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Take the Rocket Spanish Challenge!

Posted in Spanish | Spanish Pronunciation - November 16, 2010

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Hola!

Are you ready for your 15 minutes of Rocket Spanish fame?

I’m going to tell you about a way to put your Spanish skills to the test, which you may not have thought about before. It can reveal a lot about how much Spanish you really know and the areas you need to work on, and it can be a lot of fun as well.

Have you got a webcam? A video recorder? A video recorder on your camera or cell phone maybe? Or even just an audio recording device?

It’s time to record yourself speaking Spanish!

Now, if you’re a natural talker or a stand up comedian, this should be easy for you. And if you have someone you’d like to send your recording to, that’s some pretty good motivation right there. But if you’re a little nervous about “performing” in another language, here are some ideas to get you started…

Try this: Pretend that you’re creating a blog about yourself, or making a profile for a website. The easiest thing to talk about in any language is probably yourself. Let’s go.

How would you greet someone in Spanish? Try to go beyond ‘Hola’. Impress your viewer, and answer these questions about yourself:

  • What is your name?
  • Where are you from?
  • Why are you studying Spanish?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • Tell me about your family: Do you have a husband/wife, children, parents, brothers and sisters? Pets?
  • Where do you live? Describe your house or apartment
  • What do you like to do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies or passions?
  • Tell me about the things you enjoy.
  • Tell me about your dislikes too.
  • Finish by giving a salutation (Hasta luego etc etc)
  • Then, conclude with something like, ‘Chao’!

You can write this all down first if that makes it easier, but if you’re feeling brave, try to read through my questions, plan a little in your head and speak naturally, as you would in your first language.

Then, have a look! Play back your video or audio recording. What is it like, seeing or hearing yourself in Spanish? Can you hear any mistakes? How is your pronunciation? Did you feel silly? Confident? Surprised by how great you are? Were you a star?

How will this make you a better Spanish speaker?

Well most of all, it should make you feel proud for having the ability to do this at all, so pat yourself on the back.

Another important thing to take away from this challenge is an awareness of your strengths and weaknesses in Spanish as far as vocabulary, pronunciation, word choice and confidence go.

It’s a great tool to get a true picture of your Spanish speaking ability. You might like to take the Rocket Spanish Challenge every few weeks, to see how far you’ve come!

Tu amigo,
Mauricio Evlampieff
Rocket Spanish

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