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If you have ever tried to learn a foreign language before, you know how much work it can be. Maybe you have tried before and failed. Maybe you just think that learning a new language may just not be your thing. Learning a new language can be overwhelming and can make you feel not very smart sometimes. Do not believe the lies! There are plenty of really dumb people out there that are bilingual. So, brain power is not the limiting factor to learning a new language. You just need the right approach.
Think back to the last time you played a new sport or game. You probably got out on the field, learned the basic objectives of the game, and gave it a shot. You didn’t know every rule, or even most of the rules, but you tried anyway. The more you played, the more you learned about the game, the better you got. Learning to play a new instrument is the same too. You learn how to play a few basic notes and a little about how to read sheet music. Then you give it a try. It probably sounds pretty awful, especially if you are a little sister trying out a violin for the first time. But, with each practice you improved a little tiny bit. It would be foolish to think that by simply reading the rule book will make a great athlete, or that understanding music theory will make you great musician. In order to be a great athlete or musician or anything, you need practice. You need tons of practice.
This site is a big rule book. This site alone, will not make you the world’s most fluent Spanish speaker. Nor will any other site, or book, or any single resource. This site is just a tool to give you the basics in Spanish. It contains many lessons to help hone your skills as you practice the language. In order for this site to be at all useful, you need to practice. Then practice again. Then practice some more. The whole purpose of language is to communicate with other people. Don’t for a second think that you can learn Spanish and then go talk to people. You will learn Spanish through talking to and interacting with people.
Find people to talk to. Native speakers if you can, but at least find other people learning Spanish. If you have absolutely nobody to talk to, talk to a pet, or the mirror, or your shoe. Get the words flowing out of your mouth. Audibly. You may be that wierdo that talks to himself, but that is ok. You need to speak the language. Pick one lesson, starting with the first one, and practice. Read the explanation, do the practice activities that come with each explanation and read them outloud, and then get real world experience. Don’t focus on what you don’t know. Instead focus on what you do know, and practice.
As you learn Spanish, you will make mistakes. You will sound like a dork. You with say the wrong thing, like embarazado instead of avergonzado. Don’t feel bad. It is totally normal. Nobody thinks you are a dork. You are just a normal person that said something funny. Before you know it, you will be on your way to being a fluent speaker. Now get to work ¡y buena suerte!
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