Learning SpanishHow to learn Spanish in context

July 13, 2020by Language School0
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As you may imagine, learning Spanish in context means learning Spanish in phrases and idioms as naturally used by native speakers in each situation. But what if we are living in our own countries other than where the language is spoken? This is what I have to share: Read books for children: as adults, the...

As you may imagine, learning Spanish in context means learning Spanish in phrases and idioms as naturally used by native speakers in each situation. But what if we are living in our own countries other than where the language is spoken?

This is what I have to share:

  1. Read books for children: as adults, the first thing we tend to do when choosing a book to read in the language we are learning is to choose one according to our tastes. Well, this can work very well if you’re an intermediate or advances student. If you are not, using the dictionary every three words will get you exhausted before the third page. Yet, there is a way out. Many books for children might work pretty well!
  2. Watch films: films are the best way to “feel” the true environment of the language you are studying, say Spanish for instance. With movies, you actually are inside the culture, even so if we are talking about Money Heist. Because what matters as regards the study of a language is not what the story is about but how the characters react and what they say in different situations. Of course many actors speak too fast and are very difficult to follow. Yet, some time ago Netflix launched a very good app: Learning languages with Netflix.  Although its catalogue is not very extensive, it is a very good way to study with a movie: you choose the movie (original soundtrack) and language you are learning (subtitles). And besides the subtitles in Spanish you will have the subtitles in your own language! Using the same example I used before, try Money Heist or La casa de papel if you are an intermediate advanced learner. Or again: movies for children are an excellent way of learning!
  3. True conversation with native speakers: shall these be face to face or on the Internet, they will help you gain fluency. The only drawback: nobody will correct you if you make mistakes as nobody wants you to think he or she is rude.
  4. Spanish lessons: needless to say, a teacher will help you with your fluency as well as to make you aware of your mistakes. And awareness is the first step to avoid making those mistakes in the future.

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