I Think My Brain Processing Of Spanish Has Improved
Hello everyone! Hola todos
I've been studying Spanish for about a month now and I finished my tree last week. After completing my tree I decided to get more involved in the intimidating obstacles of learning Spanish such as watching movies and shows, listening to the radio, and reading various novels.
Over the past week and a half I have been watching "MasterChef (España). Thankfully they have Spanish subtitles because the real world of Spanish speaking is on Starship Enterprise warp drive. When I first started watching the episodes I usually had a pencil and paper to write down words I didn't know, parts of the grammar structure that still confused me, or to clarify things that I knew I already learned but still wanted to solidify the knowledge in my memory.
Right now I'm on episode 5 and so far the show is great. I even laugh at parts where they are laughing but I don't know what they are laughing about. I guess that's human nature LoL Anyway, I also sometimes like to put the pencil and paper down and just look at the subtitles. This helps my ears separate the words and recognize how they pronounce them in regionally to become attuned to them. It also will help me EVENTUALLY get use to the speed at which they talk.
After a week of non spending much time on Duolingo I decided to go through the tree again and surprisingly, SO FAR, I don't have to use the (Slow Turtle Speed) audio button. Nonetheless, as the robot lady is saying the sentence it seems like I'm simultaneously interpreting the Spanish word and translating it back into English faster than I was when I first began. =D
As you can see, watching films or TV series is very useful and we can see the results very fast! :) My Spanish is still very bad as I know only the basic information, but I noticed that after watching series with subtitles the level of my understanding improved a lot. There are even full phrases that just came into my mind thanks to it so that I don't need as long as earlier when I want to say something :D
I actually learned an idiom while watching the MasterChef show which is "no ser ni chicha ni limonada"=To be neither one thing nor the other, to be neither fish nor fowl" =D
That's great news! I haven't been listening to Spanish media as much as I should be lately. Need to get back to that.
Anyway, once you stop translating into English, then you'll really go places. You just understand it. It may feel a little "wrong" in the beginning ("Can I only understand if I translate into English?"), but soon, you'll be a pro.
I don't even watch TV anymore unless it's on HBO Latino. Everything else I do to immerse myself in Spanish is with online shows, movies, videos and radio. I do watch the science channel every now and then but even then I'm just getting really bored with T.V. Until my favorite show "Amazing Race" new season starts my T.V. is mostly going to stay off.
I haven't got to the point on my tree where immersion like that would be helpful. Too many basic words I don't know. What I would like however, is to see a show in English, with Spanish subtitles but all I can find online is Spanish shows with English subtitles. Ah well, in time!
Nice!!! thanks Abby! I thought I was addicted to Tedx before haha. this is awesome :D
No problem! A Duofriend suggested it to me recently and I'm so glad he did. I know it's not the TV episodes you were asking for, but lots of interesting talks with the option of Spanish subtitles. Enjoy! :)
I haven't gotten far in Spanish but I think what you're sharing will help me a little more if I attempt it. Thanx