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how people learn to really
The commonly used method to learn the Spanish language was to start where a 1st grader would
normally start. You learn the Spanish alphabet, learn elementary Spanish vocabulary, and learn
simple Spanish grammar. You advance in the same way throughout your studies.
The trouble is, it seems that after a course like this, people may learn Spanish to a degree without
ever being able to hold-up their end of a conversation. Speaking in a not so formal setting is
rather different from speaking in a conventional class.
That is why, many tutors who give Spanish classes have evolved. They now give what are called
"conversational Spanish courses." These classes, by their nature, should be taught by a tutor who
is quite fluent in conversational Spanish.
Purists would have you dive right into a conversational environment, stumbling as you find your
way. Generally, though, you'll learn Spanish words that are necessary parts of a conversation
first. These can be small words such as "and, or, she, what," etc.
Once you have that structure, you'll usually be given a thin number of conversational subjects.
These have about two short pages for every subject. Words related to that subject are given.
Then, some questions are given as conversation starters.
If you use topics like this, you use the book as a starting point to learn Spanish and not as the aim
of the lesson. You can, for example, have a topic about going on a trip in a car. There will be
words that refer to various parts of the car, such as the trunk. Then there will be words about
stops you make during the trip, like the gas station.
You use the conversation starters to get you going. In this instance, a question might say, "How
did you get your car ready for your last road trip?" The students can use all the topic words,
combined with the small words they already know, to answer the question.
Everyone will get the opportunity to answer the question eventually, but the conversation should
be a live interchange of ideas if the assistant is any good at all. As you progress, you'll have even
more to say about each topic. You will be able to draw on words you've learned in other lessons.
Once you have a few lessons under your belt, the facilitator might have you set aside the book for
some classes. During these times, you can talk about yourselves. You can get to know one
another. As you study Spanish, you'll discover what your classmates do and what they like..
Of course the topic words will not give you all the necessary words needed to carry on a normal
conversation. They are simply a starting point after all. This is where the tutor comes in. You try to
use Spanish words that you do know to express what you mean. When you get your point across,
the teacher will provide the word.
In conversational courses, the tutor will help you out, but classmates can help each other as well.
It is a group effort to begin and sustain a conversation. While you learn Spanish, you'll find that it
is less effort than pleasure. Pinterest