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How to understand Spanish speakers

Do you often feel lost when listening to native Spanish speakers?

Sure, they may be speaking fast and your vocabulary may not be extensive but that doesn't mean it should be a constant struggle to understand what's going on.

This happens because you are focusing on the words that you don't know.

It's your brain's natural tendency to focus on the negative (good for survival purposes, but not for learning Spanish!) Because as you're fixated on trying to decipher that one word you don't know, you get stuck and now you can't move forward until you do.

It means nothing to you. Focusing on it will not change that. In fact, it will only make it worse. It will only get you stuck and the longer you're stuck, the more feelings of embarrassment, inadequacy and even stupidity start to arise.

You need to focus more on what you know, and less on what you don't know. Just zoom out a little, and you'll see that there are so many other words within the phrase, within the conversation, that you do know. And if you shift your focus towards the pieces of the puzzle that you're familiar with, as you start putting them together, the missing pieces will start to reveal themselves.

You only need to know a portion of the words in order to understand the overall message and when you do, your subconscious will internalize the rest and begin to define its meaning.

The more you do this, the better you will understand the missing pieces and gradually they will become part of your long-term memory without any deliberate studying.

This method allows you to learn words instinctively, much like you learned most of your native tongue. When you learn this way, you don't need to translate, you don't need rote memorization and you don't need to study grammar rules (You can still do all of that and it can be helpful, just as long as it's not your main focus!).

With consistency you will be amazed at what you can learn without putting forth any "deliberate" effort to do so. This is one of the techniques my student Laurie took to heart and applied very well.

She quickly noticed that she was able to understand 20% more in just a matter of days and her comprehension level continues to rise. If this sounds like the type of results you're looking to achieve, then my online Spanish To Fluency program may be a good fit for you.

To learn more and see if we'd be a good fit, please visit my website at www.spanishtofluency.com and book a free strategy session so that we can discuss things further.

Canoa, Ecuador.