What are the most difficult things about learning Spanish? What can you learn from the way we overcame the challenges of learning a second language?
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What are the most difficult things for English people to learn about the Spanish language?
Verb tenses (and endings)
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Ser and estar
Some words that are difficult to pronounce:
perro, carro (car, carriage, cart, shopping trolley), correr, torre, ocurrir, etc. (double ‘r’)
Ahorrar – to save money
Desarrollando – developing
Distribuidores – Distributors
Otorrinolaringólogo – Otolaryngologist, or ENT specialist
Gender of some irregular nouns ending o/a: LA mano, EL problema, el tema, EL idioma, EL agua, LA foto, etc.
Gender of all nouns that DON’T end o/a:
la carne (meat/flesh), el borde (edge), la fuente (fountain, source, spring, etc.), el mantel (tablecloth), la cárcel (prison, jail), el carnaval (carnival), la postal (postcard), la crisis (crisis), el iris (iris), etc.
Another difficult distinction for non-Spanish speakers is with the two Spanish nouns la editorial (publisher) and el editorial (newspaper editorial/leading article). Remembering the gender of each noun is difficult and the two words also have completely different meanings.
Not using subjects with verbs:
eg. Comió y se fue pero los otros están aquí ahora. = He/she ate and left but the other (men or men and women?) are here now.
False friends: embarazada (pregnant), constipado (have a cold), bombero (firefighter), sensible (sensitive), disgusto (worry, irritation), actual (current, present), asistir (attend), discusión (argument), pretender (attempt), suceso (event), suceder (happen, occur), etc.
The speed of Spanish (Japanese and Spanish have the greatest number of syllables per second)
Too many people speaking at the same time (in a noisy, crowded place)
Choosing between polite “usted” and informal, but friendlier, “tú”
What do you remember about when you first started speaking Spanish? How did you overcome any shyness and/or embarrassment?
What do you do these days to maintain, or improve, your level?
Where’s the best place to practise your Spanish? – Angelica’s advice in episode 290, find someone you feel comfortable speaking to.
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