Practical communication without knowing the grammar (Spanish y English)

When needing to learn a new language for living, even if it's only temporary, in another country it's not necessary to understand the grammar of that language.

I myself use Spanish as a second language every day, and I've never studied Spanish.

For example, when I first arrived in Bogota, Colombia, I needed to order a drink at a bar. I wanted a rum and coke with lime. All I knew was: 'un ron con coca cola y limon, por favor' (a rum with coke and lime, please.) The uninterested bartender handed me a drink, and when I finished and wanted another I repeated the same words.

But, she stared at me and said 'tu vaso'. What? She repeated more or less, 'tu vaso, el vaso'. What? Eventually, irritated, she walked over to my plastic cup on the table and grabbed it. Oh! I thought. 'Vaso' means glass!

Then she said the word 'hielo' while pointing at the ice. I said, "Si."

Ok, now I knew the words for glass (maybe cup, too) and ice.

Since then, I've learnt the name of the drink 'Cuba libre' (rum and coke), and also an amazing word 'otro/otra' (depending on the gender) which means 'another'. Now buying this drink, and another and another, is easy.

My point is that my comprehension of the Spanish above was through experience, which involved association, and I never needed to understand the grammar. Even now, I learn grammar naturally by hearing Spanish every day and by trying to use it.

What I've learnt is that the required fundamental meanings of words and questions for communicating in any language are the same, and here is a simple list of what you should try to learn in your chosen new language (examples are in Spanish and English):

Where am I? (Donde estoy?)
Where are we? (Donde nosotros?)
Where is ...? (Donde esta ...?)

There are ... /Are there ...? (Hay ...) (Hay ...?)

I want ... (yo quiero ...)
I don't want ... (yo no quiero ...)
Do you want ...? (Quiere ...?)

I need ... (yo necesito ...)
I don't need ... (yo no necesito ...)
Do you need ...? (Necesita ...?)

I have ... (yo tengo ...)
I don't have ... (yo no tengo...)
Do you have ...? (Tiene ...?)

I like ... (yo me gusta ...)
I don't like ... (yo no me gusta ...)
Do you like ...? (Te gusta ...?)

Now all you have to do is add other words which you can use a dictionary for, and you're communicating without knowing the grammar!

Two words to know if you don't know the name of something are:
'this' (este), and 'that' (eso)

For example, 'I want that, please.' (Quiero eso, por favor.') I use this all the time in the Colombian bakeries because I don't know the names of many things.

I'm going to stop here but do experiment and let me know what you think of this article.

Thank you.
Heath


13 febbraio 2019
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**NOTE: I am moving to China in 3 days. I do not know if I will teach on Verbling anymore. Hi, I'm Heath. I'm Australian, and I currently live in Villa de Leyva, Colombia, South America. I've a TESOl certificate, have studied professional writing along with politics, and my dream is to be an author, alongside of having a great deal of experience in teaching. But nowadays I'm only interested in helping students with speaking, retaining their English, reading articles, and writing, and I've a huge amount of experience with Latinos and Italians. If you are a business man or woman, and you have the money, I recommend messaging me and organising a one hour class every single day to improve your speaking, to talk about any topic, our lives, just like old friends. We even read articles together to perfect your pronunciation. My vocabulary is broad, I've a sense of context, and I explain words and help without overwhelming you or hindering the conversation. ================= METHODOLOGY --------------------------- -The focus is on the two of us speaking like friends, having a natural conversation, lots of questions, lots of answers. -I write down corrections and suggestions to mistakes you make and send them to you about 5 or 10 minutes before the class ends, and I read through them with you. -We read news articles together to focus on pronunciation and new vocabulary.
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**NOTE: I am moving to China in 3 days. I do not know if I will teach on Verbling anymore. Hi, I'm Heath. I'm Australian, and I currently live in Villa de Leyva, Colombia, South America. I've a TESOl certificate, have studied professional writing along with politics, and my dream is to be an author, alongside of having a great deal of experience in teaching. But nowadays I'm only interested in helping students with speaking, retaining their English, reading articles, and writing, and I've a huge amount of experience with Latinos and Italians. If you are a business man or woman, and you have the money, I recommend messaging me and organising a one hour class every single day to improve your speaking, to talk about any topic, our lives, just like old friends. We even read articles together to perfect your pronunciation. My vocabulary is broad, I've a sense of context, and I explain words and help without overwhelming you or hindering the conversation. ================= METHODOLOGY --------------------------- -The focus is on the two of us speaking like friends, having a natural conversation, lots of questions, lots of answers. -I write down corrections and suggestions to mistakes you make and send them to you about 5 or 10 minutes before the class ends, and I read through them with you. -We read news articles together to focus on pronunciation and new vocabulary.
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