Are you trying to learn how to speak Spanish? Embarrassed of speaking because you have a terrible accent? Do not fret; you are not the only one! There are many people just like you out there. The problem with most Spanish instructors nowadays is that they put too much emphasis on mechanics and grammar and too little emphasis on the most important thing, speaking. The difference in emphasis between the two concepts will usually opaque the beauty of simply being able to speak Spanish. Spanish is, after all, one of the romance languages highlighted by its beauty. With that said it is time to close the books for a little bit and enjoy the beauty of the language. How can you do that? Simply follow the tips below and you will see how easy it is to improve your accent and enjoy the beauty of speaking Spanish.
1- My Spanish class is over, it is time to go home, make some popcorn and take a break from Spanish by watching my favorite English shows, right? Wrong. You should not confine your learning to the classroom! Instead of watching the same show every afternoon, why not add some variety and watch a movie in Spanish! This way you are being both entertained as well as learning! Also, your accent will dramatically improve by listening to the dialogue in Spanish. If you need to, feel free to repeat what the people in the movie are saying and rewind until you feel comfortable with your accent.
2- Get some friends! Many people who are trying to learn Spanish probably do it because they have interacted or interact with Spanish speakers during their daily lives. What better opportunity to learn Spanish than with your friends? If you have any friends who are fluent in Spanish, why not start a conversation with them in Spanish? It doesn’t have to be something complex like discussing politics. It can be something as simple as asking them how their day is going. With this exposure to hearing and speaking the language your accent is bound to improve in no time.
Remember, learning from a book is not every thing. Sometimes just getting out and starting conversations with friends outside of the classroom can be equally as effective when trying to learn Spanish.
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