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- File size : 843 KB
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Publication date : March 1, 2017
- Print length : 298 pages
- Publisher : BookBaby; 2nd edition (March 1, 2017)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B06XD5KZXV
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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I found a web site of another Spanish teacher who uses Anki, and I picked up an important tip that seems to be working really well for me. I’ve not finished reading The Telenovela Method, so I haven’t studied the section where Andrew gives specific tips for creating the flash cards. The tip is to use monolingual flash cards. What do I mean by this? Let me share an example. Let’s say the subtitles show the following sentence: “Que Amelia y su gente vayan a verlo, inmediatamente.” If I enter that into SpanishDict, it translates as “Let Amelia and her people go see him immediately” When I first created this card. I would write the English phrase on the “front” or question field, to trigger the correct phrase in Spanish. That is the way I learned English as a second language, and it took me many years until I started “thinking in English.” So this time around, with Spanish, I try to bypass the “translation stage” and immerse myself fully in the Spanish language. So instead of writing the English phrase onto the front of the card, I write something like: “Que Amelia y su gente _____ a verlo, inmediatamente.” The missing word goes into the answer section of the card, and will say “Vayan (inf. ir)” and I include a screenshot from the movie showing the entire sentence in the subtitles. SpanishDict tells me that “vayan” is the third person plural subjunctive form of the verb “ir” (to go). I don’t even know what the subjunctive form is yet (that will come soon!), but I’ve already learned what the sentence means and how to say “let them go and see him,” and I’m also getting a couple of “freebie” words when I review this sentence. What I mean by this is this. I know that “inmediatemente” means “immediately,” but I would never have guessed that’s how you spell it in Spanish. When I review this card, even if I’m trying to recall and learn the word “vayan,” the spelling of the word “inmediatemente” is reinforced.
Maybe I’m going into too much detail in this review, but I’m hoping that perhaps someone else who follows the Telenovela Method will understand what I’m talking about and find it interesting. If you are starting completely from scratch, I would probably recommend some other methods or programs. There is a series of Audible audiobooks by Paul Noble here on Amazon that really helped me grasp the basics. Another great Audible resource is found in the “Learning Spanish Like Crazy” learning bundles by Patrick Jackson, - three levels, basic, intermediate and advanced. I’m currently studying the basic version of the latter for a review of my basic Spanish, and this course provides a very structured approach and has helped me a lot with being able to actually speak Spanish. I still think the Telenovela Method can work if you're an absolute beginner, but it might be best suited for someone who has a basic vocabulary in Spanish and perhaps know how to conjugate regular verbs, but are struggling with putting sentences together. That pretty much describes my level, and maybe using the Telenovela Method works so well because I'm ready for the next level. In fact, the way I use the Telenovela Method is more as an auxiliary learning method in addition to what I'm already doing, and this seems to have put my learning experience on steroids! I hope you have found this review helpful, and if you have any questions or would like to compare notes on learning Spanish, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment.
I think, what I like most about this book is that it has shown how to engage in multiple forms of learning the Spanish language. I am listening to and translating a video on Youtube in Spanish, reading a beginning Spanish book on Kindle, writing in Spanish on Lang-8, and speaking to native Spanish speakers through a language exchange.
Of course, I am doing all of this poorly right now. The author does point out that the more mistakes I make, the quicker I can learn.
I would recommend this book as an excellent way to immerse yourself in the Spanish language.
I learned Spanish after using all 5 levels of a great spaced repetition audio course (that starts with the letter P).But I was stagnant and learning little else. This book gave me nearly and infinite amount of material to advance in a fun way.