The following is a guest post from Lara Smith, a language educator and writer for Mimic Method.
Learning a new language is always going to help you at some point in your life. This skill never goes to waste. In fact, being able to speak multiple languages increases your understanding of the world.
Language is how histories have been written and passed on. Just like civilizations, language has also evolved with time. It is only befitting that language is such a huge part of understanding any culture.
In today’s world, learning an extra language is bound to come in handy. The world is no longer secluded and divided the way it once was. We can now reach any person living in any country. We have smart phone apps that can help us translate any language into our native one.
When it comes to traveling or living in a new place, learning another language is no longer an option. If you are going to Mexico or any Spanish-speaking country, you have every reason to learn the language. Spanish is also one of the most spoken languages in the world.
You must be asking yourself, how do I learn to speak Spanish? Don’t worry, because we have provided you with all the answers! First, you must learn, WHY you should learn Spanish.
Why Do You Need To Learn Spanish?
If you are traveling to a Spanish-speaking country, learning the entire language may not seem important until you actually get there. Visiting a place where you cannot understand the language may affect how you explore the country and soak in its culture. The language barrier may keep you from the having a trip of a lifetime.
If you are going to live in Mexico, you should not waste another second debating whether you need to learn Spanish or not. Living in a foreign country will become almost impossible if you cannot speak the native tongue.
1. To Socialize
If you are moving to Mexico, then meeting new people is the best way to adjust to your new life. However, you cannot do that if you cannot communicate with the natives. This language barrier will make you alienated, and moving away from home will become much harder than it needs to be.
If you are traveling to Mexico for a few days, you don’t have to learn the entire language, just some basic phrases. Learn how to say greetings in Spanish or how to ask for directions. These small steps will help you navigate more easily in the area.
2. Be Better At Your Job
People who are going to live in Mexico will likely have to work there as well. Working in a foreign country will be difficult if you cannot properly connect with anyone. It will also hinder your chances of growth in the workplace. Employers prefer to hire people who can speak more than one language. The need for bilingual employees has increased, and it has become more of a necessity.
3. For Greater Experience
How can you hope to travel and explore another country, when you are not even able to understand basic signage? You cannot have a guide everywhere. The essence of a place can be experienced by going to places that are a true representative of its culture. These places are not generally listed among the tourist spots but are more popular among the locals.
The culture and cuisine of a place is important. The only way to taste it is by speaking the language of the natives!
How Can You Learn Spanish?
Learning a language may not be simple, but it is not hard either. Some people make a big deal out of it. In reality, all you need to learn any language successfully is the right strategy. Do not learn a language because you must. Learn it because you want to, so that you are more motivated and driven!
The tips for learning Spanish are not different. Here are some ways you can learn Spanish quickly:
1. Get a Tutor
The first and most obvious step is to hire a good tutor. You will need proper guidance, someone who knows the journey. Hiring a tutor is not difficult because of the internet. You can simply sign up for courses that are easily available. If you cannot go to the class, or the tutor cannot come to your place, you can have a Skype session, which is equally helpful.
A tutor will be able to give you all the tips you need. You can learn on your own, but an expert will help ease the journey. It will also save you time.
2. Spend Your Leisure Time Wisely
A tutor can only teach you so much. The rest is up to you. When you are not attending your language classes, learn on your own. Spend your time wisely. Even if you are going to work, you can listen to Spanish songs and podcasts. This will help you learn the pronunciations etc.
Whenever you are free, use the time productively. Revise your language lessons daily, so you don’t forget them.
3. Listen More
Listen more, talk less. That is what wise men always say. It is the same case with language learning. Listen closely until you have mastered the language. The more you listen, the more you will observe.
If you are in Mexico, it will be easier for you as you will be surrounded by natives. You can go outside and roam in market places. Listen to how local people are speaking and observe their body language.
4. Practice As Much As You Can
Once you have listened enough, start practicing it. Just like any skill, language learning demands practice. You cannot drive without practicing it first. You cannot hope to become the greatest basketball player without practicing first. If you want to learn Spanish, then you will have to practice it with native speakers. Do not be scared of being judged, because you cannot learn if you don’t make any mistakes.
We hope that this article was successful in providing you with enough information about learning Spanish!
About the Author:
Lara Smith has worked for Wall Street English for 20 years. After studying at Stanford University and subsequently doing a CELTA course, she began her career in teaching. She is obsessed with languages and currently writes blogs at Mimic method.