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Not Confident in Your Spanish? | Handling Language Barriers

Not Confident in Your Spanish? | Handling Language Barriers

Whether you're traveling to a Spanish-speaking country, or chatting with a native speaker, a lack of confidence in your own speaking abilities can make the conversation even harder. Here are some tips for how to understand Spanish even when you're not confident, courtesy of online Spanish tutor Emmanuel N...   Learning a new language can be very challenging, and even when you're able to understand, speak, and write the language, you may still feel self-conscious or timid when it comes … Read More

Not Confident in Your Spanish? | Handling Language Barriers
Whether you're traveling to a Spanish-speaking country, or chatting with a native speaker, a lack of confidence in your own speaking abilities can make the conversation even harder. Here are some tips for how to understand Spanish even when you're not confident, courtesy of online Spanish tutor Emmanuel N...   Learning a new language can be very challenging, and even when you're able to understand, speak, and write the language, you may still feel self-conscious or timid when it comes
Spanish Vocabulary: When to Use Usted vs. Tú
Every language has its own intricacies that take time and practice to really nail down. Here, Spanish tutor Jason N. clears up the distinction between the formal and informal use of the word 'you' in Spanish...   Usted vs. Tú: What's the Difference? Tú in Spanish is ‘you’ in English -- but what about usted? In English, there's not a great translation for usted. So what exactly does it mean? In English, when we want to convey respect to someone, we use formal and polite language,
Express Yourself: Italian Words and Phrases for Emotions [Infographic]
Italians are an expressive bunch of people. Below, Italian teacher Liz T. teaches a lesson in how to express emotions using common Italian words and phrases... The Italian language is one of the most emotionally expressive languages. In fact, Italians are not afraid to speak what’s on their mind, and certainly not afraid to show their emotions. Whether you're traveling to Italy or simply taking Italian lessons, it's a good idea to learn how to express your emotions in Italian. Below ar
Omotenashi: Japanese Hospitality and Etiquette
When you're studying a foreign language, it's helpful to also learn about culture, history, and traditions. Here, Japanese teacher Taro T. introduces the Japanese concept omotenashi... As someone who learned English as a second language, I truly believe in the importance of finding something positive from a new culture, and adopting it in your own life. This doesn’t just help you learn a new language, but it will also help you grow as an individual. Courtesy for Others Omotenashi is a r
Help! What to Do if You Get Nervous When Speaking Spanish
Do you get nervous when you have to speak Spanish, even if you've taken months -- or years -- of classes or lessons? You're not alone. Read on as Spanish tutor Emmanuel N. shares his tips for battling your nerves and becoming more confident...   When it comes to speaking a language, there are two ways of being good at it – the more scholastic way (reading, writing, and speaking all 'by the book') and the more layman’s way (mostly conversation-centered, using the common vernacular of a

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