By being slightly beyond your current level, it pushes you just the right amount, so you keep learning without getting overwhelmed.
Jeremy had discovered that once you reach the “intermediate” level in Spanish, it can be hard to find material that fits in your Zone of Genius.
Your choice is between “super hard” (movies, books, etc) and “too easy” (beginner textbooks).
But now, he was ready for what I gave him next...
My private collection of Spanish learning material:
• Short stories in Spanish with audio narrations
• Conversations between Spanish speakers, which I had recorded and had transcribed (word-for-word) transcriptions
• Interesting articles and videos from around the Spanish speaking world, all with audio and transcripts
• And much more...
All pitched just above a standard “intermediate” level in Spanish - slap bang in Jeremy’s Zone of Genius, and the perfect bridge to advanced Spanish.
(I had spent years carefully curating this material for my own learning.)
I also made sure that any Spanish audio came with a transcription. And every Spanish text came with an audio recording.
I explained why:
“The magic of having audio and text together, is that you improve your comprehension in Spanish twice as fast. This way, you have the audio to improve your comprehension, and the text to help out whenever you don’t understand. It’s a magical combination!“
Jeremy was like a kid at Christmas.
Right away, he began spending his days reading and listening to the fun, engaging material I gave him.