You may be wondering how to learn Spanish for free. Bilingual Story Time offers free Spanish lessons on Youtube to assist in learning Spanish online free! This site is updated weekly. Please join the mailing list to be the first to know when new lessons are added. You are also free to ask questions any time. You may message Bilingual Story Time at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.
Bilingual Story Time is unique because we start off focusing primarily on Spanish verbs. This was my strategy at the age of fifteen that gave me a real kickstart in being able to converse with Spanish natives. Many of us know a lot of Spanish nouns, and Spanish nouns are not difficult to learn. The verbs require a lot more energy and that’s why I focus a lot of the beginning lessons on teaching Spanish verbs.
You will also learn a lot of Spanish nouns by listening to the short stories that I read aloud on Youtube. Of course, I will provide plenty of lessons for you to learn all facets of the Spanish language, but I do believe that your initial energy would be wisely invested in learning Spanish verbs.
Why is this? Spanish verbs are different than English because the verbs are conjugated differently for each personal pronoun. If you are unfamiliar with the terms conjugation and personal pronouns, or just need more clarification, please see this article.
English is less rule bound on verbs and there is more leeway. Spanish verbs are very consistent and the rules are not broken. This does not mean, however, that Spanish is extremely difficult or impossible to learn. In fact, as I indicate in this article, Spanish Vs. English, The Real Deal, I personally believe that this can make English a bit more difficult.
Non-native speakers who are learning a new language look for rules. Rules create consistency and help you trust or rely on a particular pattern. English is full of exceptions. This makes rules more hazy and the variations in speaking from region to region, and even person to person, much more difficult.
Although starting English may be easier, in the long run, English can prove to be more challenging. Therefore, don’t let Spanish verbs discourage you. This is why I focus a lot of the initial lessons on Spanish verbs so that you can feel very confident in the long run.
At this link below, you can subscribe to the Bilingual StoryTime Youtube Channel, which contains not only video lessons but also free short stories read online:
The following links will direct you to the lessons I have added so far. Feel free to offer lessons suggestions, feedback, or add in questions, either at email@example.com, Facebook or in the comments section to help improve this site and your understanding of the Spanish language.
(An important overview of the verb to know, and how it is broken into two words in Spanish)
Spanish Word For The (A fun, important lesson)
More lessons will be added each week so it is very important to subscribe to the Bilingual Story Time mailing list so that you will be updated when new lessons arrive. Bilingual Story Time is a new website so your feedback and questions will help to improve the site quality.
There are many book recommendations on this site for people who are familiar with all the basics of Spanish but need to advance past this point. Check out this page for book reviews! For some people, learning more Spanish will start at the very beginning with learning basic terms like ‘conjugation’ and infinitive, which, as stated above, are referenced in this post.
Other people will benefit greatly from the book recommendations to become more advanced speakers. What do you want to see on Bilingual Story Time? Your feedback is welcome and appreciated. From short stories to lessons to articles, Bilingual Story Time is dedicated to being a one stop resource for families with bilingual children, adults who wish to learn Spanish, and teachers as well.
The short stories serve as lessons in and of themselves because they not only benefit children whose brains absorb language so fast and easily, but also adults who are looking to build fluency in the language and need to hear words put together coherently. On each short story post, there are explanations on the translations. If you have any additional questions on the explanations, feel free to ask!
Bilingual Story Time provides videos with pronunciation so that you can hear each word and learn to pronounce the words more like a native. The videos also provide the language spoken at normal speed with the words on the screen so that you learn the language in a realistic way. Spanish is not spoken slowly at all, in any country or region, so getting used to the speed of Spanish will take time. It has been proven that following along with audio and text will help you learn faster.
You may be wondering how long it will take you to learn Spanish. Of course, this depends highly on you. There are a lot of programs out there that market learning Spanish fast. Please do not fall for these. Although I would say you can learn Spanish reasonably fast, meaning, in a realistic amount of time, you cannot learn Spanish in 21 days.
Think about it, if you did, you likely would not retain everything that you learn. Bilingual Story Time believes that you will learn Spanish faster by focusing first on Spanish verbs, because this was my experience. I taught myself Spanish from the age of fifteen and am now thirty four years old, I was able to converse with natives pretty fast, even if I wasn’t exactly at a level where I could profess superior knowledge.
In fact, you never really should profess superior knowledge. Instead, you should always assume that your Spanish learning is a journey, and a never ending journey. You can never know all there is to know in a second language, unless of course you go and permanently live in a country where that language is spoken.
It is not important though that you become a perfect speaker, that you attain perfect knowledge, or that you understand every little thing. What is more important is that you see this as an ongoing journey in which you are always making progress. Try not to take too many breaks from learning Spanish because this will only set you back.
Instead, make consistent efforts each work to learning more Spanish. Even if you only dedicate a few hours each week, that is better than taking long breaks. What is important is your forward progress! Always look for opportunities to speak with natives!
I will admit, I was very shy of native Spanish speakers for many years. It took me a long time to overcome that problem. The sooner you overcome the idea that your Spanish has to sound perfect to speak to a native, the sooner you will learn to speak more like a native. Natives do not laugh at your mistakes, at least not in a mean way.
Often, where laughter is a factor, it is simply a funny memory that you will hold of a time when you made a funny mistake in Spanish. Spanish speakers do the same with English, those who dare to learn it. Daring to learn a language will always result in mistakes, but at the same time, dare to do nothing and learn nothing!