Learning a language on location is something not affordable for everyb0dy. But, there are some steps which may be taken to make it cheaper and more fruitful. Here are some examples.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SCHOOL IN TOWN
When you start learning a language, you should be aware of which is the best school in town, or, at least, you may pick one in which both culture and language are taken into account at the same level when you are still in your country of origin. The role of the language teacher as a carrier of cultural messages is central to certain understandings of language teaching. Implicit in the concept is that the culture and values that underpin a language cannot be divorced from the language itself, and that an appreciation of certain key cultural concepts are required for a true understanding of the language being learnt. This is what you need.
PICK A TOPIC OF INTEREST IN THE TARGET LANGUAGE
There must be something attractive to you in the target culture/language. This is crucial for your success. Find something interesting for you like music, art, business, costumes. Many students of Spanish are interested in our culture, folklore, flamenco, gastronomy, societal features, national parks, sports, wines, literature, etc. Find yours and you will feel very comfortable in your learning, once you have started to be competent in it and doing what you like, not what you have been said to do.
GET GOOD ADVISORY AND BE AWARE OF WHAT YOU WANT TO DO ONCE YOU DECIDE TO COME TO SPAIN
Many people come to our country knowing little from us. This creates a strong cultural shock not bearable to most of them. Learn from the country you are visiting and do it in your mother tongue if needed. Many times is better doing it in your language because, despite the language, you are also learning the culture and this, most of the times, is better than being surprised once you have already paid the course and you are already in Spain (in this case). This will keep you away from bad experiences which will definitely vary your point of view of the country you are visiting. Be well advised on your behalf.
ONCE YOU ARE IN SPAIN, TAKE SOME BREAKS AND TALK YOUR LANGUAGE EVERYTIME YOU FEEL TIRED
Learning a new language is not an easy task. Take it easy and everthing will go smooth. Some people can be so determined in getting the maximun out of their staying in Spain that will squeeze their brains getting drained and exhausted to the point of almost hating the target language/culture. Try to hang out with speakers of your language every now and then. Talk freely about what you like and don’t like from the country you are visiting. Do some brainstorming and discuss about it. This behaviour will be much more helpful than keeping trying to understand and imitate some things that simply do not belong to your scope of reality.
This one is really important. You are not a native speaker and you won’t ever be. Enjoy your learning being yourself and ask. Apply the learned concepts to your everyday life activity and adapt thetarget language/culture to your views. Everything will enter easily into your mind and you will get the best results if you don’t fight. Accept where you are and… When in Rome, do as Romans, but being yourself.
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