Play and Learn Spanish, 2nd Edition
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Have fun And learn fast. This is very interesting to me. I recently got certification to teach ESL and the most popular thing they teach right from the beginning is that you never use any language other than the one you are teaching. Your comments are helpful to me as I have always wondered how effective it really is to never give any kind of perspective to the students in their own language first. It seems like it would take much longer to learn if you are lagging behind trying to figure out every word that has just been said while the teacher is moving on in an incomprehensible language.
What do you think about that? Or anyone else? I love using the app Duolingo! It makes it fun, you can do it with your kids and it gets progressively harder. However, because you earn points and different virtual gifts, it encourages you to keep going.
Similar setup as Rosetta Stone without the cost. By far my 2 favorites, which are both online, are duolingo. I studied the Pimsleur Course on line for a year before coming to Banos Ecuador for three months for immersion. I found the Pimsleur Course..
At the end of the day though, if you want to converse like a local you will have to get into the grammar and the only way to do that is either in school or with a good book one of the ones recommended by Bryan. I am using the free Duolingo course. I like they way they remind me to study with daily emails www. The courses are also engaging. You can also watch Ecuadoran television without closed captioning online on a number of sites. And it is free. Also there are more than an adequate supply of on-line phrase books, dictionaries and verb congugators with the main one being spanishdict.
They will ensure that your pronunciation does not offend the language and encourage you to speak — usually the most daunting part of language learning — your new language.
Play and Learn Spanish, 2nd Edition
Learning a language from a book, without audio or actual interaction is nonsense. But if you had grown up in the third world you would consider the proposition that books are necessary to speak and understand languages quaint. I grew up in the third world where many young children were completely at home in three languages but had never even seen a book. And my own children were at home in two languages before they started to read and write. Many adults are unaware that there are four basic language skills: understanding; speaking; reading; and writing and they almost always take place in that sequence.
As a teacher — including the teaching of languages — I want to point out to adult learners that too much book learning in a new language can actually prolong the process and create major frustrations. And this is no different in Cuenca — I hear so many North American immigrants to South America express their frustration at not being able to learn Spanish. Sure, as you already read and write, use those basic skills in the process of learning to understand and speak but DO NOT give major attention to books and, especially not to committing to memory verb conjugations.
Learn them gradually like a baby from hearing the language and using them from this knowledge. This is what makes DuoLingo I have no connection to the organization such a powerful and speedy learning tool. You hear the language from the get-go and progress by speaking into your computer mike.
And you have instant feed-back — so essential in the learning process.
The post, and the related comments, are in the context of adult learning. Children learn by immersion — and it has been well established that children learn languages differently and much faster than adults. To properly learn a new language — not just speak a few works learned from exposure — a person needs books. They build vocabulary, teach grammar and proper verb conjugation. The beauty of it is that they will get listening and speaking exposure naturally, you almost do not have to worry about it.
The only thing you have to convince them of is to open a book and start reading which is slightly harder. Their language will develop much faster.
If the conversation with you is tough, they will just stop talking. Romantic relationships are an exception. I already described some ideas below, but a book is your baseline. It is compressed wisdom available to you whenever YOU choose. I started being exposed to each of my foreign languages at ages 10 German , 12 English , 14 French , 20 Spanish respectively and each age had slightly different laws.
My first exposure to Spanish was through immersion at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, but I only started making sense of my surroundings once I complemented what I was exposed to every day with books. I was an avid reader and it helped me a lot. Back then the internet was just starting out, my main listening exposure to English was actually Armed Forces Network of the American troops stationed in Munich, Germany, at that time. My paper English dictionary went from white to black on the edges and whenever I started a book from a different author believe it or not, each author has a different and limited set of words and expressions they use over and over in all of their books I needed an hour per page for the first 50 pages to understand everything on it.
People today have a huge head start just by using technology and the internet. It might be a bit tougher to get at it for kids in the third world, I agree with that. A book, electronic or paper, is the only way to get the highest amount of exposure to a language in the least possible time and is thus the single most important tool to learn a language with a high level of sophistication.
I sometimes read texts written by native speakers and wonder whether they have ever read a book, because being a native speaker alone does not equal speaking a language well. A book allows you to take time to think about language constructs, why things are expressed the way they are. There is nothing better than a book. A book is not listening and speaking, of course, but you can close the gap by: 1. Reading a book and having it as an audiobook at the same time 2.
Reading the book aloud and recording yourself, then playing back the recording. You will catch your pronunciation blunders and correct them. You can watch a movie and speak all of the dialogues yourself while they are happening on the screen. You will actually gain conversational skills. Just a word of caution, the genre of the movie does influence the way you are going to speak. The only reason why some people need a teacher is because there are a lot of people out there who need someone to structure the work for them and guide them, occasionally also motivate them. Many people are not good at self-motivation and keeping tabs on themselves.
You start with a book. Thanks for all the info about Ecuador!
In this link you can download a free sample. Hola, I stumbled across your site, and glad I did. Thanks for all your suggestions, keep warm and well feed.
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There is a free site, LiveMocha which has Spanish people help with your language. They have lessons which are corrected by Spanish speaking people and also vocal lessons which are corrected as to tense and accent. It is free. Maybe some can check it out. They DO have a program which you need to pay for, but the free lessons are extensive!
I work retail and have a lot of spanish speaking ppl around and am starting to pick up some words. But really want to learn cause I want to visit ecuador and maybe move there. There will always be nuances in the language depending on where you will be but this will help you with the language as a whole.
Are you fluent in castellano? Then study the nuances. That is where they will live, play, function, take taxis, buy groceries, etc.
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If their goal is to be able to speak to local, native Spanish-speaking individuals, then the path of least resistance is to learn local lingo as it is spoken there. This includes vocabulary, pronunciation, spelling, written grammar rules, colloquialisms, and to a certain degree, even syntax. I lived in the UK for 3 years, and the first 3 — 6 months were marked by some very confusing conversations; the remaining time continued to yield regular instances of the same. Being able to communicate in your adopted region of whatever country is paramount—anything else is gravy.