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5 Key factors to learn Spanish quickly and effectively.
I am glad to know you are reading these lines. That means you have some interest in learning Spanish and perhaps the first of the five essential elements that will lead you successfully in your purpose you have it already defined.
Don´t you know what I’m talking about? Keep reading!
1. Identify your motivation
Define the reason or reasons why you want to learn Spanish and set achievable goals in accordance with them. Having your motivation clear is very important. Remember it will give you encouragement when feeling demoralized and will inspire you to keep learning.
I know, your work and family responsibilities may take up much of your time. At this point remember the reason that prompted you to get started in this adventure, your motivation is essential. This will encourage you to get organized to work on your goal and never give up.
At first, even at a more advanced level, it is normal not to understand every single word you hear. Do not be discouraged or frustrated by it. Begin by trying to recognize sounds and make connections with the words you know. The context of a new word will give you a general idea that will help you to finally understand the message.
To train, pay attention to how words sound and how they relate to each other. Listen in Spanish everything you can. It is important to use appropriate materials according to your level, with which you can learn in a progressive and logical way a variety of vocabulary, expressions and the different elements of the language. Dive into the real Spanish people actually use.
Always keep in mind your ultimate goal: to communicate. Dare to make mistakes! Do you already know 10 words? Then use them! Speak without fear of making mistakes. I suggest you play with the language, live it with enthusiasm instead of studying it with boredom and enjoy the process at your own pace. With practice and support of someone who can help you to make progress, your initial errors will gradually disappear. Remember, as with any skill, the more you practice the more and better results you’ll attain.
4. Make short and frequent sessions
Certainly, the ideal would be to be able to use Spanish at any time during the day. If you do not have this possibility try the following. Organize yourself and reserve 5-15 minutes a day (a little more if you can), to hear any audio, podcast or song so that you practice your listening skills and internalize the pronunciation and intonation of the Spanish language. If one day you cannot find the time to do it absolutely nothing happens, the following day you can do 5 minutes more. The important thing is to be consistent.
Listen to short audios according to your level and think about how to use words or phrases that you’ve heard in different contexts. Write them down and read them aloud if you do not have anyone to practice with at the time. I’m 100% certain that this will make a difference. However, if you allocate an hour a week to learn Spanish and the rest of the week you do not use, listen, read or think in the target language at all, you will hardly see the progress you want.
You can listen to podcasts on your phone, tablet or iPod while traveling by train or car to work or coming home, drinking a coffee relaxing on the couch or before going to bed. Whenever you prefer it! Of course, take every opportunity to put into practice what you learn and review your vocabulary regularly.
5. Find practical resources
There is no doubt that training the ear and using the target language as often as possible, certainly speeds up your learning. Language immersion in a Spanish-speaking country is the best way to learn Spanish. However, today’s technology makes it possible for this immersion to come to you, wherever you are without the need of leaving your city. On the Internet you’ll find plenty of resources.
I invite you to visit my audioblog, listen to the audios and actively participate through practical activities. Play with the language, have fun and enjoy every achievement. Being part of a community with a common interest is a great support.