Creative resources to learn Spanish fast – Listening
I have discussed conquering the second element of being a practical Spanish speaker, Spanish grammar, in my previous blog. In this blog I want to address the third element – Spanish listening.
– 6 elements of being a practical Spanish speaker:
- Pronunciation, speaking
- Literary Fluency – Reading
- Literary Fluency – Writing
2. Spanish Listening
Listening to Spanish is one of the most effective ways of learning Spanish. Young children learn language, in part, by just hearing it daily. They learn its pronunciation, intonation, accent, when to use pauses, and the correct usage of words based on context. Have you had an experience when you heard song over and over on the radio, you started humming the song, then you were able to sing it naturally?
By listening to Spanish regularly, you too will learn its pronunciation, intonation, accent, when to pause, and the correct usage of words based on context. You will start to understand and eventually to speak at the speed of a native speaker. You then will obtain the fluency that you’ve been striving toward.
Here’s a list of some ideas to help you become a creative and motivated Spanish listener:
Start with children’s TV shows.
When you start learning Spanish, your vocabulary and grammar knowledge are limited. In other words, your Spanish level is similar to a child’s. Therefore, TV shows for children are going to be closer to the level of a beginner Spanish student. The speech is slower, the words more basic, and the stories are easy to follow with a lot of visual cues as well.
Watch movies that you have watched in English before now with Spanish subtitles.
You know the story line already so it is easy for you to follow the movie while you are reading Spanish subtitles. When you become more comfortable listening in Spanish, you may want to start watching movies in Spanish with English subtitles, then without English subtitles.
Watching a movie in Spanish with its Spanish subtitles also is a great practice for improving your Spanish listening skills. You hear the dialogue in Spanish while reading the Spanish subtitles when you need to. You reinforce your comprehension by confirming what you heard. You will soon find out how effective this exercise is at increasing your vocabulary, and improving your Spanish listening skills.
Some benefits of watching Spanish “telenovelas” (soap operas), children’s TV shows, or movies made in Hispanic countries is to learn about the culture as well as the regional difference in usage and pronunciation of words.
What are some other useful methods to improve your Spanish listening skills?
Listening to Spanish radio stations is a compelling exercise to improve and to maintain your listening skills when you become more comfortable with listening in Spanish. It is a time efficient way of keeping up with your Spanish listening as you can keep the radio going in the background while you are cooking, for example, without not to stare at a TV screen.
Recap of this blog: 3. Spanish Listening
Watch Spanish TV shows for children.
Watch movies in English with Spanish subtitles.
Watch movies in Spanish with then without English subtitles.
Watch Spanish movies or telenovelas in Spanish with Spanish subtitles.
Listen to Spanish radio stations.
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I will discuss items, #4 Pronunciation, Speaking, from the list in my next blog. Stay Tuned!