Resolutions to really better your Spanish 2

2. Consistency

A year in the study of English of a typical Spanish student:

  • January – resolve to really learn English this year – enrollment in English course
  • Champions League games inconveniently take place on weekday nights making it difficult to study
  • League games/weddings/ski-ing trips etc inconveniently take place on weekends making it difficult to study
  • Easter holidays
  • Longer days and warmer weather inconveniently mean that having a drink on a terraza makes it difficult to study
  • Hot weather means visits to the beach and English books get wet and full of sand
  • 23rd June – San Juan fiesta means that studying is over until after the summer holidays
  • August – holidays in foreign country produce panic as student realises they can’t communicate
  • September – enrollment in English course
  • October – English course begins as does the football season
  • 6th December – National holiday, begins holiday season which ends on January 7th – English course finishes until next year

Of course this is a slight exaggeration but it is one of the reasons why people studying English for 20 years is not that uncommon.

The only way to learn a language is to be consistent – it is far better to study only five minutes a day if that’s the only time you have, than to stop and start. Work out how much time you can dedicate to the goal that you have set yourself and stick to it by making a realistic plan. With the rise of internet based learning, mp3, dvd etc you should always be able to find some time and remember that learning a language is not a race, it’s an ongoing project that never stops.


2 thoughts on “Resolutions to really better your Spanish 2

  1. Yes, too many adults want to speak their second language at the same level that they speak their native language, but they’re not sufficiently motivated to put in the time and effort to advance their language skills. As you point out, with the current array of (free) audio and written materials on the web associated with language learning, there really isn’t any excuse for anyone who is truly committed to the process. To paraphrase my president, “It’s hard work” learning a foreign language. 🙂 But it’s definitely worth the effort.

  2. The problem is that many Spanish people are “studying” English because they are obliged to by their company or whatever – consequently their motivation is not really there from the get go. Also the apalling level of language teaching in the public school system has all but destroyed the possibility that many pople will learn. In my more than 14 years of teaching here I would say that about 60% of my work has been trying to rectify the faults that my students have picked up in their previous attempts to learn the language.

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