Trying to learn to speak Spanish after only speaking English for so many years is not always an easy task. For the vast majority of those out there, just the thought of trying to put everything they know into an entirely new language is somewhat unnerving.
Often times, though, those people simply don’t realize how much easier Spanish is to learn than English is. How much easier any language is to learn than English is, for that matter, not just Spanish.
When it comes down to it Spanish is a language of rules. Unlike the English language that we are all used to, Spanish doesn’t have an exception for most every rule there is. Keeping in mind that the rules are the rules and they shouldn’t be broken makes understanding the language far easier.
Once that first basic understanding of the language occurs, the rest will begin to fall in place. Letting go of the flaws that have been lived with in English for years can be very difficult, but it is imperative before being able to move forward in learning the new language.
It will make a lot of difference in learning Spanish if there is someone around who speaks it fluently. Letting that person speak the language on a semi-normal basis will force a higher learning curve based on the curiosity inherent in all humans.
We want to know what someone said, and how to respond, so we push ourselves to figure out both. Taking advantage of this human reflex is a great way to push forward without always consciously realizing that is what’s happening.
When starting out in Spanish many people will try to focus mostly on pronunciation and inflection. More often than not, this is a mistake that will lead to frustration. It’s more important in the beginning to get the wording right than to get the exact inflections right.
Trying to do both can be overwhelming and lead to the type of frustration that often keeps people from finishing what they start. If correct use is the focus, the pronunciation will begin to flow as things get more comfortable.