One of the most notable languages in South America is Spanish. Though you are a native English speaker, you still need to know at least some of the basic Spanish words since you will be staying in a foreign country for a while.
So whether you are a traveller or an overseas worker, here are the best ways to learn the Spanish language before moving to South America. For sure, this guide will help you make your life easier and convenient.
Know the Basics
In reality, learning a new language is like a child knowing his first ABC’s. It’s complex and tiring. It requires patience and dedication. But every great speaker starts with the basics. You don’t just learn a language in one full session. To fully speak the language like a native, be persevering and patient.
So before stressing your mind and tongue, know the basic Spanish alphabets or El Alfabeto.
Master the Spanish Greetings
Basic Spanish Greetings
After knowing how to pronounce each letter, you’re good to go with your first ever Spanish word. You can start with the very popular greeting, Hola! or in English, Hello! And get ready for some more…
Good morning. Buenos días.
Good afternoon. Buenas tardes.
Good evening. Buenas noches.
How are you? ¿Cómo está usted?
I am fine. Estoy bien.
Nice to meet you. Mucho gusto.
Thank you. Gracías.
I’m sorry. Lo siento.
I do not understand Yo no comprendo.
P.S. If you want to confirm these basic greetings, just watch Dora the Explorer.
Practice can make a man perfect
It is better to be prepared than end up regretting. So before you delve into the unknown, plan properly and practice everything you need to know in a country, especially the language. Now that you have learn some of the basic greetings in Spanish, it’s time to level up the fun and knowledge. There are a lot of ways to polish your Spanish like enrolling in Spanish subjects, online tutorials and the like.
Learn how to be resourceful. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to master the alphabet or spend hours sitting to perfect the language. Be creative and think of fun ways to practice your new knowledge like recording your own voice, making a comic strip and writing a poem, all in Spanish. How cool is that?
ENGAGE WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Share your knowledge
There’s nothing wrong with talking to yourself, but sometimes hearing your own voice can be a little awkward and weird. Thus, it’s good if you practice with a partner even before you head on to a new place because you might end up tongue-tied.
Engage your friends to know the Spanish language. They might be waiting all year long for someone to have the courage to ask them and learn the language together. Your entire Spanish-speaking session will surely be very exciting and enjoyable with your friends. And through this, you will easily master the words and you’ll have the idea of how to speak the language naturally.
Truly, that’s the beauty of learning and at the same time sharing your knowledge!
Take a break
Breathe and take a break
Learning a new language could be very overwhelming. And yes, it’s quite a tough job.
If you’re tired, then take a break. Take it slow and don’t pressure yourself in knowing the language in an instant, unless you’re a genius. It’s a long process. And if you keep on putting pressure to yourself, you’ll end up hating the language because of its complexities. Spanish is one of the easiest languages to learn. Don’t be clouded with the thought that it’s very difficult. The difficult phase is just at the start of learning. By and by, you don’t need to check on your notes because you’ve perfected the language even before moving to South America.
Appreciate the Language
Well, speaking Spanish for the first time sounds difficult and strange. The best way to master the language is by knowing it by heart and not by tongue. Appreciate every word you speak and every sentence you construct. Don’t just learn the language because you want to, but you need to.
And in the course of your stay in any of the South American countries, you will eventually learn to adapt with their language. You will meet people and talk to them. And long before you know it, you’re already a good Spanish speaker. It takes time, but you’ll get used to it.