Deciding to learn a language on your own, without going to a group class, college course or having lessons with a private tutor is a brave decision. Obviously there are reasons why you may have no other option – your working hours or busy lifestyle may not allow you to attend a class at a college at the same time each week, you may not be able to find a good private tutor near you or you may not want to pay their fees.
The truth is that learning a language on your own is challenging but it is definitely possible and if you follow a structured approach you can make excellent progress within a short amount of time. The good things about learning on your own are that you can learn at your own pace, you create your own deadlines and you will have a greater sense of achievement once you reach your goals. Continue reading
The traditional way of learning a language is often not that useful when it comes to chatting with native Spanish speakers in real life. Although I learnt Spanish throughout school and university when it came to living in Spain and living with Spanish people, a lot of what I’d learnt went out the window as talking to people every day was a whole new ball game.
In this blog post we will look at how you can become an expert at conversation without years of studying with textbooks. Continue reading
Most people think that learning a language is too difficult and time consuming even to string together a few basic phrases. Some people think it is too difficult to master the pronunciation and to be understood when speaking the language. The reality is that nowadays there are so many different ways to learn foreign languages with technology and apps that anyone can do it!
One of the best ways to perfect your pronunciation is by listening to songs sung by natives in the language. How many times has a song’s lyrics got stuck in your head so that you are singing them without even thinking about it.
One of the best ways to improve your Spanish is to read as much as possible.
• It has been proven to be more effective than watching Spanish TV as you learn more words per minute.
• You can also make good guesses at unfamiliar words from the context. Continue reading
Learning a foreign language is interesting and fun. Mixing it with a relaxing activity like playing video games makes it an interactive, unique experience. Many experts say spending too much time playing video games is bad.
No one would disagree with this hypothesis for gamers who spend hours at a time playing and cannot be torn away from the screen. There are some benefits for people with healthy gaming habits including improving foreign language skills.
Here are some ways gaming will improve foreign language skills: Continue reading
Many people studying Spanish do the same mistakes all the time without even realizing it. For them, these mistakes might seem minuscule, but when conversating with a native, things look differently. We must pay attention not to embarrass ourselves, or make the other person feel uncomfortable.
Here are seven mistakes any Spanish student should avoid. Continue reading
When learning a new language, your final goal is usually speaking it. Writing allows students to gather information at a slow pace and focus on bettering each one of their abilities efficiently. It is a crucial part of developing your language skills. According to recent studies at St. Cloud State University, the time-bound nature of speaking, which doesn’t allow for significant pausing or revision, forces learners to adopt good planning habits that, when transferred to writing, become highly beneficial.
Reasons why you should write essays when learning a foreign language Continue reading
Spanish is spoken in 7.8% of the world, a percentage that is predicted to remain the same until at least 2050, writes El Pais. Their report also shows that today in the United States, there are 43 million native Spanish speakers and another 15 million people with some knowledge of Spanish.
So, whether you are travelling to a South American country or living in Miami, you need Spanish. “Learning a new language is an art,” shares Magdalene François, editor at Britannia Language. “It opens up a new world of opportunities, forms new brain connections, and can establish beautiful intercultural friendships,” continues François.
There are over 437 million native Spanish speakers and a total of 572 million people who speak it as either a first or second language. It is estimated that there are around 21 million people studying Spanish worldwide.`If you can speak Spanish this will open up many opportunities for you both professionally and personally. For people learning Spanish, the DELE certificated is one of the best ways to make your ability to speak Spanish fluently officially recognised worldwide. I am currently helping to prepare several of my adult clients to pass the DELE exams.
Let’s look at what the DELE diploma involves and the benefits it offers you: Continue reading
Travelling to work or college is the ideal time to learn Spanish or any other language you are studying. You do this on a daily basis, except perhaps at weekends so this helps you stick to regular learning. Whatever level you are at, this time can be a valuable part of your study schedule, especially if you are busy and struggle to find the time to fit in language learning every day. In this blog post we will share 5 tools you can use to learn Spanish on the train or in your car – most of which can be applied to any language. Continue reading