Spanish is a very popular language; several studies show that Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world. Actually there are approximately 45 million Spanish speaking people in the US, this quantity reveals that there is a big need for people to speak Spanish, and this is because we need to communicate.
If you got to this website, you’re probably looking for the best way to learn to speak Spanish, and here on spanishtomind.com we have the answer. First we want to make clear that this method is not intended for total beginners. This technique is meant for people who have studied Spanish before with the traditional methods(Studying grammar, memorizing lists of words, etc) and still are struggling to be fluent when speaking Spanish. If you are just starting to learn Spanish, we recommend that you keep visiting our site because, we will be posting some tips for you too.
A great way to learn Spanish is by using stories. However, these stories must use a natural and simple vocabulary that you can understand; And if you get the chance, you should increase the level of these stories progressively and this way you’d expose yourself to new vocabulary and to a more natural rhythm of speaking.
Stories will last in your memory for a longer time than if you study grammar rules or if you memorize lists of words;This method will teach you grammar automatically because stories are compounded by lots of phrases. More importantly: don’t just read stories, listen to them, remember to do the main thing that children do when they’re just learning to speak their mother language, listening is the key.
This simple but effective method is called TPRS (Teaching proficiency through reading and storytelling) and it was developed by Blaine Ray in California. He based his TPRS method on combining stories with Stephen Krashen’s method TPR (Total physical response) and it is designed to imitate the way babies learn their mother language.
On SpanishToMind, we want you to succeed on your Spanish learning and our biggest wish is that you become a fluent Spanish speaker. For this reason, today we brought you a story for you to read, listen and practice, this is how it works:
First we want to introduce you to some new vocabulary in Spanish and then you will read the story, do this, until you understand the whole text, you can use your dictionary if you need to. After this step, play the audio, listen to the story and do this several times, at first we recommend that you follow the reading along with the audio and then download the audio file, copy it to your audio player and listen to it many times during the day, do this for a week and finally try to say the story on your own words, notice that speaking is being postponed for the final step so we recommend that you keep a silent period for your brain to process the phrases in Spanish:
Robar (roban, robados, roba):tomar algo que no es tuyo, tomar algo ajeno para uno.
Carros legales: Automóviles o vehículos que la ley aprueba; Carros que la ley dice que están bien.
Parqueadero:Es un lugar donde la gente guardan los carros.
Trabajar con vos:Trabajar contigo.
Solo:Que no hay más personas o más gente, no hay nadie.
Trabajar solo:trabajar sin personas, sin nadie más.
Listo mijo:está bien amigo; ok amigo.
Como quiera:haga lo que usted quiera, haga como desee.
Enoja:enojarse, sentir rabia, sentir ira, tener rabia, tener ira.
Prender la guerra:empezar la guerra, iniciar un conflicto, iniciar un gran problema.
Mateo es malo, él y su amigo Saúl robancarros en las noches y de día los venden como carros legales. Mateo tiene un parqueaderodonde guarda todos sus autos robados, él tiene 600 (seiscientos) autos así que es un parqueaderomuy grande. Un día Saúl dice: “Mateo, me canse de trabajar con vos, voy a trabajar soloy así consigo más platapara mí”. Mateo responde: “Listo mijo, como quiera, váyase entonces”.
En la noche, Saúl entra al parqueaderosin que Mateo lo sepa y se roba599(quinientos noventa y nueve) carros. Al día siguiente Mateo llega a su parqueaderoy cuando ve que solo hay un carro se enojamucho y dice: “Saúl, acabaste de prender la guerra…”