Top ten Spanish learning tips

top ten spanish learning tips

Top ten Spanish learning tips

Learning another language is a wonderful skill to add to your repertoire. In the United States Spanish is the second most common language spoken. Regardless of how you feel regarding the prevalence of Spanish; learning to speak and understand it is an invaluable asset. Many jobs look for or even require English and Spanish speaking individuals. Don’t get left in the dust, grab a Spanish lesson book and start on your journey into a new language.

Learning a new language

There are any numbers of ways to begin learning a new language with Spanish being no exception. Whether you choose direct tutoring, taking classes or language learning computer programs, learning to speak and understand Spanish will take time. As the saying goes “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Keep practicing and keep learning and you will grow by the day. Before you know it you will be speaking Spanish almost as good as a native speaker. A few things to remember when learning a new language are:

1.   Don’t give up

Learning a new language can be frustrating. Sometimes you get to a point where it doesn’t seem like you are making any progress and just going in circles. When this happens take a step back and walk away. Your brain can process information better than you may think but it takes time for it to sink in.

 2.   Practice makes perfect

As with any skill you want to master, you have to practice, practice, and practice. Repetition is how we learn and by practicing you slowly start to pick up on certain things within the language. Whether it’s how some words are pronounced or certain phrases. By continuing to practice you slowing forge ahead.

 3.   Use learning aids

In school when you need to learn a particular subject you probably used things like flashcards, visual aids, etc. to help you remember that subject. Now that you are out of school that doesn’t mean that you can’t go back and use these methods to help you learn Spanish. Using these aids gives you another angle to learning Spanish from allowing for a better understanding of the vocabulary, sentence structure, etc. and giving you an all-around better grasp of the language.

 4.   No one is perfect

No one ever learns anything instantly. While some people may be better at learning certain things than others that doesn’t mean those that aren’t can’t do it won’t eventually be just as good. Making mistakes is a good thing. When you make a mistake, you learn from it and grow from that. The same is true when it comes to learning Spanish. You learn to pronounce and make sentences by failing the first few times. Before you know it you won’t be making the same mistakes and you will grow into your second language.

 5.   Work with someone

One of the best ways to learn any language is to speak it. Working with someone who knows Spanish will help you learn proper pronunciation and sentence structure but also give you someone to practice with. Before you know it you will be having whole conversations with someone and debating on various topics. This also helps you learn to hear certain words as well.

 6.   Listen

As much as speaking Spanish is important so is knowing what someone else is saying. Hearing the language spoken will not only help you to speak it yourself but to know how certain words are to be used. If you can’t understand what someone else is saying in Spanish then speaking it won’t help you any.

7.   Slow and steady

Take your time with Spanish. Remember, it’s not a race. While we all want to spend as little time as possible mastering a new skill it won’t help anyone if you don’t learn it properly. Everyone learns at a different speed. Find what paces works for you and stick to it. As you learn more and more you will increase your pace until you have a complete understanding of the language.

 8.   Say everything out loud

Whether you are reading a word or sentence say it out loud. Reading the word and understanding it is different than saying it. By saying it out loud you engage multiple parts of your brain allowing for greater retention. Additionally this will help you when it comes time to speak the language and hold a conversation with someone.

9.   Label everyday items

Humans by nature are a visual animal. A great way to help learn the words for everyday objects is to label them in Spanish. While it may seem silly at first, after seeing the word associated with a particular object you will begin to connect the two. In no time you will be able to describe everything in your house entirely in Spanish.

10. Start with what you know

Having grown up in the United States everyone has had a little exposure to Spanish. Whether it was from Sesame Street or Dora the Explorer even young kids are exposed to Spanish. Start out with what you know in Spanish. For example, sí is yes in Spanish. No matter who or what you are I guarantee that you’ve heard that word at least once in your life. By starting with what you know it lets you see what you need to work on and what you might already have memorized.