Top 5 hardest things to learn in Spanish for English speakers

We have said time and again that Spanish is not a hard language for English-speakers. But naturally, some aspects of the language can be, let’s say, tricky. From our experience, the following list includes some of the hardest things to learn in Spanish. Don’t despair, though, because our teachers are specialized in teaching Spanish as a second language.

Verb Conjugation in Spanish

So. MANY. Verbs. Just. So. Many. For the average English speaker, just having to memorize a verb tense per each person seems like a nightmare. Now imagine doing it 6 or 8 times over, for each of the most used verb tenses. However, you’ll soon realize that it isn’t as hard as it seems. After a while, you won’t even think about which is the right ending for nosotros. Instead, it will “sound about right” to you. Once you start hearing the language, it will come naturally to you. We promise!

Another advice we can give: don’t try to learn it all at once. Master the present tense first, then move on to the past (that’s only 12 things to memorize!). Then focus on the near future (“going to…”) because you only need to memorize one verb (to go/ ir) and you’re all set. See? Pretty simple. Check out our ebook Survival Spanish.

The Subjunctive Mood in Spanish

Speaking about verbs, do you know what else is one of the hardest things in Spanish? The subjunctive. What is it for, anyway? Just kidding. The subjunctive mood isn’t hard nor useless. In fact, we use it all the time! It simply gets a bad rep because there’s no obvious translation to English. We’ve previously explained how the subjunctive mood works in Spanish and how to conjugate the subjunctive in the present. It’s actually so easy that we’ve done it a single post.

The Accent Marks in Spanish

Those accents marks, am I right? Las tildes. If it makes you feel any better, even native speakers struggle with those sometimes. Pero Like, Buzzfeed’s Latino channel, recently made a video where even Spanish-speaking latinos had trouble getting the accent marks right. Thankfully, that is something you can learn over a single class - because Spanish rules about where to use accent marks are pretty strict.

The rrrrrrrrolled rrrrrrrrs

We get it. You didn’t grow up rrrrrolling your rrrs to say things like “rico” or “arroz”. It’s one of the hardest things for anyone learning Spanish because it’s pretty unique to us. Very few other languages share the phoneme. However, do not despair. We are happy to give you some tips on how roll your rrs in Spanish. You will master this incredible Spanish art in a few attempts!

The diversity!

Spanish is spoken across the globe! Obviously, there are several dialects, regionalisms, idiomatic expressions and customs. If you learned Spanish in Argentina, you might be surprised to find out that nobody else really uses vos. When you think about it for a second, you’ll see it makes sense: a Scotsman doesn’t speak like someone born and bred in Texas, does he? Instead of seeing it as problem, you should embrace the diversity of the language. I mean, Spanish is so cool that we have 9 different ways to say cool. And that’s not even an exhaustive list.

If you want to find out more about the differences between Latin American Spanish and European Spanish, as well as in the differences between Latin American varieties themselves, these are also an interesting read: differences between Latin American Spanish and Spain Spanish, Funny Spanish expressions are the world and How to say car, pen and computer in Spanish.

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