On vacation in Mexico? Attempting to hold a conversation with a Spanish-speaking in-law? Have you already been living here for years? EVERY language has its "common mistakes foreigners make when trying to speak it". Avoid these 3 VERY embarrassing mistakes while speaking Spanish...
1. Number one on my list would have to be the very common mistake in translating the English word, "preservatives". In Spanish you should NOT say, "preservativos"!!! Unless of course you meant to say, "condoms"...
CORRECT TRANSLATION: "conservantes" or "aditivos".
2. What would you guess is the Spanish word for, "embarrassed"? "Embarazado"? Not quite, because this word means, "pregnant male"!
CORRECT TRANSLATION: "apenado/a" or "avergonzado/a".
3. "Estoy caliente" said Julie, as she took her jacket off at her fiancé's family reunion in Guadalajara, Mexico...
How many times have I heard this: "I'm too old to learn Spanish." Or, "Only kids' brains can absorb new languages." While I would like to just say "phooey!" and leave it at that, I've come to see that adults who say such things are in one of two groups: Traumatized Former Language Students, or Victims of Ageism.
There's a problem with language education in America: we don't do it. Why is it that the average person from any African national speaks four or five languages, with no language lab, little money at the local school, and no fancy computer apps? Because the people around them speak multiple languages: It's part of the culture. But also, sadly, it's because of a history of colonialism and the predominance of English in the world. French, Urdu, English, Patois. These folks switch between numerous linguistic codes with utter facility from an early age. It's a natural part of their culture. People in Africa (and Europe) expect multilingualism...
10 Tips to Advance Your Second-language Learning Process
Speaking a second language is a wonderful tool to have at your disposal. Not only is it fun and cool, but it opens doors to experience another culture in new, exciting and personal ways. And if you're working on speaking a language that others speak in your community, it can also open doors for you professionally. So, if you're itching for some tips to help advance your language learning process, have no fear…I'm here to share with you 10 of my trusty tips for how I learned to speak my second language! (How well do I speak it, you ask? Well, native Spanish speakers often think I’m a native Spanish speaker, just to give you some context.) These are all things that I did myself, so I’m confident in recommending them all to you! :) Let’s get started with some specific tips, and then move on to my more “philosophical” and general advice:
1. Watch television shows, movies and videos in your target language
For those working...
Hello, my name is Miss Walker and I have been teaching and/or tutoring Spanish in one form or another since 1999. I have taught homeschooled, private schooled, and public schooled students grades K-12 as well as adults.
Are you serious about learning Spanish or any other foreign language? If so, the absolute best way to learn any additional language, after you have learned some basic grammar and vocabulary, is to be immersed in the language. By that I mean, surround yourself with nothing but speakers of the language you are trying to learn. Below are several suggestions to help you accomplish this.
1. TRAVEL TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY
The absolute best way to immerse yourself in a foreign language is to travel to a country where they speak the language as their native language. If you can actually live in the country, that is the ideal situation to aid you in gaining language fluency. While there, force yourself to not...