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Las Partes del Cuerpo

I always find students asking for the different parts of the body. Here, there is a picture to start with; then, print the crossword and practice. If there is a word that your don’t know, use the dictionary.

Crucigrama las partes del cuerpo

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Learning Conjugations? Keep It Simple

Speak Spanish

When learning conjugations it’s easy to fall in the trap of thinking too much and complicating the answer. Until you master conjugations, keep it simple. Remember, usually the question tells you the conjugation and the pronoun. Do not change it. You will make a great progress if you just remember that when the question is addressed to “YOU“; then you answer in the “I” form.  Example: Do you study Spanish? Yes,  I do.  Same for the plural. Do “YOU ALL” study Spanish? Yes WE do. Other than that, you should keep the same conjugation and pronoun as you would in English. Also, we are going to write pronouns until conjugations become a second nature to you. Let’s see how this work in Spanish.

Infinitivo:  Hablar = to speak

Practice: hablar / español =  speak / Spanish.

Conjugación: 

Yo hablo = I speak

hablas – you speak (informal you) Continue reading Learning Conjugations? Keep It Simple

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How To Memorize Vocabulary?

The best way to memorize new vocabulary and to increase it, is not only to repeat, but to connect, associate and repeat aloud.  Flash cards are a great way to drill words. It combines visualization, repetition and association with the image shown.  Great for group activities. However, if you has to study by yourself or in a small group, there is a different way to study vocabulary and it has proven to be successful when learning a second language. Here is how it works.

STEPS TO MEMORIZE VOCABULARY.

  1. Read all the words of the vocabulary.
  2. Go back a read it again but this time visualize, imagine the word.
  3. Go back and connect the words.
  4. Go back and create a story using words from previous vocabulary or add your own with the help of a dictionary.
  5. Go back a read your story aloud.Vocabulary Chart

Example

  1. Read all the words once.

Libro, lápiz, me gusta, manzana, fresas, contigo, ayer, hoy, la tarde, perro

  1. Read them again visualizing them.

Libro:               Imagine the book, you reading it, big, old, great, blue, on the table..

Lápiz:              Imagine a pencil, writing with the pencil, cute pencil, broken pencil, yellow…

Me gusta:        Me gusta comer, bailar, correr… see yourself doing it

Manzana:        Picture yourself buying it, cutting it, eating it, holding it.

Fresas:            Make a juice, eat it with chocolate, enjoying it.

Contigo:           see your friend with you, a dog with you,

Hoy:                 Think of what you would do today.

La tarde:          Imagine what would you do in the afternoon.

Perro:              See a big dog, a puppy, a sleeping dog, a playing dog or a dog peeing your door.

  1. Connect the words

√   El libro y el lápiz.

√  Me gustan las manzanas, las fresas, el libro y el lápiz.

√  En el parque contigo y mi perro

  1. Create a story and see it, imagine it.

“Me gusta el parque. Hoy por la  tarde, voy contigo y el perro. Leo un libro y escribo. También como manzanas y fresas.”

  1. Read it aloud so you can hear yourself.

That is a vocabulary that you will learn by heart for life. Try it. You can do it. ☺