When I studied abroad in Spain as a college student, I was one of the few students in my cohort that enjoyed using Spanish as much as possible. The others would talk with each other in English. Working that much harder to operate in a foreign language, I often felt totally exhausted at the end … Read moreA letter of encouragement to students of a foreign language
I bet it comes as no surprise that there is a certain amount of frustration that goes hand in hand with foreign language learning. The sweet spot is when it’s just enough that you feel challenged, and you feel the pleasure of success when you accomplish a difficult task, or get a message figured out, … Read moreFrustration and Language Learning
This is part of a series going over major differences between English and Spanish: The Look of Spanish – Differences with the spelling, punctuation, and written markings of Spanish The Sound of Spanish – A brief overview on how Spanish pronunciation compares to English pronunciation The Words of Spanish – Things to know that are inherently different about … Read moreMajor Differences Between Spanish and English 3/5: The Words of Spanish
This is part of a series going over major differences between English and Spanish: The Look of Spanish – Differences with the spelling, punctuation, and written markings of Spanish The Sound of Spanish – A brief overview on how Spanish pronunciation compares to English pronunciation The Words of Spanish – Things to know that are inherently different about … Read moreMajor Differences Between Spanish and English 2/5: The Sound of Spanish
It’s no secret that kids are excellent little language learners. What does seem like a well-kept secret, however, is that ADULTS CAN LEARN LANGUAGES TOO. From the research I’ve read, the evidence is that older students and adults can learn a language just as well and even faster than little kids, when it comes to words and … Read moreWhat We Can Learn from Little Kids About Language Learning
¡Hola, amigos! Here’s an outline of what to expect from the Intro to Spanish course, mapped to a suggested 8 weeks of study. (Click here for a printable checklist: Intro to Spanish Online Class in 8 Weeks) Week 1 Getting Started Greetings Goodbyes Introductions Vowels The Alphabet Week 2 Formal and Informal How Are You? Phrases … Read moreIntro to Spanish Online Class in 8 Weeks!
While I strongly believe it’s much more helpful for a beginning student to practice vocabulary (meaning-rich content) and pronunciation (lots of listening and speaking) over grammar, I do think that it helps to be more comfortable and excited about learning a foreign language if you have a little bit of an overview. In this five-part … Read moreMajor Differences Between Spanish and English 1/5: The Look Of Spanish
A few years ago, I wrote this essay after participating in NaNoWriMo (a project where you write 50,000 words towards a novel in November). I thought I’d share it here… enjoy! — So I just finished writing in my journal about how much I love writing, and I’m already up way past my bedtime. I’m … Read moreTeacher’s Confession: Something I Really Love