Stage 1 Fluency
- Learn to:
- use new study skills for learning Spanish
- understand new Spanish words
- say words using Spanish pronunciation
- spell words out loud using the Spanish alphabet
- write new Spanish words
- read new Spanish words
- You will need:
- willingness to change
- positive attitude & patience
- materials for creating flashcards
- Listen to Spanish for at least ten to fifteen minutes daily (the more the better). Use only one or two resources so that you become accustomed to the voices of just a few people. If possible, watch a TV show, DVD movie, or online video in Spanish because it will help to hear Spanish in a visual context (seeing the people talking, watching what is going on). Do NOT read in Spanish yet (like movie subtitles in Spanish) because this will mess up your listening practice and your pronunciation. Just listen. You will eventually start being able to hear words and phrases. Online resources at Spanish Exposure. Be patient and keep listening!
- Review the flashcards from previous lessons daily. Make sure you remember how to say all of the Spanish words and letter names.
- Watch How to Learn Spanish. Be ready to view this longer lesson video. This lesson will give you very important details describing essential activities you must do to become fluent in Spanish.
- Watch Sight Words List 2 and only read the English words. LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN with your eyes closed. Do NOT read the Spanish translations at the end of the video yet. (You will use the Spanish translations later in this lesson.)
- After you can understand all of the words while listening with your eyes closed, then begin to listen and repeat. Try to sound exactly like the instructor. First practice repeating with your eyes closed until you can reproduce the sounds. Then watch the video and reproduce the sounds. Don't watch the Spanish translations at the end of the video yet.
- When you can reproduce the sounds while listening with your eyes closed, make English flashcards. Write the English word on one side of the card and leave the back of each flashcard blank. (Do not write the Spanish word on the back of the card yet- wait until we do this later in this lesson.) Practice looking at the English word and saying the Spanish word. Mix up the flashcards so that you can automatically say the Spanish words in any order.
- Now that you know how to say the Spanish words, you need to read and write the words in Spanish. Watch Sight Words List 2 again and read the Spanish words at the end of the video. Write the Spanish words on the back of the corresponding English flashcard. As you write each Spanish word, spell the Spanish word out loud, saying the Spanish letters, and say the Spanish word.
- Practice looking at the Spanish word on each flashcard and saying the Spanish word out loud, mixing up the cards until you can read and say the Spanish words in any order.
- Review the Spanish alphabet flashcards and Sight Words flashcards daily.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! You have completed another Spanish lesson and you are another step closer to becoming fluent in Spanish!
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