Learning tip: Attitude! Posted by on Jul 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hi, everybody! How have you been?

Well, I was thinking the other day and I came to the conclusion that one of the most important things when you set out to do something new is to have attitude. I mean, not a nasty attitude towards anything but a very positive and proactive attitude.

You may tell me, “But Adir, Spanish is so different from English, there are so many verb forms, tenses that are not used in English” and all that kind of talk. But I come from the school of hard knocks so I always think: if someone has done it, I can do it, too!

That takes a truckload of determination, patience, hard work and consistency. And let me tell you something: it feels awesome when things (language patterns) start falling into place and you see, in your head, how the language is built.

Each person learns differently and one thing you need to do is find out what’s your language learning style: visual, auditory, if you need to write things down (my style!), and so son. As soon as you know “how” you learn, you just need to find a good source of materials and be consistent in your study.

To sum it up, have a good attitude towards learning Spanish because as my mom says, “Knowledge occupies no room”, meaning the more we know, the more there is to know. Isn’t that a great thought?

Take care and have a good one!

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About the Author: Adir

English / Spanish teacher and translator for over 20 years. I have been blogging since 2007 and I am also a professional singer in my spare time.


  1. LeesaEGrant:

    Adir ~ This is exactly what I needed as I continue to build on my language skills (spanish) I was in a rut,and now ready to tackle with a “truckload of determination” Thanks a bunch, much needed pick me up.. Warmest, Leesa

    • Adir:

      @LeesaEGrant Hi, Leesa!

      Glad I could help, because motivation is what keeps me going in all areas of my life! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on the blog!

  2. andreas:

    ¡Hola, Adir!
    Dispénseme la molestia,¿pero tú visitas Portuguese Blog? Tengo un par de preguntitas que conciernen portugués, el cual quiero aprender con toda la determinación.

    • Adir:

      @andreas Hola, Andreas. Escribo unos posts para el blog de portugués. Visítalo y déjame una pregunta en uno de los posts que escribí. Gracias por el apoyo.

  3. John Holter:

    By the way,
    Thanks for the little baskets of phrases you send to us. I now have a “truckload of” very useful ways to say things. My Latino friends are beginning to take me seriamente.


    • Adir:

      @John Holter Hi, John! Isn’t that great understanding and being understood? Keep up the good work and thanks for your support!

  4. Patti:

    Thanks! This was a great encouragement and a reminder for me to keep at it and I will succeed.

    • Adir:

      @Patti Hola, Patti. Persistence is the key to mastering a language, so keep at it and you’ll see how fulfilling it is to speak another language fluently and easily. Come back to the blog any time and thanks for your support.

  5. Howard:

    I appreciate your comments about motivation.
    I had reached a comfort level with Spanish in my daily dealings with people that still left me wondering if I had fully understood everything that was being said. I know now that I still have much to learn and that it will take a lot more work and determination to push through to another level of understanding. Your daily e-mails have done a lot for me in enhancing my understanding of the finer points of Spanish. Getting too comfortable is an easy thing to do when you start to think you’ve learned enough. Thanks for the daily motivation I get from your postings.

    • Adir:

      @Howard Hi, Howard!

      Something I learned is that we never know enough, there’s always something to be learned and that is awesome, isn’t it? Thanks for visiting and blog and supporting us!

  6. susan smith:

    It is actually easier to learn Spanish while they are learning English! Lots of articles and related resources that cover Spanish verbs, conjugations, words, grammar and more. It’s a continually evolving source of information about learning Spanish.

  7. Ase R.:

    Yes the verbs may be difficult in Spanish, but students with English as their native language have a great advantage in the fact that you have hundreds of words in common with Spanish, so you get a great vocabulary for free! Lucky!!
    Saludos, Aase

  8. Susan smith:

    Spanish language also improves the our critical thinking ability. It is actually easier to learn Spanish while they are learning English!

  9. Susan Smith:

    Spanish language also improves the our critical thinking ability.Spanish is second language acquisition has become more popular in recent years

  10. Deb:

    This is very true. Thanks for a great post!