Unlock Your Hidden Language Learning Potential
Most beginning Spanish learners fail to truly speak Spanish because they focus on the wrong thing. Textbook grammar rules will leave you confused and wrote memorization is ineffective at best. But that doesn't have to be you. You can achieve native fluency through reading.
Read to Speak Spanish is Unique
At Read to Speak Spanish, we take a different approach to language acquisition. We make original and compelling stories to help you achieve natural and, over time, native fluency.
Think about it. Our brains are hard-wired for storytelling. Engaging stories take our focus off the "how" we communicate and put it squarely on the "what" and "why". In other words, when we hear and read stories, our brains only care about the message of the text.
When you read (watched?) the Lord of the Rings, you didn't care that Frodo used the first person singular form in the present indicative. You cared about his perilous quest to destroy the ring.
When you read for fun in Spanish, your brain gets lots of opportunities to process the language. Since processing comprehensible language is the driving force behind acquisition, you want to have as many chances as possible to do just that. If you want to learn to speak Spanish, you need to get serious about reading Spanish. A lot of Spanish.
Getting the Right Environment
Most classrooms around the United States focus heavily on verb conjugation and explicit grammar instruction. I used to be one of those grammar-centric college professors. But my students weren't getting the results I wanted. Deep down I knew something was wrong with the way I was teaching.
Today my classroom is different. I ditched the confusing grammar explanations and went back to basics. Now I teach Spanish almost exclusively through storytelling because it makes sense. After all, we are storytelling creatures. Learning to speak a new language through storytelling is perhaps the most natural way.
Since making the switch to stories as a vehicle for acquisition, I've seen more students succeed at leveling-up their Spanish. Each passing week my learners steadily improve on their way to native fluency.
Learning to speak Spanish doesn't happen overnight. There are no shortcuts. But I am convinced that reading for fun will unlock your language learning potential!