How to Learn Spanish Fast at Home – Why Do Kids Learn So Fast?

How to learn Spanish fast at home seems like an oxymoron, who can learn any language fast at home? Trust me, it isn’t as hard as you may think. Learning Spanish fast at home can be done quite easily, the trick is to figure out why kids learn their native language so easily.

When a child learns their native language (we’ll say English) they start from a fresh “slate”. That means that they don’t have anything to compare what they know to what they are trying to learn. This means that they do not have to “translate” their native language into anything else. Children just learn the language. This is the answer to “Why do kids learn so fast?”

When kids want to know what something is, they ask. When they see something, they use context clues and figure out what they are looking at. They don’t actively know why or how they are learning, they just are. This is the mindset they are in: I don’t know why or how I’m learning, I just know what that is. Simple right? Of course it is simple, they are kids.

Knowing what we know about how kids learn language, we can start to understand why it is so hard for adults to learn a new language. Adults already know at least one language, now we want to add a second language to it. Here is where the difference between learning a language as a kid and an adult becomes apparent.

Adults already know a language, we already know the vocabulary and grammar. So, what we do when learning a language is try to “translate” what we are learning into what we already know. This takes twice as long to do, and it is twice as hard. We have to think: OK, this is what was said, these are the words I know, this is the grammar I know, take this word out, change the order of the words, OK, I got it. See what I mean about taking twice as long?

Is it hard learning a new language? Yes, but it doesn’t have to be the hardest thing in the world. All you have to keep in mind is that things aren’t always the same when going between languages.

How to Learn Spanish on Your Own

Are you looking for some tips on how to learn Spanish on your own? Do you want to quickly become fluent in this language? If so, keep reading, because you are in the right place. In this article I’m going to help you. Here are three tips that will tremendously help you learn Spanish on your own.

1. Practice with native speakers

Don’t learn from a handbook. Practice with native speakers! It’s the best way to learn a language on your own. How to do it? It’s simple: find a language partner (use sites such as Italki or Polyglot Learn Language) and speak with him or her on Skype. You can also chat with native speakers, for example on SharedTalk.

2. Start a journal

Start a journal in Spanish. It’s an excellent way to improve your grammar and vocabulary. You can sign up on, write short journal entries there and native speakers will proofread them for you for free. Learn from your mistakes!

3. Watch Spanish movies

Watching movies is a great way to improve your listening skills, your vocabulary and even your speaking skills. Watch movies with subtitles to improve your listening skills and vocabulary, repeat aloud after the actors to improve your accent. It’s better to watch Spanish movies, but you can also watch dubbed American movies if you want to.

That’s it – three tips on how to learn Spanish on your own. Keep in mind that you should practice on a daily basis and immerse yourself in this language! It’s not about “studying” a language, it’s about living through it. And the best way to live through your new language is to use it on a daily basis. Buena suerte!