For many people who are new to learning languages, learning Spanish can feel like a difficult task. Maybe someone told you to begin with Spanish as it’s easiest to learn. Actually, most languages are easy to learn. You just need to determine what learning tricks you’ll be using. Lots of suggestions and helpful tips are available to help you learn Spanish much easier. Here are a couple tricks you can use:
Find a good tutor, if possible. No question, CDs and books can be very good. But a tutor can answer questions that often times a CD/book cannot.There’s nothing wrong with a CD, or book. However a tutor can provide the kind of help you may not receive from a book/CD. Tutors are usually fluent in the languages that they teach. They should be able to teach you about specific dialects within the language.
If you plan on using your new language by visiting a country where Spanish is the dominant language, learning to speak in the local dialect will help you communicate with the people you meet! A tutor can also teach you the informal understanding of words in local dialects. Books and CDs tend to be very formal in their language teaching. But a tutor can teach you the slang words.
As you listen to Spanish, pay close attention to what is being spoken. This will improve your ‘hearing’ for it. Many languages are more oral than they are written. You will still need to learn how to ‘hear’ a language as long as it’s still alive. Writing the alphabet or the correct way to write a sentence is not enough. You’ll still have to understand it when you hear it spoken. The best thing to do is listen to your language as much as you possibly can. When you find yourself being able to identify your language after hearing just a few words you’ll know you are on your way to really learning Spanish (or whatever language you have chosen)!
Surround your self in your new language.
Is there anywhere close where most people speak Spanish? A very good way to learn is listening to fluent speakers converse. People are usually more than willing to help others learn their language and communicate. You can get great practice in your new language without needing to leave the country!
Seems finding the best way to learn a second language is the hardest part.
You may consider buying a language book from your favorite bookstore. A class is a great idea, and so is meeting people who are fluent. You’ll find many available options for learning Spanish, or any other language. Just have fun!
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