An accent story.

So when I started Spanish I thought if you learn Spanish you could just listen to anyone in the Spanish speaking world and it would be the same. Well as demonstrated by this video by Babbel that is not true. And your accent and lexicon will also be influenced by what you listen to, read and who you talk to as you learn your target language. My Spanish certainly did.

At the beginning, I had the very common American English accent with my super strong pirate r's and vowel sounds galore (Spanish only has 5 singular vowels while English has 12 more or less). My vocab was the "international Spanish" they teach us in the states, which is a mix of Spanish and Mexican vocabulary. But all of this is nnnooorrrmmaaalll for beginners.

A year down the line and I decided to volunteer in Peru and this was when I began to note some of the differences between what I was taught in class and what I heard on the streets of Lima. A camiseta (t-shirt) was a polo, an aguacate (avocado) was a palta, everyone one said chau instead of adios, and people didn't pronounce the s or d in pescado (fish). But four months wasn't enough to pick up all the Peruvianisms so the story continues in the US.

Back in the states, I took a job working as a social worker in a part of town with tons of Spanish speakers (Antioch, TN for all my Tennesseans out there). The fun part of learning Spanish in the US is there is so many countries represented. I spoke to folks mainly from Mexico and El Salvador, but I met Cubans, Guatemalans, Hondurans, Colombians, Puerto Ricans and even more with all of their dialectal differences. Puerto Ricans sometimes switch out the rolled R for L, and some Hondurans call barrios (neighborhoods) colonias just to start. My ears were spinning! So I decided to hone in on Mexican and Central American Spanish. I started learning Mexican hip-hop and watching anything I could find from Central American. I was so influenced by there Spanish that when I would speak to my Peruvian friend Michelle (now wife) on skype she said I sounded Central American! But this also influenced my vocabulary.

Fast forward a year and half and I am back in Lima, Peru teaching English. My Spanish had reverted back to its Limeño roots with the occasional Mexican/Central American slip. At the time, I was studying for a big Spanish test called the DELE (Diplomado de Español como Lengua Extranjera). I took the test the first time thinking, "I don't need to study the listening section. I live in Peru. I hear Spanish all day long." Wrong! I failed the test the first time due to the listening section. This is a test from Spain so I was back to learning a new accent and vocabulary. I started watching La Casa de Papel on Netflix and listening to podcasts from Spain (mainly about linguistics and psychology). On the second time round I was ready.

So have fun with it! Who do you want to connect with? Who do you think has a cool accent? Pick a country or person and try to imitate them!
January 10, 2020
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Drew Peterson

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About Me - Hi all! My name is Drew and I’m a professional language teacher and coach. I’m from the US, but I currently live in Peru with my wife and two cats. My hobbies are traveling, swimming, reading, listening to podcasts, learning languages and I’m a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. English is my native language, but I also speak Spanish fluently and I’m currently learning German (and loving it!). My Lessons & Teaching Style - I have 4 types of lessons taught in English and Spanish. 1. English through Stories • Enjoy learning English with stories, movement, pictures and videos • Improve speaking, listening, vocabulary and grammar • Classes for kids and adults at all levels 2. Drew’s Accent Course - In this course, you will improve your pronunciation and listening comprehension. • Learn the 42 sounds of English • Pronounce 90% of the syllables • Improve you accent for personal and professional motives 3. Language Coaching - I guide you to learn your target language in your own way by • Defining goals • Effective resources and methods • Creating learning plans • Giving guidance and feedback 4. TOEFL Coaching - • Guided speaking section practice • Learn strategies for the reading and listening sections • Use templates to write clearer and faster for the exam • Take the stress off of yourself and get a tutor to know you will get the score the need! Me as a Teacher - I am both language teacher and coach. This means I can give the technical knowledge such as grammar and pronunciation as well as the guidance you need for your self-study and personal needs. I always stick to my 5 principles of language learning 1. Comprehensible Input - We only acquire languages when we can understand what we listen and read. 2. Enjoyable - It has to be fun and motivating. 3. Frequency – You must have contact with our language almost everyday. 4. Efficiency – You must use good methods and stick to the principles. 5. System – You must hold ourselves responsible and have purpose with how we study and practice languages. Methodologies: Neurolanguage coaching®, Comprehensible Input Methods (TPR and TPRS), Mimic Method, and Language Hacking
Flag
English
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United States
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New!
Speaks:
English
Native
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Spanish
C2
,
German
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About Me - Hi all! My name is Drew and I’m a professional language teacher and coach. I’m from the US, but I currently live in Peru with my wife and two cats. My hobbies are traveling, swimming, reading, listening to podcasts, learning languages and I’m a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. English is my native language, but I also speak Spanish fluently and I’m currently learning German (and loving it!). My Lessons & Teaching Style - I have 4 types of lessons taught in English and Spanish. 1. English through Stories • Enjoy learning English with stories, movement, pictures and videos • Improve speaking, listening, vocabulary and grammar • Classes for kids and adults at all levels 2. Drew’s Accent Course - In this course, you will improve your pronunciation and listening comprehension. • Learn the 42 sounds of English • Pronounce 90% of the syllables • Improve you accent for personal and professional motives 3. Language Coaching - I guide you to learn your target language in your own way by • Defining goals • Effective resources and methods • Creating learning plans • Giving guidance and feedback 4. TOEFL Coaching - • Guided speaking section practice • Learn strategies for the reading and listening sections • Use templates to write clearer and faster for the exam • Take the stress off of yourself and get a tutor to know you will get the score the need! Me as a Teacher - I am both language teacher and coach. This means I can give the technical knowledge such as grammar and pronunciation as well as the guidance you need for your self-study and personal needs. I always stick to my 5 principles of language learning 1. Comprehensible Input - We only acquire languages when we can understand what we listen and read. 2. Enjoyable - It has to be fun and motivating. 3. Frequency – You must have contact with our language almost everyday. 4. Efficiency – You must use good methods and stick to the principles. 5. System – You must hold ourselves responsible and have purpose with how we study and practice languages. Methodologies: Neurolanguage coaching®, Comprehensible Input Methods (TPR and TPRS), Mimic Method, and Language Hacking
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