Dos cerveza por favor. If you know what that means you have probably vacationed in a Spanish-speaking country that had sandy beaches and nice hot weather. Or maybe you’re the person who enjoys going south for the winter and spending some time in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central or South America. Even if you have never had to order a beer in Spanish on a hot day or if you have never visited a Spanish-speaking country, most of us recognize the familiar Spanish phrase “Dos cerveza por favor”. You don’t realize it yet, but this Spanish phrase is the corner stone on which your desire to learn fluent Spanish will become realized.
Memorize the Spanish vocabulary in the beginning of the chapter. Look at the first word, then look at its English translation. Cover the English word, mentally state its Spanish word, then mentally state its English translation. Keep repeating this until you get the translation down before moving to the next Spanish word. Cover the first and second English words. State the first Spanish word, followed by its translation, then state the second Spanish word and its translation. Move to the third Spanish word and repeat this process.
Learn the Spanish pronouns. You’ll understand why in the next step. Learn how to conjugate Spanish verbs with pronouns. You can do this at www.studyspanish.com. You must learn this process before moving on. It is essential that verbs are conjugated properly, or else your sentences could have entirely different meanings than what you had intended.
Learn about irregular Spanish verbs. They will change meanings and spellings in a manner that is not affected by the traditional Spanish verb conjugation rules. Simple memorization will be required.
Learn your most commonly used Spanish nouns. By this point, you will have likely picked up a few definitions simply by accident, which is why this stage comes in so far down the list. Also, it is much easier to supply a noun in Spanish when the sentence structure is correct to being with. Supplying nouns merely becomes a process of filling in the blanks with words we hear everyday from Spanish speaking neighbors, on Spanish television networks, in magazines, on product labels, etc.
Learn the most commonly used Spanish phrases quickly in a Spanish phrases guide book. This step is last because in order to understand why a phrase is constructed the way it is, you must understand how Spanish words are joined together to form a complete thought.