I received this email today:
We purchased Visual Latin and we are really enjoying it and learning a lot. I had a question for Dwayne Thomas: we are appreciating his approach to learning a language. Does he have any recommendations on a Spanish curriculum? I know there are many out there available, but would love to know what he recommends.
Here is my reply:
Glad to hear you are enjoying Visual Latin!
As for Spanish… I recommend the Spanish Dict videos on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j91m55N7e9I&list=PL6Hvozbgsbx7wW2JHehernnEmJklnvVlc.
Start there for a good, basic introduction. Also, bookmark their helpful website: http://www.spanishdict.com/
If you are an audio learner, check out Coffee Break Spanish: http://radiolingua.com/shows/spanish/coffee-break-spanish/. Using only their free stuff, you could learn Spanish in a year, or so.
Once you have reached an intermediate level, start watching the Spanish “Extra” series on You Tube. You may need to monitor this one. It is a sitcom, and can be suggestive.
Finally, when you have reached an intermediate/advanced level, start watching this teacher on You Tube. She’s great.
As for textbooks, I have found nothing great. Just grab whatever your local library has. Read a grammar, or two. This will give you a feel for the structure of the language.
If you are a Christian, start listening to the Bible in Spanish. This will give you feeling for the language. Here’s one: http://www.wordproject.org/bibles/sp/
Hope this helps!