Learning a second language has many benefits and is a tremendous idea. Spanish is rapidly approaching equal usage as English in the US. How many times do you hear messages in English translated into Spanish? That is a good reason for learning Spanish. Of course, for many people, learning new languages is very difficult. What follows are some helpful tips and a few tricks you can use to make things easier.
If you are immersed in an environment where only the new language is spoken, you are almost forced to pick it up quickly. If you were trying to learn Spanish, for example, you would visit somewhere in which Spanish was the primary language. In some American cities, you could find this situation right in the city where you live. Usually what this means, however, is traveling to another country so that you are not able to simply switch back to your own language when it is convenient. Language immersion puts you in a kind of sink or swim mode, which can practically force you to become fluent. For some, however, this puts too much pressure on them. You will have to decide for yourself.
Be sure to work on your listening skills for any language. Many languages are more oral than they are written. As long as it’s a ‘living’ language, you’ll still have to learn to hear it. Knowing how to write the alphabet or how to write a correct sentence will only get you so far. You will need to understand people when they talk to you. 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)!
You really can achieve fluency with right practice. Just forget about it comes out, the important thing is to speak the language as much as you can. Another tip is to replace the words in your language with the words you know from the language you’re learning. So if your new language is Spanish, then just try to use “cena” instead of “dinner” and in place of “one” use “uno.” In time, the words will become natural for you. This way you’ll be able to understand the words when you hear others speak them. That is the best way to start piecing together translations when you speak with people who are fluent in the language you are trying to learn.
There is no good reason to suffer frustration while learning Spanish – or any language. The net is full of helpful ideas and cool tools to help you. But the real key to learning Spanish, or any language, is to have an open mind about it. Your mind will more easily absorb the knowledge when it is open. And this… the more you try to make Spanish sound like English, the harder it will be for you.
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