Spanishexperto A Guide To Learning Spanish Part 1 Anybody Can Learn A
New Language

Spanishexperto A Guide To Learning Spanish Part 1 Anybody Can Learn A New Language

Spanishexperto – a​ guide to​ learning Spanish – Part 1 - Anybody can learn a​ new language
There are many reasons why someone might want to​ learn Spanish .​
Perhaps you are planning a​ holiday or​ business trip to​ a​ Spanish speaking country or​ maybe you are thinking of​ emigrating .​
It could be that you don’t really need to​ speak Spanish at​ all but you just want to​ say that you can .​
Being able to​ communicate in​ another language certainly gives you a​ great sense of​ achievement.
My reasons were a​ little mixed .​
For a​ long time I​ had wanted to​ learn another language, and for some reason I​ was always drawn to​ Spanish .​
I​ am not entirely sure why this was .​
I​ think one reason was because the little I​ knew about Spain at​ the time somehow appealed to​ my sense of​ good living .​
Sun, sand, siestas, late night dinner parties and dark skinned beautiful women! Of course there is​ far more to​ Spain than this, but for me, Spain and the Spanish language held more appeal than say French or​ German did.
Although I​ had wanted to​ learn Spanish for a​ long time I​ guess the main reason why I​ finally decided to​ do something about it​ was because I​ was planning a​ long trip to​ Central and South America .​
I​ was about to​ pass through as​ many as​ 19 different countries where the official national language was Spanish .​
Well that was a​ back in​ 2018 .​
Since then Spanish and all things Spanish both in​ Spain and in​ Latin America have literally taken me over .​
I​ wouldn’t have believed it​ then but now Spanish is​ a​ part of​ my every day life .​
I​ can speak, read and understand Spanish to​ the point where I​ don’t have to​ think about it​ too much.
When people ask me if​ I​ can speak Spanish fluently I​ am always a​ little hesitant to​ say yes .​
The truth is​ that even though I​ can communicate in​ Spanish with relative ease I​ still don’t feel that I​ know enough .​
I​ am not really sure if​ I​ ever will! There are always new words and phrases to​ learn for example and of​ course these vary from country to​ country .​
I think one of​ the biggest tests for me is​ being able to​ sit in​ front of​ the TV with una cerveza (a beer) and watch a​ Spanish soap opera (una telenovela) or​ a​ Spanish movie and completely understand everything that is​ going on .​
After all, if​ I​ can do that in​ English why shouldn’t I​ be able to​ do the same in​ Spanish? Well I​ have to​ say I​ am definitely not there yet but almost! I​ highly recommend ‘Pasion de Gavilanes’ .​
It’s a​ hugely popular telenovela from Columbia .​
I’ll talk more that this and others in​ later articles.
So, how did I​ get from not knowing a​ single word of​ Spanish (apart from – gracias and amigo), to​ being able to​ read a​ Spanish book, speak to​ a​ Spanish-speaking friend or​ watch a​ Spanish telenovel? Well the answer to​ that is​ what I​ intend to​ write about in​ the coming articles .​
I​ am not going to​ lie to​ you and say that the journey was an​ easy one .​
The truth is​ that learning a​ new language takes time and requires a​ great deal of​ patience and commitment .​
However what I​ really want to​ convey at​ this point is​ that anybody can do it​ if​ they rally want to.
In the next article I​ intend to​ write about preparation .​
By that I​ mean thinking about what it​ is​ you want to​ achieve and how you intend to​ go about achieving it .​
You are not going to​ learn Spanish overnight then I​ think it​ makes sense to​ prepare yourself for the challenges ahead .​
Learning a​ new language should be fun and there is​ no reason why it​ shouldn’t be as​ long as​ you realise your limitations.
By no means do I​ consider myself to​ be someone that has a​ natural flare for languages .​
When I​ went to​ school (all those years ago!) the only subject I​ failed in​ was French .​
For some reason I​ just couldn’t get my head round it .​
Before I​ started learning Spanish I​ knew nothing of​ other languages .​
I​ started right from the beginning .​
I​ guess what I’m trying to​ say is, is​ that if​ I​ can do it​ then believe me anybody can.

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