Do You Need Help Learning Spanish?
Congrats on your decision to learn Spanish! Fortunately, learning how to speak Spanish doesn't have to be hard. Even if you have trouble learning languages, Spanish is so widely spoken that you'll find lots of different methods to help you learn. Read this article to learn just a few things you can do to make your learning process a little easier.
Hiring a tutor is a great idea. No question, CDs and books can be very good. But a tutor can answer questions that often times a CD/book cannot.There's nothing wrong with a CD, or book. However a tutor can provide the kind of help you may not receive from a book/CD. Tutors are generally fluent in what ever language they're teaching. They can teach you about the different dialects within the language you are learning.
If you will be traveling to a Spanish speaking country, learning the local dialect will help a lot with better communications. A tutor can also teach you the informal understanding of words in local dialects. Books/CDs usually only offer the formal teachings of language. A tutor can teach you slang!
Always try to improve your 'ear' for language. Many languages are more oral-based than written. You will still need to learn how to 'hear' a language as long as it's still alive. Knowing how to write the alphabet or how to write a correct sentence will only get you so far. Naturally, you'll want to be able to understand other people when they speak to you. The best way to do this is to listen to as much of your chosen language as possible. When you find yourself being able to identify your language after hearing just a few words you'll know you are on your way to really learning Spanish (or whatever language you have chosen)!
Simple flashcards are a way you can easily test your knowledge. This may seem very simple, but it works well. Language is largely about memorizing, and these cards help you do just that! Use them to learn about using verbs in different tenses, correctly applying grammatical rules and so forth. Flashcards are usually pretty small so you can take them with you when you leave the house and work on your Spanish in your spare time. You can also have someone quiz you. The process is extremely simple -on one side of the card, write the word in your own language; on the other side, the same word in Spanish.
You don't have to struggle to learn a new language. Remember, Spanish is not as hard to learn as many other languages, so it's a good one to start learning. There are so many different language courses, programs and systems available today. What works for someone else might not work for you. When you find the program or strategy that you feel comfortable with, learning will be much simpler. Remember that whatever method you use, you have to give yourself time to make progress.