Western movies were a great success in the Spain of the 60’s, not in vain many of them were shot in Almeria and they were allowed on the screens, which was something new as Franco didn’t quite like foreign films. With the indians in those movies we all learnt a new way of Spanish, the indian Spanish!
The indians at the movies had a very strange way of expressing themselves, as to show they were not native speakers. All films in Spain are dubbed in Spanish, and accents were not really managed.
This strange way of speaking has something that makes it particularly effective when learning Spanish, we can work using a dictionary and forget about conjugated forms of verbs. Conjugating verbs is what makes foreigners struggle the most when it comes to learning Spanish.
The High Efficiency Method 21Spanish! starts indian like. Words are the key elements of any language, and as you don’t know them, we will provide you a set of the most important words in Spanish. The most important words are the ones mostly used, of course.
The way of combining them is very easy as you will follow your own instinct using the dictionary from English terms at first. Imagine you want to say: ‘I want to speak Spanish soon’. You only have to check the list of words and build the sentence yourself from scratch, even if you don’t speak any Spanish at all.
YO QUERER HABLAR ESPAÑOL PRONTO
All the words are included in the set of words given, so no problem at all. Easy right? It is indeed, but you’re not speaking Spanish yet.
Why 21 days?
Humans basically need 21 days in a row to build-up a habit, so with this course you are building up the habit of speaking and of constant Spanish learning. Once you know how to express yourself, your Spanish skills will grow exponentially just by chatting with the locals.
Spanish grammar is based on the endings of words, which connect with the number and genre of words and verb conjugation. At first is a terrible mess to master, so let’s forget about it. English grammar follows a different system called collocation. Collocation consists in different spaces, so we form the language like a puzzle.
We’ve translated that system into Spanish for you, so you can use the set of words to build you own messages following the collocation system and never fail to express yourself.
So you will follow a structure similar to the picture above. All subjects, verbs, adjectives etc. come in separated lists in the set of words you’re given, always with the English translation next to it. Try it for yourself and make your first sentences in Spanish:
YO QUERER CERVEZA EN EL BAR
‘She has beautiful clothes’ (adjectives come right after nouns in Spanish, not before)
‘He is Spanish’
‘You want some cold food at the bar now’
This is the very basics of grammar, and it is so easy to understand everyone can communicate in Spanish from the very first day as long as you keep your set of words with you. If you don’t, you can always support your sentences with Google translator as we all have smart-phones these days, don’t we?
Learning all the set of words can be a different thing from using it from a list. Well, no worries, we use a repetitive system. We will repeat all messages so many times they will start to sound familiar. Your homework will also consist in repeating the words seen in the class, and your teacher will guide you at all times.
We call this Grammar gymnastics, and as a sport, practice makes perfect, and you’ll learn having fun and not by a boring study session. The only thing that matters is that you do a little bit every day.
The course includes a booklet with plenty of grammar information in English at first, which will gradually change into an only Spanish booklet. The class content has explanations, examples, activities, homework and lots of texts.
We read a text every day, and that text includes the language and structures learnt in the class, so you can practice them and most importantly, you will be reading Spanish -and understanding it- from the very first day!
We will be analyzing some verbs separately so you can conjugate them properly. By the end of the third week you will completely forget about indian Spanish to speak the proper Spanish you need in three times or verb tenses: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE but using the same content all the time.
Some expressions make Spanish really easy to use, such as verb combinations which give us a shortcut and we can avoid more complex language. So instead of learning a new future tense, you will use verbs in the present tense with a future meaning, what in English would be something like: ‘I am going to drive…’ for example, ignoring the Spanish equivalent to ‘will’.
We will use lots of resources such as videos, texts, pictures and anything we need to make the class funny. We understand we can only learn when we’re in a funny mood, and all students get surprised of how fast the class goes when taking it!
Learning a language and getting your message across is one thing, and understanding your interlocutor’s message is another thing. Some people find it more difficult than others, but in any case is just a matter of practice, but you will definitely understand what Spaniards are saying.
Even if they use more complex chunks of language from a grammar point of view, the resemblance of the verbs will make you get the message, and human brain has a great capacity to presume what’s the other person is saying and build a reality from it.
Speaking Spanish like a baby as only babies learn languages
It doesn’t matter how much Spanish you know, as long as you know a bit you can speak Spanish if you have the proper attitude which is imitating babies in their process of learning how to say their first words.
You mustn’t feel embarrassed! – Babies are never embarrassed, so you must follow that rule.
Repeat – Babies repeat everything they hear, so go on and do the same even if you don’t understand
Imitate – Babies do it at all times!
Nevermind the mistakes – Making mistakes is an essential part of the process of learning, and you should laugh every time you make one, they represent the best option for learning and if you didn’t make mistakes, you wouldn’t be studying!
And you finally need to know you’re a baby when you’re learning a new language, and you have to grow in Spanish step by step.