Roller Coaster of Language Learning

Roller Coaster of Language Learning

Why is it a roller coaster? Well, because learning a language is full of ups and downs. It also makes us face our insecurities and fears. Learning Spanish is a process full of positive emotions and frustrations, the moments of clarity and total confusion. At the very beginning any foreign language seems very difficult to learn. Students often come to the first date with a new language full of fear (pretty much like any other first date) about the pronunciation and complexity of grammar. Thus we often enter the first class full of preconceptions about the language. We slowly progress through the first lessons: basic grammar, phonetics and vocabulary. In no time, we  start to understand, the fears are dissipating and we regain self-confidence and security. That is when first obstacle is defeated and frustrations dissipate, we accept the logic of Spanish language. It begins to work its way into our minds, we feel that first “rush” that makes us believe that it is not as difficult as we had imagined it. Soon we find ourselves back in comfort zone and, hence, start thinking that we will be fluent in Spanish in no time. Then things start to get more complicated and more complex structures appear and make us return that the initial frustration. As a result we find ourselves in the learning pit again. Don’t we all have a false belief that the more we know, the easier it is? But how to overcome the ups and downs in the learning process? To be successful in your learning you have to count on two very important things, your...
What is the best way to learn Spanish?

What is the best way to learn Spanish?

Have you ever thought about learning or improving your Spanish, but got somehow confused about which of many ways to choose?   We wanted to give you a first orientation about the topic and hope, it will be of help to you. So, what is the best way to learn Spanish?   First and foremost many different sources and common experience agree, that having a Spanish girlfriend or a Spanish boyfriend will definitely help you to learn and improve your Spanish significantly.   However this method might not be the most appropriate one for everybody. Nevertheless and to put it more general, you should try to practise with native speakers as often and as much as you can.     This will not only train your application of the language, but it will also widen your vocabulary and broaden your knowledge about it. You can listen carefully to how they pronounce words and the way they speak, what will help you when trying to speak yourself.   The reason, why practising with a native speaker is seen as very efficient, is the fact a full immersion to the language is often considered as the best way to learn Spanish.       What means a full immersion into Spanish language?   Often we tend to understand by a full immersion some kind of drastic exposure to the language, for example by being surrounded by Spanish people without being able to speak a single word. Even though such a hard confrontation with the language might bring effects as well, we would still like you to opt for a more varied type...