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Secrets of Learning a Language I

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Traditionally, courses to learn languages were focused in the study of the grammar, rules and a series of practices, which are based generally in the repetition of exercises to learn those rules. I think it is still being done that way in the schools today, although I am not sure at all. Maybe someone can comment something about this.

But, does it really work?

I think that it is enough to check the results to realize that… not much. In fact, since forever people who really want to learn a language tend to move to the countries where the desired language is spoken, which has a lot of sense.

But let’s go to the beginning, how is a language really learned?

To know the real process, we only have to take a look to those old times where every one of us learned a language with great success: the childhood. All the children of the world learn to communicate effectively in their mother language. This is already a positive data: the ability in inside all of us.

How do they do it? They simply discover it. Children have an open relationship with their environment; they play, explore and get to know it. They look at the people. In this process, they learn how to identify objects or people; they recognize them and start associating words to them, until they finally understand the meaning. That is, in the moment that they make associations they start understanding, and after understanding comes the execution.

  • That is why it is that important the use of images in the learning languages process. The mind is prepared to associate.

Little by little, they understand every time more words and after that, more and more complex constructions. Because the important thing is the idea, the language is a mere vehicle to express it. Therefore:

  • To understand a language is the first step to speak it.

That means that the first part of the learning is the comprehension. So, from the beginning, it is too important to be in contact with the native language. To start, it would be probably interesting to focus in the vocabulary and in the listening. Without any doubt, it is fundamental to listen to it. Today there are loads of resources to get it, such as podcasts, videos, programs, series, movies, etc. There are suitable materials for all the levels and adapted to all the tastes, and the best thing is that you can choose them according to your personal tastes. Do not forget it:

  • Listening to a language is the most effective method to learn it. Use always materials suitable for your level and if it is possible, about topics that amuse you.

TO BE CONTINUED

Also see: Secrets of Learning a Language IISecrets of Learning a Language III

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Why “We Create the Languages”?

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Today I would like to explain you the reasons that led me to choose this title for my blog and the rest of my channels.

Language is always itself a creative process. It has been shown in all the cultures and epochs. Let’s see some examples.

Think about the colloquial expressions that you use most often. Now think about the expressions that are used for your relatives, friends and the people of rest of the environments where you live. In each group take precedence a sort of expressions that usually refer to common happenings, activities and events, something that all of you have experienced together. Later analyze each person, their idioms, or the words they use frequently. Every one of us tends to use the words that are more compatible with us, as well as the expressions that represent us more, not to say our own invented expressions, like those that you use with that person and only both of you know.

That way, little by little, neologisms appear day by day, continent by continent. There are always new things that must be defined or more current redefinitions for the same of always. The creative process never stops.

Let’s take a book of some centuries ago, its language it is probably said to be the same, but they are very hard to understand. Besides, the more time passes the more evident results the process. Fashion, social conditionings, words borrowed from other languages… all of this is slowly forming the new uses and words till they are institutionalized.

Another good example are the automatic translators, which no matter how much are improved, they can never equalize the flux of the natural language. This is because the meaning of a word it is not only in the word itself, but also depends on the context. Moreover, the idioms are not logical constructions that can be translated literally. They reflect the culture of the people, so you have to know the idiosyncrasy of the people of the target language to find the best matching expressions, if it exits.

To sum up, every time we build our phrases, we don’t limit ourselves to apply some rules, which the most people don’t even remember. What we do is to pour out our own ideas and thoughts over a vehicle that we know, Language, to give it the color of our popular culture, emotions, tastes, etc.

Every time we are talking, we are creating, and the language that every one of us uses has our unique touch, personal and special.


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Spanish lesson

Dear Spanish learners!

Today I want to share with you a video I made to help you practice your listening and reading.

In the video you will find a short fragment of my famous story “El Último Día de tu Vida”.

I really would like to have your feedback, whether you like it or not. I can go on with the lecture if you wish, that is why your opinion is important.

And here is it:

Thank you very much!!

Dear visitors! I am competing at this moment in the contest “masquecuentos”. I need the prize to keep on working. If you are so kind, please give me your vote. It won’t steal you more than 2 minutes! You just have to pick “El Último Día de tu Vida” from the list bellow and a couple of stories more. I would love to get your opinions about my story as well.

Here is the link to my story: El Último Día de tu Vida

And here the link to vote: Votar

Thank you very much!