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Hola. My name is Hugh. I started learning Spanish years ago, but stopped because of lack of progress. At the time, I didn't realize that I had hit a language plateau
Recently, I came to the conclusion that what was missing in my language studies was listening deeply, on a daily basis, to spoken Spanish. After all, that's how kids learn their native language. They listen and listen, then they try to talk, but in the first years, they listen far more than they talk.
Since I started putting listening at the center of my language learning studies, I find that I am making good progress towards fluency.
I started this blog as a way of documenting my journey to fluency and also to share my experience with others. If you are currently stuck on a language plateau, some of my blog entries might just be able to get you moving forward again.
In this blog, I am advocating improving listening comprehension by listening to consecutive interpreting. As we all know, lots of hours of listening to a foreign language is key for understanding the spoken language. One of the traditional ways to improve listening comprehension is to watch movies or videos with subtitles or transcripts . Many Read more about Listening to Consecutive Interpreting[…]
So, I decided to start attending a Spanish-speaking church in my vicinity. It’s a great experience both for the language and for the spiritual blessings. To be clear, this is not my first time attending a Spanish-speaking pentecostal church. I used to frequent one many years when I first started learning Spanish, but time and Read more about Attending a Spanish-speaking church[…]
As you continue studying foreign languages, I am sure that thing you would like to do often is evaluate you foreign language progress. The need for evaluation feedback is important as no one wants to end up putting in lots of time into this difficult venture and then ending up with just a few stars. Read more about Evaluating foreign language progress[…]
Along the way, I came to realize that listening comprehension is a separate language learning skill that is very different from speaking, writing and reading. Of course, the various language skills are all related to each other and reinforce each other. However, they each require separate development strategies. Listening is the language learning skill I Read more about Some tips to improve listening comprehension[…]
At this stage of my language learning, I am convinced that improving listening comprehension is the key to gaining fluency in Spanish. When I first started re-learning Spanish, I think my brain only caught about 30% of the words I heard. This was despite having a good foundation in intermediate level vocabulary, grammar, and speaking. I Read more about Putting listening at the center of language learning[…]
In Grammar, relative pronouns are words that relate one phrase with another. After viewing a short video from Janina from Honduras, I realized that I don’t use relative pronons beyond “que” when I speak. So, beignning this week, I decided to work on incorporating the following words into my everyday speech: el que, los que el Read more about Advanced relative pronouns. Moving beyond “que”[…]
Today, I ran into SpanishListening.org/. This is a website that, among other things, carries a set of well-organized short videos with subtitles for listening to Spanish. There are over four hundred free videos available on the website. About 42 are advertised on the landing page. The videos were made by speakers from different Spanish speaking countries Read more about Short Videos with Subtitles[…]
Idiomatic and other expressions create powerful, colorful images and are used to enrich languages. If you don’t recognize them when someone is speaking, then huge communication gaps are created. Idioms The key to working with idioms is not to try to literally understand them. Rather, you should just memorize them, understand the context Read more about Listening to Idiomatic and Other Expressions[…]
This week, I am listening to videos about Mexican foods as well as other videos. Two videos deal with popular Mexican dishes such as tacos, burritos and enchilladas. One video deals with visiting a Mexican market, which I found great for learning vocabularly. To get the most out of the videos, I replay them Read more about Listening to videos about Mexican foods[…]
Welcome to my blog. I am at the intermedite level in Spanish and have made up my mind to become fluent in the language. I can’t travel abroad immediately, but I still want to attain a high level of fluency right here at home. Having met people who speak fluent Spanish without having gone abroad, Read more about Welcome to “Fluent Me”. You too can become fluent[…]