For anonymous (this is my last post for your message - I promise - I bet you didn’t expect to get this much of a response).
Again, under the keep reading - just scroll past if you don’t want to read it. I write a lot, I talk a lot.
You only wish you were one of my roommates so you can hear me talk all the time out loud: to them, to myself, to the walls.
I still remember years ago a little boy that told me I would have a boyfriend if I just didn’t talk so much (dear little boy: I am still single. I am proud and happy to be single.
Do not force upon me your socialized concept that people can only be happy in relationships.
)You asked me for tips to learning Spanish, but I am going to generalize this for languages because I think these tips are applicable to more than just Spanish.1.
Find your passion in languagesIt can be for a certain language, it can be for the structure, it can be for the culture, or the ability to socialize with more people.
For me, I just genuinely love words. I don’t really care about grammar - learning that is more of an effort I force myself through to learn words better.
I love looking up English words in the thesaurus to learn about 50 other ways to say dark or I spend strange amounts of time figuring out why one word has several unrelated meanings.
So help yourself to study by recognizing what it is about the language that makes you want to learn it.2.
Surround yourself in itOver the summer - when I am not stressed - I set my phone language to Spanish.
This lead me to a terrible experience getting extremely lost while using my GPS to get to ikea but I learned a ton of directions from it.
Find some music in that language you like so that you can get used to the sounds,
start watching your normal Netflix shows with Spanish subtitles (sorry to my roommates for when we tried to watch Reign but I forgot that I switched everything on Netflix to dubbed Spanish). 3.
Be proud of the little goalsDon’t worry about becoming fluent.
I get happy when i just say a sentence without stuttering too much or when one of my Spanish speaking friends tells me my accent wasn’t terrible.
Set little goals for yourself such as being able to read a children’s book in Spanish within a certain amount of time or just being able to say a sentence or two to the owner of
the Mexican restaurant you obsessively go to when at home because they have a gluten free kitchen and they have swans (that may just be me).4.
Try thinking in that languageEven when I am unable to practice Spanish (such as when I am surrounded by English speakers but I want to get some practice in).
I try to think of the sentences I am saying in Spanish.
That way I get used to thinking in a different language and I recognize when I have a vocabulary barrier so that later I can go home and look up those words or that conjugation.
Any other questions about anything, feel free to ask.
I am almost always here, except when I am not - and that’s normally only when I have locked myself out of the backyard and have to climb the fence to get back in.
My cat says hello (or maybe he is hungry),Isabel