Work those ears!

Man listening with headphones

Work those ears!

Today we’re on to the 6th of 10 tips for new language learners!

What do you usually do when you hear a new word in Spanish?
Do you often ask how it’s spelled before you repeat it? Many students do, but it’s not the best way to learn a word.

When you ask how a word is spelled, you are asking what it looks like, you’re not learning how it actually sounds. When you see a word written down, you’re going to pronounce it the way those letters sound to you, not the way they’re actually pronounced.

This is why when learning a foreign language it’s incredibly important to learn to listen with your ears, not with your eyes. Not only will it help you improve your pronunciation, but also your comprehension. 

Tip: If you’re having a difficult time with the pronunciation, close your eyes and listen. Work those ears!