If you find yourself reading this blog post then learning Spanish has probably been on your “to do” list for a long time but is something you’ve always off for when you have more time. Or maybe you have been learning Spanish for a while but have reached a plateau where you feel you are not progressing or you are getting bored by using the same resources.
What you need to understand is that learning Spanish can be fun if you choose the right methods.
In the first blog post of 2021 we will talk about how you can boost your Spanish learning to get you enjoying it and progressing well again, or how to get started on the right track to speak the language as soon as possible.
The best way to make sure you stick with studying the language is to set a goal to reach within a certain time frame.
Examples of such goals could be booking a short break or a holiday in Spain or a South American country where you will have the opportunity to use the language in real life.
You could register for an exam such as the official DELE diploma which you can do from beginner levels: A1 or A2 or intermediate: B1 and B2 or for more advanced learners: C1 and C2.
You may say to yourself that you will start your first language exchange by July when you will have to hold a conversation with a native speaker.
The best way to put into practice what you have been learning from your own studies is to talk to a native Spanish speaker. One of the easiest ways to do this if you don’t know a Spanish speaking friend, relative or colleague is to find an online language exchange partner from websites such as; conversation exchange, mylanguageexchange, easylanguageexchange.
The idea behind this is to meet regularly (online or face to face when possible) with a native speaker. You talk for half the time in Spanish and half the time in English as they will want to practice their English. This is a great way to ask questions, learn the typical phrases they really use in daily conversation and to learn about the country and the culture.
You can find out more about maintaining successful language exchanges here: “5 Tips to get the most out of your language exchange”.
Maybe you have been using the same language learning app for a while now and it is getting a little predictable or you have reached the top level and not sure where to go now. Why not try a different one or a different resource which you can still enjoy.
Try watching Spanish TV series on Netflix: “49 Best Spanish TV Shows on Netflix”. The good thing about watching Spanish TV shows is that you get to hear the real words they use and how they speak in real life. It is a great way to learn new vocabulary and improve your listening skills at the same time.
Maybe you have previously just studied whenever you have time. You may have started out studying every day and then when life gets in the way you let this slip and it is easy to fall out of these habits and hard to get back into regular studying.
The best thing is to set aside the same time every day to sit down and study Spanish. This way you will do it automatically without having to plan or think about it too much. For some people this is first thing in the morning, at lunchtime or just before going to bed.
For some people the only way they stick with learning Spanish regularly is to book weekly or fortnightly lessons with a private Spanish tutor. The tutor sets tasks and learning to do between lessons so you are held accountable and they follow a logical theme of learning which takes the hassle out of deciding what you should be learning yourself.
If you would like more advice or to find out more about how the lessons work, feel free to contact us for more information.