Learning your next language is always a great idea. English and Spanish are almost equally spoken in the US. You’ll very often hear English messages repeated into Spanish. That is a good reason for learning Spanish. But a lot of people have difficulty with learning new languages. Here are a few useful ideas and tips that will help you if new languages are a bit difficult. For me I need to learn Spanish because I am moving to Colombia Project Freedom
Work on your “Spanish tongue” this means working on your pronunciation of Spanish vocabulary. You can study grammar from books and memorize vocabulary, but how you actually speak is of primary importance. You can improve your speaking by getting Spanish books or magazines and reading out loud from them. Another good way to practice speaking is to go somewhere that fluent Spanish is spoken; listen carefully and then later try to duplicate anything you can recall. This is a great way to teach yourself how to speak Spanish using the appropriate order of words and developing the right inflections. You will also find that it’s actually quite enjoyable to practice speaking and reading in a foreign language. Don’t think of this as hard work; make it more like singing out loud.
Always try to improve your ‘ear’ for language. A lot of languages tend to be more ‘oral’ than written. In fact, as long as the language is still “alive” you will have to learn how to hear the language. Writing the alphabet or the correct way to write a sentence is not enough. You’ll still have to understand it when you hear it spoken. The best thing to do is listen to your language as much as you possibly can. When you’re able to positively identify the language after hearing a few words spoken, then that’s a sure sign you’re well on your way to learning it.
You can also watch Spanish TV and movies. This is easy because there are plenty of Spanish TV broadcasts, and most movie rental stores keep a foreign language section. You’ll hear how Spanish words are suppose to be spoken. This is helpful if you live somewhere that does not have a large Spanish speaking population to converse with. Just turn on the subtitles when you watch. Then as your understanding increases, just turn them off and check yourself. If you keep at it, you’ll be learning more and more.
Learning Spanish is a great idea, but maybe the hardest part is finding good ways to learn it. You might be tempted to just head to the bookstore and pick up the latest book on whatever language you are trying to learn. A class is a great idea, and so is meeting people who are fluent. You’ll find many available options for learning Spanish, or any other language. Just have fun!