re a complete beginner. Here’s an idea of what 10 minutes a day on Busuu could look like…

Monday: Get started with these starter lessons

Take things nice and easy on your first day. Make a mental note of when you’re going to study and stick to it. There’ll be plenty of time to tackle tricky topics like the Spanish subjunctive, and the difference between por and para.

For now, take a look around. Check out the “Community” tab, where you can become friends with Busuu’s community of native Spanish native speakers, and the “Review” tab, where you can go back over the rules and vocabulary you’ve learned.

Then, dive into the Complete Spanish course. Start by getting comfortable with the simplest and most effective conversation-starter, hola. Continue with introductions, covered in lessons 2 and 3.

Tuesday: Try a Conversation

Wondering what makes us the best way to learn Spanish? We get you speaking as early as possible – and our community of native speakers steps in with helpful pointers so you improve as you go.

Even if your network holds precisely zero Spanish speakers, it just goes to show: you can always find ways to strike up a conversation.

You’ll have the option to write out your Conversations exercises, as you will in lesson 4, but we highly recommend that you use the audio function and record yourself. The sooner you try speaking, the less scary it will become. No one will judge you for your pronunciation, or if you get it wrong first time around. Mistakes are welcome! It’s truly the most effective way to learn.

Wednesday: Meet the verb estar

When it comes to language learning, consistency and routine are king – so if by day 3 you’ve forgotten to put aside 10 minutes, remember that your approach to learning with Busuu doesn’t have to happen in a ‘classroom’ setting.

With Offline Mode, you can download content and absorb information on the move – whether you’re on your way to the shops or at the hairdresser.

So, as you go about your day, in lessons 5 and 6 you’ll be introduced to the concept of grammar, and one of two the Spanish verbs meaning “to be”, estar (you’ll meet the other verb meaning “to be”, ser, later on in A1, and understand the differences between ser and estar in A2). You’ll learn how to answer questions on how you’re doing, plus get comfortable with using all singular forms of ser in the present tense.

Thursday: Review, review, review

So you’ve absorbed entirely new things for three days straight. Now, it would be easy to get carried away, and give into urges to speed your way to the end. But learning to speak Spanish is like building a new muscle: you’ll need to spread out the hard work over a decent period of time, so your brain can absorb everything.

Taking more ‘restful’ days where you review is an important part of the learning process. Taking 10 minutes to review and repeat every few days will help build that all-important, longer term (muscle) memory. Head to the “Review” tab, and click “Review now” for a Spanish vocab recap.

Friday: Address people formally and informally

Next on the agenda on Busuu’s Complete Spanish course is when to use tú, the informal you, and when to use usted, the formal “you”.

For English native speakers, this might introduce new, foreign ways of thinking, but thanks to Busuu’s Spanish language experts, the concept is easy to pick up.

And for those of you with extra reserves of energy to spare by the end of the week?

First, we applaud you. Second, there’s a few more lessons you can squeeze in before you declare it the weekend. Finish up by learning more about the plural forms of the verb estar, and (most importantly!) how to order your morning coffee.

For more experienced Spanish learners: 4 extra tips

For those of you who aren’t starting out as a Spanish beginner, but rather as a (somewhat) seasoned learner, we’ve got plenty of extras on offer.

Alongside lessons in the Complete and Travel courses geared towards intermediate Spanish learners, our Spanish language experts have put together a couple of new, exciting resources and top tips.

1. Read a Spanish article with El País

Immersion is really the best way to learn Spanish.

But the frustrating question for a lot of learners is: how do I immerse myself without travelling abroad?

The good news is that, these days, you can pretty much bring Spanish culture to you.

Take a break from our Complete course, and click on “Learn Spanish with El País. Here, you can keep up with what’s going on in the world and improve your Spanish comprehension skills, with help from lessons created in partnership with Spain’s most widely read newspaper, El País.

Top tip: don’t be alarmed or put off if you don’t understand every single word of Spanish you come across. Try and understand the gist and take note of any words or phrases that you don’t understand.

2. Listen to our new podcast, “All about Spanish”

Speaking of immersion, there’s no better way to immerse yourself in a language than listening to Spanish people talk.

Enter our “All about Spanish” podcast. Sure, you might have tried listening to Spanish songs, or watching Spanish movies on Netflix, but more often than not, it can be difficult to find material that caters to your level.

These short, snappy episodes cater specifically to intermediate Spanish learners, and shed a little light on Spanish culture trends all over the world. Stay tuned – more episodes coming soon!

3. Don’t aim for perfection

Now for some penultimate words of wisdom: some Spanish learners aim to pass as native speakers. While an admirable aim, it might become too overwhelming as a challenge.

Instead, it’s always best to aim for a level that allows you to have a decent conversation.

What’s the difference?

Well, if you listen to yourself speak in your native language, you’ll be amazed at how often you fail to find the right word, hesitate before using an expression, or simply don’t know how to communicate your exact thoughts.

So why put so much pressure on yourself with a foreign language? Which ties in perfectly with our final tip….

4. Have fun!

Learning a language opens a ton of possibilities for friendship, careers and human connections.

But it’s not a succeed-or-fail kind of deal! First and foremost, it’s a journey – so sit back, get stuck in and enjoy the ride!

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