“Learn Real Spanish” started with the idea of sharing an original and effective method to learn how to speak Spanish in 6 months, without studying textbooks and grammar rules”
Based on our own personal experience learning several languages, we are aware of how difficult is it to learn a language by studying an enormous amount of grammar rules.
After years of attending regular classes, it is quite frustrating to realize you just acquired basic writing and reading skills but are unable to speak the language.
Who hasn´t experienced the frustration of studying a language and not being able to communicate with native speakers in real life situations?
Verb tenses, vocabulary, prepositions, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs: I know them or at least I think I know them, I have learned them for years, I have studied how to put all these words together, but I can´t use them.
I realize I have no idea of how to speak the exact moment I need to communicate effectively! I become tongue- tied and as thoughtful as a philosopher, words don´t seem to come easily from my mouth.
I have encountered several times the following situation at the train station:
Ticket seller – May I help you?
Answer – «Yesss,meee »( followed by a pause, thinking what I am going to say next)… «To change» (Great ! I have figured out the right verb tense. Pause and thinking again)…«Mmm… Ticket» (oh, how do I say «train»? Dammit, I can´t remember the word…and how do I say I would also need to change the destination…mmmm… mmmm…I lift up my eyes, trying to find a sort of inspiration from the clouds)
« Me to change ticket»
I feel like Tarzan, the only human being able to talk as an ape.
I personally don´t mind making mistakes when trying to speak, I have been involved in many comical situations resulting in one of the most hilarious moments in my life. Making mistakes is a necessary part of the learning adventure.
But it is very discouraging to become conscious of the main handicap: I have studied the language for 1, 2, 3 years, maybe even longer, and I’m unable to engage in the most simple conversation.
Have you ever been in a similar situation? Did you ever find it difficult to speak Spanish after years of study? I would love to hear your story.
Spanish is my mother tongue. I’ve never become fluent in a second, third or fourth language by studying grammar rules. Never.