“The Wrong and Right Way to Learn a Foreign Language”

“There is a Wrong Way and a Right Way to Learn a Foreign Language” In 2012, the Washington Post published an article titled “The wrong and right way to learn a foreign language”, written by Stephen Krashen, the prominent linguist and educator. In the article he took issue with some recent advice by a State Department staffer.… Continue reading “The Wrong and Right Way to Learn a Foreign Language”

Learn Spanish and Give Your Brain a ‘Potent Workout’

Becoming fluent in Spanish could help slow down some effects of aging As a recent article in Science News makes clear, knowing and even learning a second language improves brain functioning and may protect our aging brains. Of course, I am happy enough already that my efforts to become fluent in Spanish are paying off – both in my… Continue reading Learn Spanish and Give Your Brain a ‘Potent Workout’

Did I Waste My Time Taking Spanish Classes?

Apparent Early Success Followed by Disappointment I took several years of Spanish classes in high school and at university.  I found the classes somewhat tedious, but I did well enough and received good grades.  Time passed and one day I was thrust into a situation where I had to use my Spanish in order to… Continue reading Did I Waste My Time Taking Spanish Classes?

A Spanish Acquisition Exercise – Best Done When You’re Hungry

I love food – cooking it, but especially eating it.  A Spanish acquisition exercise that I do periodically and that has helped me improve my Spanish is to watch food preparation videos from Hispanic countries on YouTube.  Granted, there are tens of thousands of such videos on YouTube, and usually it takes me a while to… Continue reading A Spanish Acquisition Exercise – Best Done When You’re Hungry

Learn Spanish with Songs

One of the easiest and most engaging ways to improve your Spanish is listen to and sing songs.  When you learn Spanish with songs it can help you in these ways: Repeatedly listening to a song accomplishes the important step of repetition. There is research that points to the positive role song plays in language learning… Continue reading Learn Spanish with Songs