There are so many opportunities to learn Spanish on YouTube. Any language, really. But, since I am learning Spanish, that’s been my focus. With my next couple of posts, I want to tell you about a couple of channels that really do it for me. Today, let’s start with The Spanish Dude.
The Spanish Dude is a guy in Florida named Jordan. I have to be honest and tell you that he was an acquired taste for me. His style is intense and in your face, bordering on the obnoxious. But, once you realize that he’s putting out a crap-ton of very practical, very useful, very intelligent information, it’s much easier to get past his choice of showmanship and embrace the pragmatism that is his video blog channel. At this point, I’ll tell you that I really like his stuff, and I look forward to watching his videos.
Why? Because I know I will learn something. Jordan puts out a lot of real information. Yeah, he’s got a “premium” set of videos where he delivers expanded versions of the free videos he makes available to the public. And, yeah, he shills them in some of his videos, though not all. And, yeah, he shills them on his website and in his newsletter. But, that really is beside the point. It’s not all the time, and it’s pretty innocuous. The stuff he puts out to the public is quality, useful, and pragmatic. So, I really can’t fault the guy for trying to make a buck by tutoring a subject he knows very well. The Spanish Dude is for real, and he really is an excellent place to start if you’re interested in learning Spanish. In fact, if you’re having trouble in a Spanish class in school – whatever the level – I’d highly recommend him.
A good place to start comes with his two videos on How to Learn Spanish. They are a no BS outline on what it really takes to learn Spanish. He won’t tell you that you can learn it in three months, without trying, just by eating tacos and listening to Latin music, while ogling Salma Hayek or Ricky Martin. No, he tells you the truth: it takes work. But, he gives you a direction to go, or a Battle Plan, as he calls it. He is the first and only online mentor I’ve come across that gives you a real, honest-to-goodness map to point you in the right direction.
Here are the links to those two videos. I highly recommend them. The points he makes are transferable to learning any language.