Learning a Second Language as an Adult versus as a Child

Adults vs children learning languagesWe live in a society that tends to celebrate youth, and this extends to their abilities to learn. This doesn’t help the fact that many of us feel that we’re getting too old to adopt a new skill or start on another career path. A lot of this negativity is self-directed, and when it comes to learning another language, we often discourage ourselves by thinking that it’s too late for us to start, that younger people are more successful in these endeavours.

While it’s certainly true that multi-linguism can be easier with the benefit of youth, it’s not impossible to achieve later in life. By applying some energy and useful tools, we can become fluent conversationalists. That said, we also need to be mindful of how we approach the challenges that childhood learners aren’t privy to.

So what are the differences between learning as an adult as opposed to a child? What strategies can old learners employ to mitigate the difficulties of age? Let’s take a closer look so you can get started in receiving the vast cultural benefits of adopting a new tongue! Continue reading

How to Use Negative Words in Spanish

Negative words SpanishNegative words in Spanish do not work in the same way as in English. If you try to translate a negative sentence from Spanish directly into English it will not sound right.

For example, in English we do not use double negatives whereas in Spanish they do.

e.g. No tiene nada que hacer. – Literal translation: He doesn’t have nothing to do.

(This is incorrect English and anyway, this would mean that he does have something to do, so is not negative.)

You will also find that you do not hear plural nouns used in negative sentences. You always use the noun in the singular form.

e.g. No hay problema.There are no problems.

In this blog post we will teach you everything you need to be able to make up your own negative sentences. Continue reading

Is it better to focus on Vocabulary or Grammar when you start to learn Spanish?

vocabulary or grammarThis is a very good question that a lot of beginner learners of Spanish and other foreign languages ask themselves when they start studying. Should they work on learning more words for things or should they be focusing on putting the words together in the correct way?

This is what we will discuss in this blog post to help beginners work out what they should be concentrating on in the first few weeks and months of learning a language. Continue reading

Review of Online Course “Essential Holiday Spanish”

Online Spanish courseThis course aims to teach beginners of Spanish the key words and phrases to survive easily on holiday in any Spanish-speaking country.

You will learn how to greet the locals, take a taxi, check in at the hotel, order food and drinks, ask for directions, go shopping and deal with emergency situations.

The course is based on authentic dialogues between a native speaker and a tourist.

Here is a review from someone who recently downloaded the course: Continue reading

10 Ways to Enjoy Learning Spanish As An Adult

Many people think that learning a foreign language is best done as a child or when you are younger when your mind is more receptive to picking up new words and your memory is better. However, is this really true? Investigations have shown that adults do actually learn languages better than children.

Yes children pick up words quickly but with languages they are also easily forgotten if not used regularly and this is the case at any age!
In fact there are many advantages to learning a language as an adult which we will discuss in this blog post. Not only that, we will also give you tips as to how to enjoy learning a language later in life. Continue reading

How Can You Learn A New Language While Staying at Home?

As much as confusion, fear, and uncertainty this year has brought to us as a result of the global pandemic, it has been an excellent opportunity to turn to learn new things as we all have got ample time. Staying at home and reading novels or text books is unique, but how about learning something that can change your life for good? You guessed it right! We are talking about learning a new language. Its fun, it’s exciting, and it is convenient to learn a new language while staying at home. Here are some tips to help you get started with it immediately: Continue reading

Preterite vs Imperfect

Master Which Past Tense to Use

One of the most difficult things people who are learning Spanish come across is which past tense to use. There are several past tenses in Spanish but the two most common ones are the preterite (or the past simple) and the imperfect which are also the easiest to confuse.

In this blog post we will help you work out when to use the preterite and when to use the imperfect so that when you come to talk or write in the past in Spanish you will be able to with ease. Continue reading

Master the ‘Preterite Tense’ in Spanish

Preterite SpanishThe “preterite tense” in Spanish is also known as the “past simple tense”. As there are several different past tenses in Spanish, it can be tricky for learners to work out which one they should be using and when to choose the preterite tense.

This blog post will help you work out when you should be using the preterite tense / past simple tense.

When to use the Preterite Tense

Basically you need to use the preterite tense when talking about completed actions that happened at a specific time. You could also be talking about something that happened once – NOT habits or repeated actions. Continue reading

How to Talk About What You “Used to do” in Spanish Using the Imperfect Tense

Spanish ImAs a Spanish learner you may not realise it but in everyday conversation Spanish speakers use about eight different past tenses! On the other hand, English only has four past tenses.

This can be quite scary to find out as a Spanish learner. However, the good news is that you do not need to know all of them to be able to communicate effectively in Spanish.

In this blog post we are going to concentrate on just one past tense, the imperfect tense which you will be pleased to hear is one of the easiest tenses to learn in Spanish! Continue reading

Review of “Essential Holiday Spanish”

Online Spanish courseThis is a review of the self-study online course “Essential Holiday Spanish” for beginners to learn the basics to survive on holiday by using simple Spanish.

What to expect from this course:

– Learn by listening to REAL dialogues with a native speaker
– Learn basic Spanish phrases to talk to locals
– Reinforce what you have learnt with easy, fun exercises
– Practise your speaking with pronunciation tutorials

What is covered in the course?

The topics covered deal with all the common touristy situations you will find yourself in on holidays: Continue reading

 

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