In 1998 I was planning to go travelling in South America so decided
to learn some Spanish. I started with All Audio Spanish, which
gave me a good introduction to the language, though I found it quite
frustrating searching through the tapes for particular sections.
Other textbooks I've used include Sueños World
Spanish, Colloquial Spanish, Madrigals Magic Key
to Spanish and Breaking Out of Beginner's Spanish.
I can now understand, speak, read and write Spanish to some extent
and have a few Spanish-speaking friends with whom I could practice
the language if I wanted.
At the moment I'm reading some Spanish short stories in a bilingual
(Spanish/English) format. These are helping me to increase my
vocabulary and improve my grammar. They are also providing an
introduction to the work of a number of Spanish and Latin American
authors. I also listen to Spanish language radio regulary and can understand
quite a lot.
In November 2005 I spent a couple of weeks exploring Aztec and Mayan
sites in Mexico and Guatemala with Explore
Worldwide, a company that specialises in small group adventure holidays.
There are some photos of this trip in my photo album.