Quote from northmississippi
I was thinking that it will important to learn spanish, but older people like myself who rarely ever meet anyone who speaks spanish will find it difficult to learn and retain.
Believe me, you're never too old to learn a language. My mom managed to learn english in her late 50's and if you're a spanish speaker, learning english is not easy, specially when you're older, since pronouncing sounds like "th", "z" "ch" and the english "r" doesn't come easy at all!!!
However, I think what is really important is to take a class that emphasizes speaking and not just writing and grammar
. I think that's the main problem in the USA. You take a language class and 2 years later, you can't barely express yourself. However, you take a language class in other countries, and within a year, you can communicate, but that's because the main approach concentrates on communicating and not writing or just learning grammar rules.
Nonetheless, with the internet, nowadays it is easy to actually learn a language and retain it. You can join many sites where you can find language partners and you can communicate through skype or even you can watch youtube channels in spanish.
But just wanted to say that you're never too old to learn a language and the thing about spanish, is that unlike french, people aren't snobby about how you pronounce it, as long as you get your meaning across!