How should i learn spanish

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You want to learn Spanish, but don´t really know how and where to start? Read this article for inspiration – maybe you will speak Spanish in a few weeks already?!

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How should i learn spanish

  1. 1. How should I learn Spanish?You want to learn Spanish, but don´t really know how and where to start? Read this article for inspiration – maybe you will speak Spanish in a few weeks already?! www.vilango.com Vilango GmbH
  2. 2. ¡Buenas días! ¿Qué tal?Many people in the world speak Spanish as their first language. However, many know Spanishalthough it is not their mother tongue and speak it as their second or third language. Do youalso want to know Spanish? Or have you already tried to learn this passionate language, butdidn´t make a step big enough to keep the motivation to continue studying? You are not alone!Many learners started to learn Spanish some time ago, but didn´t go on studying. The logicconsequence is that the learner forgets words and grammar rules that have been learned atsome point. But why is this the case? Even if we wouldn´t speak our mother tongue for someyears, we would still be able to understand and speak most of it. But if we do not use a foreignlanguage we have learned for some years, there is not much left afterwards.The major reason for this is that foreign languages are mostly learned in a specific way whichdoes not allow the learned material to be placed in the long term memory. Think about it for asecond. How did you learn your second language? You probably think about grammar rules andendless vocabulary lists. This is traditional language learning. “Learn the list by hard, we willhave a test next week!” So you had learned the words and rules for the test, but some daysafter the test you have already forgotten most of it. The reason is that you have saved theinformation in your short term memory only. If we want to learn something for the lifetime, weneed to place it into our long term memory. This will never work with the traditional learningmethods!If you really want to learn Spanish – and want to know it still in some years – you need to applythe proper language learning method! But which language learning technique is the right one?There are several language learning approaches and language learning software programs thatuse diverse techniques. Some focus on reading, some on listening comprehension, many onvocabulary learning and others. You should find your personal right approach, however, there www.vilango.com Vilango GmbH
  3. 3. are some methods that fit almost every learner. One of those is the Birkenbihl Approach toforeign language learning.Birkenbihl Approach: The best way to learn a language!Vera F. Birkenbihl developed learning and teaching methods that facilitate brain-friendly andsustainable learning. What is meant by brain-friendly? Brain-friendly means that the learnerlearn something according to the abilities and advantages of the brain. Studying fromvocabulary lists, for example, is not brain-friendly, since this learning approach is not natural.Human beings should not learn anything by such an approach.Think about how you have learned your mother tongue as a child. Did you study vocabulary listsor grammar? Of course not, Why would you? This would not at all be natural. A child learns thefirst language by continuous listening, imitating and repeating. This is exactly how we shouldlearn our second, third, fourth, five or whatever language!It is a fact that people learn a foreign language the quickest and easiest when they live in acountry where this language is spoken as a first language, the reason being constant exposure.Living in another country is still the best way to learn a foreign language. But if there is not thepossibility to go abroad, we should imitate the situation. This is what we do with the BirkenbihlApproach. The learner listens to the language to be learned for quite a long time – also withoutpaying conscious attention to it. At some point, you start speaking the language, but not untilyou have listened to all the new sounds, words, to the melody of the language and so on. Yourbrain needs to get familiar with all these new things. This takes time! Don´t start speaking aforeign language to early, because you would most probably develop an accent that is hard toget rid off. www.vilango.com Vilango GmbH
  4. 4. The two steps of the Birkenbihl Approach are active listening and passive listening. Activelistening means that you listen to a recording of a, for example, Spanish text. However, you donot read along the Spanish text. Instead, you read the translation of the text into your mothertongue. This way, linkages between the foreign terms and meanings and usages of it arecreated. If you know every word of the text, you can move on to the next step. Passive listeningmeans listening to the foreign text, mostly unconsciously, as often as you can. Best practice is tolisten to it day and night. Certainly, you can do other tasks and things meanwhile. This stepprepares you to speak the language. Spanish pronunciation will not at all be a problem anymore! The best way to learn Spanish is, among others, the Birkenbihl Approach of active and passive listening. Speaking Spanish language won´t be a challenge any more. www.vilango.com Vilango GmbH

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