Are you thinking of Spanish as a second language and keep postponing the idea day after day? You are not alone! Because so many people who genuinely love the idea but don’t know where to start. Some of them are looking for a private tutor, others think a formal class in an institute or at the community college are the easiest solution, and as well a large group of people who are seriously think that they can learn the language by their own.
1- State of Mind:
No matter which group you are in, you need to overcome any learning anxiety that comes with the idea of learning a second language! This is a problem that hinders the capabilities of potential Spanish learners. Overcoming this emotional state with the proper motivation is the first step to success.
2- Bad Habits:
Learning a new language or any new skill for that matter is not easy especially for adults who have developed a mono language way of thinking, and has the habit of comparing and measuring with reference to their native language and try to find some similar roots or common bases for the two languages which is a deadly habit that will hamper the learning process. This phenomenon is more noticeable in older generations who are so attached to one language, while for children and young people it is a bit easier because their mind is open without bias. Learning capability is there for young and old, but it needs more effort to break bad habits and start thinking openly without comparing and or interpretation of words and syntax.
Believe in yourself. Having the mental state of ‘can do’ is more important than how and when. In most of the cases the positive thinking of oneself capability is the key to accepting the new language without thinking of possible difficulties. It is simply a self-motivation and great encouraging factor that helped learners to achieve their goals in a fast and efficient way.
4- Practice and Practice:
Learning Spanish from Books, CD’s, or direct tutors is good and necessary, but without practicing your new skills it is a crippled process and may take forever to control the basics. Composing a correct sentence on paper is different from saying it in front of a Spanish speaker, the interactive dialogues are so important to enrich the language, improve the pronunciation, and correct the structure of the speech. New Spanish learners you find it difficult to follow native speakers due to the nature of Spanish language itself and to lack of confidence. Spanish learners should use any chance available to practice their new vocabulary and sentences with their friends, or neighbors. They also need to overcome the embarrassment feeling that they might have saying a wrong word or when failing to find the proper one. Native speakers know that you are a learner and most of the time they will be helping you by slowing their pace, correcting you with encouragement.
5- Use available resources:
Other resources are available for improvement through listening to your local Spanish radio station, or following a Spanish TV program. Listening to these programs will train your ears on the tone and the flow variations in the daily conversations which will help you in comprehending the overall rhythms of the language as well as give you a great chance to grasp more generally used expressions and notions. When a specific expression is repeated frequently you will notice that easily and will be able to repeat it even before understanding the exact meaning, which will be a simple task with the help of a dictionary or a helping friend.