Learning Spanish to Improve Your Mind
By: Cailin Kearns
There are some aspects to learning a new language that can seem
like daunting barriers to overcome. Time, patience and willpower
are all necessary in order to hurdle these challenges of learning
a new language.
An often misconceived notion of learning Spanish is that if you
are a native English speaker, or have a strong grasp on the English
language, it can be easy since many words are cognates. This is
partially true seeing as Spanish and English do share thousands of
words that have similar meanings and etymology, and are even closely
related in spelling and pronunciation. But, that doesn't mean that
you will be able to master the language immediately.
Our minds work to comprehend and understand words and the meanings
they formulate. Therefore, even though Spanish and English share common
traits, each language expresses words and thoughts differently. Two
examples of this are seen in a different ordering of the parts of a
sentence and the complete contrast in how to divulge a certain emotion
Immersion is really important to grasp all the minute details that
will eventually turn you into a fluent speaker of a new language.
Seeing as Spanish is one of the leading languages of the world there
are a growing number of possibilities to learn the language. But the
best way would be to dive right into Spain's dynamic culture.
When you become surrounded with a language that you have little,
or no, understanding of you are forced to practice and thus, you will
improve. Of course there will be many mistakes made, but that is all
a part of the learning process; the process which, in time, will develop
you into a stronger, more knowledgeable and even more qualified person
in many aspects.
Not only are you gaining a new vocabulary and set of grammatical
rules, when you allow yourself to take in a new language you will
gain the capability to understand things better...you open yourself
up to a new way of thinking. Research has also shown that besides
these benefits, learning a foreign language can increase your memory
capacity, and even help lessen the declines of mental status from aging.
About the author
Cailin lives in Málaga, Spain and works for
Go Study Spain, which
offers Spanish courses at top universities throughout Spain.
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