By: Rafael Nunez. When learning Spanish or any language the methods and techniques used in traditional courses can often be tedious and complicated, that’s why at New Way we use a personal approach so you can learn useful material that you’ll use every day.
To master the language we must create methods that help us learn in a pleasant and fun way. In my particular case, I have put into practice a technique that has given me very good results and has accelerated my learning pace in the English language but you can use it for learning Spanish as well. Next, I will explain what I have called ‘Oraciones con experiencias personales’ or Sentences with personal experiences.
What I do is build a sentence with words or phrases that are hard for me to remember (I recommend not using more than two words) and connect them to an experience and an important person in my life (can be your partner, any relative or your pet). Making this meaningful connection will make it easy for you to remember any of those words.
For example, I will form a sentence using the words mostrar (to depict) and no puedo evitar (I can’t help). For these words, I remembered my daughter’s drawing of our family when she was very young, this moment was very emotional for me so I use it to make the next sentence:
- El dibujo de mi hija muestra a nuestra familia y no puedo evitar llorar.
- My daughter’s drawing depicts our family and I can’t help but cry.
Now I will make another sentence with the words conocido/a (acquaintance) and cancelar (call off). For these words, I remembered something that happened a few years ago at my job, when a new employee canceled a meeting and one of my colleagues said:
- Un conocido canceló nuestra reunión.
- An acquaintance called off our meeting.
To finish I will use the words ajustado (tight) coser (to stitch), I had trouble remembering them and their meaning, but after constructing the following sentence I never forgot them again:
- Mi esposa me cosió los pantalones pero todavía me quedaban ajustados.
- My wife stitched my pants but they’d still fit me tight.
This sentence describes a real experience that happened to me a few months ago.
As you can see, this method is very simple and it is possible to practice grammar, such as changing the tenses, the auxiliaries and the correct syntax of the sentence.
I think this method can be used to learn the vocabulary and grammar of any language. I hope it is useful to everyone and facilitates the learning of a foreign language.”
If you’d like to read this article in Spanish, you can do so AQUÍ. And if you use similar methods share them in the comments below :)