Many parents are using programs for learning Spanish with their preschoolers and young school-age children, whether for homeschooling Spanish or not. I went looking around Amazon for some, and I ended up finding…
Here is an article from another woman who writes on learning languages. I was drawn to it because of the emphasis on fun. This begins a monthly series of guest articles by other writers on learning languages.– Rosana
5 Ideas to Instantly Boost Your Linguistic Knowledge While Having Tons of Fun
Having fun is the ultimate cherry on the pie – it makes everything, including language learning, an entirely different experience. You get the impression the materials are simpler, there’s less effort involved, the productivity skyrockets, and time flies by at an otherworldly speed. So why not enjoy the magic process of gaining linguistic knowledge, starting today?
Here are 5 ideas to introduce fun to your language learning: Click to read more >>>
Want to have more fun while learning Spanish? A lot of Americans and Canadians in the Lake Chapala area of Mexico, where I lived for several years, would buy DVDs of Spanish movies at the local street markets.
My husband and I did this a few times, but sometimes the programs were too violent for me (not hard), quite steamy (not usually a problem!), or the Spanish was so rapid fire that we missed some of the essential twists and turns of the plot (frustrating).
Enter Lights, Camera, Spanish (Book + DVD): Learn Conversational Spanish by Watching a Romantic Adventure! It’s a movie made for learning Spanish, shot in Santiago, Chile.
Here is the blurb from the producers:
Get swept up in the romance, danger, and intrigue when an American businessman goes to Chile to take over a family winery and instead falls in love. As he learns his life lessons, you start your own Spanish adventure with:
- The 90-minute film Sol y viento that was designed especially for language learners with both English and Spanish subtitle options so you can follow along
- A workbook with key vocabulary and dialog from the film
- Exercises that keep you engaged in the story and reinforce your new skills
Save yourself an aisle seat for the best Spanish class ever!
Just click on the image to find out more at Amazon:
A friend of mine diligently studied Spanish for months before a trip to Mexico. But right after flying to Guadalajara, she went out for dinner and discovered that she couldn’t understand a word anyone said, nor could they follow her halting attempts at speaking Spanish.
All too often, when people go through an experience like this, they give up quickly. Possibly you can relate to this. Maybe you had some Spanish in high school and decided you didn’t have a knack for languages, perhaps you had an experience like my friend’s, or maybe you don’t think you could remember all that vocabulary and all those verb endings.
But no matter how poor you think you would be at learning to speak Spanish, the chances are excellent that you can do much better than you think. Click to read more >>>
I admit it, I love books… used to be a librarian, as I have mentioned before. I do not think you can learn Spanish just from books, but they do have their place for sure. And when you are learning Spanish verbs, a good reference book can come in very handy.
Several years ago, I got myself a copy of Practice Makes Perfect Spanish Verb Tenses, by Dorothy Devney Richmond.
It’s an oversized workbook, with lots of excellent exercises to do. Handily, the answers are in the back. I got through a good chunk of the book and might yet go back to it sometime. My copy is a little beaten up because it went to many parts of Mexico in our RV with us, and I studied it during that that.
I thought it was the only verb book I would ever need, and indeed it could be for most people. I do recommend it to anyone beyond the most basic level of learning Spanish. Click to read more >>>
My friend Jason wanted to learn to speak Spanish, but he was confused about how to go about it. Should he take a class? Maybe he should study Spanish online, but there were so many websites to choose from. Since he worked and had a young family, he didn’t have much time. Maybe he should give up on his dream of beginning Spanish right now.
If you have thought of starting to learn Spanish, what approaches have you considered or possibly tried? There are a variety of methods you can use to learn to speak Spanish. Here are five of them: Click to read more >>>
I’ve been fascinated by the Kindle ever since it was announced, and now here is another reason to get one:
Amazon has a list of several dozen books to help you learn Spanish via a Kindle. Quite a few of them are very inexpensive, and some have text-to-speech enabled, I noticed, though I don’t know how good that is.
When Kindles came out, you could only buy them in the US but now they are available for many countries. I am pretty sure there is one in my future! Here is what the Kindle DX looks like and clicking on the image takes you to its sales page on Amazon, loaded with information, a couple of videos, and more. If that price is steep for you, notice that there is a link to a less expensive version as well, on the Amazon page.
The idea of working on your Spanish by speaking it at work won’t apply to everyone, of course, but if it doesn’t apply to you maybe you can modify the concept so it does provide you with an opportunity, through other community groups, for example.
Today I’m suggesting that if you have a job where some of the employees are Hispanic, get up your nerve and try speaking a little Spanish with them. Even if you just try to say something very basic, chances are that — once they realize you are trying to speak Spanish — that they will be very pleased.
I’ve noticed this delighted reaction when traveling as well. A couple of years ago, my husband and I were vacationing in the Ozarks and we had dinner in a Mexican restaurant in a small town in Arkansas. There was a gray-haired Hispanic man running the place and when he walked by our table and said hello, I said “Vivimos en Jaliso.” (We live in the state of Jalisco.) His jaw dropped, and we had quite a long conversation.
The convenient thing about practicing your Spanish with co-workers is that you see them regularly. Once they realize you are serious about improving their Spanish, they are likely to help you. They may tease you about your pronunciation or other errors you make, but it will be in a light-hearted and friendly way. You will be able to ask them how to say something you want to learn.
This will give you a chance to pick up vocabulary that relates to work, or at least to the things around you. You can point to something, and they can tell you what it means. You can say a phrase that has to do with your work, and they can translate it for you. If you do this quite a bit, you will pick up useful words and phrases.
If you are doing this with people for whom English is a second language, you may be able to help them a bit with their English. At the very least, they will understand what you are feeling.
This practice is a great way to use words you may be learning in one of the programs I review here.
This blog is meant to help you learn how to speak Spanish…. or I could even say to help you learn how to learn. You may be saying “well duh” if you are a regular reader, but I was just thinking about what I am trying to do here. Unlike the other websites on learning Spanish that I go to myself, this one doesn’t teach you any Spanish… well just a word here and there thrown in for illustrating a point!
I am not qualified to teach Spanish myself, as anyone who has chatted with me in Spanish for five minutes could tell you. But where I do have something to offer is in addressing the question of how you can can learn. What are the steps that a person has to go through in learning Spanish or in learning any language? ( I almost said in learning anything but decided to stay focused on language learning beyond one’s native tongue.) Click to read more >>>
Spanish immersion classes that take place in Spanish-speaking countries have the advantage that the students are surrounded by the language everywhere they go. But you can imitate part of their method to learn Spanish without having the time or money for such a trip.
How? Just listen to Spanish. Work it into your daily life: Click to read more >>>