When you begin to read a paragraph or passage in Spanish, do you get stuck? Well, you've come to the right place. Meet the paragraph headlong and try to make sense of it.
Don't go away feeling as you will never get it. Build a relationship with the paragraph. When you first read it, ask what it is about. If you don't get the gist of it, try to use this method. Place a question mark after each sentence. You are basically going to change each sentence into a question. Then answer each question the sentence asks. Are there any questions that you cannot answer? Why? Are there any words or phrases that you don't know that affect the understanding of the sentence? What are the mental hurdles in your comprehension of the paragraph? Go to the exact spot where you lose your comprehension. Circle or underline it. What is it that stops you? Is it a word or phrase? Is it the sentence? Is it a concept? Is it an idea? When you realize what it is, it is a breakthrough. You can tackle the problem. Surmount the hurdle, and you will be on your way to understanding it. Congratulate yourself for identifying what the problem is. It is the first step in solving it. Once you solve it, breathe a sigh of relief. Go on to the next passage or paragraph. Repeat the steps. You're on your way to understanding Spanish better.
Posted at 10:14 am by JollyS