This strategy of discovering and learning word chunks instead of single words is called chunking.
Doesn’t it make much more sense than trying to figure out the whole language by yourself and translating in your head all the time?
If you learn Spanish this way, you’ll sound natural much faster and you won’t have to worry so much about grammar rules. After all, you’ve heard or read the right (or natural) way to say things in Spanish, right?
You’ll still need to learn a bit about Spanish grammar, of course. But trust me, you’ll speak fluent Spanish in no time if you approach learning this way because you can bypass the rules while speaking!
This is the basis of the Effortless Conversations Method that we use in our language courses, and it’s the main reason why our students are getting such great results. The full method goes like this:
I’ve taught this method to tens of thousands of language learners; many of them say it was a huge mindset shift, an epiphany even, that allowed them to finally be confident while speaking Spanish. Chunking makes them feel natural, like a native speaker.
If you’d like to learn more about this method, you can check out this in-depth post on chunking.
Step 3: use chunking to systematically tackle important topics you want to be fluent in
Once you realize how the chunking method works, learning Spanish becomes much easier, right? You just need a list of the topics to learn about, then observe native speakers talk about that topic, learn the chunks most frequently used to talk about the topic, practice a bit, and move on to the next topic.
Like discussed earlier, you do that by:
When it comes to learning materials, you’ll make the most progress if you use conversational materials. Dialogues, for example. Podcasts. Interviews. Even scripts of tv series or movies! Every resource (you can find many of them for free) where Spanish speakers are communicating.
It’ll be easiest if you have both the audio (to practice listening comprehension) and a transcript of the audio (so you can read along) to make sure you can accurately unearth and learn chunks. Using these materials will help you reach fluency much faster than an app like Duolingo or Babbel or even something like Rosetta Stone.
You can find such learning materials on the internet; we create them for our students in the 12-in-12 Challenge for Spanish as well.
Some other important factors
Finally, here are some other, more obvious, factors that impact how fast you can learn Spanish
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