What to know before you start studying Spanish

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What to know before you start studying Spanish

Notapor jognonceito » Dom Jun 02, 2013 10:23 pm

William Murphy
Author - Break Out Of Academic Spanish Now - The hard copy book taught with classes on line.

I have lived with my family in Medellin Colombia for the past 7 years and chirp away in Spanish every day. Before Colombia I spent 3 years in Cuba where I learned how to speak Spanish the hard way and by that, I mean by almost endlessly embarrassing myself in public. Here is just one of the many things I wish someone had shared with me before I got started on my journey to Spanish fluency

Traditional wisdom, logic and common sense would have you think that a native speaker of Spanish will make a better professor. I couldn't disagree more.

I suggest that (at first) you use a bi-lingual Gringo to learn Spanish and hire a Latino for the job later. Here is why I, (in spite of the obvious conflict of interest) recommend a Bi-lingual Gringo over a Latino person to start your studies. A Latin person can sympathize with you but will never really understand your problems like the Gringo because the Latin person has just never had to learn Spanish as a second language and this, you will discover, makes all the difference in the word.
Very simply put, the gringo has been where you are now. i.e. He or she has confronted the same challenges that you face and for that reason has a better comprehension of what and why you do (or do not) understand certain material in Spanish. The bi-lingual Gringo also knows beforehand what is likely to confuse you or worse. Down the road in the process, after you have attained a respectable command of the Spanish language, the Latino is the ideal choice as you now need more refinement in your studies and less basic instruction.
To learn more about me, my learning techniques, my methodology and how easy learning Spanish can be, please drop me a line at www.BreakOutOfAcademicSpanishNow.com.

1.I love Forrest Gump 'cause heeeeee taaalks liiiike thiiiiiiiis which makes understanding him much easier. Also the movie is broken into short stories which keeps you, the student, from feeling overwhelmed by two hours of continuous material. Moreover, all the time tenses are well covered as the movie moves from the past, to the present, and on to the future on a regular basis.

2. Learn the words you already know first. Because both Spanish and English come from Latin so there are several thousands of Spanish words that are the same in English. Make it easy on yourself and begin here.

3. Remember the 80:20 rule. 20% of all language makes up 80% of its application so concentrate on the 20% that you will most often be utilizing instead of assigning the same weight to all parts of the language.

4. Remember, we learn with: Our eyes (reading); our ears (hearing); our mouths (speaking) and our hands (writing), so try and use all four whenever possible. Unlike English, reading and writing in Spanish is made simple because all the letters of the alphabet (99% of the time) only have one sound. So, it's a great idea to get on line and start connecting with Latin speakers as soon as possible. Latin is a beautiful culture, as you will soon find out and Latin people are more than happy to help out. This is a great way to learn Spanish.

5. Study the parts of Spanish first that are similar in structure to English. This material will be simpler to learn as your English speaking brain is already accustomed to this organization and structure. You will have time to learn the harder stuff later when you have a more improved level of Spanish.

6. Finding good Spanish tutor, a good Spanish phrase book, a Spanish verb conjugation book and a good Spanish dictionary are always recommended. When you want to study abroad look into an immersion Spanish course which we also offer.
Thanks for reading

William Murphy
How To Speak Spanish
Break Out Of Academic Spanish Now
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