Getting the gender of basic Spanish nouns wrong is not only frustrating, but also highly de-motivating. In this article I give you an insight into what causes this problem and I help you overcome it from today.
My fifteen years teaching Spanish have shown me that learning and reviewing vocabulary the wrong way is what leads to those mistakes.
You may be wondering, then, if there is a way of learning new Spanish nouns that will allow you to get the gender always right. The answer, without any doubt, is ‘yes’. Here are the two steps you need to follow:
1. Avoid learning nouns without ‘el’ or ‘la’, and the same goes for reviewing.
2. Always learn new nouns with audio material, preferably audio flashcards recorded by native speakers.
Learning Spanish vocabulary through this method is fast, efficient and a great time-saver.
It takes the same effort to learn Spanish nouns with and without their articles. Learning them with ‘el’ or ‘la’ will save you valuable time and disappointment. As an example, remember to avoid learning that:
‘flor’ means ‘flower’
Make sure you learn that:
the Spanish noun ‘la flor’ means ‘the flower’
This simple step will help you link the word ‘flor’ to ‘la’ every time, the same way that Spanish speakers link them.
Vocabulary audio flashcards are those that give you a list of Spanish words said by native speakers, and they also give you their English translation.
The task of learning new Spanish vocabulary becomes significantly easier with audio flashcards. They are an essential tool for acquiring a good Spanish accent, and a powerful resource for reviewing efficiently.
Briefly, learning new vocabulary following the two steps I’ve described in this article is not only more efficient in the short, medium and long-term, but also much more enjoyable.