A lot of people jump into learning Spanish as their first second-language because they’ve heard, somewhere down the line, that it’s relatively easy. Others, on the other hand, get started because of reason pertaining to return-on-investment, given the sheer number of native speakers there are around the world (the second most-spoken language) and the number of economies that feature Spanish as their official language.
No matter the motivations of the learner or the background, most are likely to bump into a few difficulties learning Spanish at least somewhere down the road to fluency. Whether they tell you this or not? That’s a different story entirely.
I know that at least in terms of my own experiences, learning Spanish has presented several challenges (and continues to do so). The humbling nature of still feeling like a beginner when caught in the speed and dialect of Andalusian Spanish, or attempting to focus in on something highly technical explained on television, is something that can help ground you and keep you motivated in even the darkest of times.
As for the most difficult aspects I’ve found after around five years of study? Well, there are a quite a few of them. What follows is an outline of the main ones and my thoughts on how you might best tackle them.
Whatever you do or wherever you get stuck, remember, the key to succeeding at anything in life is consistency. Plug away long enough and you will see results.
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