To Speak or Not to Speak: That is the Question

Speaking is very important. You can’t learn how to swim just by reading books. It’s the same thing when speaking a language. You have to get in and experience things. You don’t have to have the perfect accent, but if native speakers can’t understand you, you may need some more work. When you work with a native speaker, you can hear where they emphasize words, how to pronounce accents and how different certain sounds are between English and Spanish.

 

How can you start speaking? At first, you’ll need to memorize a lot.  Start with the simple things, like the alphabet, introducing yourself and talking about the weather. Next, learn about verb tenses, and conjugation. Try to add vocabulary as you go along.

 

Try to immerse yourself in the language. The language you’re learning needs to be second nature. You can attend Spanish classes, meet and speak with Spanish-speaking friends, watch Spanish movies and listen to Spanish music. Whatever language you’re learning, go all in.

 

 

You can also improve by going to a language school or going online. That way, you can connect with or follow native speakers who can show you how to learn things right the first time.

 

Tacica Bryan, MPC is a communications professional, voice talent and social media enthusiast. She is passionate about helping companies to build their voice and improve their brand. In her spare time, she does voiceover and audio production, builds her communication skills, learns new languages, and enjoys a good game of Connect Four. Her educational background includes an Honours BA in Communication Studies from York University and a Master’s Degree in Professional Communication (MPC) from Ryerson University.

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