The above title you just read is not a pun by no means at all but a proven fact that you can get to discover for yourself because it is indeed possible to learn 1,000 words to add to your Spanish vocabulary overnight and all you need is your interest and zeal to master Spanish today.
Are you willing or prepared to ask, “HOW?” Anyway, I shall endeavor to explain the method by which you can achieve this without sweating it at all because a very close friend of mine showed me the secret methods and it worked just fine.
If you are set for us to begin, here we go.
Secret Number ONE: You can actually achieve learning 1, 000 new words to add to your Spanish vocabulary by FOCUSING ON THE SIMILARITIES between Spanish words and English words.
This might read differently from what you have been taught by your Spanish teacher or coach and/or exposed to in Spanish textbooks, instruction manuals, teaching aids, etc where the emphasis has been for you to FOCUS ON DIFFERENCES.
Secret Number TWO: It is discovered that things that are familiar to you tend to stick like ‘post it’ CARDS in your memory simply because they are easy to notice and recognize much unlike things that are odd and unfamiliar.
For things that are familiar you simply recollect but you need to cram things that are not familiar to you and this takes extra effort on your part to achieve.
This example should clear things up a bit with UNFAMILIAR WORDS:
Pan = Bread
Casa = House
Coche = Car
You need to learn this by rote memorization to be able to recollect what Spanish word in translated into which English word and vice-versa and it does not last more than a short while at best.
Now, check the time (on your wrist watch or wall clock) and please note it down on a memo pad or jotter and come, let us try these out, will you?
It’s the power of SIMILARITIES or FAMILIAR words.
COGNATES are simply English words with Latin roots.
The “TY/DAD” Cognates.
Almost all English words in existence today and that end with “TY” can be changed into Spanish words easily by changing “TY” to “DAD”.
University = UNIVERSIDAD
Eternity = ETERNIDAD
Nationality = NACIONALIDAD
In all, there are 231 “TY/DAD” cognates unless new words are discovered or invented today.
The “TION/CION” Cognates.
Almost all English words in existence today and that end with “TION” can be changed into Spanish words easily by changing “TION” to “CION”.
Collection = COLECCION
Nation = NACION
Promotion = PROMOCION
Counting, there are 321 of these as at present!
The “ATE/AR” Cognates.
Almost all English words in existence today and that end with “ATE” can be changed into Spanish words easily by changing “ATE” to “AR”.
Participate = PARTICIPAR
Inflate = INFLAR
There are 211 of these.
The “IC/ICO” Cognates
Almost all English words in existence today and that end with “IC” can be changed into Spanish words easily by changing “IC” to “ICO”.
Plastic = PLASTICO
Traffic = TRAFICO
These in total are 253.
When we add these COGNATES together, it gives us…
231 ty/dad + 321 tion/cion + 211 ate/ar + 253 ic/ico = 1016!
Now check what your time says now… about the space of 2-3 minutes.
This is a better and effective approach to mastering Spanish words fast by deploying the power of Similarities. You do not only remember them but you can go on and practice till when next you make out the time.