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Archive for August, 2011

by Jake Beus

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August 8th, 2011

One of the main reasons that kids and adults do not achieve success in learning Spanish is that they become bored and disinterested. Studies have shown that certain types of background music can help you increase retention of what you’re learning. There are varied opinions as to whether or not music-based language learning is truly effective. My opinion is that certain things are good to learn with music, like the alphabet. Here’s an example of that:

I think it’s a good way to learn the alphabet and grammar rules. I don’t think, however, that it should be the primary focus of learning. I previously stated that most people become bored with language learning. Learn a song every once in a while to break up your routine. Sing along with the artist. Doing this can help with comprehension and pronunciation. It can be fun too, especially with upbeat Spanish songs.

In conclusion, I think that music can help you learn Spanish. Visual Link Spanish uses “brain music” in teaching you certain words and phrases. The right background music is a good idea and will help with retention. Learning Spanish should be something that breaks up your routine to make it more interesting. However, it should not be a focus in learning. I would love to hear any comments you have.

by Dave Clark

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August 4th, 2011

Spanish Video Lesson – Travel Phrases

Spanish Travel Phrases

Many of you who read this are probably interested in traveling to a Spanish-speaking country. I’ve taught you a few important Spanish travel phrases, and now I’d like you to visit Visual Link Spanish on Facebook and practice what you’ve learned with others. Be sure to share with everyone what your favorite vacation spot is.

Here is the vocabulary from the video:

Can you recommend…? ¿Puede recomendar…?
a good restaurant un buen restaurante
a nice tourist spot un buen lugar turístico
a good museum un buen museo
a good bar un buen bar/cantina
a good casual restaurant un buen restaurante casual
a good formal restaurant un buen restaurante formal
I don’t understand. No entiendo.
Slower please. Más despacio por favor.
Please repeat. Repita por favor.
Do you speak English? ¿Habla inglés?
I don’t speak English. No hablo inglés.
Where is your favorite vacation spot? ¿Dónde está su lugar favorito de vacaciones?

While you may not be able to visit a Spanish-speaking country like Spain or Mexico, these questions are often interesting to ask to a native Spanish speaker in your area. They might know the best places to get real Mexican food or visit completely different places than you do. You can appreciate different cultures and learn to speak Spanish without traveling outside your country. I encourage you to learn about and appreciate different cultures. Have fun and try out some new things and places. By the way, my favorite vacation spot is Perú. I love the people of Perú and I have been able to see some beautiful areas of the country.

Future Facebook Fiesta Friday Topics:

August 12, 2011 – Spanish at the Gym

August 19, 2011 – Travel Phrases

August 26, 2011 – Car Accidents

by E

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August 1st, 2011

Well, I hope we have all learned a valuable lesson from today’s newsletter. No matter where we are in the world, we should give to those around us.

Don’t be like this guy

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