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Learning Spanish: The Affective Factor

The biggest problem for most Americans who want to learn Spanish, but do not succeed is the emotional factor. In simple terms this means that emotional problems; ie adults panicked at the thought of making mistakes seems like too much to bear for them.

The Affective Factor in action!

I have been with many American expatriates and monolingual Canadians in Mexico who do not speak Spanish. Therefore, they are forced to live in different Gringolandias because they are too afraid to communicate in Spanish. They themselves see the problem as his “old age” or as a cantankerous old coot he said, “I have too bad a willingness to learn Spanish.”

Indeed, the fear of making a mistake is the issue here. If you attend a class or you are in place when it comes to producing something in oral language paralyzing fear may overwhelm you. You feel you have to act against others who can be really good in the language. This is too much for some people. They think to themselves that they will die of humiliation because they will have to speak Spanish in front of a cruel audience.

So, what should one do? First of all prepare before signing up for a class in the country or abroad.

One of the biggest myths in foreign language teaching is that going to the country where the language you want to learn to be spoken is the best way to learn Spanish.

Fact: appealing as it may sound, this “immersion” will be an extremely costly and time-consuming operation
For starters, it will not be true as Immersion Language Immersion defined along. If you go to the country where the language you want to learn is spoken, you will soon learn that classes are taught in the same way classes are taught in the United States only in the language of the host country.

You have the ability to ask even if you understand what is taught. Make your own preparation in the privacy of your own home until you have accumulated a level of confidence to produce language in front of a teacher and classmates.

Use  commercially available products on the market to learn some Spanish before launching into a situation in a class performance against others!

Learn Spanish Fast

How fast you can learn a foreign language? We see products that claim to teach to speak in weeks or even days. I’m trying to learn Spanish quickly, but as with any other language is a long and arduous process that takes months and even years to become proficient. E ‘can learn some Spanish very fast, but you can find most of whom will swear words and slang terms that wont really get anywhere when it comes to a real conversation.

How Fast Can You Learn a Foreign Language?

Sometimes I dream with some of the words in Spanish that I know them, but unfortunately, usually revolve around how dumb I am and I know no other words. Of course, some people are able to learn Spanish very fast, or any other language for that matter, simply because they have what is called an “ear or languages”. I’d be one of those people.

No matter how well you learn languages I have to say that I agree with the school of thought that says that the best way is through immersion. Living in a country where people speak the language is by far the best way to really learn a language. You can also read books, listen to tapes, and use interactive software. Or there is another new method more I found that involves learning through music. Although this sounds interesting and kind of fun I have to say the words used in the Latin letters I have met here are not the words I want to be learning.

To really learn Spanish fast and so a good combination of all the above methods would not be bad. To live in the country, listen to the tapes and music, read books, software usage, and only speak the language would be ideal and probably a great success. Unfortunately nobody really has the time, then this would mean that instead have to settle for a long, drawn out, frustrating process.