La inteligencia (Intelligence) is a very debatable topic. Maybe some of our students on might think that learning Spanish or other language is very difficult for them because they consider themselves not to be inteligentes (intelligent). However, people who move to other country do it all the time.

On the other hand, I’ve met maths geniuses who struggle hardly to learn a second language and they finally give up. How is it possible? Aren’t you supposed to be able to learn a new language if you have proved your intelligence skills in other fields of knowledge? Keep reading to try to find out the answer.

Howard Gardner (USA, 1943) tried to shed light on this. He devised a theory which claims that every single human have different ways of processing information. He called it “Theory of Multiple Intelligences” and he classified the types of intelligence in this way: musical-rhythmic, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic.

In conclusion, we should not wonder if we are intelligent or not, but which kind of intelligence do I have? So, let us help you using Spanish.

  • Ser bueno/malo en algo – haciendo algo: ¿Eres bueno en matemáticas? ¿Eres bueno resolviendo problemas de cálculo? (Are you good at Maths? Are you good at solving computational problems?), so you have inteligencia lógico-matemática.
  • Dársele bien/mal algo a alguien: ¿Se te da bien orientarte en una ciudad nueva? ¿Se te da bien el diseño gráfico? (Are you good at orienting yourself in a new city? Are you good at graphic design?). We can claim that you have inteligencia visual-espacial.
  • Ser capaz/incapaz de algo: ¿Eres capaz de hablar más de dos lenguas? ¿Eres capaz de entender la evolución etimológica de una palabra? (Are you able to speak more than two languages? Are you able to understand the ethymological evolution of a word?). Maybe you have inteligencia lingüística-verbal.
  • Tener facilidad/dificultad para algo: ¿Tienes facilidad para ayudar a tus amigos? ¿Tienes facilidad para ser el líder de tu grupo? (Have you a gift with helping your friends? Have you ability with leading your crew?). I’m sure you have inteligencia interpersonal.
  • Ser un pato/negado para algo (very colloquial): ¿Eres un pato para bailar? ¿Eres un negado para cantar en un karaoke? (Are you a clumsy dancer? Are you a hopeless at singing at a karaoke?). Maybe you don’t have inteligencia rítmico-musical.
  • Ser hábil para algo: ¿Eres hábil para marcar goles en fútbol? ¿Eres hábil para fingir el gesto de tu cara? (Are you skilled at scoring goals in football? Are you skilled at pretending the expression of your face?). You get it: inteligencia cinético-corporal.
  • Tener habilidad/capacidad para: ¿Tienes habilidad para expresar tus sentimientos? ¿Tienes capacidad para controlar tus emociones? (Are you able to express your feelings? Are you able to control your emotions?). Yes, you have inteligencia intrapersonal.
  • Saber cómo hacer algo: ¿Sabes cómo explicar los hábitos de los animales? ¿Sabes cómo diferenciar las especies de plantas? (Do you know how to explain the habits of the animals? Do you know how to difference the species of plants?). Of course, you have inteligencia naturalista.

In conclusion, ¿se te da mal encontrar tiempo para ir a clase? (are you able to find time to go to class?), ¿eres un negado para aprender idiomas por tu cuenta? (are you a hopeless at learning languages on your own? Don’t worry, on tenemos facilidad para ayudarte (we have ability to help you). Reserve a free trial class right now and learn Spanish via Skype with us. We promise you serás muy bueno hablando español (you will very good at speaking Spanish).

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