Noun: A white person from an English-speaking country, often from the United States (who is a non–native Spanish speaker)
I am sure many of you have heard this term before. Contrary to some belief, it is not slang, nor slanderous. Some Americans may take offense to this term: thinking it may imply something other than what it does. However, the term is benign.
I grew up in a small town with no Spanish speaking influence, so people have always been very curious as to how and why I took the initiate to learn Spanish fluently. Throughout years of many conversations with fellow gringos, I came to realize that I would always hear the same responses in regards to their incapability to speak Spanish.
Many of them went like this:
- “It was simply too hard to learn”
- I took a couple years of Spanish in high school but don’t remember anything.
- I took some mandatory classes but I only remember how to say “hola,”
After years of hearing the same responses again, and again, I concluded that there had to be an identifiable reason, as to why they did not grasp or remember even the basics of the language. Sure enough…
THERE IT WAS STARING ME RIGHT IN THE FACE!
The problem was not the language; the problem was the manner in which they went about trying to learn it. I decided to make it my mission to develop a learning technique that would provide a fun, easy and understandable way towards learning Spanish.
You Don’t Have To Learn Every Grammatical Nuance of Spanish
What I discovered was a way to relate English to your Spanish learning. This “new” and innovative approach steers away from the grueling and grammatically heavy textbook approach. Being taught this way will make your learning experience new, and enjoyable, because you will not get “bogged down,” with the many grammatical differences that exist between English, and Spanish.
I learned “the hard way,” but you don’t have to.You can learn it The Gringa Way!!!!