Well, this is so not my normal book to review, and I will be honest here. I didn’t read this thinking I would enjoy it. In fact, I am still reading it since this is book is a guide, a way to learn how to speak and communicate in Spanish. Not a book learning to read and write in a language but actually communicate.
I remember when I ended up in Germany as an exchange student. I had mastered German, was pretty amazing at speaking it, one of my A classes in fact. Then they started laughing. How dare they!! I was amazing, I could order a sandwich and a beer perfectly… if i was in Bavaria, because we only learned one dialect, and it was high German. No one speaks it.
I am ready for my own visit to Cancun, care to come? Well, with this being such a simple book to read, we may as well follow the theme and I will give you one of the best Margarita recipes I have, and boy oh boy is it simple! Let’s bring a little sunshine into your winter day! GO grab this, and if you have a child who is taking Spanish in high school, consider this a way to guarantee an A, especially in conversational and oral testing.
Well not actually an excerpt but a slight tease into the mechanics of the book. Give it a shot, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed and with it only 99¢ during the Lady Reader’s Tour this week!
The Gringa Way 5 Principles:
Relate your native English language to learning Spanish – this is the foundation of the The Gringa Way. Most Spanish teaching is geared towards getting you to think in Spanish and forgetting your English language while learning Spanish. However, if you don’t think about how to relate what you are learning and how to compare the language that you already know (English) to the one you are trying to learn (Spanish), how will you be able to make sense out of it? That is why The Gringa Way focuses all learning of the Spanish language to things that you can relate to in English, therefore helping you make more sense out of it!
Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing – This is the order that The Gringa Way emphasizes learning the Spanish language. Most schools around the world teach reading first, then writing, then listening and finally speaking. This is probably why, even if you have learned vocabulary or Spanish grammar before, you are afraid to speak because you are afraid not saying something correct. Speaking is the most crucial part of a language, and for second language acquisition, the hardest. It is the most crucial because you have to speak to people in order to communicate. Of course you could always write down each thing you want to say on a piece of paper and hand it to people but you and I both know that doesn’t happen and in reality, can’t work effectively. Therefore, you have to know how to speak! It is the hardest part of learning a second language because it takes more brain effort, due to the fact that you need to remember what you have read and learned and you need to do so faster (unlike writing where you have enough time to write down your thoughts, check your text for errors, erase if incorrect, etc.). To give you an example, I took 4 to 5 years of Spanish before I entered a classroom where we were actually asked to speak and give oral answers and opinions, instead of just listening to the teacher talk.
Practice Out Loud, Don’t Just Read! This is very important and you should adapt this principle from the time you read the first Spanish word in this book. As mentioned in principle two, if you just read and do not speak, you will feel inhibited when you finally try to speak. You should practice saying every word out loud, this way you will train both your brain and your mouth, allowing both of them to help you communicate verbally!
Do not Translate Word for Word – Spanish is a very literal language (which will be covered in this book) but it cannot always be translated literally from English. You need to encompass the Spanish language as an overall whole. Once you see the big picture, you will realize the importance of not always translating word for word!
Motivation & Memory– These are the key ingredients you must have and continue to use throughout your Spanish language learning journey. Motivation is numero uno! You must be motivated to learn. Even if you are being forced to learn for a certain reason; i.e. mandatory class in high school or college, in order to obtain a new job, receive a promotion, etc. you must continue your motivation! Memorizing and remembering what you are learning is key to retention, which ultimately provides you with your knowledge. Last but not least, you need to PRACTICE! Think about sports players or Olympians….do you think they get to be as good as they are without practice? Not a chance! They dedicate so much of their time to practicing their specialty. That is why they get so good at it!
"Step into a new world of learning, in which the journey itself is actually fun and exciting! The Gringa has taken a somewhat “non traditional” approach toward teaching the Spanish language to English speakers. In doing so, she pioneered a system, The Gringa Way, which allows learners to translate their English thoughts into Spanish thoughts and sentences.
This total “new approach” not only makes the language much easier to learn and understand but it transforms what many thought was “impossible” and makes it completely achievable. Many people have been totally overwhelmed by the “strict rules” and vast grammatical differences they discovered when trying the “old"" and “traditional” methods of learning usable Spanish – so they quit – saying it is simply way too hard and frustrating. With The Gringa Way method and the help of this book, you will be speaking Spanish easier than you ever thought possible."
And it is only 99¢ this week!!!
About Erin Ashley Sieber
Erin Ashley is from Ocean City, Maryland. She fell in love with the Spanish language at the age of fourteen during a trip to Cancun, Mexico, a trip that changed the rest of her outlook on life and other cultures. When she arrived back to the states and began selecting classes for high school, Spanish class was at the top of the list. She attended Worcester Preparatory School in Berlin, Maryland and was a member of the Spanish National Honor Society. Upon graduation, she moved to South Florida to attend Florida Atlantic University where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and a certification in International Business.
While attending the university, she lived abroad in Salamanca, Spain and El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain, as well as attending the private language school, Estudio Sampere for six months, where she received some of her most intense instruction in the Spanish language. After graduating, she moved to Miami, Florida where she went on to obtain her Master's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business at Nova Southeastern University. She worked for one of the nation's leading Spanish newspapers, El Nuevo Herald. Erin has been to more than eight Spanish speaking countries.
She completed the qualification exam for Court Interpreters in her home state of Maryland and is a proud member of the American Translation Association Erin's love affair with the Spanish language inspired her to develop The Gringa Way to learning Spanish and to write the book:
Learn Spanish The Gringa Way "The Easiest Way For English Speakers To Learn Spanish"