Learn Spanish With No Worries...!
Whether you know basic Spanish or need it for another job, chances are, you are reading this hub just to get a little ahead and catch up with what you forgot or knew in high school. But why they make it so hard for us to learn it? I think is just a barrier, a little bigger than learning to drive a car. You practice and use it.
FOREIGN LANGUAGES, A NEW HORIZON
When you were born, you learned your mother tongue by listening and being capable to retrieve your basic thoughts as normal as getting a Sandwich from the fridge. Your brain started to build this castle of words and its common sense usage. Spanish was learned in a very similar way, practicing, feeling it and using it. The first words were similar. Imagine two twins separated at birth and both have to learn a language: One in here, and the other one in Argentina. Here is what would happen on both sides of the world:
THEN WHAT NOW?
you need three basic things in mind to start:
- patience and
- make use of it, practice
MICHAEL IN NEW YORK
MIGUEL IN BUENOS AIRES
pronunciation for us
pop it toh
who get teh.
This two toddlers didn;t have porblem in learning their language...at the moment. Brain was in its developing stage, so until 4 or 5 years old, any kid could have been able to learn both languages. For us adults is a little harder, knowing for a fact that we already have our ways set. Would you eat some Seafood Soup down...way down south? of course you would ask, waht is made of. Now lets choose some words that they might've learned by the time they are 8:
Michael in New York
Miguel in Buenos Aires
pronunciation (for the U.S.)
I don't Care
no me importa
no meh import huh
Better teaching with a fun example
Did you notice that your brain paid more attention to the table settings? It even commented mentally in our favor. Learning something new requires imagination and practice. The problem is that a our age we cannot be rewarded with a piece of candy, like they did with us at kindergarten. Let's try to grasp some of this language going to the basics. Again?
NEED THE BASICS PLEASE!
Since this is a hub, we are going to make it fun and interesting. So you have the drive and the desire to learn, right?
Like any other language we need some basic vocabulary and useful sentences.
PRONUNCIATION (FOR US)
IF YOU WANT TO EAT...
I WANT TO EAT, QUIERO COMER (kiev-raw comb-err)
IF THEY WANT TO EAT
WE WANT TO EAT, QUEREMOS COMER (kerah-most comb-err)
If you see 'queremos' it is a modern word that way back was built from Latin...the ending 'os' is what we inherited from Normands as in 'us'. Don't get frustrated, any one would feel the pain of diving into a new language. "From nos to us"
IF YOU WANT TO WALK
I WANT TO WALK, YO QUIERO CAMINAR (yaw kiev-raw coming-are)
IF THEY WANT TO WALK
WE WANT TO WALK, QUEREMOS CAMINAR ( care- emos cAM-IN-ARE)
IF HE WANTS TO WALK
HE WANTS TO WALK, EL QUIERE CAMINAR ( elle kiev-red coming-are)
The pronunciation in parenthesis is pretty close, so an Spanish listener could understand you. The sentences are pretty basic to loosen up your brain. You said you still have that desire, you follow us?
THEY WANT TO RUN, ELLOS QUIEREN CORRER ( eh!-yaws kiev-rent caw-rerd)
YOU WANT TO RUN, TU QUIERES CORRER (two kiev-rest caw-rerd)
I WANT TO RUN, YO QUIERO CORRER ( yaw kiev-raw caw-rerd)
Easy does it. Now you feel in shaky water right? different endings for each pronoun? Is the same for them when they learn English, they have to push a little harder in making certain transition in their minds. We recommend you to bookmark this hub and come back for more. You cannot built Rome in 3 hours, right?
The verb endings for they, we, you, he,she varies slightly; Is pure practice. Believe it or not, medieval english had different verb endings but was sliced off by our first teachers after the venerable Bede. You can see the changes after King James Bible. Thou shall not.... you shall not...!
TO RUN- CORRER
A GOOD PRACTICE...
If you can, maybe this would be a better idea, then the hill of learning will be overcome. Geez LORD!
HE CORRE (he runs)
Is spanglish but is getting your brain trained for future conjugations, for instance:
USING VERB COMER ( TO EAT)
SHE COME ( ella comb-eh!).... DO NOT CONFUSE WITH our verb COME or approach
WE COMEMOS..... we comem-'us'
WHY IS STILL SO HARD?
Took 24 years for your exchange student friend from Ecuator to learn English on a college level. So you will need at least 3 days to catch up with this hub's tips. As we said, Rome wasn't built in 3 days, not even the Statue of Liberty or the Constitution of the U.S.
THE BASIC WORDS OF GREETING
BUENOS DIAS-- GOOD MORNING
BUENAS TARDES-- GOOD AFTERNOON
BUENAS NOCHES--GOOD NIGHT
COMO ESTAS?-- HOW ARE YOU?
HASTA LUEGO-- SEE YOU LATER.... or laterz! as of 2011.
ADIOS- GOOD BYE... or bye, bye! as of 1940's and forward.
As you see languages evolve too. New words come and might go. Hope this first lesson didn't cause so much collateral damage. Gracias y hasta pronto!
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