Tips for Beginner’s Lessons in Spanish

Spanish is one of the world’s most spoken languages, and one of the fastest-growing. It is also, when compared to other languages like English, one of the easiest to learn. Today we’re going to talk about some tips that can help you as you begin your journey to learning Spanish.

Tip #1 – Start from the BeginningStudent studies with her book & laptop

Starting to learn Spanish by learning verbs (to eat (comer), to sleep (dormir), to have (tener)) isn’t the best way to learn Spanish. While verbs are important, there are much easier words to start off with, which will help you build momentum up to learning the verbs.

Every Beginners Spanish course will start with greetings (hello (hola), goodbye (adios), nice to meet you (mucho gusto)), and easy questions like “How are you?” (¿Como estas?) and “Where is the bathroom?” (¿Dónde está el baño?).

When you’re taking lessons in Spanish, the next important thing to learn is vocabulary like numbers, colors, parts of the house, like bathroom (baño), and other simple items that you see every day. The best way to learn a language at home is to use physical items and associate the Spanish name for those items in your mind. A popular Spanish learning tip is to use sticky notes with Spanish words and stick them to the items they represent. For example, stick a note that says “refrigerador” to your fridge.

Tip #2 – Repetition is Key

No matter how you choose to learn Spanish at home or where you take lessons in Spanish, every beginner’s guide will tell you that repetition is your best friend. You won’t know that baño means bathroom until you’ve repeated it over and over again. During your Beginner Spanish course, you’ll have to constantly go back to the dictionary to remember what word means what. That is completely natural and is in fact encouraged. The more times you use a word, the more likely it is that you’ll remember it.

Tip #3 – Understanding vs Speaking

As you continue to take lessons in Spanish, one thing you’ll probably notice is that you’ll start to understand a lot of what is being said or what you read. This will especially be the case if you’re learning through tapes or through an online course. You will probably understand much more than you’ll be able to say. This is entirely normal, and will probably always be the case.

The reason for this is that your brain will recognize words that you know, and then fill in the context of each sentence in order to understand it, even if you don’t know all the words in the sentence. For example, in the phrase for “where is the bathroom,” we know that “baño” is bathroom, but the words “dónde,” “está” and “el” are all unknown. But given that you know the word for bathroom, you might be able to work out that the question means, “Where is the bathroom?”

Bottom Line

The last piece of advice we have for you today is to take it slow. Remember that you’re not going to be fluent overnight; no beginner ever is. It will take a lot of time and a lot of work before you can consider yourself fluent, and even after that you’ll probably still be behind a native Spanish speaker. So don’t beat yourself up about not learning fast! Learning a new language takes dedication and time, but we can help you through it! Keep up to date with our blog for tips and useful information to help you learn Spanish, and of course, keep signing up for our free live group lessons in Spanish!

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