Yo comencé este programa porque desde finales del año 2000 vivo en Austin, Texas y cuando llegue acá me di cuenta de que yo no hablaba ingles, eso me frustró mucho y me dedique a aprenderlo bien, una vez lo aprendí me dedique a estudiar y a crear un sistema de cómo estudiarlo y como transmitirlo de tal modo que para nosotros los hispanohablantes fuera un camino menos tormentoso por decirlo así.

Los cinco pasos que recomiendo son:

Si aprendiste inglés como adulto, el primer paso es ser consciente de que no reconoces los sonidos del inglés, de que los sonidos del inglés son sonidos que tu cerebro no reconoce porque no esta cableado para ello.
En esta página encuentras varias ayudas para aprender los sonidos, tanto en nuestro canal de Youtube como en otros enlaces.

Las consonantes, a pesar de tener sonidos que no reconocemos no me estresan tanto, son mas fáciles de aprender que los sonidos de las vocales y los diptongos.  Para las vocales y los diptongos en este sitio web hay dos páginas dedicadas a explicar como hacer los sonidos de las vocales y los diptongos en inglés, donde a cada uno de ellos les tengo una explicación particular.

Lo que hago es que usando los sonidos del español podamos aprender los sonidos del inglés.

Yo fuertemente te recomiendo que no trates de estudiar todos los sonidos el mismo día, porque puedes terminar por no aprender.

Yo te recomiendo que tomes un sonido, lo aprendas, lo analices, si estas al frente de una computadora trata de grabar lo que dices.

Cuando eso sucede puedes ver la diferencia entre lo que tú dices y lo que otra persona dice.

Este es uno de los puntos más importantes, piensa en un tema que te gusta, música, películas, arte, filosofía, política, naturaleza, piensa en un tema que te gusta, que te apasione.

Te digo esto porque la mejor manera de aprender es haciendo algo que a uno le apasione.

Puedes ir a Youtube y encontrar un video de un tema que te apasiona.

Si estás en un nivel avanzado tu mismo puedes escribir frases de lo que la persona está diciendo, ir al diccionario y buscar como se dicen esas palabras.

Luego escucha el video de nuevo pero leyendo no las palabras sino los símbolos, esto te ayuda a escuchar el video “con otros ojos” por decirlo así, esto te ayuda a reconocer los sonidos nuevos.

A mi me encantan las películas, me encanta la tecnología, entonces mientras aprendo de algo que me guste aprendo a pronunciar y a reconocer los sonidos.

Pero si no tienes un nivel avanzado, y si te gustan las películas, pero tu nivel no te da para reconocer ni una frase, te comunicas con nosotros y nos dices, “me encantaría aprender esto”.

Nosotros miramos el video, lo pasamos a texto y ya con el texto te mostramos los símbolos de cómo se pronuncia.

Para esto lo único que te puedo recomendar es repetir, repetir y repetir.

La práctica hace al maestro.

A partir del día de hoy voy  incluir conversaciones, que te van a ayudar a desarrollar tu oído.

El día de hoy vamos a hablar de un tema que me gusta mucho y es de Austin, me encanta esta ciudad, tiene muchas cosas que me gustan, tiene tecnología, parques, la Universidad de Texas y espero disfruten esta conversación telefónica que sostuve con Lisa, ella trabaja conmigo desde hace unos años y nació en Texas, o sea que conoce muy bien la ciudad.

Trasncripción de la conversación

“Hey Lisa, how are you doing?”

“Hey Diana, I am doing good.”

“How is summer going for you?”

“It’s going good, I am just really tired of the 100 plus temperatures.”

“Oh really, for those of you who don’t know, it’s about 40 Celsius, so it is hot.”

“Right, almost unbearable, but…”

“So, well everybody, we are here with Lisa.  I think I have been talking about her, and she is my friend, and I have been talking about good things Lisa, about you.  Really good.”

“Good!”

“So here we are together and today we are going to be talking about Austin.”

“Lisa is from Texas and I want her to tell us a little bit about the city, that I love. I really so love the city.”

“So Lisa, for everybody, if someone wants to come to Austin and you want to recommend the city and you want to say something about it, what would you tell them?”

“Well, I actually have a lot of things to say about Austin, all good, but I think that I would have to say is that Austin is the city for everyone.   It has something to offer for all cultures, all ages, and there are many fine points about the city.  One thing that it is really famous for, it is that it is the “Live Music Capital” of the world.”

“I love that.”

