Don’t Understand Native Spanish Speakers but Understand your Spanish Teacher?

I understand my Spanish teacher but don’t understand anyone else.

You understand everything that your Spanish teacher says.  You feel super confident because everything seems like it is finally making sense.  Then you try using your Spanish with another Spanish speaker or try listening to the TV or radio in Spanish.  Something happens: you don’t understand anything!  It seems so fast and you feel like you are lost in out in Spanish space.  This leaves you frustrated and wondering why you understood your teacher so well and everything else not so much.

 

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 all of them?

Some of them probably speak really fast while others might not pronounce words correctly.  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.

What can I 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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