The best way to learn Spanish, if you didn’t happen to grow up in a Spanish speaking household, is to learn the basics of the language either through a course at your local adult education center/community college or to buy a Spanish language course online or at your local bookstore. Once you have digested this initial information it’s time to begin immersing yourself in all things Spanish language.
Scholars have learned that the best way to learn Spanish, or any other language for that matter, is full immersion for an extended period of time. This can mean living in a Spanish speaking country or studying abroad for a number of months. It becomes a sink or swim type situation where you are forced to pick up the language just to function in society.
For those of us not able to just pick up and move our lives completely, full immersion will be nearly impossible. That does not mean that you can’t surround yourself with Spanish as often as possible in your quest to learn to speak Spanish. You can easily keep the Univision or Telemundo television stations on in your house and you can enlist any Spanish speaking friends or neighbors to help teach you the language. Just being around Spanish speaking people will prove an invaluable tool to help you pick up the language.