Great! You want to learn how to speak Spanish. One great thing, the Spanish language is not hard to learn. Even if you have trouble learning languages, Spanish is so widely spoken that you’ll find lots of different methods to help you learn. Read this article to learn just a few things you can do to make your learning process a little easier.
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. Any good tutor will be knowledgable of the different dialects in 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! More importantly, a tutor can tell you about the casual uses of the words you will be learning. Books and CDs tend to be very formal in their language teaching. A tutor can teach you slang!
Try putting tags on things in your environement. You can do this both at home and work, if it’s practical. This is a way you can immerse yourself in Spanish vocabulary by seeing the words and what objects they go with. Nothing is more embarrassing than using one word when you meant to use another! You don’t want to be remembered for making a gaffe or even making someone angry by using the wrong word by mistake. When you start seeing all these labeled items around you, the new vocabulary will start to feel more and more natural to you.
Watching TV shows and movies in Spanish will help you. Any movie rental store offers foreign language films, and it seems there’s no shortage of Spanish TV. You’ll hear how Spanish words are suppose to be spoken. And this will help you if you cannot have access to anyone who speaks Spanish. Just start by watching with subtitles on. Then, as you learn to identify parts of speech and words, you can turn off the subtitles and see how much you understand. You can accelerate your learning by doing this exercise.
It’s great to learn a new language, but many times its not easy to find out the best way.
You may consider buying a language book from your favorite bookstore. Classes are great, as are meeting and getting to know people fluent in Spanish. You’ll find many available options for learning Spanish, or any other language. Be sure to have lots of fun!
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