We talk all the time about how important it is to practice listening. Yes, we know, listening to Spanish is the first step to learn the language like a native Speaker. However, there are a lot of things required to learn a language and listening is just one of them, the other very important thing you need to do to learn Spanish is speaking.
Let’s picture the next scene: you are on a cruise having a great time with your family, you’ve been swimming, playing volleyball, having some good drinks and awesome meals, and then you spot two people speaking Spanish spontaneously; you like the language and that’s when you tell your brother: “you know… one day, I will speak Spanish just like those guys”.
In some of our blog-post, we have been talking about children. If you have read some of those blog-post, you have seen good comparisons, and good lessons to apply in your Spanish learning process.
Mark was very excited because he was just a year away to finish his college degree in economics. He realized he had to take an assignment of Spanish as a second language in order to complete his degree. He thought, this was a great opportunity to learn Spanish once and for all, that’s when he decided to turn to spanishToMind.com, looking for some motivation to learn Spanish, and ask us what are some advantages of speaking Spanish.
We know we have been talking a lot about learning phrases or sentences instead of words. And guess what? We will keep talking about this because for us is very important that you get this mindset, “the sentence mindset”.
Some years ago, I was just starting to learn English and while navigating on the internet I found this website: effortlessenglishclub.com. At first, I thought it was just another web page trying to sell some services, but when I started to read, I realized it was way more than that. Everything I read was about how to learn to speak English with a natural method, approaching to how native speakers learn their first language. I immediately loved this website, and a while ago, AJ Hoge, the founder of effortless English launched a book.
There’s a saying in Spanish: “Barriga llena, corazón contento”, and it basically means: “full belly, happy heart”. I am pretty sure that you agree with me when I tell you that the happiest times of the day are when we eat, especially when we eat our favorite meals. There’s nothing better than being really hungry and getting to a place where there is that delicious and awesome dish you love. Now, Imagine that you are traveling and the time to eat in Spanish has come to you.
I am in class telling a story about a man who gets rich by selling socks on the internet, and then I start making questions in Spanish to my students about the story. I say to Johnny: “¿Quén se hizo rico?”, and he answers: “Sí”. I try with a different question and say: “ok Johnny, ¿Cómo se hizo rico el hombre?”, then he replies: “Sí”. I realize that I should change the question and I say: “Johnny, ¿Qué vende el hombre en internet?”. Johnny thinks for a second about the answer of the question and he finally answers a little insecure of himself saying: “uhh, ¿el hombre?”.
You may agree with me. That there are plenty of things to learn when you are learning a language. Especially when you are learning Spanish. So it is good to know some simple conversation that you can have when you travel to a Spanish country. So in these series of post, we would be helping you with that.