If you don’t speak a second language, thinking about learning Spanish may seem a little intimidating. Maybe someone told you to begin with Spanish as it’s easiest to learn. The good news is that it’s not hard to learn almost any language. You’ll just need to decide on what tools and tricks for learning you want to use. There are lots of tips that you can use to help make learning Spanish easier. Here are a few tricks that you can try:
Try to remember to have some patience. You won’t be fluent in Spanish before the end of the week. Even if you have a perfect memory and can remember all of your vocabulary and conjugations, you might still have some problems stringing together a sentence correctly. If you put too much pressure on yourself to be fluent too quickly you won’t get anywhere.
Whenever you catch yourself thinking about anything, make the effort to translate whatever it is into Spanish. You won’t be able to do this very well at first, but be patient. Periodically throughout your day ask yourself how you would say the words you are thinking in Spanish. The more often you do this, the better you will be at it. You will get faster at the translation. You will know you have mastered this when you find that you sometimes think in the new language when you aren’t even intending. The next stage is to take your internal thoughts and speak them out loud, so you learn how to converse in Spanish.
Use labels in your environment. You can do this both at home and work, if it’s practical. This will show you the right names for objects, and you’ll be seeing them constantly. By gaining a thorough knowledge of the right words, you won’t later make a mistake that could prove to be an embarrassment. Imagine someday trying to communicate and using the word for bathroom when you wanted to ask what was for dinner! By using this technique of labeling objects, you’ll be absorbing all the right names for things, and you’ll find yourself picking up the new language quite naturally.
Create an organized system to learn the language. There are many ways to approach learning a language, but all demand a certain focus. The whole process becomes simpler if you use a logical and incremental approach. Rather than trying to say difficult phrases at first, begin with simple words and then work your way up to the more complex. 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. If you don’t adhere to the way the program is meant to be followed, you make the whole process more complicated. There’s no reason to do anything that will slow down your progress.
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. There’s no reason to do anything that will slow down your progress. Learning how to speak Spanish, or any language, doesn’t need to be an experience in frustration. There are lots of hints and tips that you can put into play to help you learn. The key to it all is maintaining an open mind for learning. You’ll soak-up the information a lot easier if your mind is open to it. It will be much harder for you if you try to make it sound similar to your own native tongue.