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How to learn Spanish without vocabulary lists

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Cramming vocabularies is not an efficient way to learn Spanish. Certainly, there are more efficient approaches to learn any new language without studying boring vocabularies. Find out more about different alternatives on how to learn Spanish in the following paragraphs.

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									How to learn Spanish
 without vocabulary
        lists
             Cramming vocabularies is not an efficient way to
             learn Spanish. Certainly, there are more efficient
               approaches to learn any new language without
            studying boring vocabularies. Find out more about
            different alternatives on how to learn Spanish in the
                            following paragraphs.


                     Learn more about how to learn Spanish
                       and the famous Birkenbihl-Method




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  How to learn Spanish without vocabulary lists
  Many “old” teaching styles still heavily rely on cramming vocabularies. However, this has been
  proven to be an ineffective learning style. If you study from a vocabulary list, you will always try to
  translate from your mother tongue into the foreign language and backwards. While this might be
  okay if you want to write something, this certainly does not work if you try to understand a native
  speaker or even want to speak the new language. It simply takes too much time to translate every
  single word. The point is that foreign language should be recalled from memory without thinking
  about it for a longer time. In addition, cramming vocabularies by hard does not help for your long-
  term success. You should make use of another method to expand your vocabulary so that your
  language knowledge is sustainable.

  Several techniques exist that help you to remember words and phrases. Some effective learning
  methods are described here.

  Learn words in context
  Studying single words from a list is boring, takes considerable time and does not help to recognize or
  recall them in another context. One possibility to overcome this problem is to learn words in context.
  Try to imagine in which situation you might use the word and write down other words that are
  similar or can be used in the same situation. If your vocabulary is for instance “tenedor” (fork), you
  probably also think about cuchillo (knife), cuchara (spoon), plato (plate), comida (food), cocinar
  (cooking), cocina (kitchen), cena (dinner)… By making a list, a mind map or drawing a picture of the
  situation, you remember the words in context easily. Of course, this takes time as well. However, you
  will not only learn one single word, but a range of words. And the most important advantage: You will
  know in which context to use the word.

  Association technique

  This technique is also called mnemonic. In order to remember a word, you come up with a short story
  around the word. You might also recall a word that sounds similar in another language (can be a
  vocabulary learning technique on its own) and then invent a story to remember it.

  For example “hombre” – sounds like umbrella. Imagine a man (hombre) running through the rain
  from his car to his house with an umbrella in his hands. Or “cena” – sounds like “schoener”
  (beautiful) in German. Imagine a family sitting around the table eating their dinner (cena). This is a
  beautiful (schooner) evening.

  Many of your stories you will come up with are silly or even unrealistic. But the sillier the better! We
  tend to remember silly stories easily. The drawback of this technique is that you need a lot of time to




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  remember the words or phrases. Personally, I only use this method if I have already forgotten the
  meaning of a word over and over again.

  Decoding, active and passive listening
  Another great way to learn a language without studying vocabulary lists is the method of decoding,
  active listening and passive listening, called the Birkenbihl method. At first, you translate a Spanish
  text word-for-word into your mother tongue. This will end up in a succession of words that make no
  sense when read one after the other. But this meant to be, as the goal of this learning method is to
  recognize and being able to recall foreign words without studying vocabularies by hard.

  After this first step, you listen actively. This means to listen to the text while you, at the same time,
  read the decoded text into your mother tongue. You will get used to the rhythm and melody of
  speech quickly. The best way would be to find a Spanish native speaker who reads the text while you
  record it. It is very important that the text is read by a native speaker, as you should learn the correct
  pronunciation. In the case you don´t know any native speaker, it is possible to use the text of a movie
  or part of a radio program.

  After listening actively and having the feeling to understand the text well, you can move on to listen
  passively. At this point you listen to the Spanish text while you concentrate on other tasks in your
  daily life. You can listen to the foreign text on the bus, while you are cooking, in the bathtub or even
  while you play with your children. The voice should be loud enough, but not too loud, so that you are
  not disturbed in working on your main task. The subconscious will get used to the foreign text and
  prepares you to speak the new language.

  Now it is your turn to further work on your Spanish skills. You may decode another Spanish text,
  listen to Spanish Radio, watch a Spanish movie or go on vacation to Mexico. The Birkenbihl method is
  based on imitating native speakers and uses the subconscious to learn languages. There is even
  computerized language learning software that is based on this best way to learn a language. Different
  language programs for PC and MAC are offered by Birkenbihl Sprachen, for example.

  The above described methods to learn vocabularies without vocabulary lists are all ways to learn a
  language for the long-run. However, the most effective and time saving is the last one – the
  Birkenbihl method. Try it out and you will see the amazing difference to learning from vocabulary
  lists!



                 Learn more about how to learn Spanish
                    and the famous Birkenbihl-Method



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