In this article, I’ll give you some tips about working in the method that works most efficiently for your learning, but also in ways that can be beneficial for everyone.
If you are just starting out learning to speak Spanish
, you are possibly feeling increasingly comfortable and confident with how Spanish speaking sounds. Hopefully you are starting to be more confident about attempting those sounds yourself. Make sure you remember remember – don’t be shy! You may very well make some mistakes, you might not be able to sound exactly like a native Spanish-speaker, however the more you try, the more you will get better and the closer you will come to being a developed Spanish speaker
. Keep that target in mind, and it will get a lot easier.
I mentioned before that undeterred by what kind of learner you are, using all of your senses will help you to recollect. It is true. From my own experience that when I’m in a lecture, and I just listen to what my lecturer is saying, my imagination easily wanders into what food I will cook tonight. And, when I try to just read one of my text books, I try and tell myself that that specific information is going to stay in my mind. I often even test myself, in my head. But later, when I attempt to write down lecture notes…they are just not there!
People are just not computers. We are programmed to learn from experiencing, talking about and listening to things. When we hear, talk about or do a thing repeatedly, it becomes ‘stuck’ in our heads. That’s just how experts are developed! Aspiring to become an expert in Spanish? Here’s some tips for getting started:
Listen carefully.. not casually; Listen for distinctive words, listen for known words, listen to hear when a sentence stops, or a question starts, and listen for a prompt for you to respond.
Try to speak confidently, not shyly.
Use your newly developed skills- Ask your dog how they are (in Spanish) this morning, if possible, or try on for size your new conversation with your spouse/roommate. Find a TV show in Spanish, or a Spanish Internet forum on a theme you like, and follow along adding comments if possible! You probably won’t know every word, not yet..But I bet when you are at this stage, you’ll know a few.. It will help you feel more fearless.
Now, try joining an online Spanish
learning community.. This is a fantastic method for discussing your trials and tribulations with others, keeping in mind there are many others in your position exactly like you! And, you can also keep notes! This is a fantastic way to reinforce the new material you have learned.
Reading Spanish news websites is another constructive idea for increasing your vocabulary and understanding, as many of the recent stories will be familiar and provide some context. Try your town library or the internet for example, like the El Pais newspaper.
About the Author
Mauricio Evlampieff is a native Spanish speaker originally from the wonderful country of Chile. He loves to help people discover the language of Spanish. For more information check out the free speak Spanish 6 day Course…