IMMERSION PROGRAM IN SPAIN: EXPERIENCIA VIVEES

Forget the classroom. Learn Spanish in a completely different way on this 6 days language and cultural Spanish immersion programme in Spain with EXPERIENCIA VIVEES.
A linguistic holidays, travelling with natives spanish speaker, without classes, without grammar, only listenig and talking while discovering Spanish towns, knowing the history, the Spanish culture and enjoying the “tapas”.
An experience of Spanish life and Spanish language!!

Experiencia Vivees

THE SIX MONTHS TERM

“Having a medium term goal will give you the motivation to begin with.“
The summer has gone by and autum is already here. I believe that November is a month of changes as days become shorter, temperature falls down and nature changes (at least in The Northern Hemisphere where I live).
November is a great month to fix new targets and start a new activity from scratch.
I will recommend you a very interesting one: listen to the Spanish Audio Lessons during 45 minutes- 1 hour everyday for the following months: November, December, January, February , March and April.
Before spring season you ´ll feel skillfull to speak Spanish and eager to practice with natives all you have already learnt. Probably you will be flirting with the idea of spending your summer holidays in a Spanish speaking country. Why not?
Turn your ears on and… start speaking Spanish!!!

Close the textbook and open your ears to improve your Spanish speaking

PERSISTENCE AND CREATIVITY

” Patiente is a tree of bitter roots and sweeter fruits”

There is a Spanish saying from the olden times ´ La letra con sangre entra´( It is also a famous painting by Francisco de Goya, a Spanish painter of the 18th- 19th century). In English the translation would be the softer and ultimaltely less strict ´No pain, no gain´.

In my opinion, I don´t feel that we must suffer in order to learn, specially when the task at hand relies on something as human and natural as the spoken word.

It is clear that everyone learns better and much more deeply when they enjoy what they are doing and end up doing it with more enthusiasm, optimism and creativity as a result.

That being said, I definitely believe in persistence, enthusiasm and creativity during the learning process. It certainly is a given that despite the fact we have to give an effort and challenge ourselves to comprehend, to listen, speak and be understod, that effort should be a pleasent one. A positive experience will be arguable more of a benefit in the future so long as one perseveres and enjoys the views along the way.

Not long ago I was having dinner with a friend and he asked my opinion about a program that ensured that one could ´ Learn Spanish in 10 days ´ under hypnosis no less. In my experience( wheter it be in Spanish or any other language), I have never witnessed any learning program, whether it be hypnosis or sleep training that could allow anyone to become proficient in anything at all, least of all 1 or 2 weeks. In truth I think the reality lies somewhere in the middle.

That being said if anyone knows an app or program that makes one fluent in so short a time, please do let me know, I would be more than happy to try it 🙂

Learn How to speak Spanish by listening and note the difference.

HOW TO CONTROL YOUR EMOTIONS

“By taking control of your emotions, you will control your self- learning process”

 The most common features about all human beings is that we all experience similar emotions, positive and negative ones. From Spain to China all humans also feel and behave similarly if not the same when we aim to learn a second language.

It is so important to start with an inner strength and firmly believe that “the sky´s the limit .

Your natural abilities for learning to speak Spanish will be already extremely high, chances are 100% and it is all just a matter of training your ears for at least 6 months. You are genetically programmed to listen and speak!!!

Then, how can I gain self – confidence? How can I make myself assume I will learn to speak Spanish by training my ear?

If we take control of our own self -learning process by following the next steps we can detect negative emotions and turn them into positive ones. We can remove anxiety, worry, apathy and boredom and turn them into arousal, flow, control and relaxation as long as we:

–         Persevere

–         Find a balance between skills and challenge

–         Know what to do

–         Know how to do it

–         Know how well we are doing

–         Know where would we like to get to

Once we have gained self -confidence, we will be super motivated and learn much faster and easier.

How do you feel about learning Spanish? What are your feelings about it?

Relaxation

THE KEY TO SUCCESS : LOOSE YOUR FEAR TO SPEAK

” If you talk a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head, if you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart” (Nelson Mandela)

Once we have assimilated the language by listening, it is time to practice, practice and practice preferably with Spanish native speakers without being afraid of detecting mistakes. It is not neccesary to be a perfectionist and wait until you can make perfect sentences. Jump into the pool and swim because you can already swim!!!

Most natives think it is neat to listen to a foreigner making the effort to speak their language and not only they will be helpful and understanding, but also they will simply love you. There is no better way to build strong bounds with other human beings than trying to speak to them in their language no matter how.

I personally love to practice with elder people. They tend to speak more slowyly and use less slang. They are also good at asking questions and telling interesting stories about their lifes to whoever wants to listen. They will love to interact with you with patience, love and care. So if you have and elderly neighbour in your community who speaks Spanish, he or she will be more than happy to speak with you.

How long will I need to practice ? Honestly, I am of the opinion that learning a language is like a marriage, once there is a solid base one has to listen and speak, mantain the mutual communication as a husband- wife to keep it up. It is a relationship that will last for the rest of one´s life. The excellent news is that there are many enjoyable ways to mantain and dive deep into the language, but we will talk about this topic in the next posts 🙂

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