What this means is: You need to learn those aspects of the language (words, expressions, grammar, syntax) that are in current use by native speakers. You need to learn them in order of frequency of use, meaning that the most commonly used words are the most important... Read more
Go to Forvo.com, instructions on how to use it follow Ok, so that’s the site you want (image on the left links to it or just click here) and here I’ll briefly show you how you can download the audio files and then use them to make electronic flashcards... Read more
Don’t do this: it’s unnecessary, unpleasant, and not even the best way Shortly after beginning to learn a language for the first time (few weeks, couple of months, something like that), you’ll figure out which of the activites you’ve been doing... Read more
Have you ever tried using flashcards with a foreign word on one side and the English translation on the other or, even worse, repeatedly reading a list of vocabulary and each word’s translation over and over again, attempting to memorize them by rote? Most of... Read more
It doesn’t work that way (har har) in Spanish Ok, what I mean is that the Spanish language, unlike English, doesn’t use one single word for all the various meanings that “way” can have in English. I’ll cover the three most common... Read more
This is a series of posts I decided to do explaining my reasons for so heavily emphasizing the use of popular media such as movies, series, songs, books, etc. in order to learn a language. I want to say from the outset that I believe the single most efficient... Read more
Why It’s for the same reason you can just point at a cow and say “Cow!” instead of “There is a cow over there and I want you to look at it!”. It’s for the same reason that when someone asks you if you would like fries with that you... Read more
I know you probably got here from googling “how to say tour in Spanish” so I’ll be very brief here and just get you the answer you want. Unlike English which uses one word for both of these things, Spanish has two different words depending on what... Read more
Introduction I’m going to teach you the method I use to memorize vocabulary nearly in real time as I hear or read it. That means you memorize, briefly (we’ll come back to this), new words you encounter while you’re watching video content or reading... Read more
This is what I consider to be the single most important concept you must apply when learning a language, or any complex subject. You have to be persistently consistent. What does that mean?MemoryIn order to learn something, you must be exposed to it repeatedly. ... Read more
BackgroundAs some of you know, I spent the better part of last year in South America. The main purpose was to acquaint myself with some of the South American dialects of Spanish as the majority of my readers are Americans and Americans overwhelmingly are interested... Read more
Español en 3000 is a podcast specifically for people learning Spanish. The name comes from the fact that they focus on the 3000 most commonly used words in Spanish, which they claim encompass 94% of spoken Spanish (that’s probably about right I’d say). ... Read more
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