What is the Best Way to Learn Spanish
We have found that learning through context is the best way to learn Spanish, and an easy way to learn Spanish.
Young children learn through context – a capacity that you want to encourage, and which we older learners need to develop. What is learning through context? It means figuring out what is being said, by paying attention to all of the clues. You may not understand every word in a phrase, but follow the conversation, look at the situation and make deductions.
Spanish videos and dvds are a great tool, to learn Spanish for kids – and are useful for adults as well, because of the opportunity to hear Spanish and decipher what is going on from the context. Watch the same videos over and over and you, as well as your child, will understand more each time. But don’t be surprised if your child understands more than you do; you will see for yourself that early childhood is the
best age to learn Spanish,
and learning through context is the best way to learn Spanish.
Reading Spanish stories is another excellent method, to provide learning through context. For children, pick short simple stories with lots of pictures and, if your pronunciation is satisfactory, then read the stories to your child using lots of expression. Or, if at all possible, find a native speaker to read to your child. Try to organize a group of interested children for “Spanish Storytime".
Look for products that include stories, songs and real-life situations such as
Spanish in a Basket,
which provides an easy way to learn Spanish.
If you know a native speaker who can spend time with you and your child – have him or her speak only Spanish, so that learning through context can happen. It is not so hard.
Using gestures, expression and acting out can provide the clues needed to understand what is being said. Don’t forget your sense of humor; make it lots of fun.
Cook, Play Games and Sing
Cook together, while learning the foods,
to learn new vocabulary and
sing in Spanish.
It may seem slow going at first however, learning through context is more memorable, more efficient and often more correct than translating.
Take advantage of opportunities for immersion, which is the
fastest way to learn Spanish.
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