Learning Spanish or any other language tends to be a natural instinct for children, and yet as we get older it becomes more difficult. We might be at a disadvantage as adults, but with efficient and interactive learning methods, you can still give yourself the best chance for learning Spanish or another language.
If you have been attempting to learn Spanish for a while now, it might have become a slow process. It’s all much harder this time around than it was to learn your native first language. All this effort can make you wonder if there were some special ways to learning a foreign language that one could have been missing. It turns out, it’s just once you’re an adult and studying Spanish is a tricky activity.
Learning your mother language is something people are borne to do. It can be stated that it is a natural instinct part of the human development and this has been scientifically tested and verified. As children, we learn to think, communicate and intuitively we pick up grammar rules in our mother tongue or native language. Then studying Spanish or another modern foreign language is completely linked in relation to the first one, the one that was the key survival in our understanding and adaption to the world around us.
Although language is something we learn, research has shown that the instinct to do so is present since birth Not only are we naturally able to process a language, but it seems that the human brain encounters common linguistic obstacles, regardless of the language we’ve learned. Certain parts, which aren’t common in any language, are difficult for the brain to process.
When it comes to learning a second language, adults are at a disadvantage. As we age, our ability to learn is reduced. Following brain damage that causes a loss of speech, for instance, researchers have observed that children are more likely to regain the power of speech by creating new pathways in the brain to replace the damaged ones.
It is said that the reason why learning a foreign language could be challenging for adults is because we approach learning a new language with an adult problem-solving process, rather than in the same way a child develops language learning pathways.
On one hand adults generally progress through the early stages of learning a language faster than children, on the other hand people who are exposed to a foreign language first during childhood usually become quite proficient than those learners that learn Spanish or any other language later on in their lives.
Some research has probed that some learners who started as adults were as efficient as native speakers. It’s also been shown that motivation to learn can dramatically improve learning so if you come on holiday to a popular destination such as Tarifa, you are still on time to become proficient in Spanish.
If you’ve ever had a doubt whether you’re a good Spanish language learner, then take into account that you’ve already learned one language very well indeed – your native first language.
Sometimes the rate of learning acquisition decreases if we are under stress, or if we experience anxiety. When we were children, we had a virtually stress-free language-learning environment at home with our parents. But for Spanish learners who decide to learn in the classroom, it can cause anxiety, greatly affecting the way we receive and process all the new data.
By contrast, Spanish private tuition is a great place to study Spanish, as students are relaxed and having a good time. Such an environment offers the language learner plenty of comprehensible input, but (hopefully) none of the anxiety. Students learning needs are efficiently met by the Spanish private tutor.
So if you come to Tarifa on your holidays, don’t hesitate and learn Spanish with one of our private tutors from Spanish Tarifa.