A lot of people want to learn Spanish, it’s a pretty modern language and it’s captivating as well. Learning Spanish isn’t a quick process, it takes a lot of time and dedication. If you just want to learn a few words, then this article isn’t for you.
So how do you learn Spanish?
Well… sit down, open your textbook (application, video) and learn. There isn’t an amazing trick that will allow you to become fluent in Spanish. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t impossible, but you need to understand it isn’t a quick process either. You won’t learn Spanish overnight; you need to dedicate your time and work on it if you want to have results.
I searched a lot on ”How to learn Spanish”, I wanted to know the answer. After reading all those articles and watching tons of videos, I understood three things. You need to be immersed in the language, be motivated enough to learn it and enjoy the process.
Be fond of Spanish
Would you learn Norwegian if you don’t know anything about it and you don’t even have friends who speak it? I think not. If you are not interested in Spanish or the culture, you won’t learn it. You really need to love the language in order to learn it. Maybe you are not so obsessed with Spanish, but you still want to learn it so, you should immerse yourself in the language, that will definitely help. Surround yourself with Spanish, and you’ll start noticing you are more and more interested in it.
Being obsessed by the language still, doesn’t mean you are motivated to learn it. A great example is Japanese and anime. A lot of people watch and love anime and Japanese culture, but it doesn’t motivate them enough to learn Japanese. There isn’t a unique formula for motivation. You need to try different methods and figure out which one works for you. For example, I love watching videos about polyglots and learning about how to learn a new language. When I hear someone speaking in Spanish or about Spanish, I instantly want to get better at it. I touched on this topic before, check out How to motivate yourself to learn a new language.
As mentioned in the video, just start doing it and you’ll be hooked by the process of learning Spanish, and you will be motivated to do it again and again.
You’ll quit pretty fast if you learn Spanish in a boring way. Don’t do that to yourself. If you prefer going out and socializing but not reading boring grammar books, then do it. There’re tons of ways to learn a new language. So find a Spanish community and hang out there or speak with a native online, it’s your call.
Or maybe you like games, change the game language to Spanish and also learn basic things with Digital Dialects. Or just search Spanish Games on Google and pick up the games that you like. But that isn’t enough. You also need to learn conjugation a little bit of grammar, sentence structure, etc. Don’t get discouraged; you still can find the best method that suits you.
Here are some more tips on how to learn Spanish:
So you already have everything you need, just pick one method and get started. Check 7 tips for learning Spanish and the Step-by-step Plan and start working on it. No one can learn Spanish for you, so just do it.
- Don’t start with grammar
You can learn grammar by listening to native speakers talking. Even if you know grammar rules you can make mistakes when you talk. For example, the signal words for Present Simple are always, every, never, normally, often, etc. So when you speak in English do you have time to think ”Oh, I want to say I always go to this store, so I need to use Present Simple”? No, you just do it because it sounds natural to you. You don’t have so much time to think when you speak so even if you know the rule you might not build the sentences correctly. Listen to native speakers more and you’ll learn the right order of words and grammar.
- Be consistent
Don’t expect to have great results learning Spanish for just an hour a week. It will take you forever to learn it. It applies not just to Spanish but to everything in your life. If you want to achieve/get something work on it every day. It might be Spanish, learning to play the guitar or becoming a better speaker, you name it. Even 5 minutes a day will make a difference. Nowadays everyone is busy, use an application during your break or listen to an audio book on your way home. Don’t make excuses, be honest with yourself.
- Tell yourself about your day in Spanish
At the end of the day tell yourself what you did in Spanish or write it down in a diary. You’ll find out which words you don’t know, and you can make some flash cards or make up sentences with those words. That will improve your vocabulary. For better results ask a native speaker to correct it. Use Lang-8; it’s free.
- Just talk
Use the following websites for finding a buddy and start talking; this is what will improve your Spanish.
Or you can find someone who doesn’t know English, just Spanish and try to talk. You’ll be forced to express yourself in Spanish and you’ll be amazing how much Spanish you actually know.
Get to work now, don’t waste your time. Good luck!