Being able to think in Spanish is an important step to becoming fluent. To get to this stage takes a lot of time, work and effort.
Even though you may have learnt the verb endings for all the key tenses, you can write and understand Spanish, when it comes to thinking in Spanish this is a whole different level.
The good news is there are a few simple tricks you can use to train your brain to think in Spanish. This is the aim of this blog post – to teach you the techniques to help you think in Spanish. Continue reading →
When learning a language most people find they have to take a break from study at some point. This may be unavoidable if you become too busy with other things happening in your life or it could be through choice – maybe you lose motivation and study for less and less time each day, week or stop altogether. However, this is not always a bad thing as a break can be a good way of taking stock of where you are with the language, what you do know, what you don’t and what you need to work on.
The aim of this blog post is to help people who have taken a break from learning a language get back on track with the language. Continue reading →
We all make mistakes so if you are learning to speak Spanish it would be a good idea to learn how to say sorry. When chatting with Spanish people you never know when you’ll need to say “sorry”. There are different types of meanings of “sorry” therefore there is a different word for each context. In this blog post we will look at when to use each one. Continue reading →
When you are learning Spanish you soon come across grammatical jargon that just doesn’t make sense – things like, the ‘subject of the verb’, ‘object pronouns’, ‘possessive adjectives’ and the ‘subjunctive’! You panic as you don’t know what these all mean. The problem is most of us haven’t learnt English grammar at school so when faced with these terms it is natural to worry that you won’t understand. However, all these are, are names of parts of the language we speak all the time. For example, the subject of the verb is simply, “I”, “he”, “she”, “we”, “you” or “they”. A possessive adjective is just “my”, “your”, “his”, “her”, “our”, “their”. We use these all the time but we don’t know what they are actually called. Likewise, using the subjunctive is just the same. We use it without knowing that we are. Continue reading →
Learning a new language for a holiday or extended travel abroad is clearly a good idea and helps you get more out of your trip and make it stress-free, however, can learning another language help you in a business environment? In this blog post we will look at how learning a foreign language can help you do better at work or benefit your business. Continue reading →
If you are learning Spanish knowing the words for colours in Spanish is one of the first things you need to learn as they often crop up in everyday conversation and help us communicate with other people.
In this blog post we will look not only the words for colours but also how to use them correctly in sentences.
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When you start learning a language as a complete beginner it is easy to feel focused and motivated as it is fairly easy to grasp the basics, learn key words and start to make yourself understood in the language. Even asking for a coffee in the target language on your holiday can feel amazing once you realise that people really do understand you. As you progress in the language you come across more difficult things to understand and as you try to have a real conversation you realise how hard this can be. It is then easy to feel de-motivated and as if you will never be fluent in the language. This is normal! The key is not to give up and try the following tips to help you stay focused and motivated to keep learning: Continue reading →
When you first start learning a new language and picking up new words it is fun, they seem easy to remember and it all seems wonderful. However, the more you discover about the language, the more difficult it can seem and the more difficult it is to keep track of everything you have learnt. This is why, having good ways to document your study is really important as it helps track your progress and keep you motivated.
In this blog post we will look at ways to document your study and track your progress. Continue reading →
When you are learning a language on your own it can be hard to know where to begin. There are so many resources available to language learners, especially with technology and language learning apps available today, it can be quite overwhelming.
In this blog post we will go through 5 points to take into account when you start learning a language and are wondering which resources you should use. The first thing you need to do is:
One of the first things people ask me when they start to learn Spanish, is “How long will it take me to learn Spanish?” The problem with this question is that it is not clear what they are actually asking or what their expectations are. What do you actually need to learn the language for and what level of fluency do you need? Do you need to order a mean and drinks? Do you need to call a colleague, attend a business meeting? Are you planning to move to Spain? If you have a more definite idea of what you want to achieve and in what timescale this can help avoid disappointment when you feel you aren’t achieving what you hoped to and it can also help you plan your learning to suit your goals.
This blog post gives a few tips of how to set realistic but achievable goals so you get the most out of your language studies: Continue reading →