FUN WAYS TO LEARN SPANISH
Can learning Spanish be fun?
Of course it can!
There are many ways to learn Spanish but most of them seem boring. It is not just limited to picking up paper and pen and taking notes as everyone thinks! So, today we’re going to break away from this norm and suggest 10 fun activities to help you learn Spanish.
1. DO A SPANISH COURSE
How could this option not be on the list? A Spanish course is an effective way to learn to converse in Spanish, to learn new vocabulary and improve your grammar, spelling and the rest all in Spanish.
At this point in time, Spanish classes are no longer based on having lessons in a classroom, rather outside of it.
2. LAS MALAS LENGUAS
Yes, as we’ve just said: You don’t have to always sit in a traditional classroom to learn. We can combine everyday life outside the classroom with learning in a class like our friends at Las Malas Lenguas do: going out to practice the language and relate to your classmates and teachers. Their open classrooms on their Spanish courses mean you can go out to explore Madrid and have conversations in Spanish with people who speak the language. The more real the situation, the better.
Here is a link to their website, las malas lenguas.
3. SPEAK TO YOUR FRIENDS
We’re sure that some of your friends share your interest in learning Spanish so try meeting up with them and keeping a conversation in Spanish going for a while to practise. As they are your friends you won’t feel so embarrassed. As a next step, instead of having conversations in Spanish with your friends, try having them with a native speaker.
4. GO TO A LANGUAGE EXCHANGE WITH NATIVE SPEAKERS
There are almost certainly several bars where you live with language exchange events, so you can meet natives of the language you wish to learn who are also interested in learning yours.
Sat around a table, talking about various topics first in one language and then in the other so that it is mutually beneficial, you will help each other understand the accent better, learn up to date language and correct your mistakes.
5. LISTEN TO MUSIC
Who doesn’t like music? Music is becoming more and more fashionable in our daily lives but sometimes following the rhythm or understanding the lyrics can be difficult. Because of this, we’re going to give you some advice: print the lyrics off, read through them, translate them into Spanish and then sing along while listening to your favourite singers so you can hear the intonation and bit by bit you will get used to the sounds.
6. WATCH FILMS AND SERIES
Just like music, we are seeing more and more foreign films appear, but translated. So, similar to the songs, we recommend you put the subtitles on; first in your own language and then in Spanish.
7. WATCH ONLINE TUTORIALS TO LEARN SPANISH
There are thousands of video tutorials online covering topics from Spanish grammar or job interview advice to real situations and stories that will help you to understand the pronunciation and above all, learn new vocabulary.
It’s not just videos either. There are also many platforms with grammar exercises and exams that you can do online. They even give you the corrections so you can see your mistakes and improve your Spanish.
9. USE SOCIAL NETWORKS
On social networks like Facebook, there are lots of groups that share their questions or where people look for natives to write or chat to thus exchanging languages and learning Spanish. Like idea number 4, it is a kind of language exchange to learn Spanish or other languages but online.
10. TAKE PART IN A LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL IMMERSION
And now, without doubt, the best option is to completely integrate yourself in a country, in its culture and learn its language, for example learn Spanish in Spain. Live the language, through living with a Spanish host family. Or, if you would rather not travel to another country, you could try being an English host and offering accommodation to a Spanish guest. This way, you can practice the language together but in the comfort of your own home.
These last ideas are what we, MyHOSTpitality offer you in our community. You can organise your own language exchange and learn Spanish according to your interests while enjoying the benefits that being a member of our community has. Learn more at www.myhostpitality.com
All these ideas are novel options to encourage children as much as adults to learn Spanish as they are fun ways to learn and make people want to practice the language. Whichever way you choose to practice, whether a spanish course or singing or combining several options; there’s no doubt that if you are more interested in learning, you’ll learn quicker.
On top of these ways of learning Spanish, there are many more. Can you think of any?
Don’t hesitate to share this post so your friends can see that learning Spanish means making sacrifices and tell them that it’s not so complicated. You could also write to us and share your own ideas about how to learn Spanish.
Go for it and let us know how it goes!