Saturday, September 17, 2011

Learn to Speak Spanish by Getting Over Your Fears

Learn to Speak Spanish by Getting Over Your Fears

Author: David Hall
One of the key milestones for a lot of Spanish learners is to have the confidence to speak to others in the language. However, a lot of the time the fear of sounding foolish outweighs the want you have to converse in Spanish, so you end up being overly self-concious and you don't say anything. The core of this issue is very often a lack of confidence and, as talking in Spanish can be a really good way to assimilate the Spanish languge, you have to get through this confidence issue. By starting to talk in Spanish and moving outside your comfort zone, you are able to more easily pick up the structure of the language, the everyday uses of the languge, such as colloquial expressions and slang words, and your pronunciation will get better.

Sounds brilliant, but which ways can you get through the issue of sounding silly? Follow one of the techniques below and you'll experience your Spanish confidence getting better.

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Group language practice

Pushing up your confidence in Spanish speaking can be gradually achieved by speaking with other students of Spanish. It is undoubtedly easier to speak Spanish when you are relaxed, so arrange to meet other Spanish learners informally in a local cafe, or over drinks at a fellow learner's place. Being around others who are going through a similar experience to you can really help to boost your confidence when speaking in Spanish. The online world is the best resource to start looking for a group; if you don't find one locally you can always start one up.

Online language exchanges

Another technique for practicing speaking Spanish is with an intercambio. These work through people just like you who want to improve in Spanish, getting in touch with Spanish mother tongue speakers who want to get better at their English. You arrange to meet online, usually through a free online video phone service such as Skype, and talk to each other in Spanish for a time and in English for a time. You should also try writing emails to each other if you need to improve your writing and reading skills, alongside practicing the spoken language. A quick search on the internet will return a number of sites where you can find intercambios.

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Spanish immersion programs

A Spanish exchange progam is a great method for improving your confidence in speaking Spanish, if you are able to spare a short period of time away from home. You arrange to spend time with a Spanish speaking family in Spain or a Spanish speaking Latin American country, usually through one of the great companies that specialises in exchanges. You pay a little more than your aifare and you get your accommodation and food provided by the family, you get to learn Spanish with the family; in return you help the family learn English. Living with the family in a Spanish speaking country literally 'immerses' you in the Spanish language and you find you have little option other than to speak the language. You really do pick up Spanish more effectively using this technique.

Don't worry about making mistakes when you're using any of these methods. If you aren't sure exactly how to say something then try to say something in Spanish anyway, note any corrections and move on - remember we often learn more quickly from our errors. Don't forget that you'll improve at the language and will be less self-concious if you make your language learning enjoyable, and you'll want to practice it more. So get out there and speak Spanish - you'll shock yourself by how much you do know!

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David Hall runs the free site which has advice, hints and tips about learning the Spanish language.

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