SPANISH TO MIND!
My name is Diego Cuadros, and I am the creator of STM.
If you’ve taken Spanish lessons in the past, but still haven’t been able to understand what native speakers say in real life, and you keep struggling to communicate in Spanish, then this page is for you.
So first things first…
If you’re here, it means that you’ve already tried to learn Spanish taking the traditional academic courses, and chances are that you already went through a textbook.
Also, it’s very likely that after all that time of taking those lessons, you still feel like:
- Spanish native speakers talk too fast for you.
- And like it’s super hard to speak and talk Spaish fluently,
How do I know that? Because your problem is very common. Most people who want to learn Spanish go through these very same issues, and I’ve found that the source of this pain is the way you’ve been learning so far.
In other words, activities like grammar analysis, memorizing lists of words, speaking drills, fill in the blanks, simply won’t help you learn to speak Spanish or to understand real native speakers.
In the following Articles I explain the reasons why everything you’ve done so far, hasn’t worked out:
So, on this website, you’ll never find:
- Grammar explanations.
- Repetition drills.
- Unnatural conversations in Spanish (Like the ones you find in textbooks)
- Fill in the gaps activities.
I strongly believe in a simple, but yet powerful tool that can sharpen your Spanish skills and give you the confidence you need to communicate in Spanish, and I’m talking about compelling, fun, and engaging listening stories.
How are stories going to improve your Spanish?
In ancient times, when there were no schools, our ancestors used stories to teach lessons. Complete cultures were formed by the power of storytelling, and sacred books like the Bible have survived time and taught powerful thoughts using the power of stories.
In our current world marketing, Hollywood, politicians, and social media use stories to sell, convince, teach, and train people by telling them stories.
In other words, stories have demonstrated a super-powerful influence on humans.
Just think about it: Every time you hear a story (no matter if it’s real or fictional), your mind reacts:
- It generates feelings and emotions in you.
- Mental images pop-up in your head.
- It makes you crave, hate, or love.
- Heck, stories might even get you hungry!
Stories come to your mind to live there forever, and if we combine that with the power that our brain naturally has to learn languages, it creates the perfect language learning tool.
When you learn Spanish using stories, whatever new thing you learn:
- Phrasal verbs.
It will stick, and it will last longer in your brain more easily than if you use the traditional academic methods that are used in the classroom to teach Spanish.
Here are some articles I wrote about how stories can help you learn Spanish:
Now, did you notice that I specifically said ‘listening’ stories? I said that because…
Listening is the key to learn Spanish
The proof that listening is an essential part of language learning lies in babies. Just think of the process they engage when they’re learning to speak:
1- They listen to other people talking, usually their parents; this happens for a good amount of time.
2- After this ‘silent period’, in which babies can’t say a word, they start to imitate the sounds and words that they hear from the adults. It’s all baby talking at first, but with time they improve their pronunciation.
3- Years after understanding what other people say, and even speaking at a decent level, they go to school to acquire skills like reading, and writing.
So, notice that the first thing babies do is listening. In fact, experts like Dr. Stephen Krashen have found that listening to messages that we can understand in a foreign language makes you acquire this new language, you might even experience benefits such as:
- More fluent Spanish.
- The use of grammar in your speaking coming out of your mouth easily and correctly.
- A clear pronunciation.
- Understanding native speakers easily in everyday situations.
It is just how our brains are designed, and the only thing we need to do is make it absorb the language.
Here’s a video in Spanish I made on that topic:
Having that in mind, there’s one clear thing: the more Spanish you listen, the more Spanish you will learn…
And if you listen to stories in Spanish, then the language will go into your mind more deeply and it will be easier to remember everything you hear.
So, what are listening stories exactly?
Plain and simple: these are easy to understand stories in Spanish, specially designed to help you improve your listening skills in Spanish or your speaking abilities.
You might find them across the Internet like the short and free video stories I tell on my YouTube channel.
Another option to find good stories is premium courses like “Conversations”, which uses an engaging story to help the student improve their skills to understand Spanish speaking people when they talk at a normal pace.
Conversations aim to remove the frustration that a lot of students feel when they hear real fast conversational Spanish. I recently tested it, and it really impressed me that the engaging story, the vocabulary you learn, and the learning materials it offers are designed to help you sharpen your listening skills and make them better.
I highly suggest you go through this course if understanding real people talking Spanish is one of your problems right now.
(Full disclosure: The link to this course is an affiliate link, which means that I get a commission at no extra cost to you if you decide to purchase it.)
No matter what resource you choose to stick with, if you begin to use Listening Stories in Spanish, it’ll be a positive influence in your skills.
Listening stories are that tool that you’ve been looking for if you feel like you can’t understand people when they speak fast, they can even help you develop fluency when speaking Spanish.
However, I know that if you’re coming from learning Spanish from a guided course or textbook, learning Spanish with stories might sound a little weird, and you may feel like you don’t know how to do it.
For that reason, I went ahead and created a guide for you to know exactly how to use stories to learn Spanish. You can join my newsletter and get this guide as a welcome gift, I called it: 7 Steps To Understand Fast Speaking Latinos Through Compelling Listening Stories: