An ear for spanish.

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I am kind of new to Spanish dict and i was wondering what does it mean to have an ear for Spanish. also how do you develop one.

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updated JUN 15, 2009
posted by Benjy-R

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Thanks I wasn't so sure what it meant but you guys cleared it up grin.

updated JUN 15, 2009
posted by Benjy-R
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I am kind of new to Spanish dict and i was wondering what does it mean to have an ear for Spanish. also how do you develop one.

In a nutshell, it is the ability to tell apart right from wrong in sentences just by listening to sentences, without having to use any grammatical analysis, pretty much like most natives do when they use Spanish.

You develop it by using the language constantly for a length of time, avoiding translating as much as possible, and preferably interacting with other natives.

updated JUN 12, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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Have you ever heard of the expression, "he has an ear for music" or "she learned to play music by ear"...samething...

updated JUN 12, 2009
posted by 00b83c38
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I am kind of new to Spanish dict and i was wondering what does it mean to have an ear for Spanish. also how do you develop one.

It refers to the ability to recognize awkward phrasing (syntax) or obvious grammatical blunders (e.g. using the incorrect word for that context) , not from the analysis of applications of grammar rules or searching reference materials, but through familiarity with Spanish speech.
The only way that I know of that you can develop the skill is through continuous use of the languages: reading, listening and writing.
For some students, that takes only a short time, for the rest of us it becomes a question of degree of probability and the indicative/subjunctive use. (read that: not likely to happen).

Like most usages, your question can also refer to another context. To have an ear for Spanish could also mean that you are quick to learn or recognize the proper pronunciation of words. How to develop it? Learn the basic rules of pronunciation and then pay attention to your or other's speech.

updated JUN 12, 2009
posted by 0074b507