Spanish Comprehension

Spanish Video Lesson – Understanding Native Speakers

Understanding Native Speakers

Be sure to visit us on our Facebook page and share what you’ve learned as well as experiences you’ve had in regards to understanding native speakers. You just might win a free Spanish Comprehension Trainer. When I first began learning Spanish, I found it very difficult to understand native Spanish speakers. I had mostly listened to Spanish from people who spoke it as their second language. It seemed like the natives spoke a million miles per hour. They spoke so fast that I wondered if they ever took a breath. I’ve never been able to breathe very good from my nose so I wondered if I would be able to speak like them someday, let alone understand them.

Over time it was amazing that they seemed to speak slower and slower. I didn’t even notice at the time, but looking back I saw that my brain was adjusting to the Spanish language. I don’t have any study to back this up, but I think that we are too tense when we are learning languages. Or maybe it is too focused. If you can relax a little bit and allow your brain to absorb the language and the new information, you will fare better. It is important to listen to as much Spanish from native speakers as possible. Listen to Spanish music, watch Telemundo, do whatever you need to do.

If you didn’t take any notes from the video, here is the new vocabulary you will find helpful in your humble beginnings of the acquisition of this great language called Spanish:

Slower please. Más despacio, por favor.
Could you please repeat it? ¿Podría repetirlo, por favor?
I am learning Spanish. Estoy aprendiendo español.
I don’t understand. No comprendo.
I don’t understand. No entiendo.
It’s difficult for me to speak. Me es difícil hablar.
You speak very fast. Usted habla muy rápido.
How do you say… in Spanish? ¿Cómo se dice…en español?

As you are getting started, it will surely be helpful for you to learn some Spanish greetings so you’ll be able to at least understand those from the conversation. Please come share and practice what you learned from this blog post and video with us on the Visual Link Spanish Facebook page. Also please share any interesting experiences you have had while listening and conversing with native Spanish speakers.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

June 10, 2011 – Taking a Taxi

June 17, 2011 – What to Say When You’re Angry

June 24, 2011 – Summer Activities

¡Hasta luego Amigos!


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