Our tips and tricks to learn Spanish

Learning a foreign language is not just cramming stubborn, it also should be fun. To learn Spanish more easily, we've compiled some tips and tricks for you.

 

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Little tricks - big effect

Libro Our brain can handle small and regular units better than much at once. Create always small blocks of 5-7 words and learn them a few times. Take your time, about 45-60 seconds per word. After a short break you edit the next unit. You shouldn’t learn more than 30-35 new words per day.

Repetition is the nuts and bolts to keep the vocabulary in your long term memory. Basically, repeat the new learning material directly the next day, then after a week and after one month again.

Our brain can assimilate images very well. You should work with mnemonic tricks and try to visualize them. You will be amazed how well this works.

Before going to sleep, you should repeat the new material again for 10-15 minutes, that brings success while sleeping. At night your subconsciousness especially deals with the final experience of the day. Thus the new knowledge will be strengthened without your influence.

Another trick to learn easily is to write difficult vocabulary or grammar rules on post-its. Now you stick them on different places, such as the refrigerator, the mirror, the door, above the sink, etc. Writing them down already has a good learning effect and the regular reading anyway. Regardless of whether you even read the post-its or not, your brain subconsciously deals with the learning material every time you look at them. Nevera

Our brain can remember things better if it get them through several channels. For example you should read the words aloud while learning. Through the simultaneous reading and listening, they are memorized more easily.

Even Spanish TV or radio is helpful, equal how much you understand, because it promotes your feeling for the language. Reading is also important. Read original Spanish texts slowly and carefully. You don´t need to understand everything, because it promotes your feeling for the language as well.

When learning Spanish you should breathe gently, deeply and slowly. More oxygen lets your brain working better.

With movement you can learn better. The blood circulation of your brain is stimulated and it works effectively. Learn while standing and walking. Some sport between the units makes your head operate at full capacity. Have a look at our free time activities.

Parque Breaks are important. Regular you should take small breaks and busy yourself with other things. If you have the opportunity, then make an afternoon nap. But not more than 15-20 minutes, otherwise you feel drained more than before.

As incentive you should set yourself learning targets. These may be quite ambitious, but must necessarily be realistic. Establish sub-ordinate targets, because every small success boosts your motivation. Especially helpful is it to combine learning with positiv thoughts. Why i´m learning, wherefore, what I want to achieve, who will be impressed by this, what opportunities will it open up to me. That brings more fun and improves your memory performance, because positive things are better remembered by our brain.

Don´t be afraid to speak, just because you are still uncertain. No one is angry with you, quite the opposite. The important thing is to say anything. Cheer up, learn from your mistakes!

Music can also be very helpful. Search for Spanish music which you like to hear, google the Spanish lyrics and read them while hearing the songs. It's fun and boost your sense of sentence structure and grammar, your listening comprehension and by memorizing the texts it also promotes your memory.

A very good training method: Take a Spanish original text and put it 2-3 meters away from your workplace. Now read a sentence carefully and memorize it. Then go to your workplace and write it up. Now you control yourself and then you memorize the next sentence. If you don´t know the hole sentence, you have to get up and walk more often. Of course, you don´t want that. This method trains your memory, your linguistic and especially your spelling.

Often it´s easier to learn together and you have more fun. Look for a learning group in which you can help each other. Common practice or queries encourages each individual and brings better results. Grupo de estudio

Also play together our Vocabulary-Memory: Cuts small, identical cards and labeled each one with a Spanish vocabulary and one with the corresponding meaning. Now place the cards with face down on the table and mix them. The first player detects two cards. If they fit together, he take them and has one point. Otherwise, they are reversed again. Now the next player try it. This works for conjugation-training, too. Therefore you label the cards as follows:
1. hablar ↔ 2. talk
3. hablo ↔ 4. I speak
5. hablas ↔ 6. you speak
etc.

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Grammatical learning tips

Learning vocabulary with drawings and pictures

Comics and pictures will help you with learning! Draw a picture or make a collage to the vocabulary you are learning and write the words on the border of it. If there are any unknown words, use a dictionary. Now you only have to look at your collage or picture regularly.

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Learn the words using semantic fields.

Write about seven words that belong to the same semantic field. You will be able to remember those words if you study them together.

aprender las palabras en grupos semanticos

The efficient read with the questions of the pronouns

With the questions after the pronouns you find always a little bit what you can understand: a person, a date, a place, an action or a situation.
Read the text several times. With the first reading of the text underline to you only the answers to the question „Who?“, with the second spot concentrates you upon the question „Where?“ and with the third and last time on the question „when?“ and „what?“.
Drags longer texts in sales and mark the information of sales to sales.
Example:
Otra notable actuación de César bajo los palos y un gol en propia meta, salvaron al Valencia C.F. en una noche donde le sobró ansiedad, contagiado por el ímpetu local del estadio del Mestalla, y le faltó pausa, atascado en la compleja barrera defensiva del Rangers.
¿Quién(Who)? - El Valencia C.F.
¿Dónde(Where)? - El estadio del Mestalla.
¿Cuándo(When? - Anoche.
¿Qué(What)? - Gol

Learn verbs in chronological order

First of all put the verbs and expressions in a chronological order. Question: „Does what make I as the first? “, „What comes later? “, and „What happens at the end? “.
Mark the words in synonymous groups. Give to the groups a title, do not fit, however, on he is too long and easily to notice.
Ex.:
Levantarse
Desayunar
Ir a trabajar
Volver a casa
Comer
Cenar
Acostarse

Learn the words in complete expressions.

Write the expressions on cards and on the back of the card a sentence with the subject "I".
Example:
Leer el periódico - Leer el periódico
Tomar un café - Yo tomo un café.
Coger el autobús - Yo cojo el autobús.

Spanish characters
Sure you know the problem: on the Spanish keyboard are the special characters, but how do you write it with your keyboard? A simple solution are these numbers. Press the Alt key and enter the corresponding number. To get ñ, for example: Alt + 164.

á          160                             Á         181
é          130                             É         144
í           161                             Í           214
ó          162                             Ó         224
ú          163
Ñ         165                             ñ          164
¡           173                             ¿         168

 

Highly recommendable online dictionary
www.wordreference.com

 

Free Vocabulary trainer
An individual vocabulary trainer with card box system for downloading
www.teachmaster.de

 

Good online translator for texts
http://www.elpais.com/traductor

 

Synonyms, Antonyms, application examples and definitions for explanations
http://www.elpais.com/diccionarios

 

Interactive vocabulary collection, highly recommended
www.ver-taal.com/vocabulario.htm
www.ver-taal.com/voc_refranes.htm

 

Complete and concise conjugation
http://www.verbix.com/languages/spanish.shtml

 

Spanish Press
Daily updated original Spanish texts for practice, informing and improving your understanding of the text:

Nationally:
http://www.elmundo.es
http://www.elpais.com

Regional:
http://www.levante-emv.es
http://www.lasprovincias.es

 

Educational games around Valencia
www.vlcgame.com

 

Spanish word puzzles
http://babelnet.sbg.ac.at/carlitos/sala-de-juegos/Casino/cuerpo_casino.htm

 

We hope our tips and tricks to learn Spanish will help you!

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