Have you ever tried to learn Spanish?
Maybe you tried to learn Spanish at school. Or maybe you’ve tried an app that promised you’d learn Spanish in a week without having to put in any effort.
After a few months of hard work, you finally meet a native speaker and you want to impress that person with your new language skills.
Perhaps this is for a new job, a business opportunity, or perhaps you’re even hoping to find love.
But, you don’t know what to say, so your heart starts beating fast and a lump of panic catches in your throat.
You can’t remember those words that you were meant to have learned without effort.
You lose confidence and you feel dizzy and overwhelmed.
You open your mouth to say something, but all that comes out is a mumble of ‘ums’ and ‘ers’.
What are you doing wrong?
You studied so hard.
You memorized hundreds of words and grammar structures.
You should be able to at least hold a basic conversation when out in the field, surely.
So, what’s holding you back?
The language course promised that you’d be conversational in days. But instead, you just end up embarrassing yourself.
All those hours of study wasted, for what?
If you’ve ever had an experience like this, don’t worry, you’re not alone.
Thousands of language learners across the globe have had similar encounters when they try practicing a language that they thought they’d learned.
It’s no wonder so many get frustrated and give up.