What is the hardest part of studying Spanish?

Spanish is a rich and complex language. The vocabulary and grammar in particular are very extensive, so it is common for foreigners who want to learn it to have some difficulties.
One of the main reasons why students want to learn Spanish is that it is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. But it is true that learning it takes a lot of effort. Let's see what is the hardest part of studying Spanish to be able to offer tips and hints to make it easier to. At our Spanish academy we always strive to offer enjoyable and useful classes in which students learn while having fun. 

Aspects that are most difficult for a foreigner to learn Spanish

According to our students, these are the some of the hardest things about studying Spanish. Don't worry, we'll help you make it easier.

  • The verbs ser and estar. Most foreigners do not differentiate between these verbs, which is why, when learning Spanish, they tend to make mistakes in the use of the second verb. For example, they usually say "soy enfermo" and not "estoy enfermo". 
  • Nouns ending in "e". As they are not as clear as masculine and feminine nouns ending in o or a, they often create confusion, e.g. el presidente, la mente.
  • The subjunctive mood. This is a verb mood which, for example, the English do not have in their language because they form it with other verb constructions, which is why it is more difficult for them to learn it.
  • Intonation. Although Spanish intonation is fairly flat, it is not easy for Asian learners, for example, to assimilate Spanish intonation.
  • The letters j, g and r. These are very strong sounds that are difficult for students to pronounce and need to be reinforced when learning Spanish.
  • The letters ñ and h. These are graphemes that do not exist in other languages, or at least are not used or written in the same way. That is why they are one of the biggest difficulties when learning Spanish.
  • Spanish has a very wide range of proverbs and we Spaniards are very prone to introduce them into our speech almost without realising it. When learning Spanish at the more advanced levels, students encounter this difficulty.


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