Learning Spanish – Part One

Are you interested in learning Spanish?  Speaking Spanish is a great skill to have and learning it can be very fun!

Well, to start off teaching Spanish, we are definitely not going to speak any Spanish.  We are going to talk about some of the hurdles you might have, and some things to keep in mind while learning this language as a current English speaker.  Everyone always wants to know, is it harder for an English speaker to learn Spanish or the opposite.  I would say both.  Learning a foreign language takes time, dedication, humility, and desire to succeed.  Why humility you may ask?  Because everyone is a little entertaining when watching them speak a language that is not very comfortable for them.  But usually the fact that someone is learning also brings them a certain amount of respect in the process.

Here are some things you will need to get used to in the Spanish language:

1:  The order of words.  In Spanish, often times the order of the words in a sentence are very different from what we are used to in English.  The familiarity will come, but it’s OK to be confused on that.  The other part to this is that often times in Spanish, words can be mixed around much more freely than in English and they still make sense.  That is helpful in many ways!

2:  Masculine/Feminine words.  In Spanish, descriptive words and certain other parts of speech change based on a male/female object of discussion.  This isn’t always a person, but basically any noun is referenced to as either a masculine or feminine object.  A real basic relation is this.  Masculine ends in “O” and feminine ends in “A”.  This will take a long time to get used to, but trust me will get more and more natural as you learn.

3:  Verbs.  I can’t say much more than most of learning Spanish is about learning the verb tenses.  Where you are used to two main variations for many tenses of a verb, such as I buy and he buys, Spanish has many.  I buy, you buy, he buys, we buy, they buy are 5 different variations in Spanish.  Just as an example, here they are respectively: compro, compras, compra, compramos, compran.  Now that is what is going to be most tricky.  Take your current understanding of one or two variations and make it 5 for every tense of every verb and see if you don’t get a bit confused.  Thankfully, they follow patterns.

So what’s the good thing?  Well, our first lesson is going to revolve around the best part of learning Spanish!  That is the vowels, A E I O U, all have the same pronunciation throughout Spanish vocabulary.  No complicated dipthongs in Spanish!  Once you learn how to pronounce the vowels, pronouncing any written word should not be too difficult.

Hopefully that gives you a good overview of speaking spanish.  You’re either running away at this point, or excited to start. Hopefully you are excited to start learning the 3rd most popularly spoken language in the world!  ¡Adios!

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