5 Study Hacks to Learn Spanish Effectively

Spanish study tipsLearning Spanish is one of the best things you can do to spice up your CV and show future employers that you are a worthwhile candidate to help expand their business internationally in the future.

Over 572 million people speak Spanish worldwide and with many British companies now trading with Mexico and South American countries, learning the Spanish language is a wise investment of time and money.

Another good thing about Spanish is that it is one of the easiest foreign languages for English speakers to learn.

If you learn in the right way using the tips in this blog you can make sure you make as much progress as possible in less time and also learn more easily.

1) Write out your notes

It has been proven that by handwriting your vocabulary lists and study notes, rather than typing them means your brain is spending longer focusing on them which ultimately helps retain the words in your long-term memory. Studies have shown that you learn more effectively by writing rather than typing.

2) Hold yourself accountability

I know that if I tell someone that I am going to do something, I am more likely to go ahead and succeed rather than if I just keep it to myself. There is nothing worse than someone asking you how you are getting on with something for you to reply, well I’ve not started it yet or I have not achieved it so far.

Social media

This could also mean setting up a separate language learning profile on Instagram, twitter or facebook so that you can post regularly on what you have learnt or things to remember. In addition, this is a brilliant way to connect with other people who are learning the same language as you as well as native speakers and teachers who can encourage you and help you learn even more.

Here are more ways to hold yourself accountable for language learning.

3) Daily practice

Without a doubt, the people who progress furthest and quickest when learning a second language are those who spend time every day doing at least some type of activity using the language. This doesn’t mean 2 hours of intensive study every single day. It could just be ten minutes listening to a song sung by a native speaker, a few minutes of a language app such as Duolingo or going through a flashcard app reviewing new words. Every little helps.

4) Speak out loud

Studies show that by saying words out loud you are more likely to remember them. The most important part of learning a language is speaking. Therefore it is vital that from day one this is what you do both to learn words and also to get used to the new sounds and pronunciation.

5) Exercise at the same time

This study proves that physical activity enhances learning unfamiliar vocabulary compared with learning when stationary. Why not combine learning the language whilst doing some form of exercise. This could be listening to a podcast whilst cycling or listening to Spanish music whilst running. Doing exercise and staying active can improve overall brain function so it is a win-win situation!
How to learn Spanish most efficiently
The best way to learn Spanish is to find what works best for you. We all learn differently so by trying different methods you will find what you get on better with and learn fastest. The key thing though is to choose a way that you enjoy and keeps you motivated to continue!
If you would like to learn with a tutor, contact us today and we can advise you on how lessons work.
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