We all make mistakes when learning a foreign language. This is nothing new or unusual. You will be surprised though, to learn how many of our mistakes can actually be very productive if we learn how to correct them. The best way to improve our Spanish language skills is to be able to recognize our mistakes so we can learn from them and avoid them in the future.
At Spanish Panama Language School, our teachers correct your mistakes as soon as you make them. Learning is fast, because the classes are organized, efficient and fast, and you are constantly surrounded by native Spanish speakers.
MISTAKES EVERYONE MAKES WHEN LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
1. YOU TRY TO MEMORIZE A TON OF NEW WORDS ALL AT ONCE
While learning, it is unnecessary and almost impossible to memorize all the new words. Even native speakers use only about a few thousand words. An adult native Spanish speaker can have tens of thousands of words stored in their brain, but using only about 3000 of them they can successfully read modern Spanish literature.
Advice: using visual elements is the best way to learn new languages. Also, repetition is the mother of all learning.
2. YOU TRY TO MEMORIZE ALL THE RULES OF GRAMMAR
Grammar is, of course, important and no one will ever tell you-you don’t need to learn it. No matter the language, it’s always difficult for those who are not native speakers. All those tenses, infinitives and conditionals are very important when writing essays, emails… however, if you want to work on your communication skills, don’t spend too much time trying to force yourself to memorize all those rules.
Advice: Write something every day- a blog, journal entry, shopping list, notes… using grammar in real life is going to help you improve it.
3. YOU FORGET TO LISTEN
Usually, while learning a language, we constantly pay attention to the vocabulary and grammar because our goal is to learn how to read, write and speak. That is all good and great but we often forget to listen despite the fact that that is the key for understanding and communication. Don’t
underestimate listening, do it every day by listening to songs or watching movies in the language you want to learn.
Advice: In order to develop your listening skills, watch movies and TV shows with subtitles, listen to radio shows, play games and try to understand the song lyrics of your favorite songs. Relax
and have fun!
4. STUDYING FROM A BOOK
Trying to learn a language from a book is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Books can give you the necessary basics, but while learning, the most important thing to do is to listen a lot and speak to native speakers. The only way to learn different phrases, idioms and dialects are through a real understanding of native speakers. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t use
books at all. They give us useful content and guidelines for studying, especially if they also offer audio options which follow the book.
Advice: Don’t use books as your only sources for learning your target language.
5. RELYING ONLY ON SCHOOLS
This is the most common mistake among students. You rely only on what you learn at school or university. When you are learning a language, it is important to have a teacher who will help and support you, but that doesn’t mean he/she can do everything for you. Teachers cannot pour knowledge into your head because, in the end, you are the only ones responsible for how much you learn. If you feel like the book and materials you are following at school aren’t efficient enough, try to find a different way of learning, such as listening to music, watching movies, visualization, etc.
Advice: The most important thing is to be dedicated to learning every day and stay optimistic. There will always be situations in which we will feel like there is no progress in spite of our hard work and strong will. When that happens you have to stay persistent because learning is a lifetime
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