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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked QuestionsThe following are some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to learning Spanish. The questions and answers below are typically accepted by most students as they study Spanish.

Q: Is Spanish a hard language to learn?

A: Absolutely not! Though verb conjugations seem a little difficult to most Americans at first, every student can get the hang of it. Once we’ve cleared that up, it gets even easier as we look at the similarities that English and Spanish share. Knowing English will help you connect words and instantly increase your Spanish vocabulary. Spanish is pronounced exactly as it is written, which makes it one of the easiest languages to master.

Q: When people are speaking, it all seems to blend together. How can I understand?

A: Everyone who has ever learned a foreign language has shared this same frustration. Spanish speakers say the same thing when trying to learn English. Understanding requires practice, patience, and time. As you continue to learn, you’ll understand more and more of what is being said as you adapt to the language.

Q: How long will it take me to learn Spanish?

A: This is one of the most asked questions, yet the answer isn’t very specific. While studying, you’ll understand that you learn faster as your motivation to learn grows. As you practice the principles that you learn daily, you’ll see that you learn faster as well. Generally, students who study, do homework, and come to class prepared can become conversationally fluent within about six to eight months.

Q: Am I too old to learn?

A: You’re never too old to learn a language. Imagine yourself running a race at your current age compared to you running when you were a teenager. It’s common that the speed of our activities change as we progress through life. Learning a language is no different. There are plenty of people who have stayed active, read books, explored new things and do much more that would put any teenager to shame. Nobody is too old to learn Spanish.

Q: Learning Spanish takes a lot of work, doesn’t it?

A: You can’t get something for nothing. If you think in other terms, learning a language is much like playing a game or a sport – it takes a lot of effort as well. If you treat Spanish like a game or a puzzle, the better you’ll get at solving it – and you’ll have fun doing it! Learning new ways to think and express yourself takes work, but it’s definitely worth it.

Q: Is it best to have a native teacher?

A: Yes and no. The important thing to help you learn the language is to find a professional who knows how to teach. Teaching is an art. If you don’t agree, ask any native spanish speaker to explain a grammar principle. The answer will always be: “Because it sounds right that way.” A teacher that also struggled to learn the language can better guide you with pointers and ideas with principles they’ve also had to master.

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