Ways to Learn Spanish As Filipino

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Learning Spanish or any other language can be a bit of a challenge for some. However, by being resourceful and by utilizing technology, it is quite possible for you to learn a new language without ever going into a walled classroom. Here are some ways you can do so.

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Begin With What You Know
Start with the Spanish Words in Filipino. There is a reason why your teacher reviews past lessons in relation to new topics and that is to connect new information to the old ones you already know. In so doing your knowledge base is reinforced with new information and is then made rich. For simplicities sake, we'll just call this your "mental library of information." In learning Spanish, utilizing your mental library by starting with what you know provides a big boost in your Spanish language learning. You can do this by first identifying the Spanish words native in your first language as Filipino. For instance, in Ilocano, these words could be caballo, soldado, carabasa, cutcharita, cancion etc.. Other Filipino languages would have their own sets or may overlap with those mentioned. By identifying those Spanish words nativized in Filipino languages, you expand your knowledge base by associating the words you know in your first language in the context of Spanish. Hence, new meanings are made in the process.

One Step a Time
Start with one attainable goal at a time. Depending on your learning style you may begin with ten vocabulary words a day and start using them on people. If you are a Filipino this could come in easy as the recall of words like uno, sinturon, and como esta is almost instantaneous. For instance, you may use Spanish numerals when buying things, or when you are counting your change, etc. Once, you've expanded your vocabulary then you may slowly start picking up grammar.


Utilize Technology
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Learn with technology. With today's language learning apps like Duolingo, Babbel, and Google translate it is now easy to learn any language on the go. By taking advantage of these apps to compliment your learning, being a polyglot is now just a click away. Also, if you are interested, several Universities in the U.S. such as the University of California do offer excellent online Spanish courses via Coursera, by taking such a course you can learn at your own pace, earn a certificate and at the same time help keep this website online. Click here to learn more.


Be Observant
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Guling-Guling Festival in Paoay photo by PaoayKumakaway

The Philippines is a Hispanic country. The term "Hispanic" is erroneously thought by some as a purely racial construct, this misconception, of course, is a misrepresentation. The term Hispanic is more of a social and cultural construct, of which race is merely a subset of it. Philippines being one Hispanic culture has a lot of Spanish words describing its culture, traditions, places, and customs. By being observant of your culture, you get to pick up Spanish words and learn about your country at the same time. For instance, you can look at the names of old Churches and then find out the meaning of nuestra. Another example is to look at the meaning and origins of the names of some of our foods (leche in leche flan) or traditions (Pit Señor). Just look around you and be observant.

Mistakes are Inevitable
Mistakes are a part of the learning process. As you go deeper into your learning, it is inevitable that you'll be making mistakes along the way. This is natural, it is a part of the learning process, so don't be afraid of making mistakes. Practice it, and practice it with a good friend, with a child or to yourself. Most importantly though, be patient with your learning as it is with patience and practice one gets to develop their language skills.

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Guling-Guling Festival in Paoay by PaoayKumakaway


"Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."

Rita Mae Brown

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