Why Learning Spanish can be difficult
It is not unusual to experience problems in learning Spanish. You can take heart in the fact that millions of people are feeling frustrated just like you. Problems include:
Getting tired of studying and memorizing
Just using old-style study methods can wear you down. It's just not natural to sit in one place and read text to get Spanish grammar and vocabulary into your head. Sure, some people have trained themselves to sit and study, but if it doesn't come naturally to you, you're not alone. Sitting down and forcing information into your head by “brute force” isn't really all that effective and you get less and less effective with each passing hour. There are lots of other options out there these days that are fun and far more effective.
Struggling with Spanish Verbs and Conjugations
Verbs are the words we use to talk about actions in Spanish, and the challenge here is to learn the various forms of the verbs and also how to use them in sentences. This can be really hard for English speakers to learn because of the completely different ways that verbs are used in Spanish. For example, in English if we say “We drink tea” or “I drink tea” the verb doesn't change. But as you may already know, in Spanish, the verb itself would change form depending on who is drinking, We or I. Those different forms need to be used correctly to express what you mean in Spanish.
Not understanding Spanish masculine and feminine
Native speakers of English are not used to things being classified as masculine or feminine. In Spanish this is called gender. So something like the moon or the ocean are considered masculine or feminine. That's important because when you make a sentence, things like adjectives, will need to be the same gender of the other words. So as you learn words in Spanish, you need to pay attention to that classification which can be tricky at times. There are ways to incorporate this concept into your learning.
Not knowing how to properly use Spanish adjectives
Adjectives give richness to languages. So in English we could say we have a car, but we can add more information about that car by adding adjectives. We could say it's an expensive, fast, or old car. The difference in Spanish is that the adjective follows the gender of the noun. So a car is considered masculine and so any adjective would need to change its gender to match that as well. As mentioned above, the very idea of things having gender doesn't exist in English, so beginners often struggle with the concept and need to pay special attention to it.
Lacking confidence in Spanish pronunciation
Almost all students are a bit embarrassed to speak Spanish at first. Beyond the fear of not knowing which nouns and verbs to use is being acutely aware that your pronunciation does not sound very Spanish. Letting fears dishearten you and prevent you from speaking is the real danger. There are ways to improve your accent in Spanish though, which will give you more confidence to speak.
Feeling like you're not making progress
It can sometimes feel like knowing Spanish fluently is an impossible task, especially at the beginning. It can seem like you're making no progress at all in spite of all your hard work. This can also happen after you've reached a higher level in the language, and you feel you're on a plateau. Feeling like you're not progressing creates the danger that you'll just give up, so you should plan ways of dealing with this feeling from the start. If you put a plan in place to deal with it, you can reduce the negative impacts of this feeling.
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