If you’re asking yourself ‘is it too late to start learning Spanish? Am I too old to start learning Spanish?’ We’ve got the top 5 reasons why you are never too old to learn Spanish.
5 reasons why you aren’t too old to learn Spanish
How many times have you said that you are too old to learn Spanish?
This is actually a very common excuse people use to avoid learning Spanish. You will be surprised when we tell you it’s easier to learn a language when you are older. Studies show that no matter their age, people have the capacity to learn new vocabulary, grammar and generally develop new ways of learning. Older people have an advantage over young people when it comes to learning languages. Think about how often you give your children or grandchildren advice, based on your own personal experience. You know more because you have more experience, right? Well, the same goes for this. You already know how to learn, you have developed efficient learning techniques, you have the ability to guide yourselves and you can adapt to change.
Retirees on Retirement Visas in Panama
At Spanish Panama Language School, we have had retirees in Panama and expats on the retirement VISA in Panama and even elderly students even into their 90’s. Age doesn’t have to stop anyone from learning Spanish and we have experience teaching those people in Panama who are called “jubilados” or retirees with the “pensionado VISA” since our founding in December 2001.
At Spanish Panama Language School, we teach using many different approaches and methodologies. Following is just one example and some of our teachers use this unique approach: these method lessons are different from all other methods of learning Spanish. They talk a lot and correct all your mistakes. You learn fast because you are constantly surrounded by Spanish speakers. Even during the 10-minute breaks, you may meet others in our social area but you are encouraged to speak Spanish only. There is no silence, no time for you to lose focus or get bored, and this is precisely the reason why this method is fun and efficient. During one method lesson, the teacher and students say more than 10 000 words altogether. In Spanish schools which use classic methods of learning only about 3000 words are spoken.
Our beginner students start speaking immediately, and we always have new beginner groups or one on one classes opening each week so you can enroll at any time during the year.
Your learning will be oriented towards one goal, and that is- to learn real, spoken Spanish in the shortest time possible.
Here are 5 ways to stop with excuses and start learning, no matter your age.
- ADULTS LEARN MORE EFFICIENTLY
There are some aspects of languages which are easier when you are older because you are already full of knowledge. As an adult, you already know how to study. Adults have a much greater vocabulary than children, so they can use different methods to remember and connect hundreds or thousands of new words in a very short period of time.
- THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL LEARNING IS MOTIVATION
The advantage adults have is that once they start learning a language, they have a great desire to learn. Those people are then excited with what they are learning and absorb it faster. Let’s say you have met someone in a foreign country and fell in love or you got a new job which requires international communication, or you just think that a language sounds nice. No matter the circumstances, motivation for learning is going to speed up the process.
- IT IS IMPORTANT TO TRAIN YOUR BRAIN
Constant learning keeps your brain active. Naturally, training more leads to better results. The brain is a very dynamic structure that can change and adjust to new experiences. So, you can teach an old dog new tricks.
- YOU HAVE ALREADY DEVELOPED THE SKILL OF STUDYING ON YOUR OWN
An adult already knows how to study. “You aren’t starting from nothing”. You know what strategy works best for you, in order for you to achieve the best results and not waste time on methods that don’t do that for you. If your metacognitive abilities are better than your peers’, it means you are better at learning on your own.
- YOU NEED A DIFFERENT WAY OF LEARNING
Adults need to study in a different way. As young students, you were most likely faster and sharper, but as we have already established, with age you have gained some other skills. Now you only need to take them and turn them into new learning strategies. You can start slowly, taking information little by little, starting with words, then turning them into phrases and sentences. You will be surprised by how fast you can learn.
Maybe you don’t have a lot of time to set aside for studying, due to all your obligations, but you can make the most of the fact that you set your own tempo of learning. Don’t think you are too old or it’s too difficult because we have just proved that isn’t the case.
It is true that older brains cannot be as active as young brains when it comes to learning, but you can change that. An active brain will learn better than an inactive one, so try and work on that. Find new hobbies, such as cooking, gardening, photography or doing crossword puzzles. For as long as you keep your brain active learning will be a lot easier and faster, and vice versa- learning will keep your brain active.
Spanish Panama Language School has over 1000 excellent reviews from students since December of 2001. And our guarantee is to maintain this promise for each new student who enjoys our facilities, service, and teachers in Panama’s most convenient neighborhood.
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