How about grammar rules? Spanish vocabulary lists? Spanish verb conjugation?
They have a role to play in your Spanish learning, for sure, but many years of language learning have convinced me that listening is top priority when it comes to training our brains to understand what we hear (without having to translate word for word).
Many courses offered nowadays do very rightly focus on listening. Unfortunately, many still do not.
And the importance of listening is emphasized by so few, yet it is the key to succeeding in any language.
Those who succeed in fluently learning a foreign language tend to have a naturally keen ear. In other words, they naturally listen more intently to what they hear, often without even realizing it.
You'll hear this a lot :D ... The best way to learn Spanish is to listen to it!
This is why moving to a Spanish-speaking country is so often deemed
the quickest way of learning Spanish. The good news is that nowadays
are plenty of ways to listen to Spanish without the expense to moving to
Barcelona, Santiago or Buenos Aires.
Here are some reasons why listening works and why it is the best way to learn Spanish:
In English, no one would ever say:
"I are happy" rather than "I am happy"
Or "The book to I was given" rather than "The book was given to me".
... Unless you're Yoda from Star Wars, I suppose.But we can all hear that Yoda speaks incorrectly - do you see what I mean?
This is why you shouldn't focus all your efforts on learning grammar and verb
conjugation (unless of course you can listen to it) if you want to become proficient in spoken Spanish quickly.
Most people find listening is also an easy way to learn Spanish, so it's a win-win!
You can learn grammar if you wish
Learning grammar may very well suit your
learning style and it can certainly come in very handy. I know I
to learn the grammar rules. I like to know why sentences are structured
the way they are. It can certainly help you establish whether or not
you've said something correctly or not, in the first instance, but it won't make you fluent.
How many times have you heard someone say "I can read and write
Spanish just fine but I have trouble speaking" or "I just can't think
fast enough in Spanish"?
You can scan through the grammar and then put it aside. Or you
can choose never to even look at it (that would be the easy way to
learn Spanish). Whatever suits you. But grammar is not
necessary in order to learn to speak a language fluently.
Put bluntly, it is not the study of grammar and verb conjugations on paper that results in fluency in foreign languages. If you like and/or understand grammar, then do go ahead and learn it, but, if you struggle with grammar and it causes more frustration than understanding, forget it.
The best way to learn Spanish is to listen to it.
Succeed at Spanish offers a one-of-a-kind audio ebook, 'Master Those Regular Verbs', that combines the aforementioned benefits of listening with the additional benefits of in-context use of verbs and vocabulary in everyday sentences.
Some people do like to learn grammar and verbs. I have to admit, I am one of those people. After many years of language learning, though, I realized that all grammar provided was a false sense of security.
In the early days you rely on grammar to construct your
sentences, one word at a time. Not an easy way to learn Spanish!
No one can speak like this! It's much too slow and cumbersome. And when listening, there's no way you can understand what you're hearing either, if your brain is processing one word at a time.
I've been there - that's how I know :D.
Practice makes perfect and eventually grammar falls by the wayside and sentences become easier to construct. You learn to string words together without having to think.
What if you didn't have to power through the hard bit and
could see the light at the end of the tunnel much earlier on? What if
you followed the easy way to learn Spanish?
No points for guessing how this can be achieved :D.That's right! The best way to learn Spanish is by listening to it.
Just remember, the best way to learn Spanish is to listen to it. One more time, don't forget ... The best way to learn Spanish is to listen to it!
The BEST Way to Learn Spanish Verbs: The Succeed at Spanish audio ebook, 'Master Those Regular Verbs', provides all the audio you will need to master the main Spanish verb tenses. Meanwhile, you will also learn hundreds of everyday Spanish words (including food, drinks, family members, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, seasons and much, much more).