Tutor profile: Jesus K.
What are some ways to learn Spanish after the lesson?
I can recommend some activities: try to consume as much content as possible in Spanish, such as songs, series, and movies; don't feel overwhelmed if you don't understand everything, even if you don't notice, your brain is getting used to intonation and pronunciation. 2) Personalize all the examples: when learning a new word, it is better if you name the objects around you in Spanish, so the word will find a place in your brain. 3) Don't be afraid of making mistakes: they are part of the learning process and they must be understood as an opportunity to learn and to be able to correct ourselves in the future.
What can I do if I don't think I can finish a text, such a short story or an essay?
I suggest the following strategies: 1) you should ask questions to yourself about the characters, the scenery, and also about the purpose of the text. Answer them shortly and then develop a paragraph that can fit in the text. 2) Don't be afraid: sometimes we judge our own work with very high standards, but it is necessary to remember that when you are writing, you should consider the first product as a draft, so you can write as much as you want or can, and then correct the text based on further readings, so don't be afraid of writing anything, you will be able to give the text a second and a third reading. 3) Open a dictionary and select 6 or 7 words; then, you should write a paragraph (300-400 words) using those words. 4) If you feel really tired, get away from the text, so you won't feel overwhelmed and you will be more ready the next time you face it.
Is it possible to learn a new language using literature?
Yes, it is possible in so many different levels. First of all, a short story or a poem may introduce new vocabulary to learners as well as the examples. Another important thing is the word choice or syntax, meaning that if learners read a text in the original language, they will understand cultural aspects of the language they are learning. Finally, if the proper reading strategies are applied, learners will be able to deduct the meaning of the words based on the context, something that can be very useful in a daily conversation.
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