Learning a new language can be pretty tough. Different verbs, nouns, and sentence constructions can be overwhelming when being introduced to a new language. For me this language was Spanish. While I did have help from my teachers and friends at school, learning Spanish can be difficult at times. But some things I did help me advance my Spanish skills.
Early on in my Spanish experience answering simple questions could be tough. I had little knowledge of what simple word meant. Although my teacher helped me out with some words and verbs, certain ones I still didn’t know. When I came across a word I didn’t know, I would google the meaning and try to remember what it meant for future reference. Through this, I slowly but surely saw my Spanish speaking abilities grow.
As I got better on Spanish, speaking became easier. Another problem I ran into was listening and understanding the language. One thing I did to improve my listening ability was watch T.V. shows with Spanish subtitles. Hearing it in English but reading it in Spanish really helped me connect different words and sentence structures. Over time I transitioned to watching shows in solely Spanish. I found these two things very effective in making me more comfortable with the language.
The last thing I found helpful the most was just speaking the language with my friends. Speaking simple sentences like “Let’s go to the store” and “I want to play basketball” over and over with my friends helped me become comfortable with speaking. Over time small talk became a breeze in class and I was ready to learn more.
Have you ever learned a new language? Did you find it difficult like I did? Did you do any of the things I did when learning that language? And did you do anything else that I didn’t that you found helpful?