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Tips and Tricks to Learn Spanish

Tips and Tricks to Learn Spanish
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Learning a foreign language is not just constantly studying books, it also should be fun. To learn Spanish more easily, we've compiled some tips and tricks for you.

Little tricks – big effect
Our brain can handle small and regular bits of information better than loads all at once. Try to create small clusters of 5-7 words and learn them a few times. Take your time: about 45-60 seconds per word. After a short break create the next cluster. You shouldn’t learn more than 30-35 new words per day.

Before going to sleep, you should repeat new material again for 10-15 minutes, this will consolidate new information whilst asleep. At night your subconsciousness especially deals with the final experience of the day. Thus, new knowledge will be strengthened without your influence.

Even Spanish TV or radio is helpful, regardless of 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.

As an incentive you should set yourself learning targets. These can be quite ambitious but they should also be realistic and achievable. Establish targets, because every small success boosts your motivation. It is especially helpful to combine learning with positive and personal thoughts. Why am I learning? What do I want to achieve? Who will be impressed by this? What opportunities will it open up to me? This will make the learning process more enjoyable whilst improving your memory performance because our brains favour postive memories and cognitions.

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. Just stick at it and learn from your mistakes!
Music can also be very helpful. Search for the Spanish music you like to listen to, google the lyrics and read them while listening to the songs. It's fun and will boost your sense of sentence structure and grammar. Also, your listening comprehension will improve and by memorizing the lyrics it also promotes your memory.

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.

Grammatical learning tips
Comics and pictures will help you with learning!

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Learn 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.

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Reading efficiently
Asking key questions can be a good indicator of what you can understand in a given text. What key information can you ascertain? A person, a date, a place, an action or a situation, perhaps? Read the text several times. With the first reading, underline just the answers to the question: "Who?" With the second, concentrate on the question: "Where?" and with the third, on the questions: "When?" and "What?"

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

Spanish characters
You know the problem: on the Spanish keyboard are 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!
Your Costa de Valencia - Team

 

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