If you've never studied Spanish before — or if you're just brushing up on what you've learned before — you're about to learn a skill and pick up some knowledge that will enrich your life.
Beginner-level lessons on this site are designed to help new Spanish students or anyone else learning the language with the fundamentals needed for further learning and study. Nearly all the lessons require no supplementary material other than perhaps a dictionary for reinforcing vocabulary. But any other resources you can provide, especially some tapes or CDs to help you with pronunciation and intonation, as well as other lessons in books or in audio, will help you learn faster and better.
Most lessons on this site are brief, outlining the concept and providing examples. You probably will be able to read each lesson in 5 to 10 minutes. Links in most lessons take you to supplementary material.
Most of the lessons are designed to stand alone. Links in the lessons and elsewhere on the page lead to related lessons.
If you need some help, you can ask a question on the bulletin board. There you can come into contact with others who are learning Spanish as well as people who have mastered the language, including native speakers from Spain, Latin America and the United States.
Finally, make sure you take advantage of whatever opportunities you have to use what you're learning. If you travel to a Spanish-speaking area or have friends or acquaintances who speak Spanish, practice your conversational skills. Nearly always, you will find that Spanish speakers appreciate your efforts to learn their language.