Spanish Language Learning: PUZZLE IT OUT!!

Spanish Language LearningOf all the fun ways to tweak your Spanish language skills, riddles are at the top of the list. When you solve riddles it is like a mini language immersion; the challenges of reading, translating, comprehending, and responding to the riddle use all your Spanish language skills.

Often the answer to the riddle is not as obvious as you might think; you need to interpret the words before you can truly grasp their meanings. That’s when your Spanish language vocabulary skills kick in. And that’s when your Spanish language vocabulary skills also expand, but without the boredom of rote memorization. You are learning new words every time you translate the riddle, look up a word, and put everything into context.

Context is what seals the deal! Instead of memorizing Spanish language vocabulary lists without any connection to real sentences, you are viewing the new words as they are laid out in normal usage, as if someone were talking or writing to you. Your brain loves this! When you exercise your brain using this process, you retain the new information so much faster, and more completely.

Retaining vocabulary is often a Spanish language student’s biggest challenge. Puzzles teach you new words while you are enjoying yourself. When you meet the challenge, you expand your vocabulary, and absorb proper word placement in sentences, as well!

Grammar and word placement in Spanish language sentences is learned from your books and in your courses, but when you view a sentence in a riddle, or in any puzzle that asks questions, you become adjusted to the formation of the sentence without really thinking about it. That’s because the puzzles make you focus on the meaning of the words and on the answers you need to provide. The more puzzles you try to do, the more accustomed to the sentence formations you become. Learning correct sentence structure is actually secondary to the puzzle questions and answers, but this is no less effective than hours of study.

Here are a couple of riddles that are fun to solve while you practice your language skills. Give it a try!

Me formo en el cielo,
con gran alborozo;
y de lindos colores,
hago un arco hermoso.
¿Qué es?_______

Soy chiquito,
soy bonito;
mi casa llevo
sobre mi lomito.
¿Qué es?________

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From No hablo inglés to a Spanish Language Empire

From No hablo Inglés to a Spanish Language Empire.  Join Host Jewel Daniels and Guest Maria Oliveira as they chat about the challenge of learning a second language and the difficulties in developing and operating a language learning center.

Maria Oliveira’s Language Learning Center features affordable adult study programs in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English for nonnative speakers. Class sizes are limited to allow for personal attention and the individual growth of students.

Formats include traditional classroom study, independent one-to-one sessions, and ongoing groups in which the students progress at their own pace. Materials used for the Spanish and Portuguese classes are produced by Maria Oliveira, having been developed and improved over more than 25 years of teaching and studying adult learning styles.

 

 

 

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LANGUAGE LEARNING: PUZZLE IT OUT!!

learn conversational spanishOf all the fun ways to tweak your language skills, riddles are at the top of the list. They are like a mini language learning immersion as you face the challenges of reading, translating, comprehending, and responding to the riddle. Often the answer is not as obvious as you might think; you need to interpret the words before you can truly grasp their meaning. In this process you are exercising your brain which, in turn, helps you to retain the vocabulary used in the riddle. Here are a couple of riddles that are fun to solve while you practice your language skills. Give it a try.

Language learning – Riddle # 1

En los campos enterrado,
la mejor parte sumido,
blanco es y muy barbado,
y el olor muy conocido.
Tiene dientes y no boca,
tiene cabeza y no pies.

¿Qué es?

Language Learning – Riddle # 2

Quién es quién va caminando,
que no es dueño de sus pies,
que lleva el cuerpo al revés,
y el espinazo arrastrando.
Que los pasos que va dando,
no hay nadie que se los cuente.
Cuando quiere descansar,
mete sus pies en su vientre.

¿Qué es?

To increase your vocabulary look up the words you don’t know and write down the meanings.  After knowing the meaning of each word, try to think of items that may fit the description.  Enjoy! 🙂

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