Learning a New Language: Spanish Edition
Since the 8th grade I’ve had a love-hate-love relationship with the Spanish language. It was in this grade that I took my first spanish class and fell in love with the language and the concept of being able to speak two languages. Since that time I’ve been on a mission to become fluent in Spanish.
In high school I took every Spanish class available and in college I took a year’s worth, but having to take mandatory classes I couldn’t squeeze anymore into my schedule. In order to remain knowledgeable about the language to get closer to being bilingual it’s important that I keep practices. How do you keep practicing a foreign language on your own?
Here are my tips (substitute spanish for the language you are learning):
- Watch television and films in spanish
- Read spanish books, magazines and websites in spanish
- Access free learning resources online
- Find a friend or language companion
- Purchase Rosetta Stone
- Practice writing in the language and speak as often as you can in that language
- Travel to a country where the language is spoken
- Shop at local spanish markets
- Change your television and other electronic settings to spanish
- Be confident and optimistic
- Listen to music in spanish
- Have fun and practice for short periods each day instead of cramming it all in on the weekends
There are a lot of great resources out there, but the challenge for me has always been finding ways to consistently practice when I’m living in an English-speaking environment.
I will be fluent in spanish very soon!
What language would you like to learn?