English speakers face two distinct parts of the Spanish language.
One part is very easy and natural to use. The other isn’t intuitive to English speakers.
Guess which part of Spanish the traditional textbooks start with?
That’s right, the textbooks start with the Spanish that is hard for English speakers to grasp.
There’s a heavy focus on what works differently in Spanish compared to English.
Yet the differences they focus on are often trivial.
Worse, the attention on what’s different has a stifling effect on your communication.
Instead of speaking freely, naturally and without inhibition, you start worrying about making errors.
Alternativamente, you can leapfrog the trivia, jump over the minutiae and forget the analysis of grammar rules. You can start speaking Spanish almost instantly by flipping things around.
Instead of putting all your attention on the differences, you can start with the similarities.
There are frequently used Spanish patterns that are just like English patterns. They make speaking Spanish easy and they allow you to say a lot with a little.
Here are two of mis favoritos.
Ejemplo numero uno: Just like English, you can talk about the future in Spanish by saying I am going to, which in Spanish is, voy a.
voy a comer.
I am going to eat.
voy a invitar a mi profesor a la fiesta.
I am going to invite my teacher to the party.
voy a visitar a mi amigo mañana.
I am going to visit my friend tomorrow.
Ejemplo numero dos: As in English, there’s also a pattern in Spanish for speaking about something that you just did. In English we say, “I just + (verb)” while in Spanish you say, acabo de + (verbo).
It works like this:
Acabo de comer.
I just ate.
Acabo de hablar con mi amigo.
I just spoke with my friend.
Acabo de aprender a hablar del futuro en español.
I just learned to speak about the future in Spanish.
Acabo de aprender mas español con Marcus.
I just learned more Spanish with Marcus.
Can you see how simple patterns make speaking Spanish easier?
The speak-to-learn format on the video makes it very easy to speak with these patterns right away.
Hay algo mas que quiero decirte. (There is something more that I want to tell you.)
It doesn’t take long before you can start stacking these communication patterns.
Then your Spanish takes off.
No voy a comer ahora porque acabo de hacer ejercicio.
I am not going to eat now because I just did exercise.
Acabo de aprender mas español que voy a usar mañana.
I just learned more Spanish that I am going to use tomorrow
Your first easy step is to speak with the patterns on the video below, just click the play button to get started.