“Yeah, and they have just all kinds of music.  And included in that is, and this gets a little bit into the arts side of things, but they have a lot of the shows now what you can go see that you might see in Las Vegas or New York . So, that’s really a, a neat thing.”

“Well I’ve missed those.  I definitely to go and take a look.”

“Yeah.  There are, there is a place or a street down town called sixth street which is really popular, especially with the younger crowd.  I don’t get down there much anymore because I hate the parking.  I said all things good about Austin, but I have one negative thing and that would be the parking,   downtown anyway.  So, but it is, it is a very exciting city.  There are a lot of really great restaurants, from very, very expensive to very, very inexpensive.  I think the latest trend are the trailer foods, which means that in certain parts of the city, they have, they have little trailers set up where you can buy different kinds of foods, the most, probably one of the most popular right now is called “Hey Cupcake”.”

“Really?  What is it?”

“They sell cupcakes exclusively, and they are to die for.”

“So, everyone should try that one.”

“I’ve got to go.”

“Austin’s also very diverse, culturally.  The slogan for Austin is “Keep Austin Weird”, and I guess you can say that’s, that’s a good slogan for the city.  A lot of different kinds of people from different parts of the world.  I’ve heard that if you are a native Texan, you are in the minority.  So that kind of tells you what a melting pot Austin truly is.”

“I love that actually.”

“Yeah, yeah, I think that is really neat.”

“Austin is the capital of Texas.  So downtown they have the capital building, the Governor’s Mansion.  And of course you would have to mention the University of Texas, go Horns, if you are into sports, that’s a really big draw for the city.  I mentioned earlier that they have lots of fine arts from art galleries, to museums, to the different kinds of shows that they have now, and musicals, things, things of that nature.   And, to include, some really great shopping.”

“Shopping huh?”

“Yes!”

“OK, so everybody, now you know.”

“And you can find good shopping pretty much anywhere you go, from malls to little quaint antique store and eclectic type stores and just a really great experience for anybody who is visiting the area, I think it has just a little bit of everything for everybody.”

“Well, for me I have two things that I want to add.  One is, for sports, really nice.  I, I love hiking and we have many, many beautiful parks.”

“Definitely.”

“And we have technology.  We have many companies.  Dell, Michael Dell, this is his home town.  And, I mean we have many companies, IBM, Samsung, I see many, many companies around.”

“Yes.”

“Actually they call the city, they call it, like the Silicon Valley, not the Silicon Valley, the Silicon Hills.  Actually, they are trying to say that is like another technology center in the US.”

“Right, right, I think Austin draws a lot of big companies, and especially technology because of the, you know, Texas is a great place to live, if the country is in a bad economy like it is now because it offers a lot of tax breaks for companies and a lot of diversity which is what they are looking for.  You know different kinds of people with different kinds of talents.  It is just a great place for everything.”

“And something else I was thinking about is, is, besides, everything, actually when you were talking about the food.  Is there something else you could think about, like Tex Mex food or something you could recommend?”

“Well, there is Tex Mex on just about every corner.”

“I know.”

“I think Chuy’s is probably a really, really popular Tex Mex place in Austin.  They have really good food.  And a really neat, neat restaurant experience as far as the environment goes.  Wow, I am trying to think of maybe one of the more expensive ones, you know, for those who are looking for a really special occasion.  And, I would have to do some research on that I think.”

“Well, I think I like cheap.”

“You like what?”

“Cheap and good.”

“Oh, definitely.”

“No, I mean, no I love Chuys and it is not so expensive.”

“No, it’s very reasonable.”

“It is.”

“Yeah, but I am going to put a plug in for a little restaurant out here in Leander, which is just a little bit Northwest of Austin, but it’s really all one city, almost.   And that is a place called Jardin del Rey and they have the best Margaritas, period!  So if you like Margaritas, you need to visit.”

“We do, we have to give me directions.”

“OK!”

“OK, ok.”

“If you like Sangria, the sangria margaritas are the best.”

“Oh, I have never tried that one…”

“Yes.”

“Before…”

“It’s actually, new to me.”

“Yes.”

“OK, everybody this is our call for today with Lisa.  Don’t miss our next episode.  You will find many more things that you will enjoy.  And by the way, you can go to our website, hablaingles.com and you will see a link and the link says tell us what you want.  We will be talking about every subject you’ll want to be listening to.  This is all for today.  I hope you enjoyed it and have a wonderful day.”

“Bye.”

“Bye.”