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!!
“When we learn Spanish in a class using textbooks, we are generally taught a too formal language. It is not the one spoken in real life by native speakers. It is a written and formal language”
Similarly, Spanish courses on CD’s and mp3 files do not sound real and natural. Many times the audio files are not recorded by native speakers either. Spanish natives use common expressions which general didactic materials do not teach.
In a real life situation in Spain, we would rarely use expressions such as:
-I beg your pardon Madam- like addressing the Queen of England.
We would just say a plain:
– Excuse me – Sorry
As a result of this, It is very puzzling to later travel to a Spanish speaking country and realize the language spoken in conversations differs so much from the language learned in textbooks, audio files and Cd´s :
– “Oh, I don´t understand, they speak too fast, I am lost” -. It is a common thought.
My aunt from the Unites States told me once that the first time she visited Spain, it reminded her of listening to a vinyl disc being played at 1000 revolutions per minute.
Have you ever experienced that situation? How was your first impression and contact with real Spanish language spoken by natives?
Try listening to it once a day during a week and don´t panic if the first time you can´t understand 100%, it is normal. Do you think they speak too fast? It´s just a normal speaking rate, and if you travel to Spain you will hear much faster conversations than this one .It always happens that when we are learning a new language, we think that natives speak too fast.
Now, after one week of listening to this conversation, have you changed your impression? Do you still find It is too fast or can you understand the whole conversation without effort? Isn´t it great to understand what was just a jumble of words at first?
“Listening is the most effective way to learn grammar and to be able to use it correctly later”
At this stage you will probably wonder how can you manage to learn Spanish without studying grammar. How can that be possible? Yes, in fact, It is not only possible, but listening is a faster, easier and more effective way of learning than studying grammar.
Let´s practice how to learn grammar by listening. Are you ready? By clicking on the link below, you will gain access to an audio in Spanish called “Point of view “section:
The Point of View section is the same story that you already have listened to in the Mini Story section but this time, instead of making many questions and answers, the story is told in present, past and future verb tenses. You will also notice that the story is told not only in different verb tenses but It also changes the main character who is telling the story.
All you need to do is relax and listen to it many times without memorizing, and pay attention to the changes made each time. Did you notice the difference? If you did, congratulations, you are learning grammar!!!
“Active listening is a powerful technique, which makes the listener absorb the language intuitively by listening time and time again to the same structures and sentences”.
Studies have shown that to attain fluency in a language, you need to listen to the same structures and sentences between 50 and 100 times. Here you can find a practical trial to assess the benefits of active listening.
By clicking on the link below, you will have access to a 27 minutes length audio in Spanish, a Mini -Story with its PDF transcript:
In this Mini -Story, Kike tells us a true story about a beautiful dog called « Txomin». The audio file contains many questions and answers made in an infinite variety of ways, and as you will notice they are all different from each other.
Now listen to the Mini- Story for the first time. Did you understand the point to this story? Perhaps you were able to get the main idea although you didn’t understand every single word or sentence. Don’t despair; this is normal.
Relax and give it another chance to familiarise yourself with Txomin by taking as much time as you need. I would suggest you listen to it, once a day for a week, and review the daily improvements that will come from listening to it more and more times.
The first time you listened to it maybe you understood only the main idea, or perhaps 50 or 80% of the story. However, by the end of the week, you may be able to understand the full story.
Have you noticed how some of the sentences in Spanish have stuck to your head and you feel like saying them out loud? If your answer is yes, congratulations! It means you are learning Spanish. Keep on working!
Otherwise, don’t give up and continue listening to the audio. But, if after a while you still find it really difficult, perhaps it would be convenient to try an easier material for you.
“When learning Spanish, around 80% of the effort must be focused on intensive listening to real life conversations, recorded or spoken, by native speakers”.
Intensive listening is the keyword to learn how to speak Spanish effectively and successfully. What is the reason for this? It is the best possible way to acquire a language naturally, and to achieve the final goal of speaking fluently without thinking.
By listening, you will start to learn new sounds and the correct pronunciation of words, and you will be able to identify and use them in different contexts. The key to success is to listen to the same piece as a unit repetitively. It is faster and more efficient to learn sentences as a whole, rather than learning single words individually.
In the video below, Kike gives a great explanation about the importance of the listening process:
Were you able to understand the main idea of the message he is trying to transmit?
If you did, congratulations, keep going with the good work and never give up!!