Congrats on your decision to learn Spanish! One great thing, the Spanish language is not hard to learn. Spanish is spoken by most of the world. So even if learning language is hard, you really should have no problem finding a technique that will make it easy. Read this article to learn just a few things you can do to make your learning process a little easier.
There is probably no better way to become fluent in a new language than to go somewhere that forces you to speak it constantly. That’s why visiting a place where the first language is Spanish would be an efficient way to learn that language. In some large cities in America, there would be no need to leave home to find such a Spanish-speaking area. Going abroad, however, puts more pressure on you to learn the new language; at home, you can just return to your own neighborhood where your old language is spoken. Many people swear by the immersion method–they say it forced them to learn faster. Other people find it intimidating. It’s a matter of personal preference.
An important skill to acquire is to practice thinking in the new language. Whenever you catch yourself thinking about anything, make the effort to translate whatever it is into Spanish. You will have to practice this, so don’t be in a hurry. Everyone has a certain amount of “mental chatter” in their heads; when you notice this, think how the words would translate into Spanish. The more often you do this, the better you will be 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.
You need a certain amount of discipline. Most courses use a very specific approach to teaching languages. The whole process becomes simpler if you use a logical and incremental approach. Learning the alphabet and how to count as first steps makes more sense than trying to learn complex sentences. If you want to speed up your progress, don’t try to learn the language’s grammar right away; start, rather, with vocabulary. Whether you are using a book, tape or video, follow it as much as possible the way it is presented. You will find that Spanish becomes much easier if you remain in tune with the course you are using. Skipping around will only slow you down and make it less clear. Why would you make things harder for yourself? We’ve looked at just a few of the many possible ways you can make learning Spanish easier.
Many people get help when they start learning another language. One reason there are so many methods is that people have different learning styles. Keep trying different learning techniques. Speaking Spanish is something you can do; just find the method that works for you and be persistent.
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