Thinking about Learning Spanish

I’ve been thinking about learning Spanish lately. I took a year of Spanish in High School, and did terribly. Since then, I’ve learned a lot about learning foreign languages. After French and Esperanto, it should be relatively easy. Living in Southern California, there should be plenty of opportunities to use any Spanish skills that I’m able to develop.

If anyone has learned Spanish outside of school, I’d be happy to hear how it went and any suggestions you have. If you learned it in college, what book(s) did you use? Were they any good? Any advice is welcome really. Thanks.