Since your current goal is to be able to have the ability to learn how to communicate on a basic level in Spanish, you will be evaluating your progress based on a few metrics. If you decide to keep learning, you can use similar and slightly more advanced means to determine how well you are doing. Being able to measure your progress can often give you a reason to keep going. If you can see that you are moving forward, it provides great motivation to move forward, perhaps even faster.
To start, you can track the number of words and phrases you have learned – after all, that is the goal of Guided Immersion. To learn the basics so that you can dive right in and start talking from the first day. However, for anything beyond this, you will want something a little more sophisticated.
For this guide, evaluating your progress can be as simple as figuring out which words and phrases you need and then tracking if you have memorized them. This may not be as easy as it sounds when you consider how many vocabulary words and key phrases are in this guide. If you start considering the different ways you can combine vocabulary words and start making different sentences with them, you will quickly see how much work you have to do.
Take the vocabulary and work to make your own sentences with them. You will need some assistance from the Internet, but you can start working to learn how to express your vocabulary in more complete sentences without having to memorize them beforehand.
Tracking your goals is a good way to evaluate your progress, but it does mean that you have to have goals that have meaning to you. If one of your goals is to read a chapter, that really does not gauge your progress, not any more than tracking your word count. If you continue to learn beyond this guide, here are some goals that will give you a way to evaluate your progress.
Even if you only need to memorize the basics for now, once you get started, it doesn’t hurt anything to keep or retain that knowledge because you never know when it will be useful. Maybe you only need it for a business trip or a vacation. In a few years, you will definitely wish you had kept it up.
Fluency does not need to be your goal, after all of the time you dedicated to memorizing and reviewing, it won’t take nearly as much to keep that knowledge. 15 minutes a day can be enough to not only maintain what you know, but it can also help you creep toward something a little bit more functional if you decide you want to return.
The best way to really learn a language is to learn about Spanish customs. This means not only knowing where a language originated, but where it is spoken. English is spoken all over the world, and there are countries in nearly every hemisphere where it is the primary language. Spanish isn’t quite so far spread, at least not as the official language of other countries, but it is still spoken in several countries that are close together geographically. Each of these countries has its own customs.
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