I Am Failing Spanish – 4 Tips to Help You Improve Your Grade!

What do you do when you think that you are failing Spanish, about to fail Spanish or that you are just not making any progress?

I know how you feel because I used to get that feeling in Math. I used to feel as though I was never any good at it. Nothing ever made sense except the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. That was it! As far as I was concerned that is all I needed to get by in the real world, so who cares about anything else? Forget algebra and anything else that I would not be using on a daily basis.

But the point I am making is that not all parts of Math were challenging. I simply found some sections and topics more challenging than others so I had to find a way to overcome my challenges in those areas in order to pass it.

But bringing this back to Spanish, I found parts of Spanish challenging as well particularly Spanish listening; learning to speak the language fluently and having a wide vocabulary. Because of this I had to come up with ways to deal with the challenges I was facing.

That was the only way I was going to pass.

So if you are failing Spanish or you think that you are in danger of failing Spanish, I would advise that you do the following:

1. Identify the parts of Spanish in your Spanish course that you are having difficulty with. What do you find to be most challenging about learning Spanish? Is it the vocabulary; verb conjugation; speaking; listening; reading or writing?

2. When you have done that, try to come up with specific tips that will help you to improve in the area in which you are having difficulty. So if you are fairly good at reading, then don’t spend more time on reading Spanish. Spend time on the parts that you find most challenging.

3. Spend an extra 15 minutes a day on those areas. And you are not going to be slaving away at these areas for those for 15 minutes either. You are going to find fun ways of improving in those areas. There are already quite few tips on my blog that will help to keep you more connected to the language and more engaged with it.

Anyone who feels that they are failing something will start to feel disconnected from it, for obvious reasons so you have to find inspiration to keep you engaged and wanting to improve. When you are having fun with something, it stops feeling like work or studying and you just learn or pick up things at record speed. That’s when you start making progress.

4. Be consistent in working to overcome your challenges. If there is one thing that you will hear me say over and over is be consistent whatever your approach at improving. Rome was not built in a day. A little bit of effort over time is what will help you to pass Spanish and get a good grade!

You will not fail Spanish and I assure you that if you start now, you will see an improvement in as little as two weeks because I have seen it happen time and again.

So now that you know what to do, get cracking on it now!

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Tips to Improve Your Spoken English

A lot of my students ask me what is it that they should do to improve their Spoken English. So here is a post to tell them what I feel can improve their English skills.

I stated thinking about it and realized that I was lucky to be born in a family where, despite being Indians, English was the language of choice. Since my father rarely spoke Marathi and my mother only ever used Gujrati to discipline me in public, I only ever heard them speak to each other and me in English. Hence fluency in the language just came naturally to me. I only picked up Hindi once I started schooling.

A lot of people don’t have such a family environment. The first language they learn is their mother tongue. The next will be Hindi, if they are based in North India. Then when they reach school they finally learn English as the third language. In South India the second language is English, which is the reason why despite accent trouble they are much more comfortable speaking in English.

As a result, here are a few tips that I have collected to help improve Spoken English.

Tip No # 1 Get comfortable with the language. Read for 20 minutes in English. It can be a newspaper, a short story, a poem, or even a novel.

Tip No # 2 Develop your written language. If you don’t have the requisite vocabulary you won’t be able to communicate.

Tip No # 3 Start Speaking. Try out your spoken English on anyone who will be able to respond to you. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.

Tip No # 4 Keep your ears open for the accent. Watch the English news on Television. Watch BBC for the British Accent, CNN for the American Accent and NDTV 24/7 for the urban Indian Accent.

Tip No # 5 Record yourself. Listen to your voice and catch your pronunciation mistakes. Make a deliberate effort to avoid them.

Tip No # 6 Grammar is important. The parts of speech, tenses, form of verb, articles and modals all contribute to fluency. Make an effort to learn them.

Tip No # 7 Make the Dictionary your best friend. To date I head for it when confronted with a new word. Familiarize yourself with its meaning and use it in a sentence that very day.

Tip No # 8 Have someone proficient read aloud to you. A storybook or a newspaper article will do. Watch how they move their lips while pronouncing certain words.

Tip No # 9 Learn one new word a day. To increase your active vocabulary start memorizing the meaning of a word you had heard but were not sure of. Use it regularly to absorb it into your vocabulary.

Tip No # 10 Start writing a Diary. It will allow you to practice the language in a totally non threatening environment. Write one entry of at least 100 words everyday.

Consequently your Spoken English will improve, but not if you are lacking in commitment. It’s all very well to be pumped up today about learning the language and forgetting all about it tomorrow.

Always remember the skills involved in any language are Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Any single one can’t be developed in isolation

Improve Your American English Speaking Skills – Tips

Do you want to speak better American English? Are you looking for some tips on how to improve your American English speaking skills? If so, keep reading, because you are in the right place. In this article I’m going to help you become a fluent speaker! Here are two tips on how to improve your American English speaking skills.

1. Practice with Americans

Find a native American speaker in your city and offer him or her a language exchange – your native language in exchange for some help with American English.

You can also look for a language partner online – on English message boards for language learners or sites for people who are looking for a language partner (Google for “online language partner” or “online language exchange”). Find some Americans who want to learn your native language and offer them a language exchange.

2. Speak with your friends

If you can’t or don’t want to speak with native American speakers, then speak with your friends. I’m sure that at least a few of your friends are learning English and would love to practice it with you.

Speaking with your friends in English isn’t as stressful as speaking with native speakers and it’s also a very effective way to improve your speaking skills and your confidence to speak in a foreign language. Of course it’s better to practice with more advanced learners or native speakers so if you have the opportunity to do so, do it!

There are many more things that you can do to improve your English skills, but the key is to speak as much as you can and interact with native speakers. If you put only these two tips to use, you’ll quickly notice a great improvement. Stop seeking a magic pill, it’s all about speaking every single day!

That’s it – two tips on how to improve your American English speaking skills. Don’t forget that it’s not only about speaking in a foreign language, but also about your approach and your communication skills. Work on your self-confidence! Good luck and have fun while learning!