You can find many people studying Spanish, but very few mastering it. This can be mainly attributed to the lack of effectiveness of their learning process. Some learners concentrate on excelling in topics from every nook and corner of textbooks while others choose to plan out a well-rounded study approach. The former method can help you get through an examination, but the latter helps in the intellectual learning of Spanish in the long run.
So if you are thinking of making your Spanish learning process effective, here are a few important tips that you should keep in mind.
Many beginners, while in the process of learning Spanish, lose interest in the language at one point or another. This may be due to difficult topics of the language one encounters in the later stages or due to a lack of interest in the language. Hence, it is important for a learner to always stay motivated, so as to blow away these negative emotions.
Staying glued only to learning resources or Spanish text books will certainly invite boredom. To make your learning process lively and active, it is up to you to think of some fascinating ideas. Of the many ideas that can help you stay motivated to learn Spanish, a few are – exposing yourself to Spanish culture (perhaps through Spanish music or learning to dance), making Spanish-speaking friends (nowadays it's easy to meet people from other countries online), or if you have the option – traveling to a Spanish-speaking country.
These ideas not only generate interest, but also help you to gain a deeper knowledge of Spanish.
Don't neglect basics
As you are advancing in your journey to learn Spanish, you are likely to stay totally occupied with the more complex topics in the language.
The importance and complexities of these crucial topics make the learner overlook the fundamentals. Though getting to the next level of the learning process is important, one should remember not to neglect the basics of the language. These fundamentals have to be reviewed regularly, regardless of your level of learning.
Mastering the complex topics may make you sound very smart, but mastering the basics will make you fluent.
Develop a study plan
No matter at what level you are in the process of learning Spanish, you should develop a study plan. A study plan will result in an organized approach towards learning Spanish. Having a study plan does not mean that the learner is deprived of the flexibility to focus on the most interesting topics and activities in Spanish; instead, it means moving forward in an organized and planned fashion, especially in regards to learning grammar and vocabulary. This leaves ample time to review and study the fundamentals as well as the more advanced lessons.
Accept Spanish the way it is
While you are introduced to new topics in Spanish, you tend to discover that Spanish is greatly different from English or your native language. These nuances may confuse the learner (or sometimes even scare away the learner).
In such cases, a learner should accept the fact that every language is unique and different. Instead of comparing the languages, a learner should concentrate on the main objective of learning a language – communication. A good learner concentrates on 'how to learn Spanish', rather than on 'why Spanish is the way it is'.
Practice whatever you have learned
Unless you constantly practice what you have learned, you cannot learn Spanish.
Start reading some Spanish publications or any other Spanish literature that interests you, regularly follow up with good Spanish writers and their articles, watch some good comedy or informative television shows, listen to Spanish songs, radio broadcasts, chat in Spanish on social media, imitate Spanish native speakers, visit Mexican eateries and place your orders in Spanish, start shopping at Hispanic stores (talk to the clerks there in Spanish) – all these activities give you great chances of applying whatever you have learned.
Knowledge gained gets rusty if you do not make use of it, so fine-tune your Spanish language skills by applying them wherever possible.
Deliberate practice makes you learn more in less time
While the above mentioned activities allow you to practice Spanish by applying it in your day-to-day life, deliberate practice methods are helpful in serious learning. They help you master Spanish in less time. A planned and thoughtful approach helps in learning the intricacies of Spanish and its usage. For instance, a deliberate approach towards learning Spanish vocabulary includes studying the word etymology, rather than just individual words. This kind of practice will not only result in a deep understanding of the words and language but also is helpful in learning many other words which share the common origin. This is an easy and quick way to master Spanish.
The above discussed elements add incredible value to the learning process, thus, enabling you to gain thorough knowledge and not superficial knowledge of Spanish.