Sing your way to pronunciation success!

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Philip DavenportИспанский
16 декабря 2016 г.
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Coming to Mexico was quite a daunting challenge as an American citizen who had absolutely no travel experience, and very limited exposure to Spanish. I had lived in a small town my whole life, I had barely seen the east coast of the United States (where I lived), and I hardly been as far as Texas. One thing I did focus on, though, before coming to Mexico, was Mexican and Spanish music, and what I found was a world of free pronunciation lessons at my finger tips, that I had never before tapped into.

My journey started with the classics like Jose Jiminez, Juan Gabriel, Rocio Durcal, to name a few. These artists had been writing music for years, some were dead, but what I profited from was the clarity of their pronunciation and the ability that I had to imitate their sounds, even when I didn't really understand what they were saying. This allowed me to jump-start the soon-to-be daily Spanish immersion classes that were to become my life here in Mexico. I listened to the music for hours on end, sometimes unintentionally, maybe while trying my hand at cooking some traditional Mexican cuisine, and before long I was singing to the old "cantantes" of Mexico like a pro. My Mexican friends were well surprised, later asking if I wanted to go and do a little karaoke performance at some of the local bars... I didn't think many of the other "gringo" teachers would appreciate that as much as they did though, so I kept my secret skill to myself.

After coming to Mexico, what I realized was that I had given myself a crash course in pronunciation. I had tuned my ear to listen to quite traditional Mexican idioms or "dichos," as they say here. Number two, I had opened myself, culturally, to my newfound Latino friends, and boy has this made it well worth it. After thinking about my experience with the music (which I truly do love now), I realized that older generation music, those songs that everyone knows, including everyone's mother, generally has a clearer voice and pronunciation. Older music is nothing like the reggaetton and rap of today, however much I do love both of these genres. There is something about the simplicity of the lyric, the clearness of pronunciation that can unlock your hidden speaking talents if you try hard to listen and sing-along. Also, as your language learning progresses you will be able to re-listen to that music that you have so faithfully learned, and the feeling of accomplishment as you begin to understand exactly what the artists are saying will fill you with motivation to learn more.

So my challenge to you, after rambling about my own experience: if you are learning Spanish, pick up some music from a specific geographical area for example Mexican Cumbia, Musica Ranchera, Cumbia Colombiana, Bolero from Cuba, or even traditional Spanish tunes. Artists like Rocio Durcal, Juan Gabriel, Lola Beltran, La Lupe (Bolero/Latin Jazz), Vicente Fernandez, Los Angeles Azules, they will all play host to your impromptu pronunciation classes, and they are great teachers. I've even extended this to my students studying English here in Mexico. We use some old hits from Nancy Sinatra like "So long, babe" or Donna Summers (if you dig disco) "Sunset People," and even soul/jazz like Nina Simone in class. This usually pumps the students up, it really gets them listening to the words trying to understand. Put the song on repeat, play and pause it, rewind it, listen over and over, but don't forget to try to sing what you hear...no matter how poorly you may sing. I promise you, in a matter of weeks, people will be asking you if you are a native speaker , as they stare at you with perplexity regarding your seemingly "natural" abilities. And let's face it, you will probably make quite a few new friends as you have an awesome small talk topic to share with others the next time you run into a speaker of your second language. Go do it, and never stop learning!
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Hello, I am corporate trainer and writer in Los Angeles, California. Previously, I lived in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico and worked as an ESL teacher. I have over 3 years of combined experience working with students in classes, business, private one-on-one classes, and also online. I came to Mexico about 3 years ago, and I have been teaching and training ever since. I have a Masters degree in International Relations and a Bachelors in Studio Art and French. I am fluent in Spanish and English, and although I need some practice I also speak French. I hold a 140-hour certification in TEFL and two 25-hour certifications in Business English and Teaching English to Young Learners. I teach students of all ages from 5 years old to 65 years of age, so I have a great range of experience with many ages and learning styles. With my students I have taught everything from basic grammar and starter English to more specialized Business terminology and advanced English. I really enjoy a communicative learning approach in which my students profit from speaking and using the grammar that we learn in class in order to reinforce their skills. I believe in making my students comfortable, comfortable enough to make mistakes because without making mistakes we never learn. I always look forward to great conversations in which students' speech is the central focus of the class. I find that in this way students are able to discover topics they are interested in, they improve vocabulary by discovering new words, and they are able to review errors in grammar as they are speaking. This helps to create a long-lasting learning experience. I also enjoy sharing resources with my students, and I feel that the most rewarding aspect of teaching is seeing how far my students come after their time spent with me, and I truly believe that as a teacher I learn everyday just as much as my students learn from me.
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Hello, I am corporate trainer and writer in Los Angeles, California. Previously, I lived in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico and worked as an ESL teacher. I have over 3 years of combined experience working with students in classes, business, private one-on-one classes, and also online. I came to Mexico about 3 years ago, and I have been teaching and training ever since. I have a Masters degree in International Relations and a Bachelors in Studio Art and French. I am fluent in Spanish and English, and although I need some practice I also speak French. I hold a 140-hour certification in TEFL and two 25-hour certifications in Business English and Teaching English to Young Learners. I teach students of all ages from 5 years old to 65 years of age, so I have a great range of experience with many ages and learning styles. With my students I have taught everything from basic grammar and starter English to more specialized Business terminology and advanced English. I really enjoy a communicative learning approach in which my students profit from speaking and using the grammar that we learn in class in order to reinforce their skills. I believe in making my students comfortable, comfortable enough to make mistakes because without making mistakes we never learn. I always look forward to great conversations in which students' speech is the central focus of the class. I find that in this way students are able to discover topics they are interested in, they improve vocabulary by discovering new words, and they are able to review errors in grammar as they are speaking. This helps to create a long-lasting learning experience. I also enjoy sharing resources with my students, and I feel that the most rewarding aspect of teaching is seeing how far my students come after their time spent with me, and I truly believe that as a teacher I learn everyday just as much as my students learn from me.

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