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My cringeworthy Spanish mistake and what you can learn from it

Embarrassed by your Spanish mistakes? Don't worry, you're not alone. Join us as we explore a common Spanish mistake and the valuable lesson we learned from it. This is perfect if you want to feel confident speaking Spanish like a native.

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As a professional woman who values clear and effective communication, I've always been fascinated by languages.

When I decided to learn Spanish, I was eager to immerse myself in the rich culture and linguistic beauty of this global language.

However, my journey to Spanish fluency wasn't without its embarrassing moments.

One of my most cringeworthy Spanish mistakes involved the words "excitado" and "emocionado."

Early on in my Spanish learning, I mistakenly used "excitado" instead of "emocionado" during a few conversations with my Spanish-speaking coworkers.

They couldn't help but laugh, which left me feeling confused. I was sure I was using the right word, so what could they be laughing at?

It wasn't until I was chatting with a Mexican guy online that I realized my mistake wasn't uncommon.

He explained that many English speakers make the same error, mistaking "excitado" for "emocionado" due to the similar meaning in English.

He kindly explained that both words mean "excited" in English, but they have different connotations in Spanish.

"Excitado" is typically used to describe physical arousal, while "emocionado" refers to emotional excitement.

I was embarrassed by my mistake, but I also felt frustrated that no one had corrected me earlier.

This experience taught me a valuable lesson about the importance of cultural context and the nuances of language.

It also highlighted the need for a supportive learning environment where mistakes are seen as opportunities for growth rather than sources of shame.

As I continued my Spanish learning journey, I embraced my mistakes and used them as learning opportunities.

I sought out native Spanish speakers who were willing to provide feedback and help me improve my pronunciation and grammar.

I also made an effort to immerse myself in Spanish media, such as movies, TV shows, and music, to gain a better understanding of the language's nuances.

Today, I can confidently say that my Spanish has improved significantly. I can communicate effectively in a variety of situations, and I'm no longer afraid to make mistakes.

In fact, I now view mistakes as essential stepping stones on the path to fluency.

If you want to feel confident speaking Spanish like a native, here are a few tips:

  • Embrace your mistakes and use them as learning opportunities.

  • Find a supportive learning environment where you feel comfortable asking questions and making mistakes.

  • Practice speaking Spanish with native speakers or fellow learners.

  • Don't be afraid to ask for help when needed.

Remember, learning a new language takes time, effort, and patience.

Be kind to yourself, celebrate your progress, and never give up on your goal of speaking Spanish like a native.

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Jackie Amidon Donaldson helps students of all ages feel confident speaking Spanish, English, and Italian like a native in 90 days or less. She loves helping them achieve their goals by setting up their action plan for success, showing them the tools they need, and supporting them each step of the way. Jackie's the owner and language coach of Amidon Studios and has worked with more than 1,000 students around the world.


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