Taking beginner Spanish lessons at the Lake Chapala Society using the Warren Hardy (WH) method is for English majors, or teachers in general. For Mike and I, the foundation course by Warren Hardy proved to be too difficult to grasp. My FAITH in God makes my task of learning a new language after the age of 60 entirely possible! The right teacher and the right
method are critical to our success! In our initial six week class using the WH method, the course began with ten students, five of which were there to repeat the beginning course for the second and third time. Our goal
remains to speak Spanish conversationally with the service staff at the cafe, the gas station attendant and with our maid. We have found that if we SMILE while speaking what vocabulary we do know, our audience is most gracious, and they never try and correct our
grammar, they simply smile and nod with respect as they are thankful that we are trying. One Spanish teacher from the states reminded us to consider how we all learned English as a baby?
We mimicked our parents and siblings. We learned a few words like ball, water, milk, etc. before we ever learned how to speak sentences properly. So the overwhelming amount of vocabulary
and advanced use of verbs and nouns will come later. So what words are most useful? LEARN these: Por favor, muchas gracias, Adios, Buenas Dias, como esta, quanto questa, and la quenta por favor. TRANSLATION: Please, thank you, good-bye, good morning, how are you, how much is it, check please! READ COMMENTS below for more important vocabulary.