A large parting of learning a language is learning new words and phrases. This process is ongoing for any Spanish learner, with new language introduced all the time. Beginners are exposed to common words and phrases, using basic structures which are easy to remember. As Spanish leaners progress, the language becomes more challenging and more complex words are thrown into the mix.
This article will look at different ways of learning new words and phrases.
How to Learn Spanish Words and Phrases
There are different ways and methods used when trying to learn new vocabulary. Learning new vocabulary is learning the meaning, when to use it and finally storing it in your long-term memory. Knowing the meaning and knowing when to use it will give you the confidence to use it in natural conversation. This part shouldn’t be overlooked and it’s important to fully understand the word or phrase.
Remembering vocabulary is easier for some than for others. What’s important is to know your learning style and use the methods that are best for you.
If you are taking a traditional Spanish course then you will come across new vocabulary that is adapted for your level. These words and phrases have been purposefully chosen for you at the stage that you are at in your learning. The course that you are on should have some repetition of vocabulary and you should be able to remember the new words. Keeping a notebook and writing down any new vocabulary should also help. Doing some drills by covering up the translation is very effective in terms of long-term memory, says Brian Dickenson, who has lived in Spain for 30 years and owns the real estate agency Valuvillas.
Learning through Conversation
A more relaxed way to learn Spanish words and phrases is to take part lots of conversation. During conversations the same Spanish words will come up again and again. Not only will this help you will remembering the word but it will also give you the knowledge of when this word is used.
You don’t need to live in a Spanish speaking country to have conversations in Spanish as language exchanges take part all over the world and through Skype and similar software.
Read Something Interesting
There are many ways to find something to read in Spanish. All newspapers now have an online version of their newspaper, which is usually free. Choose stories that interest you and look up any new words that you come across.
Libraries usually have Spanish novels and these can be easily bought online. Watching a Spanish television show or movie will also expose you to new words.
Stick to your Level
As I have noted, there are different ways to learn new words, but it is wise to stick to adapted Spanish at an early stage. Looking at real Spanish is overwhelming for a new learner. Reading something where you have to look up every other word is not a good way to spend your time. There are plenty of adapted Spanish stories and articles that will slowly expose you to new vocabulary.