Learn to Speak Spanish

Following are some useful tricks to learn Spanish and these tricks and tips will sure apply to other languages and appeal to many of the various language learners out there.

As stated before, many of the Romance languages, including Spanish, sprang from the language known as Vulgar Latin. Languages such as Portuguese, Italian and French have all evolved from this particular, vernacular form of Latin. As such, Romance languages have rather similar vocabulary and syntax and, in some cases, even grammatical rules that govern them. This kind of connection enables, for example, native Italian speakers to quickly pick up on a language such as Spanish. This, in linguistics, is known as language transfer or crosslinguistic influence. In the case of a native Italian speaker, he or she would benefit greatly from positive language transfer acquired through their mother tongue and would thus be able to employ it in Spanish.

As a stark contrast, we could also have an EEnglishnglish native speaker who might appear to be at a bit of a disadvantage when trying to learn Spanish. While it is true that the English language sprang from Anglo Saxon and was greatly influenced by Old Norse, both Germanic languages, the fact remains that English has also drawn greatly from French and Latin. In this sense, we could say that Spanish and English also are somewhat related and that a native speaker of English would also benefit from his or her previously acquired knowledge of English when learning Spanish and would, therefore, receive plenty of positive language transfer or positive crosslinguistic influence from his or her mother tongue.

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Bear in mind that the tips and tricks above mentioned will only be of help as long as you actually have some kind of motivation for learning a new language. Linguistic studies have found that motivation in second language acquisition is nothing short of fundamental.