Learning a foreign language is like starting a new adventure in your life. And just like every other adventure, this one is also filled with ups and downs and it takes a long time before you reach the end of the journey.
You need to face so many obstacles down the road, particularly if you choose to study on your own. It’s a brave move that perfectly suits the lifestyle of young people. After all, who says you have to attend traditional classroom-type lessons?
However, you do have to prepare for a challenging and time-consuming process. In this article, I will present you seven blunders to avoid while learning a language by self-study. Continue reading
Learning Spanish on your own can be hard.
Without a teacher or classmates you can lose motivation.
You have no-one to check you are on the right track or check you are pronouncing words correctly.
You feel overwhelmed with how many resources there are and don’t know which will work for you and which won’t.
You don’t have the time to research resources or try out different activities that may not work.
This is why I decided to create online Spanish courses to help people who are learning on their own because the truth is YES, YOU CAN LEARN SPANISH ON YOUR OWN! Continue reading
There were a lot of things that I learned from my French classes Brisbane. One of the surprising and most interesting thing amongst them was the importance and the need to learn a second language. No matter what your mother tongue is, it has become a necessity to learn another language if you want to survive in today’s rapidly globalizing world. If you speak English there are countless options available for you to learn. For example, French, Italian, Chinese, Dutch, Spanish are popular foreign languages to learn. Continue reading
One of the first things that beginners of Spanish who regularly travel to Spain want to learn is how to ask for directions and how to understand the answers you might get.
For some reason, people either love or hate this subject in Spanish.
It is just a case of learning the key verbs and words, you don’t need to understand long complex sentences. With the whole topic of asking for and understanding directions abroad, the most important thing is to be able to understand what the Spanish words mean and to be able to listen to them and interpret into English rather than learn to say them in Spanish, unless of course you are mistaken for a local and know the area really well so you can give directions. Continue reading
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5 Common Spanish Slang Expressions!
When speaking in Spanish the last thing you want is to sound like a ‘gringo’ or a ‘guiri’.
What is a gringo or a guiri?
A gringo is a foreigner in Latin America or in Spain the equivalent is a guiri. A gringo or a guiri is someone who really sticks out as being out of place.
Clearly you don’t want to sound like one of these and you want to fit in with the locals. Here is a quick and easy guide to the best ways to fit in and sound more like a local in a Spanish speaking country. Continue reading
Did you know that Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, after Chinese? Currently, more than 577 million people speak it. This includes about 400 native speakers, but also a little less than 200 million those who learn it as a foreign language.
Despite the popularity of Spanish, some people still experience difficulties with it. Why? It’s mostly due to the way they approach the language, as well as the culture. Use these 8 tips to bypass any obstacles on your road to Spanish proficiency. Continue reading
Do you feel tongue-tied or nervous when you need to speak a foreign language? Do you start sweating or stuttering? Are you afraid of being assessed or laughed at?
If so, it’s time to work on improving your speaking skills to become more confident and speak a foreign language with ease. Here are some practical tips that will guide through. Continue reading
Learning a new language can be frustrating, especially when you start from scratch; but if you are determined enough to do the hard work, it is totally worth it. Anyone can learn how to pronounce words in Spanish, communicate adequately, and start a conversation with a stranger – all you need is courage to make the first step.
According to a study conducted by the Mimic Method, the most difficult task for most Spanish students is understanding native speakers. In the end, how can that be false? Spanish is the second fastest language (somewhere near 7.82 syllables per second) after Japanese (7.84 syllables per second).
Acquiring new language skills means getting out of your comfort zone. If you are willing to do that, 20% of the work is already accomplished. Determination, perseverance, and openness are key elements in this equation. Now that we’ve cleared things up, let’s get down to business, Damas y Caballeros! Let’s see how we can make Spanish an easier learning process for you.
Whether you’ve just started studying Spanish or you’re packing your suitcases to visit a Spanish-speaking country, learning how to build simple Spanish sentences will come in handy.
Therefore, here are some rules that will help you form basic phrases and confidently speak Spanish in any situation. Also, this practice will make an excellent base for more complex structures later on. Continue reading
Tips to help you get started!
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