So you’ve landed in Spain/South America/Mexico, and you’ve realised that people don’t speak quite as much English as you imagined. Have no fear! These essential Spanish phrases will help you get what you need, and will stop people laughing at you. They’re actually frequently used in every day conversation by millions of Spanish speakers world-wide.
Your vocabulary is your storage of Spanish words and phrases. Some of this is active – available for instant recall, and that you can use in your own Spanish; and some of this is passive – words and phrases which you understand, which ring a bell, but which aren’t available for instant recall, and aren’t part of your conversation toolbox.
If you’ve ever spent any time trying to learn Spanish vocabulary, you’ll know what a frustrating process it can be. Words which you think you’ve memorised disappear, and some words don’t even stick in the first place! Here are a few tips to help you remember.
Learning grammar seems like the necessary evil to learning a language; we treat it as though it’s a time consuming process we just have to get through. It’s also seen as boring and difficult, and tends to be what people struggle with the most. However, this shouldn’t be the case! Try the tips below to see if you can look at Spanish grammar in a different light, and maybe even make it easier and more enjoyable.
You can perfect your grammar, learn the entire Spanish dictionary, and talk at 100 mph, but the one stumbling block keeping you from sounding really Spanish is the “r” sound. Especially for us native English speakers, this sound is so alien that it seems just impossible.
The hardest thing about learning a language is starting it. The second hardest part is to continue it. Keeping our language learning going is a huge challenge, especially when we are so used to everything being such a quick fix in our modern age. The truth is that properly learning a language is an endless commitment, and there won’t ever come a time when you’ve finished learning it. If you feel your commitment and motivation waning, I’d like to share a few things which have helped me along my journey.