Most Spanish Programs Will Overwhelm You and WON'T Make You Fluent.
Are you wasting your time learning Spanish?
If you're like most Spanish learners, you've used a LOT of Spanish resources. Podcasts, courses, apps, grammar books, phrase books...
And no matter how much time and effort you put in, it's not turning into fluency. Most of the things you study are too simple and seem irrelevant. How many colors, foods, jobs, and animal names will you need to learn before you become fluent? But the rest of your study materials are too complicated. Spanish Grammar feels like some weird mystical code that always escapes you. How many different pronouns and verb tenses does it take before they all start to click? How are you supposed to keep track of the tenses, moods, genders, and all the other little things?
On top of that, even if you DO feel a little bit of progress, it's inconsistent. For every new word you learn, you seem to forget two words. It's hard enough making the time to study. You have so much going on and there are so many things that demand your attention. Sometimes you find a spare hour, sit down, and focus on Spanish. You open up your app and go through some exercises, you try reading a chapter of a book or listening to a podcast episode, and then your time is up and you're not sure if you've really learned anything at all. It feels like you just wasted an hour for nothing.
This is incredibly discouraging. There's so much to learning a language and it's easy to feel like you're being pulled in a hundred different directions. How are you supposed to know which way is right for you? If you don't know exactly what to work on today, how are you ever going to make the steady, patient progress that is required to achieve full fluency?
If you are worried that you might be wasting your time, here's the ultimate question: After hours, weeks, and months of working on Spanish... how much can you actually USE in a conversation?
At this point, many students just give up.
Mastering a language takes an ENORMOUS amount of time and focus. And if your Spanish study time is being wasted, it feels like there's no reason to push through.