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How to Really Love Learning Spanish

Today we share our top tips for really loving the Spanish learning process – there’s no need to suffer! In fact, as we say:

Si el aprendizaje es relajado y divertido, vas a volar – If the learning process is relaxed and fun, you’re going to fly! … And:

Lo que te hace sonreír aprendiendo español es lo que te va a hacer aprender más español – Whatever makes you smile while you learn Spanish, is what’s going to make you learn more Spanish!

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Te puede dar un jamacuco – It can leave you feeling wiped out (the heat)

Te puede dar una pájara – It (the heat) can leave you without energy, you can have an “energy collapse”

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28 thoughts on “How to Really Love Learning Spanish”

    • Yes, so much useful advice I really needed. I am bogged down by too many verbs and words I have total word blank and can’t say anything at all without trying to get it perfect, so I am totally confused and feel stupid!

      Thank you so much and your advice of learning 3/5 words a day is so grounding and refreshing. I enjoy your Notes, then confuse myself to death by not moving on till I know every word and it is counter productive. Keep doing what you are doing.

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  1. ¡Buen consejo! Tengo muchas, muchas listas y ahora voy a deshacerlas. Yo sé que debo encontrar un intercambio, per estoy demasiado tímida, y por eso me gusta vuestra sugerencia de visitar los viejos podcasts. Y Marina, ¡me encanta tu collar!

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  2. Disfruto mucho de tus sesiones y tienes muy buenos consejos. ¡Menos es más! Gracias a ambos, voy a comenzar de nuevo mañana con sus podcasts 🙂 con los mejores deseos desde Nueva Zelanda

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  3. Great video of tools for those learning Spanish, or any language. I have taught Spanish all my adult life and have heard that a new word needs to be used 15 times to have it in your list of known words. Think of context, flowing over words that you might not know, but you understand the context-the same as we all do from children to adults, understanding the meaning. You do an excellent job of presenting language in context. It has been enjoyable to listen to your videos!

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  4. Ben
    I always enjoy your videos.

    The following two tips have been very helpful.

    1. You said that you wrote down just about all the vocabulary and phrases you wanted to keep hold of in a special notebook, and tested yourself regularly to make sure you learned it all.
    What you can do: Get yourself a notebook just for Spanish words and phrases. It’s a technique that’s been around forever, but it works a treat!

    This has helped me a lot. I keep a list of my favorite words and phrases in the “Notes” App on my phone. It is readily available and I use it frequently.

    Today I added Jamacuco and Pájara to my list. My friend smiled when I used them in conversation today. She specifically mentioned that Pájara is used by ciclistas.

    2. You said you never worried about making mistakes. You learn lots more from making mistakes and having people point them out.

    This advice really helped me. I used to try to speak perfect Spanish. My friends told me I speak better after drinking some wine. Now I just plow ahead without overthinking. My friends have been very good at correcting my mistakes.

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    • Hi Arthur, thank you, and that’s wonderful feedback. I really do think that not worrying about making mistakes is key, and I’m so glad to hear you’ve found that too.

      Saludos from Madrid!

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  5. Estupendo como siempre. Vuestras sugerencias son muy razonables. Además de “jamacuco” y “pájara,” aprendí “no te pases” y “sonreír para aprender.”

    Marina, quiero un collar como el tuyo. ¿Podrías darme los detalles?

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    • Hola Amie,

      Como he contado más arriba, el collar me lo regaló Ben por mi cumpleaños. Lo compró en una tienda pequeña que no tiene web y según me dice era el único que tenían… de todas maneras pasaré por la tienda a ver si me pueden conseguir otro…

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  6. Me gusta mucho NIS podcasts y premium y the whole enchilada son muy útiles. Me gusta mucho el consejo que no es necesario entender todas las palabras en cada video!!Much gracias!!

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  7. Great tips, thank you! It was especially helpful that you explained in both English and Spanish; I just shared the link to this video with my intercambio partner from Venezuela who is learning English. Now she and I can remind each other: “No te pases – Don’t overdo it!”

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  8. You left out one of the most important things – perhaps out of modesty. It’s important to listen to a Spanish speaker whose voice you really enjoy. Marina’s accent, vocal intonation and voice quality are so elegant and relaxing that it is always a great pleasure to listen to her.

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  9. Gracias por el video, me hizo sonreir. Muchos buenos consejos, como siempre.
    Aqui en Tucson hace mucho calor tambien (44°C).
    Saludos desde el desierto de Sonora.

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    • Suerte Hildegard con el calor… aquí creo que bajan las temperaturas el domingo…
      A ver si la semana que viene, que ya es la última semana escolar, nos dan un respiro las temperaturas.

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  10. Me encanta ese bosque! Ahora estoy investigando más sobre el valle de Fuenfría. Es el lugar, verdad? El nombre viene de “fuente”? Gracias por su entusiasmo al lenguaje pero a la vez el paisaje de España. Enseño el castellano y siempre busco formas divertidas para las niñas. Un juego que les encanta es “Blooket”.

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