Don’t Understand Native Spanish Speakers

 But Understand your Spanish Teacher

Don't Understand Native Spanish Speakers

We hear this a lot, students understand their Spanish teacher but don’t understand native Spanish speakers out in the real world.  A student finishes a Spanish class and understands everything the teacher said in Spanish.  They feel super confident because everything seems like it is finally making sense.  Then they try using their Spanish with another Spanish speaker or try listening to the TV or radio in Spanish.  Something happens: they don’t understand anything!  The words seem so fast and they feel like they are lost in out in Spanish space.  This leaves them frustrated and wondering why they understood their teacher so well but everything else not so much.

Don't Understand Native Spanish Speakers

 

Think about your own language

Before you throw your hands up and give up think about your own native language.  Think about the people that you encounter in your daily life who speak your own native language.

Do you always understand them?

Some of them probably speak really fast while others might not pronounce words correctly.  People will also use slang or just speak completely incorrectly.  The same thing that you encounter in your own native language you are going to find in Spanish.  You can not be too hard on yourself when you don’t understand other native Spanish speakers or TV in Spanish.  There are so many factors that could be causing you to not be able to understand what is being said.

Don't Understand Native Spanish Speakers

What can you do?

In this video, we expand on this problem and have some things that you can do to start getting on the right track to fixing it. This video has subtitles! Activate them if you need to!

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