Learning Spanish can be a challenge. There are a variety of ways you can study Spanish and I’ve tried a number of them. Online with Duolingo and others, Spanish classes of course (haven’t tried that since high school) and books.
I know some but I’m not fluent by any stretch. I’ve found as an expat many of us become collectors of online methods, ebooks, and learning Spanish books. It’s as if the more we collect the less likely we are to use any of them. I’ve noticed this with other expats in Ecuador also.
I’ve tossed all methods out the window so to speak and have narrowed my focus to just one book. It’s back to basics for me.
One of my biggest hurdles has been pronunciation and I’ve been horrible at it. The book I’m studying starts off exactly where it should in my opinion, with the alphabet.
Guide to Pronunciation
“Spanish spelling is an exact reflection of the pronunciation of the language. The pronunciation of each letter is subject to precise and consistent rules, and words are pronounced by adding together the sounds of each individual letter”
I have “Madrigal’s Magic key to Spanish” too which is probably the most popular Spanish book among expats in Ecuador for learning Spanish. An excellent book and also available on Amazon, more about Madrigal’s here.
It’s also a good idea to have a pocket size Spanish Phrase Book & Dictionary. Mine is from Berlitz that I bought at a thrift store in the states but the most popular one is from Lonely Planet. It’s 3.7 x 5.5 inches. It’s available on Amazon and you can learn more about it here.