Mistakes You Must Avoid When Learning Spanish

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It is said that there are some 6 or so common mistakes that English speakers commonly make while they are learning Spanish. Even though they aren't the most common errors, but they are the ones that should be avoided to get beyond beginner's level.

1. Following English sentence order: It is correct to follow English sentence order, except when putting adjectives after the nouns. What you have to avoid is while changing the word order, it can sometimes change the meaning and beauty of a sentence. Some English constructions, like placing preposition at the end of the sentences, should be avoided in Spanish.

2. Unnecessary usage of pronouns: It is a fact that English sentences require a subject. In the case of Spanish, this isn't true. In the case of sentences where it is understood by the context, the subject of a sentence can and usually should be omitted.

3. Assumption of similarity in meaning of Spanish words that looks similar to English Words: Cognates, which is defined as words that have the similar or same form in both languages. Spanish and English share their vocabulary derived from Latin, and this is the reason why words that are alike in both languages have similar meanings. For example, embarazada usually means "pregnant" in Spanish rather than "embarrassed," and the word violador usually is for a rapist, not someone who merely committed a traffic violation.

4. Not learning on basics of usage of prepositions properly: Prepositions are challenging and you need to understand the language and the sentence structuring for using prepositions properly. It helps to think about the actual purpose of prepositions as you learn them, rather than their translations. This will help you avoid mistakes like "pienso acerca de ti" for "I'm thinking about you" instead of using "pienso en ti."

5. Not learning properly the subjunctive mood: In English, it is rare usage distinctions of verbs are in the subjunctive mood. In the case of Spanish subjunctive can't be avoided if you wish to do more than ask simple questions and state simple facts.

6. Not learning or ignoring proper pronunciation: A language is well spoken when it is correctly pronounced and Spanish pronunciation isn't all that difficult. Make an earnest effort to imitate and listen to native speakers whenever possible. The most common mistakes of beginners are the pronunciation of football. The l of "fútbol" sounds like the "ll" in "football," making the b and v sound different from each other (the sounds of b and v are identical in Spanish.

Learning this beautiful language will help you to understand the literary traditions and history of this language. Try and practice earnestly, then you will be able to succeed in learning Spanish easily.

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This article was published on 2010/04/04