About the Introductory Comments Sonia Makes

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Phoenix, AZ
United States
Aug 21, 2013
Feb 3, 2014 at 8:45pm

Beginning somewhere in Spanish 2 and extending into Spanish 3 (and presumably beyond), Ms. Gill makes more and more comments in her introductory and concluding segments in Spanish. That certainly seems reasonable. But here's my question: I'm now at Spanish 3, lesson 6, and more and more I can not merely not adequately translate into English what she's saying, I can't really even make out what she's saying in Spanish. It just flies by and it seems half the words are ones I've never heard before. Yet I seem to be doing a pretty good job on each of the lessons. What am I missing?

Sylvia Rodgers
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Jul 28, 2012
Feb 14, 2014 at 9:57am

Hello, I have just completed Level 4 and continue to have that problem. The introduction is given using some words that we have not learned and is said at a normal conversation speed. However, she immediately gives the English translation, so it is easy to listen to it a few times and understand the Spanish. I think of it as an additional study tool, sort of like watching a movie, to get familiar with listening to Spanish at the speed of native speakers.

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San Diego, CA
United States
Sep 17, 2012
Feb 20, 2014 at 11:49pm

I don't like how slow the woman (not Sonya) speaks on level 3. I want real conversation like Sonya's introductions. Listen and watch movies. I watched "Como agua para chocolate" which is a movie that Sonya recommended, and I this movie has very basic spanish, very easy to understand. I would watch the movie once with subtitles, and don't be disappointed if you only catch 5% of the dialog, because you're trying to understand the dialog as well as trying to follow the movie. Then watch the movie again. Pause it after each dialog. You'll be amazed at how much you understand. Don't give up!

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Bellevue, Nebraska
May 29, 2017
Jan 12, 2018 at 3:12pm

Listening practice helps. Check out some movies (even English movies) and watch them in Spanish. Terminator, Casa de Mi Padre (Will Ferrell), and others help get you listening closely. Since Sonia usually repeats the Spanish clip with the English version, it is fairly easy.

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