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4 Ways to Learn Spanish Together as a Family

Learning a new language, even if you’re already past your youth years, is a great way to keep the brain active and engaged. Plus, bilingual people have an advantage when it comes to communication and even multitasking since the brain is used to switching between two areas. 

Furthermore, if you live in the US, it helps to know Spanish since it’s one of the most commonly spoken languages (besides English, of course). Even if you are not fluent yet, some jobs may see your efforts in learning the language as an advantage. 

So, if you’ve ever thought about learning a second language, Spanish is a great option. Plus, if you find a way to learn it with your family, your chances of mastering it fast will increase. But, if you’re having trouble convincing your family members to give it a go, here are a few tips that may help:

Find Your Reason for Learning Spanish

Why do you want to learn Spanish? Is it so you’ll have access to better jobs? Maybe you want to visit one of the many Spanish-speaking countries. On the other hand, maybe you have a family member who already speaks the language and could help you practice.

Regardless of the reason that drives your motivation to learn Spanish, it helps to be clear about it. That way, when learning starts to get tough and you feel like giving up, you’ll have something strong enough to keep you going. 

Take an Online Course … and Teach Other Family Members What You’ve Learned

You don’t have to enroll the entire family in Spanish language classes (although that would be great). But you can learn to speak Spanish with online courses and then practice by teaching the same lessons to your family members (those who are willing to listen, at least).

When you try to teach what you’ve just learned to someone else, the neural pathways get strong in the brain, and it becomes easier to remember the information in the future. Plus, because you’re trying to teach a person who has less Spanish knowledge than you, it will also help you understand the lesson at a different level. 

Build Your Vocabulary

When you first start learning a new language, it’s normal to feel awkward when you try to speak or use words in sentences. Overall, it’s a humbling experience that can stall your progress if you don’t find someone who can support your efforts.

But, when you’re learning with your family or friends, it’s less awkward even if they tease you. That’s because you feel comfortable around them. So why not take advantage of the situation and ask them to help with building your vocabulary?

You can use flashcards or Google Translate to find new words and learn how to use them in conversation. Plus, you may already know a few Spanish words like “burrito” or “avocado” (even though the pronunciation is usually different)! 

In short, don’t be afraid to say words out loud and include them in conversations, even if it doesn’t sound very Spanish. In time, you’ll get the hang of it. 

Listen and Try to Understand

If you already have a Spanish-speaking family member, ask them to tell you stories or to just talk about their day in this language. Even if you don’t understand much at first, you will start to get used to the rhythm of the language. Plus, as you learn new words, you’ll start to recognize them in conversation. 

If this is not the case, find Spanish movies and watch them without subtitles or listen to the news. Also, you can look for Spanish content on YouTube or on Spotify (podcasts are great). 

Key Takeaways

It’s easier to learn a new language when you’re doing so with friends and family, but this doesn’t mean it won’t get frustrating before it gets better. So don’t give up and try to keep everyone involved!

 

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