Learning Spanish proverbs not only allows us an insight in to the minds and way of thinking of a different culture it is an excellent way to consolidate the learning of vocabulary, as each proverb is a sentence with nouns, verbs, and sometimes adjectives and adverbs.
Lots of verb tenses are used too, so that is great practise for the student of Spanish.
It is interesting to see how different cultures impart their wisdom. Some proverbs are just straight translations, but others take a completely different slant on things.
Often when I read a Spanish proverb I have a little chortle, at being enlightened as to the different angle from which you can view something.
Another beauty of learning proverbs is that they are little quips used in everyday life and in everyday conversation.
A native speaker often just has to say the first part of a proverb, and the other participants in the conversation will know the rest.
In this case only a nod, a laugh, or some other often non-verbal acknowledgment is all that is needed to let the speaker know that you know what s/he meant.
For example, a native English speaker need only say, "When the cat's away….." and the listener, if a native English speaker will know instinctively know the rest of the proverb.
It need not even be said, and indeed is often left unsaid.
Likewise, if a group was talking about little Johnny who has fallen in to bad company, one need only say, "…Birds of a feather…" and the rest of the group will know the proverb's ending.
There is no need to say, "…flock together." There are numerous message encased in that proverb.
….and so it is with Spanish proverbs.
A Spanish speaker will often drop little proverbs and idioms into conversation, so an intermediate learner of Spanish language must start learning Spanish proverbs and idioms.
Not only will you learn the proverbs, and consolidate your learning but you'll be ready for them in conversation and when listening, plus you will be ready for when someone just says the first part of the proverb!!
So it is imperative that you learn Spanish proverbs, because every day speech is littered with proverbs and idioms.
The 101 Spanish Proverbs Course can be used as a stand-alone program.
Each proverb leads with the English equivalent, which you will see on screen in text, and which is voiced by an English speaker.
The Spanish equivalent follows. Again both in text and with a native Spanish speaker voicing it.
At the same time as all this is going on, a picture appears on the screen. This picture is the Memory Trigger picture of one of the main words in the proverb.
So if you have done our 200 Words a Day! Learn Spanish Course #1 or Learn Spanish Course #2, you will recognize the word and the picture.
To remind yourself of this word, and see it print simply click anywhere on the picture. So in this sense the Spanish Proverbs course works slightly different.
The proverbs are therefore perfect for reinforcing the vocab learned in the 200 Words a Day! Spanish Courses #1 and #2, and putting that vocab into the context of real language.
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