I’ve also developed a 7 step sequence designed to strengthen your ear for Spanish.
My red face was simply caused by not knowing a commonly used synonym. A very simple comprehension killer to overcome… especially when you learn the most frequently used synonyms
Unfortunately, the other comprehension killers aren’t always as gentle or easily noticed as synonyms. Some have meanings that are almost invisible to English speakers.
What I’m talking about is the way words are combined to create totally different meanings from what you might expect.
Let me explain…
Do you know the meanings of these words? mucho, bien, más, cuando, dar, quiere, cada, como, luz, decir, no, una, si, vez, caer, cuánto, tener, de, que.
Most of the words look very familiar right?
How many do you know?
I expect you know at least 10-15 of those words, perhaps more.
What if we put the words together, do you know the meanings of the following word combinations?
1. cuando mucho
2. cada cuánto?
3. dar a luz
4. tiene que
5. caer bien
6. cómo no
7. cómo si
8. de una vez
9. quiere decir
10. más bien
Here’s a tip: the meanings are very different from the individual words.
If you don’t know the combined meanings, you’ll get confused about what people are saying to you, and…
When you’re confused, Spanish seems faster than it really is.
Here’s what those word combinations mean.
The answers may surprise you…
1. cuando mucho – at the most
2. cada cuánto? – how often?
3. dar a luz – to give birth to
4. tiene que – have to/has to (you should know this one)
5. caer bien – to be fond of/to like
6. cómo no – why not, of course
7. cómo si – as if
8. de una vez – once and for all
9. quiere decir – mean/means
10. más bien – rather/instead
Some combinations seem to have nothing to do with the individual words.
These word combinations are called collocations.
An essential element in understanding Spanish almost nobody ever talks about.
I believe they are much more important than the typical grammar path of ser vs estar and por vs para.
Learn the most common collocations, the most frequently used synonyms and your comprehension of spoken Spanish has to improve.
Learn to recognize and build your understanding of the comprehension killers and your understanding of
Spanish will go from black and white to color.
Take active steps to strengthen and fine tune your ear to the pace of Spanish and it’ll be like going from black and white to color to high definition.
It’ll help you deal with words and phrases coming at a mile a minute.
You know what I mean right, when…
Spanish goes by so fast, it doesn’t even sound like individual words,
it sounds like one long continuous word.
The machine gun blast
“Wha wha what?”
It’s ok you can get out that way.
vrooooooommmmm a formula one car goes flying by…
Have you spoken with my daughters?
At times it just seems sooooooo fast.
What can we possible do, besides saying, más despacio por favor?
There’s actually plenty we can do.
Instead of getting so caught up in analysis of very minor points of grammar…
Why not address these comprehension killers head on?
Why not take steps to systematically open up your ears in lessons that take the strain out of listening?
If you remember back to my embarrassing situation when I couldn’t even respond to “take a seat”…
Imagine if someone had shown me the most commonly used synonyms? Laid them out, not in a list, but in a
step by step process to recognize synonyms instantly?
Would I have been so deflated?
Red face saved
Frankly, finding ways to improve your ear for Spanish has been my biggest challenge. There’s nothing to draw upon. I had to create everything from scratch.
I’ve haven’t seen anyone else address the comprehension killers in a step by step process…
I haven’t seen anyone willing to even admit that learning to deal with the speed of Spanish is a problem.
That’s why I created the Spanish Ear Training program… to take on this challenge – head on.
This program is going to be very important to the lives of many people, especially those living in Spanish speaking countries.