Learning a language is hard, we have established that. There are so many different aspects and it’s a continuous struggle, you don’t stop learning. As a student of languages and taking part in many Spanish classes in Andalusia, I understand how the learning and the motivation to keep learning is important all of the time. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, therefore, I have compiled a list of useful information that I would have told myself throughout my times of struggle:
- Dictionaries are excellent creations. Do not underestimate the importance of a dictionary. If the dictionary is one in the language you are learning and not, for example, a Spanish to English dictionary, this is the best possible option.
- Patience. Be patient. Learning is a long process, especially for languages, but don’t lose hope. Take your time and learn and practice in the best way for you.
- Become the language. Immerse yourself in as much culture, tradition, language, history as possible, this will only help you fall in love with the language more. Listen to music, watch films, read books, research festivals. Everything!
- Practice makes perfect. Clichéd but true. Practicing something,not only during your Spanish lessons in Andalusia, makes you better at it. Take advantage of any opportunity that you have to practice what you have learnt.
- Spend at least a little bit of time in a country that speaks the language you are learning. This may be difficult but the advantages that you will gain from this are undeniable. By being in the country, forcing yourself to speak to natives of the language, constantly reading and listening, eating the food, living the life of a local. Unquestionably the best experience to help you learn the language.
As a veteran at Spanish courses in Andalusia, trust me, I know what I’m talking about.