Your partner may be the worst language teacher you've ever had. But they could also be great. Find out how.
Have you ever tried to learn a language from your partner? How did it go for you?
Expecting your partner to teach your their native language puts a lot of stress on them—and your relationship.
This is also the same with other family members, like parents, and even friends.
Unless your partner/parent/friend is an experienced language teacher and wants to teach you in their free time—unpaid, of course—it more than likely won't work.
They probably don't want to and definitely won't enjoy the expectation you've just put on them to be even more than they already are to you.
Instead, just absorb the way they speak to other people. You can do this by...
Listening to the way they pronounce words and the way they may cut off certain letters or parts of words
Catching their expressions they use
Paying attention to how they speak differently to different people
Asking them easy questions, ones that don't take a degree to explain to you
Remember, they learned how to speak their native language when they were a baby, just like you. They then learned the grammar do's and don'ts back in elementary school. That's a long time ago!
It takes years of experience to teach a language. Your partner can do so many other things for you, just not this.
When you're ready to have an experienced, patient guide to help you, just contact me here.
Jackie Amidon Donaldson helps women 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. She's the owner and coach for Amidon Studios and has worked with more than 1000 women around the world to feel confident speaking Spanish, English, and Italian like a native in 90 days or less.
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