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    Spanish is the official language of Spain and it has the second-largest number of speakers around the world. Other countries that count Spanish as the official language are;

    • Argentina

    • Bolivia

    • Chile

    • Colombia

    • Costa Rica

    • Cuba

    • Dominican Republic

    • Ecuador

    • El Salvador

    • Equatorial Guinea

    • Guatemala

    • Honduras

    • Mexico

    • Nicaragua

    • Panama

    • Paraguay

    • Peru

    • Uruguay

    • Venezuela

    Above are 20 countries, Spain inclusive, and with this, you can tell why Spanish has the second largest number of speakers.

    When learning Spanish, you have to choose your identity and know your bearing because, in the Spanish-speaking world, there are different dialects, cultures, and accents. It could be confusing and overwhelming at the beginning, so it is important to hold in on one identity, stick to it, then work to branch off.

    When learning a language, you have to make it your top priority, but you will lose inspiration, focus, and drive if you do not think about this constantly. It is very important to note that you do not have to be afraid because as an adult, learning a new language makes you feel inadequate like a toddler stuck in an adult’s body, as you cannot express yourself properly. When you make mistakes, do not stop just keep practicing.

    Perhaps you have just moved into a Spanish – speaking country and you are finding it difficult to blend in because of your deficiency in speaking the language, do not fret as this post is here to aid you in the process of learning Spanish in no time. Here are a few tips below;

    • The first thing you should do is enroll in a Spanish lesson. Some universities offer language learning programs for international students, either for free or a little fee. If your school does not have such an offer, you may want to make inquiries outside school and start classes immediately. Click here to learn more about Spanish courses that require a fee, and those that are free.

    If you are comfortable and looking to learning online, you can check out any of these sites.;

    Amauta

    FluentU

    Italki

    Duolingo

    SpanishDict

    Forvo

    When you have found an ideal school either onsite or online, you have to be dedicated, as nothing good comes easy.

    • Another thing you should do is to practice your Spanish outside the classroom. You can do this by limiting your interactions with English speakers and being around locals who can help you improve.

    • Make a conscious effort to consume content in Spanish. Read books, watch movies, listen to the radio, watch TV, listen to podcasts, read newspapers, watch YouTube videos, listen to music, all in Spanish. By doing these, you will have a grasp of the language faster than expected as it is now part of you. That’s how your fluency comes.

    • You may also want to look for a mentor, especially an adult who can coach and correct you constantly. Read aloud to his/her hearing.

    Aside from the fact that you will be bilingual, learning Spanish, or any other foreign language boosts your CV and makes you stand out. Always remember this when you nurse the idea of giving up.

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