The Telenovela Method, 2nd Edition: How to Learn Spanish Using TV, Movies, Books, Comics, And More

The Telenovela Method, 2nd Edition: How to Learn Spanish Using TV, Movies, Books, Comics, And More

by Andrew Tracey

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Overview

After failing to learn a new language on five separate occasions, I taught myself to speak Spanish like a native in just six months by watching movies and TV shows, listening to music, and reading books and comics like Harry Potter and Garfield. This simple, easy-to-learn technique, that even the most linguistically-challenged can master literally overnight, is used by many of the most respected and skilled polyglots and language teachers in the world, and it’s never really been laid out, explained, and demonstrated in full, point-by-point, step-by-step detail until now. When characters in a movie or TV show are speaking the dialogue, unless it’s set in a previous period like the 1800s or something, they speak normal, everyday language. So if you wanted to learn Spanish, the type of normal everyday Spanish that native speakers use every day, aka “conversational Spanish”… Don’t you think that Spanish-language TV shows, movies, music, and books might be a good source to learn from…if only you knew how? Not only that, but it would be fun, wouldn’t it? Far better than learning the language from some boring, dry textbook or workbook that, even worse, is teaching outdated, formal, “non-conversational” Spanish (look at the dialogue in one sometime: do people actually talk like that? No). The basic technique is obvious: consume popular Spanish-language media and try to learn what they're saying by looking up what you don't understand. Sure. But the issue is twofold: 1) The problems you will inevitably run into (how do I apply what I've learned? how do I ensure I'm not misunderstanding the meaning and thereby learning something incorrect? where do I look things up? what if it's not in the dictionary and Google Translate isn't cutting it? etc.), and... 2) How do we do things as efficiently as possible? If you're a beginner you're going to have to sort out how to do this all on your own, how to solve any problems you might run into on your own, while probably doing many things less effectively and slower than is necessary. I've already learned all this stuff the hard way, I've made many of the mistakes you would if you went this alone, let me just save you a ton of time, trouble, and possibly money by teaching you what I already know from experience. Has this basic technique been used for centuries by language students and teachers alike? Yes, there are records dating back to the 18th century of language teachers using popular media in the language they're teaching to help their students learn it. I'm not claiming to have invented it. What I've done here is, after having used and refined the technique myself for several years, distilled it down to a system that's easy to learn, and which is taught in a format that's organized, easy to understand, and which takes advantage of all the latest technology, such as the all the various resources available on the internet now.


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ISBN-13: 9780997724608
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 02/06/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 298
File size: 442 KB

About the Author

Andrew Tracey has been learning various languages on his own since he was twelve years old and now runs two different websites (one on Spanish and the other on German) that have, over the past 8 years, helped over 100,000 people learn foreign languages. His real breakthrough came when he taught himself Spanish – from zero to conversational fluency – in six months using the centuries-old technique of learning a foreign language via popular media but updated in this case to modern times with modern resources: the internet. He recently lived for 3 months in Zaragoza, Spain (from September 1st to November 22nd, 2015), where he tested and further refined his Spanish, as well as the Telenovela Method, and learned the hard way what worked and what didn't, which has been the impetus for this new edition and a whole chapter on the subject (Chapter 12: Lessons from 3 Months in Spain). He currently lives in Texas with his parents and two rat terriers. Please buy this book and help him move out.

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