Now is definitely the time to learn to speak and read Spanish. Fortunately, there are many options to learn Spanish using language software. Some are free or very inexpensive, and others are more pricey. But whatever your budget, learning style, or other preference, chances are there’s a great option or two for you to consider as you prepare to learn Spanish using language software—and get fluent in this fast-rising modern language. There are also multiple locations to see what other users are saying in various sites on “learn Spanish software review” forums and message boards. You might want to check out a few of these before you buy or otherwise commit to learn Spanish using language software.
Let’s get these out of the way first. You’ve probably heard of the major players: Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone, Berlitz, and a few others. Pimsleur’s (pimsleur.com) focus is on audio learning, and their CDs are great for listening while in the car, on the train, on the bus, or whatever. It’s not really software, as such, but it is a very effective learning program, as I can attest from personal experience. I’ve used their Spanish, French, and Italian programs, and they work great for me. Rosetta Stone’s Spanish language learning software (at RosettaStone.com) offers a more media-rich approach. It’s perfect for those who enjoy a more interactive, multimedia learning experience. Their modules, in three ascending levels of difficulty, can be purchased alone or in combinations with other levels. You can also buy them all at once, which costs the least per module. Rosetta Stone also offers an online subscription way to learn Spanish language software; you can start with a 3-month commitment for just under $150. Berlitz® (at NovaDevelopment.com), like Pimsleur, offers an audio course, and like Rosetta Stone, they also offer a software program. In addition, they’ve got an option for you to download and learn Spanish language software on your iPod, which includes vocabulary matched to the software, flash cards, and other cool stuff.
Free or Low-Cost Programs
Bet you were glad to see this subheading! Really, if you don’t have the money to spend on an expensive course right now, that really shouldn’t keep you from getting to learn Spanish language software. Start at DonQuijote.org, and browse to their “download software to learn Spanish” link. They’ve got a lengthy list of resources that are either free or priced below $30 (though sometimes all are not available as downloads). This site also has tons of games and interactive learning tools. SpanishPrograms.com also offers free activities and downloads to learn Spanish language software. Before You Know It (BYKI.com) has another innovative and media-rich way for you to learn Spanish language software, and they offer a free trial package, as well.