Language is not a genetic gift, it is a social gift. Learning a new language is becoming a member of the club -the community of speakers of that language.”
However learning a few basic words in a foreign language is not the same as learning a language, and it was not until I was studying Spanish that it occurred to me that I had actually forgotten the basics of grammar how to speak and write my own language, so how could I possibly learn a foreign language. I looked back at my school days and we did not have English Grammar and English Lit we had a joined up class covering both. So off to the book shop where I purchased a book on English Grammar and reacquainted myself with the joys of verbs, adjectives, pronouns and conjugation. I am so glad I did it Spanish verbs so much easier.
So onto the language. I did, a while ago, studying with an O.U. course in Spanish - which although working through I find a bit like working through treacle, if I was honest I would say I have wasted my money and learnt nothing. That aside brings us to today venture in to learning Spanish.
I am going to be the "key" learner ( so my husband tells me!!!!!) I did well leaning French with Micheal Thomas so I have the Total Spanish CD. I am doing very well with this as is my husband. He started a few weeks ago, a nervous learner, embarrassed trying to pronounce the words, but you know, I am very proud of him, and he can now string the words together and is going to be able to make himself understood which is the main thing and if nothing else it is giving him the confidence to move forward with learning.
For me Total Spanish is OK but I do find him very irritating more so than I did when learning French - and the guy on the CD I could happily beat with a lump of 2 x 4 wood!!!!!!!!!. Also I am concerned that I will not learn enough about the conjugating of verbs, which as I type this is making me smile, at what stage in life did I think conjugating a verb would be a goo idea and I never thought I would once again be in Smiths looking for pad, pens and a pencil case!
I am fortunate that I have a friend at work who is Spanish and she is helping me a great deal and although I get it wrong when i talk to her, it is great to have a native speaker to correct me.
So I am marching through the CD's but feel that I need to study more in depth. Thank goodness for the kindle.. To be honest my feet were always firmly in the if i want to read I'll read a proper book thank you........However I decided to dip my toe into modern technology and purchased one before Christmas. Since then I would not be without it. So I am no longer a Luddite in the world of book reading!. Anyway I digress. There are some great books written in Spanish on the web some are really cheap and others are actually free. These are two that I downloaded for free
Learn Spanish - Word Power 101 &
Spanish Tales for Beginners (Spanish Edition)
I use these to read Spanish I understand very little but its great when something clicks!.
My other two recent purchases, which I bought in Hard copy are
Spanish - Verbs and Practise by Collins
Spanish Verbs Tenses = Dorothy Richmond
So this is a quick update. We travel to Andalusia next Saturday flying Monarch...luckily the Iberia strike is not affecting us.
I will take loads of pictures of EVERYTHING and let you know how the Spanish holds up