Neon yellow signs border the crosswalk and proclaim “must yield to pedestrians”. The median touts a similar message demanding that all drivers allow for the pedestrian to stroll through the chalked lattice unharmed. Those signs still shock me. When I first saw them well over a decade ago, I laughed and took a picture. Growing up my life consisted of shuffling between the suburbs and the city, I’d become accustomed to cars sleepily pausing to let occasional pedestrians cross the street, or escaping certain death from antsy cab drivers who actively rejected the idea of a stop sign. But a sign that unapologetically protected a pedestrian?! How novel.
10 Tips to Sound and Write Like a Native Spanish Speaker
Let me begin by saying that I am not fluent in Spanish. I was almost fluent after majoring in Spanish in college and studying in Mexico, but unfortunately, my language skills have gotten pretty rusty over this past year of lockdown. With this realization, I’ve come up with a plan to tune up those speaking (and writing) skills over the next few months with hopes of a trip back to Mexico later this year. Although I’m focusing on Spanish, these same tips can be applied to just about any target language. Attaining fluency in another language takes time. And if full immersion isn’t an option, it can take even longer. Luckily, anyone can simulate immersion with an internet connection and a smartphone. Whether you’ve just learned how to say, “hello” in a new language or have studied a language for years, below you’ll find 10 fun ways to improve your ear and develop a natural speaking and writing style in your target language.