4 reasons NOT to learn Spanish!
By marthajesty, Mar 28 2018 12:38PM
As you may know, usually I like to talk about all the many wonderful reasons there are to learn Spanish. However, as a Spanish tutor in Surrey with more than 20 years’ experience, I am also familiar with the reasons people have for NOT learning Spanish as well! Here are some of the ones that I hear most often.
1. I’m afraid of learning something new
Many of my students have anxiety trying new things and it’s natural to be scared of speaking a foreign language. I take the time to find out their issues and help them discover how to stop being afraid to learn something new. As well as having an RSA Diploma in Teaching Modern Languages, I am also a Life Coach with a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Trauma, a Diploma in Pastoral Care and a member of the British Association of Christians in Psychology. All these qualifications help me to be more than just a Spanish teacher.
2. I don’t like exams
If you are retired and learning Spanish as a hobby you are lucky that you don’t need to take exams (although some of my more mature students still like to challenge themselves). Unfortunately for the GCSE and A Level Spanish students, they do not get a choice! I am an Accredited Instituto Cervantes Examiner for DELE exams, so I know great exam strategies and exam anxiety tips and share them with all my clients - whatever their age. But I also emphasise that learning Spanish is not just about exams which helps them to think about their studies in a different way and makes teenagers relax. I also have an enhanced Police DBS check which allows me to work with children and vulnerable people.
3. Spanish speakers talk too fast
This is a valid reason - even for me, some Spanish people speak the language too fast! I am Peruvian born and a British Citizen for more than 25 years. I believe that Peruvian Spanish is the slowest and most clearly spoken Spanish in Latin America. You will not have to worry about not understanding me!
4. There’s nobody to practice Spanish with
Everybody knows that, when learning a language, it is important to be able to practice it in between lessons. For this reason I run fun social activities in Surrey where people can practice their Spanish conversation and learn more about Spanish and Latin American culture. I also manage a Facebook page - Practice Spanish in Surrey - where you can have conversations with native Spanish and Latin American speakers, no matter what level you are.
I believe that any reason for not learning Spanish can be overcome. I also believe in a holistic way of teaching the Spanish language, and that anybody can learn Spanish - and have fun at the same time! Have I convinced you yet?! Here you can see the great feedback I receive from my students about how the teaching and mentoring they received from me helped them with their studies. If you’re still unsure, why don’t you come and try a free Spanish Express class with me in April? Just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07757 404728.