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Three Easy Ways to Learn Another Language

This is a guest post by Magallanes.

Greetings! Today, I will give you simple and easy ways to learn any language easily. Ironically, when it comes to language learning, especially Spanish, the most effective way isn’t the hardest one; most of the time the wrong way is a lot harder! I am going to tell you why.

Pero primero! Why learn another language?

Learning another language is a sign of prestige; in medieval times, those who knew how to write or speak another language were always treated like extraordinary people, because they were always useful and seen as aristocratic and intelligent. Why do you think Roosh bothers to learn other languages? Learning languages activates certain parts of your brain that usually go unused and makes you a better thinker. One can even say that learning another language increases your grasp of the languages you already know. In other words, becoming fluent in another language is another way to grow as a person and a man.

As I mentioned already, you will learn from this article that learning a new language is the exact opposite of hard; if it feels difficult and boring, you are doing something wrong. Let me show you why.

Most language learners get all worked up with Spanish classes, textbooks about grammar, cramming all the new words forcing them into their heads, only to find themselves burning out after a few months (or even weeks!) then eventually quit. How sad. Que triste! This method is actually unnatural for your brain and when you try it, you end up vomiting up all the information forced into it like an wino on a Ripple bender. That is not good. I’m going to share with you some ways to learn and study Spanish that are natural for your brain. These are not popular methods, but the good news is that they actually work and don’t feel like work!

1. Grammar and classroom learning must come last.

This might sound counterproductive but it is true. Going all out on grammar will guarantee that you will fail. The human brain is not designed to absorb language that way; what you need to have first is exposure. Yes the movies, the podcasts, the mp3s must come first and those are the things you need to be spending 90% of your time in learning Spanish with. Think of it as training your ears first. You will learn that after months of exposure, you will find it easier to absorb all of the things written in your textbooks which all seemed very complicated when you were starting out.

And you will be surprised to know that advanced and even intermediate learners who already formed a reasonable foundation in Spanish by means of exposure will enjoy or at least relate to classes and formal lessons because they have already instilled the basics of Spanish in their heads. So remember that everything must come at its own time.

2. As a beginner, only a small percentage of your time should be spent on grammar.

I never said that you don’t need grammar; of course you must know the very basic sentence constructions. Just don’t get fixated on it.

Grammar is supposed to be taken slowly like food or else you might get bloated. Did you study grammar for your mother language? Of course not! Exposure came first. Furthermore, when looking at grammar books, don’t concentrate too much on the technicalities and rules; just focus on taking in the example sentences. Just exposing yourself to the sentences will condition your brain to absorb the underlying grammatical rules unconsciously. For example, if I read:

Magallanes es un hombre guapito.

Then I read that the above sentence means:

Magallanes is a handsome man.

Then my brain would immediately learn that that is how you describe another person or thing in Spanish. Therefore the next time I want to describe someone, I would just look up for the correct adjective in Spanish using a portable dictionary, then go about describing that person.

3. Finally, watch more movies and TV shows in Spanish.

For best results, look for a movie that you have watched several times already. Let’s take Hancock as an example: you can download that video for free and watch it from your phone; learn Spanish while relaxing (also download your favorite English songs in their Spanish-language versions).

Gasolina is another great example of a Spanish song that you might be familiar with. It’s a great idea to get used to Spanish rap; try to download all the rap songs in that language and listen to them as often as you can (advantage if you are a hip hop fan to begin with). If you really can’t stand rap, you can go with any genre of songs from your target language.

If you can get DVDs of Spanish movies and Telenovelas, play them at home On your widescreen TV while eating popcorn. You will not notice but your brain will actually absorb tons of Spanish this way. And the greatest part is it will not seem like work at all. The best environment or condition for learning is always the “relaxed” and “fun” climate, which is what my Spanish learning method revolves around.

The most important thing in learning Spanish or any language is having fun in the process. Just remember this: learning Spanish must never seem like a chore. Just have fun and do the things you do in English in Spanish. God bless you all and see you around. Que dios le bendiga.

Magallanes blogs at Translate from Spanish to English.

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