Get your Spanish ready, and forget about blocks when speaking. You don't need hours of studying Spanish, but a short time every day. A course in which you will learn to speak speaking.
Likely if you have come this far, it may happen to you as it happened to Fenna.
She had studied Spanish but couldn't express herself the way she wanted. She felt that his level of knowledge of grammar and her fluency did not match.
When I met her, she had recently moved to Spain, and she broke out in cold sweat when someone asked her something on the street or when she went shopping.
Practicing at home, she could build correct sentences in her head, but when push came to shove, the right sentences didn't come out. She felt blocked.
She is a perfectionist and didn't take it very well to make mistakes, so she felt more pressure.
She wanted to integrate into the Spanish culture and needed Spanish not only for daily life, but also to communicate with her partner's family.
She had already tried almost everything: she had attended face-to-face classes, but it was slow for her because, in the groups, each one had their learning rhythm.
She had done online lessons at the University, but they were not practical. She had even started with an app but without a structure.
Seeing no progress, she became demotivated. And without motivation, she was already beginning to make the excuse that she didn't have time. It became more and more difficult for her, it took her longer to get back into Spanish, and she started to forget what she knew.
Perhaps you find yourself in a similar situation.
But do not get discouraged.
The important thing is not to put pressure on yourself and try to keep the language active in all possible ways.
Anything that keeps you in touch with the language is good.
Maybe you think you need a lot of free time for that and you don't have it. Not at all. You only need 10-15 minutes a day to listen to a song or a podcast; to read a couple of pages of a book.
Possibly you think you will hold the rhythm for two or three days, but by the fourth, you will "forget" to practice. To avoid this, look for an accountability partner: somebody with a similar objective who will help you not to lose motivation.
You may also think that without a structure, achieving objectives is complicated. In that case, follow a manual suitable to your level that will serve as a guide.
If you think autonomous learning is not for you, that it is boring, you can always start a lesson program with a teacher. She will be in charge of offering you a path, will be your accountability partner, and will try to keep you motivated. She will design efficacious and varied lessons where you will listen to songs, watch shorts, read articles, write stories, and talk a lot during lessons and in more informal situations, such as via Telegram.
As I mentioned before, Fenna was not happy with his level of conversation. She had lost her motivation and felt quite frustrated, but what I proposed to her seemed different, and she decided to try it.
She feels more secure now when she speaks. She no longer worries when she makes mistakes, and because of that, she has gained fluency.
During the six months, she has been taking every opportunity to talk. She has stepped out of her comfort zone and is proud of it. She has resolved many doubts that she had, and she has found ways to continue learning while having fun.
In one-to-one lessons, it's easier. You have to communicate yourself. There is no way out. But you're not going to feel like in an interrogation. No, do not worry. You will feel like you're in a relaxed chat with a coffee (or tea) ahead.
Until 2020 I worked in a school with face-to-face and group lessons. I don't know how many students I have taught. But I can tell you that they have been of all levels and all ages, from 12 to 72 years old.
It wasn't until the lockdown that I started with individual and online classes. Quite a challenge, if I may say so.
And here I am, four years later, having tried what is most effective, knowing how to reduce anxiety in class, and how to make us forget about the screen.
The result is this course:
There are two options and here you can see the elements in common:
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