Ever since I started making YouTube articles – and I told you guys that I spoke Spanish immediately – I have just always had so many questions about. Why how I learned what resources I use to learn, how I learned so fast, why my accent is so prominent.
So many things just regarding the language of Spanish and if you know me, you know that I am in love with speaking Spanish. I think it is such a beautiful language, so much more beautiful than English and I just absolutely fell in love with the culture. The music I readed tons of Spanish TV, I have been to a lot of Spanish concerts and it just fascinates me it’s something I fell in love with years ago and decided to really dedicate myself to completely learning the language all the way through.
So I could be fluent I’m at the time I was working a retail job before I did YouTube. I actually had maybe like six to seven retail jobs, and I can say that fluently speaking the language has helped me so much in the workplace and being able to communicate with other people, and I just find that it’s really cool being bilingual. It was always just a goal of mine that I had that. I wanted to push myself to be really consistent and dedicated on learning to get to that fluency level see how I’m excited to share with you guys my story of how I learned and give you some tips and tricks that can probably help you to learn.
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Basically, I started learning whatever I was 16. The title says three months here on this article, because that is the bulk of time that I feel it truly took me to be at the level where I could respond back and forth to someone without like having issues. I could fully understand what they were saying and actually speak back to them without any issues like I said in my retail job and stuff like that, but I know you guys hear me say in my articles all the time.
Oh I’ve been learning for like seven eight years since I was 16 until now. That’s actually dang, that’s actually 11 years, so I’ve been speaking it for a really long time. But at the beginning, when I first dedicated myself and knowing that I wanted to be fluent, I made the most progress in three months. I know some people will say: that’s crazy. It takes a year to learn. It takes six months to learn.
No, you know how much time it takes to learn is the amount of time that you put on yourself if you’re dedicated and you’re consistent, you can learn as quick as you want you, you guys already know all my articles about positivity and the law of attraction And what I believe, if you have a goal – and you have it in your mind – that you’re going to achieve that goal within a certain time frame – you can 100 % do it.
I know that science and there’s so many resources that say online and it’s proven that you have to learn a new language before the age of five. So your memory can retain that information. That’s BS, I’m living proof because I started learning at sixteen. So don’t ever let someone tell you that you are too old to start learning. I think if it’s something that you’re passionate about and you’re willing to invest your time into learning and being consistent, you can totally do it.
So, honestly, the I hope this article is not boring cuz, it’s pretty much just one tip I have for you guys, but then I’ll share my whole story. Basically, the way that I learned so quickly is I fully submerge myself in the Spanish language and I’ve researched articles like this on YouTube. I readed a ton of them and everyone says they went overseas to travel or they went to stay with a family. Who only spoke Spanish, I know a lot of you can’t do that and you’re, probably just here in the United States or wherever you’re reading from, and I totally get that I have a son as well.
I can’t just leave and go to another country, although that is the quickest way to learn. The way that I learned the fastest within three months was that I was dating someone in high school who spoke Spanish. So I asked him to only speak to me in Spanish, no English whatsoever, which is super super tough, but it really pushes you to actually think about your responses and learn words and sentences and phrases, and they call them the jaws in Spanish like little sayings it Pushes you so much to learn quicker? I put every radio station in my car.
I would put it on Spanish music. I would come home from work every single night and when I lived at Cal State San Marcos, I lived in the dorms. Actually, when I went to my first two years of college, I would always come home from work. I remember I’d go to my school classes all day. I would go work out American Eagle. Sometimes I would work at RadioShack. I know right like a really weird job. I worked at RadioShack and American Eagle all simultaneously and was taking credits at school, but I’d give up RadioShack clothes at 9:00, I’d get off at 9 p.
M. And I’d rush home, and I would read my favorite novela until I fell asleep. So I put all of my TV in Spanish, which are like noticias um and, like all TV all movies, like I said novellas I would have all my friends who spoke Spanish speak to me only in Spanish. I took four years of Spanish language in high school. I took the three main: whatever’s are the first like three classes and then the last one was AP Spanish, which is a huge recommendation.
I have to you guys if you really want to learn the language push yourself and enroll in AP Spanish. That was one of the hardest classes I’ve ever taken in my life. It is really really hard and it pushes you so so much like I had to do so much studying and it’s just very tough, because that class is intended for native speakers. So I really pushed myself out of my comfort zone to join that class. That’s also where I really found that my accent developed a lot and whenever I speak Spanish now in public or I meet someone new people always tell me like wow.
