The Benefit of Human Resources in Spanish: Language is about Communicating with Real People

You may see a blog post with “human resources” in the title and think, “What does this have to do with acquiring Spanish?” Well, I’m not talking about your friendly company HR person; I’m talking about the value of living, flesh and blood humans in the process of learning a new language. When you have human resources in Spanish acquisition, language comes to life and functions the way it is meant to: as a means of communication among people. You can get a tutor, you can meet people via online groups, or you may already know someone who speaks Spanish, and you just need to work up the courage to strike up una conversación with them. Even if you don’t have access to Spanish speakers in person, you can get the value of natural speech through the internet, apps, or software like Pars Omni Spanish Voices.

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Learning to Cognate in Spanish: It’s Not Just about Learning Words, It’s about Learning to Think

When I wrote about the book My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor earlier in the week, I didn’t have quite enough room to talk about all the things from the book that stood out to me while reading. Hence, installment number two. I think (and hope) that you, dear reader, will find it interesting, and that it’s more than me satisfying my desire to express all of the thoughts I had while reading a great book.

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Staying Focused in Spanish Acquisition: Find What Works and Keep it Simple

Though they might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of inspiration for a blog post, billboards have served as springboards for my writing more than once in the past. Maybe I’m not paying enough attention when I’m driving? I’d prefer to think that I’m just very observant and good at multitasking. Anyway, I recently saw a great billboard and, as I tend to do, I followed a train of thought and arrived at the idea of the importance of staying focused in Spanish acquisition (or any learning process).

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A brilliantly conceptualized and executed message.
Photo courtesy of the writer

While this billboard is referring to reducing water use, the underlying idea can be applied to many different things. As someone who grew up as a pretty scheduled kid, being very dedicated to academics as well as doing lots of different activities, I can appreciate the beauty of “less is more” and the joy of simplifying. This can be a very important yet often overlooked philosophy in language acquisition.

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Making Progress in Spanish by Taking Things Step by Step: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

I read an interesting book recently (as you know I love to do) and, of course, particularly enjoyed the parts that related to language. The book is written by a stroke survivor about her experience and recovery. She discusses how she had to take things step by step over a long period of time and this made me think about how important it is to take things step by step when trying to make progress in Spanish fluency.

my stroke of insight

An informative and engaging read that gives insight into strokes as well as the human condition in general.
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A Spanish Pronunciation Guide: How Hearing French Helps Me Appreciate Spanish

One of the things I love most about my job is meeting and interacting with all the different people that come in to use our print services. I recently had a particularly memorable pair of customers: a woman and her daughter-in-law. The daughter-in-law was an artist and wanted to have a portfolio of her work printed, a fairly standard product that we print for students and artists. What made this woman unique is that she spoke French and only a small bit of English. Her mother-in-law, who was with her, spoke English and translated for her. As a language person, I loved getting to hear a foreign language in my own workplace. As a Spanish speaker, hearing the French pronunciation made me appreciate the generally phonetic Spanish language (as opposed to the, well, not so phonetic French language). While a Spanish pronunciation guide is necessary and helpful when first learning the language, once you’ve gotten it down you’re generally good to go for any Spanish you encounter.

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