Key Numero Tres to Learn Spanish Online:
“Focus on how to speak Spanish” Don’t focus on “why Spanish is Spoken the way it is”
Many people have sent me emails with questions such as why is it “me gusta” (I like) instead of “me gusto” or why is it “me toma” instead of “me tomo” Of course, I could easily answer these questions. (And I do) But the objective is not to try equate everything in Spanish with English or your native language.
Accept the fact that Spanish grammar is different from English grammar. And focus on the objective of any language — which is to communicate effectively. And in order to communicate effectively, you only need to understand and be understood. It is not necessary that you understand each and every grammatical facet.
Trying to do so will only hinder your learning and make it difficult to learn Spanish online. Imagine trying to teach a 4 yr old the definition of a direct pronoun vs. an indirect pronoun. We would never attempt such a thing. But the 4yr old child is still fluent in his or her native language.
So make your goal to understand and be understood. Focus on “how to speak Spanish” Don’t focus on “why Spanish is Spoken the way it is.”