Learning Spanish is Not 1 or 0 A baby says its first word, saying Mama or Papa and the whole family celebrates. Then quickly adds many words to the child repertoire of words.
I truly wish adults were smarter than babies.
--------------------------------- Panajachel Guatemala Lago Atitlan - Lake Atitlan Thursday, May 8, 2008 Andy of HoboTraveler.com --- ----------------------------------
A baby does not try to learn a language, does not sign up for a language school, does not need smacked in the head. - Stop speaking baby talk. - (I want to smack adults, Stop speaking English)
A baby tries to copy Mom and Dad, Sister and Brothers and everyone corrects the baby. There is not a problem, the baby just mimics the sounds until it learns to pronounce words. - Adults will not mimic and prove the baby is smarter. - (They do not want to look stupid, and prove themselves stupid.)
I do not learn language fast, however, I do speak Spanish, French and English rather well, in fact very good.
I find learning a language easier now, I more or less act like a baby, I repeat the word to the person using the word I need to learn, the person corrects me until I can repeat Mama, or Papa correctly. When, I see the person again, I try to repeat the word for their approval.
In the end I try to tell people who want to learn Spanish, and I say, “Stop speaking English.”
Stop speaking baby talk, English is of no value, it sounds like Baby talk to the Spanish speaking people, they think you sound stupid.
When I am in the USA and a Mexican person speaks Spanish, I tell them. “Speak English.”
On the other hand, I do tell the owners of hotels here in Guatemala that want English clients, hey. “Speak English.”
When I hear conversations in both Spanish and English I play a game, I ask myself, “Who is the student?”
The one that demands to use their own language is the teacher, the one who learns a new word is the student.
Simple to learn a language, stop talking the old language, use the one everyone else is talking than try to think. “Hmm. I only know five words, I am more stupid than a one year old child.”
People ask me how my Spanish is, and I say, “I have lived over five years in a Spanish speaking countries, I am a five year old.”
My 60 year old friend Chris ask me, “Which country should I go to study Spanish?”
I wanted to say El Salvador or Colombia, and they go to a small village with nobody in the village that speaks English.
Learning a language is not fun, it is a lot of work.
In the end, I think he needs to find him a nice Guapa Senorita that does not speak a word of English and refuses to speak word of English under an condition… maybe he will become a student. I hope he realizes one day this is excellent advice...
Spanish is not an on or off, not a 1 or 0, it is maybe you want to learn Spanish, or maybe you do not, it is always a maybe, it only is a 1 when you have nobody who speak English around you.