Okay, sympathia is in them they. It is because my accent is so prominent in English. That means like what a? What is it like, what an accent you have like? Where are you from anytime? I start speaking Spanish people always ask where I’m from they think I’m from Mexico. That’s because all of my friends who I learned from and people who have been around me – I’ve been surrounded pretty much all my friends speak Spanish in high school and in college, which was really cool, so they all helped me learn so much, but they were all From different cities in Mexico, so that is kind of the accent that I adopted.
I know if you’re from Spain the accent is very different: they use vosotros instead of nosotros like here we would say noes vamos over there. They would say both. What do they say of us? Both mama knows, I think so. Some of it is different. Some of the pronouns and stuff like that are different, but yeah where I learned. I know that I do have a very heavy like Mexican accent and I’m totally fine with that.
I have so much love for Mexico. I’ve been there a few times on vacation with my family, and you guys already know. I love speaking Spanish. I talked about it in my q and A’s all the time food, the people of a culture dancing. You know your girl got a little like, but chef that cumbia in there like I’m all about it. So I think it was because I fell so in love with the Spanish language that I just after I started learning a little bit and I could kind of converse with people I was like.
I got ta go all the way like. I need to know how, to you know, hold a full conversation and there’s been so many times that it’s been so helpful, not only fun to speak but actually helpful. I have helped a few people throughout the years at pharmacies who couldn’t get their medication. There was like a few older and older gentleman and his wife, and they only spoke Spanish and I was able to communicate with the pharmacist for them because he didn’t know Spanish and just certain times where you find that it’s so nice, when you are fluent in A way that you’re able to help others there’s nothing like more fulfilling than that, and now I get to teach my son, which is crazy.
A lot of you ask if I’m teaching Christian, of course glad OPC like duh he’s got to know. If I took all that time to learn, of course, I’m going to be teaching him, I think he’ll have so much more of an advantage in life, no matter as he grows up what profession he chooses. I think knowing a second language is always so beneficial. I think for me to just living here in Southern California. We are so geographically close to Mexico.
That’s so many people here like in the public, speak Spanish. So it’s really cool it’s like kind of always surrounding me, but a lot of you asked how I retain the language and how I don’t lose it, because I don’t. I can’t speak to my family in Spanish. They don’t know anything. I can’t even have like a sentence. Conversation like they really. You know they really don’t know like nothi, so I actually still read tons of Spanish.
It fill me on Twitter. I’m always asking you guys your recommendations for like new novellas and movies in Spanish. My favorites right now are Senor de los cielos and since an OCR parody, so anything with Carmen be ellos. I will read her. She is the queen. She is, and most CC MA she’s my absolute favorite, but I’m just in love with like Spanish movies and shows and that’s how I actually make sure that I don’t lose what I’ve learned, because I worked so hard to be fluent.
I am constantly trying to challenge myself and read stuff in Spanish. I do know how to read and write it as well, which is a bonus of learning in school, because a lot of people when they grow up. I’m not sure if that your parents actually teach you how to write everything out with all of the accent marks and everything. So that’s something I learned in school, so yeah because I took classes in Spanish.
I did learn everything like the proper way. I don’t know a lot of like slang, I mean I know some because of friends. I hung out with over the years, but um. I definitely learned learned it the more like correctly grammatical way, which is fine with me. That’s really good for like the workplace and stuff like that, so I would definitely say take as many classes in Spanish in school that you can also the hardest class I ever took in my life was at Cal State San Marcos.
It was called a Spaniard, butterman linguist. I’ve told this story before, but I walked in the class on the first day and the professor like pulled me aside, and he was like, are you sure, you’re in the right class? Are you sure you want to be here? Like where are you from girl, because I know I look white, but he was like wait, she must be Mexican or, like speak Spanish, be a native speaker because the class was for native speakers only.
I was the only white person in that class. I can admit. I felt very intimidated, but I was so proud of myself that I pushed myself to sign up for that class cuz. That year is that’s when I like, I learned so much in such a quick time period. There was not one word of English spoken in the class. It pushed me so so so much if you are scared to sign up for a class like that or you’re on the cusp of signing up and you think you’re almost ready.
