Life is a confidence game.
You must prepare, sure. But after that, it comes down to confidence. Do you have the confidence to overcome your fears?
Fear of sounding stoopid?
Fear of sounding smart?
Fear of failing?
Fear of succeeding?
Learning Spanish is all about confidence. The best way to learn Spanish is to speak it. There is no 10 Step Process that upon completion you can proclaim (preferably with a booming Shakespearean accent), “Aha! I am now ready to speak!”
Like with anything else, you have to try.
You start small.
When you started learning math, you didn’t say, “Well, I’ll participate in class once I get past Trig.”
When you started playing basketball, you didn’t say, “Well, I’ll start playing with someone once I get this 15’ fadeaway jumper down.”
When you started dating your spouse, you didn’t say, “Well, I’ll start to invest emotionally once I know we’ll definitely get married.”
You just started.
But with Spanish, there is often a hesitancy to speak “until I know a little more.” You’ll never know it all. You learn as you go.
The key is to not take it all so seriously.
Don’t take yourself so seriously.
If you find yourself in an awkward situación, so what?
Last month Brian Clark, founder of Copyblogger and CEO of Copyblogger Media, posted this article along with a poster he created.
I was inspired by it and made my own to help motivate all those Spanish-speakers out there who have the skills (maybe not ALL the skills, but more than enough…), but lack some confidence.
You become a better speaker by speaking.
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