Learning Spanish on your Own? This Resource Can Really Help

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If you are seriously considering moving to Mexico but you cannot speak Spanish, you might want to think about taking some steps to learn the language. Although it is possible to live in Mexico and not speak Spanish at all  — a lot of expats manage it — your daily life will be much easier with some español under your belt.

It’s not easy to learn a language on your own — I know this from personal experience. I had to learn Spanish on my own out of necessity while working as a deputy Sheriff in Florida. Once I was proficient in the language, I started teaching Spanish to other law enforcement officers.

Over the years, I have looked at hundreds of different Spanish courses and self-learning tools. There are some really good ones out there, and some really bad ones. Oddly enough, some of the least effective happen to be some of the most popular due to aggressive advertising campaigns. I have tutored several students who spent a lot of money on such programs only to be disappointed at the results.

That being said, I recently came across a Spanish learning resource that impressed me quite a bit. I liked it so much that I decided to share the information via a post on our blog.

My Recommendation

Ventanas Mexico: A Complete Interactive Guide to Learning Spanish Free Online by Kerry Ann Baker is an e-book written specifically with the adult self-learner on a budget in mind.


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This is not another “teach yourself” Spanish book full of grammatical rules and exercises. If it was, I wouldn’t waste my time – or yours – telling you about it.

How it will benefit the adult self-learner

One of the most difficult aspects of learning Spanish on your own is wading through a sea of online sites, books, videos, applications and programs to find something that fits your needs. This can be an arduous process that takes valuable time away from actually learning the language.

The author of this interactive e-book has done all of the research for you and has created the most comprehensive breakdown of free Spanish learning sites that I have ever seen. She painstakingly reviewed hundreds of sites and chose over 60 free online learning resources that she felt would be the most beneficial to someone learning on his or her own.

For each selected resource, the guide contains the following:

  • screenshot of the site
  • type of learning (active vs passive)
  • skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
  • What the resource is useful for (e.g. reading comprehension, grammar, listening etc.)
  • brief description of the resource
  • link to the site

No matter what your skill level is in Spanish, this guide will enable you to quickly review several free sites to find one that fits your learning needs at the time.

As if that wasn’t enough

The author could have stopped right there and I would have been impressed with the book — but she didn’t.

She went so far as to create sample lesson plans for almost every skill level. The lesson plans contain links to certain portions of free resources across the web. All a student has to do is follow the lesson plan and visit the links in the order in which they appear.

She also shares some very insightful and helpful tips about learning Spanish. These tips are especially useful for people who are just starting out.

Let’s Wrap This Up

If you are learning Spanish on your own — or plan to start in the near future — I would recommend buying this guide. It will save you both time and money in the long run.

You can purchase it from Amazon by clicking HERE.

I want to add that I don’t receive any of the proceeds from the sale of this item. In fact, I have never even met the author.

Technical advice: You do not need a Kindle to use this resource, in fact it’s better if you don’t because it contains links to resources. You can open it through your Amazon account in a web browser and the links will open in new tabs. I read this e-book on my laptop. 

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About the Author

Q-Roo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. In 2016, they started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) sharing their experiences, as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border. The blog has been viewed over two million times and the articles have been republished in numerous periodicals across Mexico.

8 Comments on "Learning Spanish on your Own? This Resource Can Really Help"

  1. Paul,

    Great thoughts on learning Spanish. I’ve purchased the Pimsler Spanish course from Audible. I drive 45 minutes each way to work and the 30 minute chapters are perfect. I’ve “cruised” through 25 chapters and what’s great is that it’s a breeze to go back a couple chapters and brush up on things that aren’t quite sinking in. I started with another Spanish course but, it was only 3 classes and didn’t get me anywhere close to where I want to be with my ability to speak and understand the language. These courses aren’t free but, I do feel they are worth the cost. I’m headed to check out your recommendation right now.

    • I commend you for learning Spanish on your own. Learning a foreign language is one of those things that you will never regret doing.

  2. Thank you I have been trying way too many programs and not getting anywhere. I have recently moved here part time for now and I work on it everyday I need to to learn the language asap it would make life here much easier. Thank you for all your tips I really enjoy your blog. I am in the same resort as you only on the other side of the bridge.

    • Thanks for reading the blog, neighbor. I think you will find this guide useful in learning Spanish. I am recommending it to people that I tutor as well.

  3. It is impressive how much work went into creating this guide. I went back and corrected that section about the number of sites reviewed.

    Congrats on having created such a useful learning tool for others. 🙂

  4. Hi Paul, thanks. This has been a frustration for years, but we are now spending a lot more time in Mahahual and I have to really redouble efforts. I have bought and downloaded so many lessons, but still have had a problem learning. Actually in Santiago now working on a project but they have too many damn English speaking people.

    • It isn’t easy but it sounds like you are committed to do it. This e-book will point you to a lot of free resources to help you reach your language goals.

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