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Pimsleur approach? Rosetta stone?
Or you can do it as I did. Get a job as a dishwasher in a restaurant, some of the things they taught me aren't very polite though.

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Rosetta Stone's a good start, but it's not going to get you completely fluent based on what I've read. It's a fantastic start, though, you should have pretty good comprehension and have some conversational abilities.

The issue with RS is that it keeps everything unrealistically formal in that native speakers don't actually speak so formally. However, if you use RS and have someone who you can practice with, that might be perfect.

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Find a local spanish speaking family and move in-you'll learn so much faster if you're in the middle of it every day.

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@xarous...thanks for the honest answer and @thedogma thanks for the info about RS...my daughter just graduated high school and won the Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 awards but they don't teach conversational Spanish...it's all about conjugation and stuff.

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are there any spanish speaking retail coworkers there? you can ask them to teach you the basics like numbers, polite greetings, etc.

or if you come across a friend or friend-of-a-friend who would like to trade lessons you can practice on each other. set aside an hour or two several times a week, go grab lunch at a spanish food place and practice ordering, reading your choice out...

if you have to, stop someone you just see regularly and treat them to lunch and discuss the possibility with them.

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@w00tgurl...thanks for the advice...I can already count to 10 in Spanish and know the basic color words(azul,blanco,negro,gris,rojo...etc.) My problem is with the larger numbers..the twenty-somethings, and so on. I have a co-worker that is semi-fluent, but his translations came from prison :>(

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Immersion is the fastest and easiest way to learn a language that your parents didn't teach you as an infant. Your adult brain is no longer wired for learning a language, so you have a huge disadvantage as an adult.

Have a Spanish speaking family adopt you. Refuse to speak any English until you can understand pretty much everything in Spanish. Six months, tops, and you'll be 80% fluent.

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It depends on how much you're trying to learn. Do you just want numbers/some basic phrases? If so, it would be easiest to just memorize.

Most numbers (from 16 on) are just like English, combine the tens-prefix with the ones digit and could easily be memorized. If you're looking to make sentences on the fly, it will be more difficult and you might want to see if there are some night classes available around the community (community center or something?)

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Out here all the Chinese restaurants have the Mexican employees. You can do a 2-fer, learn spanish and cook chinese :)

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get a job as a gardner. Your coworkers will teach you.

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Rosetta Stone. Worth every penny

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Watch lots of Univisión, Telemundo, TeleFutura, Azteca television. Plus you will learn some culture of the class they are targeting.

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1) Pegue un libro en español en la parte delantera de un coche
2) Siéntate delante del coche, la cabeza, incluso con el libro
3) Tener el carro de alguien en coche a la cabeza
4) Repetir

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@madross: I don't understand spanish, but I don't need to to watch a lot of the shwos on telemundo. The women are always scantily clad and gyrating on their entertainment shows. It does make me want to sample more of the culture.

I don't get the whole eybrow flexing thing.

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Remember this commercial:

Want to learn spanish? It is as easy as S O C K S. If you can spell socks you can learn spanish.

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@wootmavin: Actually, that should be ¿Cómo? :)

ETA: I've taken years of Spanish, including spoken Spanish (HS and college), but I'm nowhere near fluent. Also, if you don't use it, you'll lose it.

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If you are single, date a Latin. If not single, have a Latin friend help. I live in South Florida, and just to survive, you need to know a lot of Spanish. Total immersion is the best way to really learn a language.

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@rlapid2112: Say what? Cuban husband says pretty much the same thing.

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@lavikinga: Did you have him translate (its poor at best). Clue, last word is "repeat". Notice the words coche & cabeza...

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@rlapid2112:
1) glue a spanish book on the front of a car
2) sit in front of the car with your head against the book
3) have someone else's car wedge your head in?
4) profit, i mean repeat

i think you could die but that's my non doctoral opinion

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I'm not sure of the easiest or fastest way, but I do know not to ask @rlapid2112. That's the first step.

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@rlapid2112: I had to get him to translate it for me because when I translated it, it was nonsense. Now I realize it WAS nonsense. When I told El Jefe you really meant "glue,
he just shook his head. I hang with special people.

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@brian188: yup, I only speak 2 languages, English and bad english.