Today, I want to talk about what is perhaps the number #1 tip for learning how to actually speak Spanish.
As a result of our most recent LIVE webinar, I have an “observación” (observation) or “comentario” (comment) that I want to share with you. It is actually more of a “consejo” (tip) to help you learn Spanish.
During the Webinar I noticed that only a handful of people participated and answered the questions orally. But when our Spanish professor, Violet, said that it is OK to type your answer in the chat box, we had a ton of people typing answers.
Do you want to guess which group will learn to speak Spanish fluently sooner? Certainly the group who wasn’t too “tímido” (shy) to answer the questions orally.
Number One Learning Spanish Tip
If you want to learn to speak Spanish with confidence and accomplish your Spanish-speaking goals, you have to accept the fact that you’ll have to make an effort to actually speak the langauge. There’s absolutely no other way!
Not one of us learned to speak English just by typing in a chat box. We had to actually try to speak the language. When learning to speak as a child, there were plenty of times when we used incorrect grammar, used the wrong vocabulary words or mispronounced words.
But we did not stop continuing to try to talk or speak. And eventually we learned to speak English – and I am sure that we would all agree that we learned to speak English or our first language relatively fast and very efficiently.
That’s because as a child not one of us felt that making a mistake when speaking English was something to be embarrassed about.
The same rule applies to learning to speak Spanish or any other second language. There will be times when you make mistakes in grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. But the risk of making mistakes should not discourage you from trying. In fact, committing errors when speaking Spanish are the building blocks that will someday enable you to speak Spanish with complete confidence or achieve fluency.
The more mistakes you make or that you’re willing to make, the quicker you’ll accomplish your Spanish speaking goals. Embrace the mistakes or the opportunity to make such mistakes. Because making mistakes today is what will empower you to someday accomplish your Spanish speaking goals.
So the next time we have a Webinar, I encourage you — no, I URGE you to have no fear of making mistakes and to take action by answering the Spanish professor’s questions — ORALLY!