In today’s video, I’m going to show you a weird method to learn Spanish faster.
We are going to talk about a comment that a member of our Seven Day Spanish Course had.
So thanks Paul I truly appreciate the kind words and I appreciate the feedback because I think this is something many students need help with.
So my response to Paul and my response to anyone who has this issue of “freezing up” when trying to speak Spanish with others would be to practice talking to yourself in Spanish.
I know this may seem weird but try to picture the conversations before they happen.
I’m really big on visualization.
I haven’t shared much of it in the training because some will think it’s too WOO WOO.
But if you can visualize the conversations happening before they happen you will be much more comfortable.
I learned this during my days as an athlete but there have been studies to prove that visualizing practicing and making free throws was just as effective as physically practicing free throws.
In his book, Becoming Supernatural, Dr. Joe Dispenza talks about a study done by a team of Harvard researchers.
They took a group of volunteers who had never before played the piano and divided the group in half.
One half practiced a simple five-finger piano exercise for two hours a day over a period of five days.
The remaining half did the same thing, but just by imagining they were sitting at the piano—without physically moving their fingers in any way.
The before-and-after brain scans showed that both groups created a dramatic number of new neural circuits and new neurological programming in the region of their brains that controls finger movements, even though one group did so by thought alone.
Think about this…
The people who mentally rehearsed the actions had brains that looked like the experience had already happened—even though they never lifted a finger.
If you were to put them in front of a piano after five days of mental rehearsal, many of them would be able to play the exercise they imagined pretty well, even though they had never physically practiced.
By mentally imagining the activity every day, they installed the neurological hardware in preparation for the experience.
They repeatedly fired and wired those brain circuits with their attention and intention, and over time the hardware became and automatic software program in their brains and it became easier to do the next time.
So if they were to start to play after five days of mental practice, their behaviors would become easily aligned with their conscious intentions because they primed their brains for the experience ahead of time.
That’s how powerful the mind can be once trained
This same type of feat can be done with visualizing conversations.
Visualizing these conversations is just as effective as them actually taking place.
So I would take the time to close my eyes and visualize possible conversations that could come up.
Prepare your responses in these conversations.
I think that will help a lot.
You can also practice these conversations when alone.
Let’s say you’re in the car driving some where, well you can partake in dialogue on your own.
Pretend you are talking to someone and play the role of both people.
In the video above you’ll see a conversation I have with myself…
You can do the same thing.
Think about what are some conversations you would have in English with other people, like coworkers, and then try to put those into Spanish.
What would they say to you?
How would you respond?
What response would be provoked after your response?
And try to build out these conversations.
Another thing you can do is pretend you are interviewing yourself.
I highly recommend to my students that they watch a lot of interviews with native speakers.
That’s because it’s a setting that’s relaxed but still professional.
So you’re very likely to hear more of a natives accent without having to deal with much of the slang.
This is great for beginners.
For instance, if you watch an interview with someone like Shakira, she speaks slower and it’s probably easier to understand than if she were at home speaking with her friends or family.
But when you watch a lot of interviews and get the feel for how the process, what you can do is put yourself in the seat of the person being interviewed and as the interviewer.
So again you can role play.
Also another student named Tricia had a great response for Paul…
In one of my previous videos, I talked about the 25 phrases to help you break the ice of the conversation.
Those phrases are great conversation starters and also are phrases or questions you’ll probably receive when talking to someone.
So I would build out some dialogues based on those questions and responses.
That would be a great place to start.
And then from there you can put yourself in different positions.
One day you can practice as if you were talking to the doctor and you felt sick. Build out a dialogue for that.
Build out a dialogue for explaining to your boss why you missed work.
Build out a dialogue based on what you did over the weekend when talking to coworkers.
The more you do this the more ideas you will have.
The key is to literally think about the conversations, even record the conversations you have with your friends and family (of course let them know you are recording lol) but record those conversations and translate them to the best of your ability.
Because those same conversations will be had in Spanish when speaking with Spanish speakers.
The more conversations you have registered in your brain the better.