When I prepare a lesson for my students, I always think about the importance of learning Spanish idioms from the very beginning.
As a Spanish teacher I can’t forget that the students’ main aim is to communicate with the locals.
They want to travel, I think aloud (quieren viajar, pienso). Every Spanish student wants to travel to a Spanish speaking country.
Idioms can help you not to get lost
I explain that once you have decided to learn Spanish, you need to be aware of what kind of Spanish you are learning.
And why is that? Spanish is a very diverse language. As you know, the Spanish spoken in Mexico is not the same as the Spanish spoken in Peru.
If you have chosen to learn Spanish with us, it is because you want to learn Spanish from Spain.
Spanish from Spain, the same all over the country?
I have written about this before. The answer is no, Spanish from Spain has many differences. This does not mean that you have to learn everything, it depends on which region you are most interested in. On the other hand, if you travel around the country you will have no problem communicating with locals from different regions.
Of course, in Spain we have common expressions. You will learn many of them.
Local culture matters
Most idioms are related to the history of the region, the way of life or the way of speaking. In fact, everything is related, as a branch of knowledge it is.
In Andalusia, for example, we have many idioms related to our colonial past in America. Many ships left from Huelva, others arrived in Seville full of gold, vegetables and other treasures.
We share also some of them with the whole country.
- De aquí a Lima – From here to Lima.
What does it mean?
Well, we use it to emphasise an affirmation from another person, or just to express how far somewhere else is.
Should I decide which region I am most interested in before I start my Spanish course?
It is not important to decide before you start your Spanish lessons if you are not sure. Many of my students didn’t know anything about Spanish culture, Andalusia or Seville. They just started studying with us and as they progressed they discovered what they wanted to do here.
How do we learn Spanish idioms in our classes?
If you are wondering whether you need to learn a long list of idioms in just one lesson, the answer is no.
Idioms should be learnt bit by bit. We will learn them through many activities and topics as we progress.
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