The internet has completely revolutionized how people learn languages, specifically in the area of obtaining good content to read, watch and listen to. It used to be very difficult to get content in your target language such as books and movies. This is not the case today. You can easily obtain all kinds of media in any language you want.
These days it is possible to download most books, movies, TV shows, courses or any other kind of digital content completely free. Spending money to watch movies or TV shows or to read books is not really necessary. “How is this possible? Why don’t I know about this?” you may ask. It always seemed strange to me that other people didn’t know this was possible and has been possible for a long time. Knowing how to access this content has been the single most important thing in my process for learning new languages. That’s why I’ve written this guide.
Downloading and consuming language content on the internet has been the main driver of my progress while I studied three different languages in my life: Thai, Japanese and Spanish. The internet is rich with all kinds of books, movies, podcasts, and even complete language courses. It’s quite interesting to see what kinds of things you can find in each language. Today, I can’t imagine studying a language without my regular routines of scouring the internet for anything interesting I can find. That was always the funnest part.
There is an ocean of information out there on the internet and it’s easy to get lost and not make any progress in the language. Therefore, the goal of this guide is to focus your attention only on what you need in order to progress to intermediate level as fast as possible. As a beginner, you don’t need a lot of content to get yourself to the next level. I will not overwhelm you with lists of top 20 websites for learning Spanish, or top 10 TV shows for learning Spanish, or any of that. I will show you exactly what content you need to consume and how much time you need to spend consuming said content to progress through the language.
With the information in this guide, you can easily reach an intermediate level in Spanish without spending any money at all. That’s right, instead of paying thousands of dollars to take a Spanish course at your university or a language school, you can keep your money and learn better and faster using free resources on the internet. This is how I learned Spanish.
If you don’t have the time or energy to go through this basic program and consume this content, it’s unlikely that you’ll have the time or energy to learn Spanish and taking a class won’t help you. In my 10 years of experience learning and teaching languages, I’ve seen how many people think spending more money will help them learn faster but what they really need to do is spend more TIME learning Spanish.
Should I take a class? Do I need to take a class?
Everything I’m sharing with you on this page is really much better than what you would receive in a Spanish class. Usually in a class you are given the content and don’t have the option to choose things that you like and interest you. In this guide, I will show you where to find all kinds of content and you can choose according to your personal interests.
What about online lessons?
Not a bad idea. The beginner stage of learning a new language is the most difficult, especially if you’ve never learned a language as an adult before. I’m obviously an independent, self-motivated, and disciplined person. I’m also completely obsessed with learning languages. Not everybody is like me. Some people need help.
I teach 1-on-1 online classes and there are a number of reasons my students like having a teacher help them. They appreciate my guidance in their learning process. I give them feedback on how they’re doing and let them know if they need to spend more or less time doing something. Learning a new language is a long and sometimes overwhelming experience. I help my students maintain constant effort and keep them accountable. I give them support and encouragement and I don’t let them give up.
If you are learning a new language for the first time and struggle with keeping yourself accountable, I highly recommend taking a class one or two times per week. It can make a huge difference.
I’d be happy to help you! Feel free to book a FREE consultation call with me on my calendar page.
I must warn you, many of the things I’m going to recommend in this guide involve downloading files using methods and websites that may not be legal in your country. Regardless, it’s rare that anyone gets caught doing this and even rarer that anyone gets caught and actually persecuted in any way. The worst that can happen to someone getting “caught” downloading files illegally while at home, using their own private internet connection (not a public one) would be to get a warning letter from your internet provider asking you to stop downloading files from those websites. In that case you can use a VPN (virtual private network) and you will be completely undetectable and safe. More info on this later.
Is this really ethical?
I have benefited a lot as a language learner by using these illegal methods of obtaining educational content. I personally see no ethical conflict in collecting any and all information you can find on the internet to help you learn a new language better and faster. And I know from my years of experience learning different languages and teaching other students that you can learn much faster this way. I can’t help but recommend these methods to anybody who is interested in seriously enriching, enhancing and accelerating their language learning process.
If you combine what you learn in this guide with my AnkiMaster Flashcard system, which was built specifically for input-based learning, you will have a collection of tools and resources more powerful than even the best language courses or schools in the world.
What I’m about to show you and teach you in this guide is the most beneficial information I can share in terms of helping you learn Spanish better, faster and more efficiently. You will find your learning process much more fun and exciting as well because you will have complete freedom to explore the language through all of the content that exists on the internet.
I know you all want to learn HOW you can use this information to help you learn Spanish so let’s get into it!