When will I feel like I understand what they're saying in Spanish?!?

These days I'm having so much fun living the dream!  While doing phone interpretations today in Spanish/English and allowing my latest intern Alaina to shadow me (a whole new way to look at tutoring), she asked:  "When we're listening to the clients, I still don't always know what they're saying?  When did you finally start just getting it when you were interpreting?"
I shared with her, smiling, that my first in person interpretation was ROUGH.  But to answer her question more directly, from my 20 years experience vantage point, I couldn't remember exactly HOW I finally got over the hump. 
As I thought back, I could remember that it has a lot to do with smiling, laughing, being personable, and LOVING THE PEOPLE AND CULTURE you are interpreting.  I also recommend finding a close friend (and perhaps even better boyfriend/girlfriend) to get to know up close in your target language. 
The most important question is when will YOU start understanding Spanish as it flows into your ear, mind, heart?  I have a system to help you get there.  I live locally and work globally.  It is my honor to join you on your language learning journey!


It definitely helps to try and think in that language. I lived in Colombia for 11 months teaching English and I remember when my mom picked me up from the airport that I said a word in Spanish to her in the middle of a sentence speaking English. You simply have to speak it with people. However, there are times that I still have limited vocabulary. It's like a puzzle and takes time to do. 
Agreed, Thomas.  Fluency is as fluency does.  When people ask me if I'm "fluent" in a language these days, I tend to ask back:  "For what purpose?"  Doctors are fluent in medical English in a way I may never be as are lawyers in legal English and certainly mechanics in car English!  What a wonderful logic puzzle is interpreting the human brain through language.


Rachel S.

Spanish, French, & ESL for children age 10 to adults

20+ hours
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