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An idea for learning spanish.
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An idea for learning spanish.

I have this idea for a way to learn spanish, mainly vocabulary.

After you know some spanish (or any other language) it's easier to learn more words by seeing or hearing them in context, because you have something to connect them to in your mind. But isn't it boring as fuck when you don't know any words at all so you have to start out reading shit like

Luís: Hola, Roberto. ¿Cómo estás?
Roberto: Bien, gracias, ¿y tú?
Luís: Regular.

Anyway, I fucking hate it. So what if there's a story, what if it's a story that you want to read anyway, like a harry potter book or something else that's really popular, and throughout the book more and more words are replaced with the spanish equivalent? And there would be a translation to the side or at the bottom of the page the first time a new spanish word is introduced. I think this would be cool because it gives the new words a context to remember them in, and it's a story you're into anyway so you'll be more motivated to read it.

Here's an example I crapped out using the description on the back of some gay little kids book I have:

Quote:Traveling through Europa in the verano of 1901, Mandie y her group llegan in Antwerp, Belgium, where they plan to visit museos de arte as well as do sightseeing around the beautiful ciudad. Mrs. Taft has made it clear that there are to be no more aventuras like Mandie, Celia, y Jonathan have gotten involved with in Francia, Italy, Switzerland, y Germany.

So, do you think this would be an effective way for someone to learn spanish on their own (without a class or tutor), and if so, at what rate should new words be introduced? Also, if I do a whole book to test it out, would anyone who doesn't already know spanish be willing to read it?

If this proves to be feasible, my bestfriend has agreed to write a story for me, so we could actually publish it.

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RE: An idea for learning spanish.

You mean like using context clues but for foreign language? I see.

Great idea.

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RE: An idea for learning spanish.

Or there could be a translation provided, in the margin or at the bottom of the page, or in a glossary at the back or something.

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RE: An idea for learning spanish.

That's a cool idea. Also, subtitles with videos can work too (some people I know learned some Japanese just from watching anime - though it'd probably work better if it was gradually replaced like your idea).

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RE: An idea for learning spanish.

I did a longer example from the first couple of pages of that book.

Two pages and 18 distinct words introduced, with some of them repeated. This particular book is 172 pages long which would mean 1548 words at that rate, which is about as many as a toddler knows.

Oh if only I could be this obsessed with something more practical.

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"You know, it was worth almost drowning in Alemania to get Rupert to reform," Mandie said to Celia and Jonathan as they strolled along the wharf in Antwerp, Belgium. Snowball, her white gatito, walked at the end of the red traílla Mandie held.

Her two amigos quickly stopped to stare at Mandie.

"You don't really mean that!" Celia Hamilton exclaimed.

"Rupert was not worth it. You could have drowned," Jonathan said.

"But I didn't fall into the lago on purpose, remember?" Mandie said. She glanced back up the walkway to be sure they were staying within sight of her abuela, Mrs. Taft, and her amigo, Senator Morton. The adultos were too far away to overhear the young people's conversación.

"I know. It was an accidente," Celia said as the three walked on.

"Right," Mandie said. "It was an accidente, but it was also the cause of Rupert finally coming to his senses and straightening up and--"

"Yes," Jonathan broke in, "just long enough to fish you out of the lago. He's probably back to his old sneaky tricks by now."

"But he apologized to us for all the mean things he had been doing," Mandie protested. "And I know he talked to his abuela about everything, because I happened to pass the biblioteca and hear them discussing it."

"He knew he's better mend his ways enough to save you or he might've been blamed if you'd drowned. He was the only one anywhere near the lago when you fell in," Jonathan reminded her.

Celia asked, "Do y'all think his abuela will allow him to marry Lady Catherine even though she has no dinero, which they need so badly to renovate the castle?"

Mandie's blue ojos sparkled as she said, "I believe the baroness will agree to their casamiento because, first of all, they are definitely in love, and because Lady Catherine does have a title, and those things seem to be so important to these europeos."

"I myself see no use for such things, but over here they're importantes," Jonathan agreed. "I'm glad the Estados Unidos is not that way."

"Oh, but some familias in the Estados Unidos do try to pick out their sons' and daughters' marriage partners," Celia said.

"Well no one is going to pick out my esposo for me if I ever decide to get one," Mandie said, quickly tightening her hold on Snowball's traílla as he tried to jump ahead.

"Since that is usually done for dinero in the Estados Unidos, you won't have to worry about it," Jonathan teased. "Think of all the wealth you'll inherit someday."

A list of the new words' translations would be at the bottom of each page, but I don't know how to do superscripts in here.

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RE: An idea for learning spanish.

How is this not practical? It could help a lot of people... doesn't get much more practical than that.

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RE: An idea for learning spanish.

I mean practical for me to make money with. Somehow I doubt I would be able to support myself in this way. But one of the careers I would like is spanish teacher in college, so if I did that maybe I'd be able to get connected and get stuff I write published and spread to a wide audience. IDK.

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RE: An idea for learning spanish.

Seems like a really original idea : D

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Yeah, I never thought a site like SS would be practical for me to make money with either. Razz

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I found that talking to Spanish people helped a lot more than formally learning it
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RE: An idea for learning spanish.

Not to hijack the thread, but my mother "jokingly" said if I make a computer program that teaches you Greek I can stop going Greek school. I made the start of the program and the voice overs and the first lesson which teaches the alphabet. All coded myself. She was impressed, but goddamnit I still have to do my Greek exam tomorrow -.-
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(11-02-2011 05:30 AM)Efs Wrote:  Not to hijack the thread, but my mother "jokingly" said if I make a computer program that teaches you Greek I can stop going Greek school. I made the start of the program and the voice overs and the first lesson which teaches the alphabet. All coded myself. She was impressed, but goddamnit I still have to do my Greek exam tomorrow -.-
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RE: An idea for learning spanish.

(10-29-2011 04:47 PM)Prince Rilian Wrote:  I mean practical for me to make money with. Somehow I doubt I would be able to support myself in this way. But one of the careers I would like is spanish teacher in college, so if I did that maybe I'd be able to get connected and get stuff I write published and spread to a wide audience. IDK.

To me practical is helping people. This could just be entertaining them for a little bit, helping them learn something, ect. ect.

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