Preparation: What is the best way to learn Spanish?
With Christmas and then the New Year right around the corner, I find myself searching for ways to ensure that I am at least conversational by the time I touch down in Barcelona in a few weeks. In all honesty, Alyssa is at a more advanced level in the language than I am, but I hope to catch up while across the pond. Anyway, I came across Word Lens, an interesting iPhone App (featured above), which translates words right on the screen. It’s spectacularly helpful, there’s no question about that. But it doesn’t help you learn a language at all does it? I may very well drop $4.99 to have this as an emergency backup, but that’s all I would like it to be. It’s already far too tempting to latch on to Google Translate these days, and I feel the only way to truly learn a language is to make mistakes and not know, as exemplified in the video, whether or not you’re going to a nude beach.
So tell us, based on your experience, what is the purest way to learn a language? Memorization? Conversation? Simple Practice? A hybrid of all three?