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Listening is the most effective way to learn grammar and to be able to use it correctly later. It is the best way to absorb the language naturally and speak Spanish automatically, without thinking about what one would like to express.
” 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 🙂
«Get into the habit of listening to Spanish everyday until it is something that you need to do and becomes a passion»
This is one of the most essential keys to success.
Our lives are full with daily habits that we get so used to that we end up having to do them. Think about all the things that you decided to start doing at a certain point of your life and make a habit of them: maybe eating healthier, playing a sport, giving a walk with your dog, playing an instrument, reading a book.
Are they habits that turned into passions or passions made into habits? I think it is both of them together. It is the perfect equation for success : «I do it because I love it and because I love it I need to do it daily. It makes me feel good and it also contributes to my health or intellectual well- being».
In the beginning It takes commitment and determination to change old habits and introduce new ones, but over time, habits become passions and passions become habits when we do them happily and enjoy the activity.
Imagine making Spanish listening part of your daily life for 30 minutes or 1 hour. And imagine you can also have the flexibility to do it whenever you find the time in this hectic life and wherever you want (while lying on the couch, running, going for a walk in the forest or during any idle time).
Which are your passions or hobbies ? Is learning Spanish a passion for you or a chore ? Leave us your opinion.
“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!!!