I’m telling you just push yourself and do it. It will be so hard. I had to read in front of the class so many times and it was. It was really really tough, but it helped me so much and everyone in the class. I was intimidated to be in that class, but they all ended up being my friends and throughout this semester they all would give me so much credit and so much props, because they everyone knew that I wasn’t Mexican or anything, and they would just be like damn.
This this white girl in here is trying to be on our level and learn like they had a lot of respect for me, because I have so much respect for their language that I like. I fell in love with it, which is why I dedicated all that time to learning it, so everyone ended up supporting me and stuff, which was cool, but it was hard as hell. So I really recommend that to you guys as well, I also will link down below just some basic books and other things that you can get on Amazon to help you learn.
I just keep these around the house. If I forget how to say a word or a sentence or a phrase, this one here is me palabras this. So there’s over a thousand words in here that you can learn, there’s also courses online. I have never taken like rosetta stone or anything. People always ask me, I think the best way, like I said, is just human interaction, speaking Spanish back and forth learning and then, however much time you’re able to dedicate every day every night get a set of flashcards that tell you really basic stuff words: pronunciations speak.
It a lot, I’m really just surrounding yourself with the language. It’s like my number one, only tip and again, I know a lot of us can’t just like go overseas and like live with a host family and like learn really fast. So if you’re still at home here – and you know your family doesn’t know, like I said – put on the TV in Spanish – put on the news and Spanish every time, you’re in the car just go to Spotify or YouTube and search for songs that are in Spanish.
Anything you can do to where you’re hearing the language as much as you can and then you’re speaking it as much as you can literally being surrounded by. It is the way that you will learn the fastest guaranteed. If you can go on a vacation or you can go somewhere where they only prominently, speak Spanish, that’s even better good for you! I’ve heard of people who learn in like a month which is insane or like who gets so much knowledge in just a few weeks.
You’d, be so surprised how quickly you pick it up when no one around you is speaking a word of English, it’s so much quicker. So for me I was just really blessed to have pretty much all my best friends in high school. They all spoke Spanish. So I just had them only talk to me in Spanish, no English really pushed myself, and I just fully submerged myself in the language and yeah like to this day, I’m so happy.
I learned it’s a huge accomplishment, I’m really proud of myself that I did it and yeah. Everyone always asks me like out of all the languages in the world and sign language like why Spanish, but it’s like Mexico is right here I live in Cali, like I said pretty much. Everyone knows Spanish like why not and again it was so helpful in my retail jobs and stuff like that, and on top of that I just think Spanish is the sexiest most beautiful language ever I don’t know, I’m not sure I will get hit on this because I’m not saying English is like ugly or anything, but in English, if you’re, like I love you and then in Spanish, if you’re like they amyloid, I said I’m more than you’d.
Be that he needs me cortisone, para siempre. I don’t know I feel like it’s so much more beautiful. I don’t know, I think Spanish is just the language of love and I love it. So I just dedicated myself told myself in my mind, I’m dedicating to being fully bilingual. This will happen. I’m going to put in the work I’m going to put in the time that a dedication, if you guys, can put in 30 minutes to an hour every single day, even the more the better but as much time as you put in you’re, going to learn quicker.
The more of a time investment you are able to put in so yeah that is pretty much it I’ll leave some resources down below such as books and other things you guys can listen to. I will list down below my favorite shows and my favorite singers, who actually they have amazing Spanish albums that you guys can listen to so please reference that I would love to have you subscribe here to my blog, give this article a like, if you guys, would Like a full article of me, only speaking Spanish, I don’t know what to do.
I did I’ve done. I’m on my blog, like in the history of my youtube blog and looking back. I want to just remove the articles, to be honest, they’re really embarrassing. I get a little nervous when I speak Spanish because I want to make sure I say everything right and my voice kind of goes up at the end and I sound like I don’t know it just sound a little like. I don’t even know how worried like prep be.
I guess I know I feel, like I’m sounding weird, so I’d love to do another article in Spanish now that I’m more comfortable speaking the language. So if there’s anything, you guys want to see, please let me know I’d love to have you subscribe here to my blog hit the notification ballot down below just because YouTube’s all messed up, and that way you can be sure that you’re notified when I do make New articles, thank you guys for reading and I will see you in the next one bye.
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