Spanish Challenges A language that started very interesting turned out to be difficult to master. My primary language in my home and community was English. However, over the years, while growing up, going to different places, and hearing people speak different languages, Spanish became very appealing to me. I attended schools that were highly populated with Hispanic students who spoke both English and Spanish. Although there were other languages offered in school, Spanish was the only one that I desired to learn and master. In an effort to do so, I studied Spanish and came acquainted with some students who spoke Spanish. This was not only just an opportunity to learn and master Spanish but a means to interact and communicate as well with my Hispanic friends of my class. Throughout my school years, learning to speak a Spanish language was in deed a great experience and very challenging. The challenges that I faced kept me or held me back from mastering this language, which included contextual understanding of words, putting words into practice, and language barriers. It was difficult to understanding Spanish words or phrases that came before and after a particular word in this speech. Some words or phrases used or spoken in English could be defined entirely different if spoken in Spanish. For example, the word me in English means exactly what it says, but in Spanish, me could mean I, my, or me. The sounds, blending, and usage of words played a major part in the correct pronunciation and understanding of Spanish speech. It was very common for sounds of words to blend together. In Spanish the vowels’ sound are generally more distinct then in English. Spanish constants are generally softer and somewhat less distinct. As an English speaker, pronouncing the r/rr was probably the most difficult problem of my experience in learning Spanish. For example, the word pero means but and the word perro means dog. If you use the words wrong, it would not make sense in Spanish language. Moreover, this language has a few unfamiliar sounds and patterns that were difficult for me to get used to. It became challenging especially when it involved producing sounds that I never had to produce nor was a part and used during my everyday speech dialog. Learning the basic skills like alphabets was never a problem. In fact alphabets and learning colors were the simplest steps to take hold of in learning Spanish. At first, I found it exciting and amazed of how easy it was for me to grasp, remember, and identify certain letters, sounds, and words and then using them to interact or communicate with my Hispanic acquaintances. However, learning to speak in Spanish became a little overwhelming. I started to run into trouble when trying to use Spanish words learned and then composing sentences. Spanish grammar is more complicated than that of English in its verb system. The verbs are conjugated differently in each person and there is also a subjective mood. In addition, every noun is either masculine or feminine. This is important because the gender of the noun affects the word used before a noun. I had to be careful in my speech dialog when using Spanish grammar. At times, I was tensed and insecure about using the grammar that I had learned because of fear of saying the wrong thing or being misunderstood. My insecurities and fears could have held me back from continuing to learn and mastering the Spanish language. In pursuing another language, there were instructors who had language barrier to teach different languages. Classes taken were taught by Spanish natives who were limited in speaking English fluently. This made learning and following along very complicated and possibly held me back from advancing to a higher level in speaking Spanish. Learners of a second language, like Spanish, faced shortage of teachers. From taking Spanish classes in the past, there would only be one teacher who taught this class…
textbook, online learning versus face-to-face classes, and any other factors that may contribute to making this course challenging for someone with your preferred ways of learning.
Using what you now know about the way you prefer to learn (your preferred learning style as suggested by the On Course Learning Style Assessment), write about choices you can make that will help you more easily learn this challenging subject. Include how you might request, from your instructor, teaching/learning strategies…
Z1216: Entrepreneurship: Opportunities and Ventures
What key challenges do entrepreneurs face in trying to grow their businesses?
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Entrepreneurial start-ups face significant adversity in establishing a foothold in their chosen market. Undoubtedly, the extent and specific challenges they face will differ industry to industry, yet a review of the literature on the subject establishes several core factors. This has been covered…
Hola! The Spanish culture and customs are very unique and make them
stand out from a lot of other countries. From the way they say hello, or perceive
pain, to the different types of food and traditions they follow. We’ll start with a
Spaniards greeting. In general, physical contact is much more common in
Spanish cultures than for example in the Northern countries of Europe or in the
United States. In Latin America and Spain men and woman greet each other with…
6 March 2015
English literacy is the only literacy worth noting. Declaring English the official language
is essential and beneficial for the United States government and its citizens. Official English
unites Americans, who speak more than 322 languages by providing a common means of
communication; it encourages immigrants to learn English in order to use government
services and participate…
more moderate in the highlands.
People and Society
The nationality of Venezuela is Venezuelans. There are seven ethnic groups in Venezuela. There are the Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arab, German, African and the indigenous people. The religions practiced in Venezuela are Roman Catholic and protestant. The official language of Venezuela is Spanish and there are numerous indigenous dialects spoken. Venezuela has a growing population of 28,459,085 people (2013).
Venezuela has a strong folk…
that of the present. During this era, with an advancement in technology, Europeans had a thirst for exploration of the uncharted seas. Many discoveries were made, but the one most chronicled is the discovery of the Americas. Bartolomé de Las Casas (Spanish friar, writer) describes the indigenous people from the island of Hispaniola in his book A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies as, “The simplest people in the world – unassuming, long-suffering, unassertive, and submissive – they are without…
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July 27, 2013
Final Research Paper
Could Spanish overtake English in the United States
Lately, the economy in the U.S. has been so rigid over the past decade that, speaking Spanish is becoming more of a necessity than a choice. California is one state that shows a fine example of an increase in hispanic population. Which means that there is a necessity to have translations done in Spanish to English or visa verse. There are other states as well, that draw the conclusion…
similarities/differences between the initial Spanish colonization of the Caribbean and the Yucatan. In your discussion include the initial reaction of the Taino and Maya to the presence of the Spanish and the rational for the Spanish conquest.
The Spanish colonization of the Caribbean and Yucatan was the campaign of the Spanish conquistadores against Postclassical Maya stares and polities specifically on the central Yucatan Peninsula. The Spanish conquest of Caribbean and Yucatan which began…
Running head: GRADUATE STUDY CHALLENGES AND STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
Graduate Study Challenges and Strategies for Success
Graduates Study Challenges and Strategies for Success
Making my decision to go to graduate school through an online program was difficult. I had no idea what to expect. However, with my administrator’s advice and encouragement, I decided to start on this new endeavor and take the challenge. My only experience as a student has been the traditional classroom, which alone…
Elements of Effective Instruction
High quality reading instruction incorporates the five components of reading delivered through a coherent instructional design.
Research has repeatedly demonstrated the importance of initial instruction that includes the five critical components of reading: Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. To be most effective, the five critical components need to be taught explicitly within classrooms…