Are you wondering how to learn a language by yourself? Or can you learn a language by yourself?
Let me tell you a story.
Before traveling to Chile, I couldn’t speak any Spanish and wondered how I was going to survive in a predominantly Spanish continent. I thought that Latin Americans would make my life easy by conversing with me in English.
But neither the Latinos nor the foreigners living in Chile spoke English, at least not as much as I expected. That is when I realized that I had to learn Spanish. Reality hit me hard, and I prayed for my survival.
Learning Spanish in Chile, the land of notoriously bad Spanish, wasn’t easy. I struggled from morning till night. I couldn’t understand what were people saying at the dinner table. I longed to participate in conversations. I missed cracking jokes. I wanted to cry.
Words fell on my ears, but my brain couldn’t comprehend them.
Rather than pitying myself, I decided that I had to learn enough Spanish so that I can understand the people around me and reply. And that is what I did.
Fast forwards a few weeks, I started speaking Spanish fluently. I was still a foreigner, but as I began to understand more Spanish, I became a part of the Chilean host family I was living with. We woke up, greeted each other by kissing both cheeks, made toast and ate it with avocados and Nescafe coffee, went about our day, and talked about life at the evening Once.
I had a second home now just because I could speak and understand Spanish.