Tips for Learning Spanish | The Communication Blog

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tips for Learning Spanish

By Eliseo Ozane

Contrary to popular belief, learning how to speak a new language does not have to take a long time. The truth is, you can have a great time learning a new language! Focus on the opportunities that speaking another language can bring. When you travel, it can make you much more at ease. It's also very likely that you'll be able to communicate more easily with many residents of the city or town where you live. If you know two or more languages, you are also qualified for many more jobs. For people who live in the U.S., the language that is spreading most quickly is Spanish.

Depending on where in the U.S. you are, Spanish may be spoken as much as English, if not more. For this reason, being able to understand Spanish is becoming an important skill.

Keep in mind to have some patience. You won't be speaking Spanish fluently in several days. Even if you have total recall and can remember your conjugated verbs and vocabulary, you may still have difficulty with sentences, etc. If you put too much pressure on yourself to be fluent too quickly you won't get anywhere. Instead let yourself learn slowly. This allows you to feel more relaxed with Spanish. It's also good to learn slowly is because people will have more patience with you if they know you're trying to learn their language. You need to be careful so you don't offend anyone.

Sign up for a course. There are a lot of people who are not comfortable taking a Spanish course with other students. Courses usually involve speaking the language out loud as you learn it in front of the other students in the class. This intimidates many people.

Practice some organization. Learning a language doesn't have to be hard, but you have to use one system or another. Languages have a certain logic to them, and you have to follow this. It's best to start with more basic things, like the days of the week, hours on the clock and simple phrases. The fastest methods always teach vocabulary first and then grammar. It's best to stick to the rules of the system you are using and not jump from one chapter or section to another at random. If you follow the courses as they are set out you'll have an easier time learning Spanish. If you jump from one lesson to another you might really hinder your learning process! By trying to change the order, you can become confused. It doesn't make sense to try to change a proven method.

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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