Jumping in to the Spanish language-learning pool can be scary, I know! But trust me its not as complex as you think.
You see, the cool thing I’ve come to realize about Spanish is that it is almost completely phonetic. In other words, just by looking at how Spanish words are spelt you can tell how they are pronounced. While understanding advanced grammar of Spanish will take time and practice, many vocabulary words are very similar to English.
Here are a few beginners tips for learning Spanish to get you started on your path to fluency:
- Commit at least 30 minutes every day to practicing the language. You can mix it up. One day you can study from an online program, one day you can chat with a Spanish speaker, one day you can listen to Spanish music, and one day you can focus on vocabulary cards. The important part is that you’re building a habit. And success is not a characteristic it is a habit.
- Don’t be discouraged early on. I’ll be the first to admit, stepping out of your comfort zone to suddenly become novice at learning to communicate all over again is overwhelming at first. But you don’t have to try to figure out everything on your own.
- You are not alone. So don’t go it alone. There are thousands of new people every day who commit to learning a new language. One of the best things you can do is find a Spanish speaking friend, partner, or mentor who can give you feedback on your progress and correct any speaking mistakes along the way.
- Develop a “listening ear” for the new language. Immerse yourself in Spanish media. By listening to Spanish music videos and watching Spanish TV and movies you will begin to pick up on the nuances of Spanish language, tone, and pronunciation.
- For serious learners I also recommend joining a language exchange with a native Spanish speaker trying to learn English. You’ll be amazed at how much you can help each other progress when you both desire to improve.
Above all, my biggest piece of advice for beginners to learning Spanish is to believe in yourself! Yes this new endeavor might be challenging at times but you know you can do it. Think of all the obstacles you have already overcome in your life.
You were once new to driving, riding a bike, swimming, and even speaking English. But you did them. You practiced and look at you know. They are all second nature.
Remember there are several resources online dedicated towards Spanish for beginners to help you and I hope that my personal story as well as the stories of others help provide a road map for you to follow.
All you have to do is just find a regimen that works for you and make a commitment to stick to it. You can do this my friend, you can do this.