This class was tough.
Learning a foreign language is one of the most enlightening things that you could study. Not only does it teach you the grammatical breakdown of how to construct a sentence, but it exposes you to a new culture and will subsequently refine your skills in your first language. Learning a new culture and understanding another background that people come from will heighten your ability to effectively solve world problems, as you can consider the perspectives and concerns of those other than yourself involved in the issue. It will also make you a better communicator: when you can successfully connect with another person, you can more easily collaborate and work with this person productively. Anyone looking to enter the fields of medicine, public service, business management or customer relations, or any other field that involves communication (basically any) should definitely learn a foreign language simply because it allows you to connect with other people if they do not speak English. I would recommend learning Spanish because of its applicability to a growing population in America and because of our vicinity to Mexico, a Spanish-speaking nation.
This course series taught me the grammar principles of Spanish verb conjugation, sentence arrangement, gender and tense agreement, and everything else that establishes a good base for learning Spanish. These classes trained me how to write fluently in Spanish as well as how to listen and comprehend a native Spanish speaker. Outside of actually learning the language, this class reaffirmed my recognition of the importance of consistently doing the homework and spending even a little time every day practicing what you learned in class.
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Take full advantage of the potential this course has to teach you something valuable. Do not procrastinate or neglect to study each day for this course, as it is imperative to truly learning to be fluent in Spanish that you practice every day. Perhaps you could resolve to converse only in Spanish with your friends; perhaps you could seek our a fluent Spanish speaker and work on your listening and speaking skills, focusing on quickening your comprehension and formulation of your response. These types of activities will really allow you to become solid in your Spanish speaking ability, sharpen your accent to that of a native speaker, and significantly reduce your reliance of translating everything from English to Spanish in you head prior to saying it. Furthermore, work really hard to produce high quality presentations as it will show your dedication to the class and develop effective collaboration skills. Most importantly, be sure to find fun in learning Spanish, even if it is just one, small, motivating thing like the interesting history of Spanish culture. It should be an exciting journey to embark upon, and when you do, the work needed to earn success ceases to be unpleasant and turns into something that you enjoy.
Pretty easy, overall.
Not only is it a requirement to get into most colleges, but it should be something that we should all take part in. In this class you learn a lot about the culture, music, language and of course the food. Today Spanish is a popular language and should be learned to an extent, having experience in a second language helps you by a stretch in the job world.
One of the main highlights is learning about Spanish-speaking countries, and seeing how different there culture is from the average American lifestyle, and how we are so lucky as a country. Also, being able to write a script entirely in Spanish and acting it out was one of the best moments, and also creating comic strips.
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Make sure to pay attention, and listen, study for tests and don't take advantage of substitute teachers. Respect each other even if someone says a word completely wrong, be supportive of your peers. Be prepared to work in a group-like setting, as well as being able to present in front of your class, and most importantly enjoy the class and be creative.