This week Amy Whitney is on the podcast. Her story beautifully captures the idea that language learning is hard but truly worth it.
Amy has been a regular listener of the Real Fast Spanish Tips podcast for a quite some time. We first connected last year and it has been great hearing about her journey in language learning.
Amy is based in British Columbia, Canada. She has been learning Spanish for 14 years. And she has achieved a high level of Spanish.
I wanted to invite Amy on to the podcast to discuss her experiences with learning Spanish and listening to podcast.
I asked Amy to speak about her journey with the language. I wanted her to share some of the pain points she has experienced. As well as some of the highs that come with being able to speak a second language.
In the interview we explore:
- How she got her start in Spanish.
- Why she decided Spanish was the language for her.
- Her experiences with the Real Fast Spanish Tips podcast.
- What it feels like to make mistakes.
- Her advice for anybody who is feeling insecure about getting things wrong.
- We discuss her experiences traveling in South America.
- What to do about local dialects.
- And why it is all worth it.
It was great talking to Amy this week. Her experiences are similar to many other language learners that I have spoken to. We all feel anxiety about making mistakes. We all feel overwhelmed at some point—particularly on a first trip to a country that doesn’t speak english.
But in the end, we all get to enjoy the fruits of our labor when we start to make real connections with people that it would have been impossible to connect with before the hard work.
Amy has also started a website dedicated to helping foreign students learn english. If you want to contact Amy or offer some support, you can get in touch with her here:
How can you use Amy’s experiences and advice to improve your Spanish?