Deciding to learn a new language is a fabulous idea. English and Spanish are almost equally spoken in the US. How many times do you hear messages in English translated into Spanish? This is only one good reason to learn Spanish. Yet there are a lot of people who experience difficulty with a new language. If new languages are difficult for you, what follows are some tricks and tips that may help you.
The immersion way to learn a new language is one time-tested way to become fluent fast. There would be no faster way to get fluent in Spanish, for example, than to spend time in a Spanish-speaking nation. In some American cities, you could find this situation right in the city where you live. Of course, when you visit another country you don’t have the convenient option of using your native language if you feel like it. There are many people who claim that immersing themselves in the new language made them learn it faster than they could have any other way.
Other people find it intimidating. It’s up to you whether or not this is the way you’d like to learn. Try to make yourself think in Spanish as much as possible. It may not be easy when you first try, but take any thoughts you can and turn them into Spanish. You will have to practice this, so don’t be in a hurry. Periodically throughout your day ask yourself how you would say the words you are thinking in Spanish. if you do this often, you’ll find that you get much more skilled at it. You will get faster at the translation. There will come a point when this will become automatic, and you’ll think in Spanish without trying. If you know how to think in Spanish you can work on saying those thoughts out loud–the key to truly interacting in Spanish.
Become immersed in the language. Is there anywhere close where most people speak Spanish? An excellent way to learn is by listening to a fluent conversation between two people. People are usually more than willing to help others learn their language and communicate. You won’t have to travel far, and you can get the same experience and practice with your second language.
Learning a new language, whether it is Spanish or something else, does not have to be excruciatingly difficult. You might have a rough time of it in the beginning, especially if you are not used to learning languages, but over time you will get better. Just try to stick with it, and use all the tricks you can find. Soon enough you’ll be fluent.
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