First, let’s get that myth out of the way: “I just don’t have a talent for languages”.
Of course you do! It’s not something you need to have a talent for. Just as you don’t need a talent for walking up straight. You just learn it by doing it.
You already speak a language: your own. If you didn’t have a talent for it you wouldn’t be able to read this.
Secondly, … you don’t speak your native tongue because you followed a course one hour a week.
At that pace you would probably only have spoken English by the time you were 20. But somehow you seem to expect that from a language course?
Do you really want to speak Spanish? And very quickly so?
In a very fun way?
Then here’s the ONE AND ONLY TRICK (and the one ‘secret’ of many a multi-lingual person):
REFUSE TO USE YOUR OWN LANGUAGE FOR ONE MONTH.
Simply put it on the shelf. You refuse to use it. You are going to live and breathe Spanish only. For one month only.
Be then prepared for that one single incredibly frustrating day: a day in with you are just not able to communicate. For you can’t use your language.
Raise the glass and say “salud”!
You might not be a professional linguist or even haven gotten as far as you wanted to get: it’s a given though that you will be fluent enough to make any conversation with any Spaniard one from heart to heart. Your life will become richer for it – not to mention about how proud you will feel of yourself.
Are you up for a challenge?
Treat yourself to those few days of feeling like a Spanish toddler… and enjoy the evolution into Spanish youngster, teen, adult.
Me and my colleagues will be with you, should you call our office stuttering and fighting yourself through a sentence. We will understand.
For we’ve been there too. And often still are.
¡Suerte! to those who go for it. Keep us informed from time to time… in Spanish.