Time and time again, we’ve seen people worry that they are too old to learn a whole new language. After all, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, right?
You’d be surprised at how many “older” people we teach. If you’re thinking “I’m too old to learn Spanish” you might want to give it a try. In fact, according to Harvard, learning is the best way to keep your mind young and slow down cognitive decay!
The biggest issue people have is not learning from the right teacher and we can help you with that. Our teachers are experienced with all ages. However, there are a few things to keep in mind.
This goes for all ages! If you aren’t consistent in your learning methods, you’ll just forget everything over time. That’s why it’s a good idea to practice Spanish at least 2-3 times a week and take a minimum of 1 class a week.
Repetition is how the brain learns. When you repeat the same information over and over, it creates new pathways in your brain, which can then be used whenever you want. Language does this and since you need to hear Spanish or any language over and over in order to learn it, you must be consistent.
The absolute best way to learn a language is to remain completely immersed in it. That’s why so many people find it helpful to visit Guatemala in order to learn. However, travel is not always feasible, particularly with the current pandemic. That doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with the language, though!
In addition to your lessons, try reading in Spanish (start with children’s books when you’re a beginner), listen to Spanish music, and watch television in Spanish or with Spanish subtitles. You’ll be amazed at how much you add to your vocabulary and pronunciation just with these methods.
Of course, without practice the whole idea of learning a new language is very challenging. We know that this can be an issue for our students, so we offer extra homework when you need it. However, you can also practice by joining a Spanish speaking club in your area, jumping online and chatting in a Spanish-language forum, or even making a long-distance friend in another country.
Practice your new language skills as much as possible and you’ll find yourself learning faster than you thought possible!
You are never too old to learn Spanish. While you may learn a little differently than a child and it may take longer than someone born into the language, you can learn.
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