How to pick up Spanish besides picking up a textbook?
Are you fed up of studying from a textbook? Do you feel the need for a different approach? There are many ways you can learn Spanish other than reading grammar books by yourself. Sometimes, learning can actually be more productive when you try new techniques and actually get out and use the language! Here we give you some suggestions on how to find new ways to improve your Spanish:
Don’t be Afraid to Put it into Practice
Probably the most nerve racking part of learning a new language is speaking. Why? In short, because people are afraid to make a fool of themselves. But here’s the truth, putting the language into practice and making mistakes with your speech is all part of the learning process. Speaking and listening allows you to constantly review the language you have been learning in your study time, and most importantly, allows you to be creative in Spanish which makes it more enjoyable for you too! Don’t be afraid to use your Spanish wherever you go and try to make conversation whenever possible, whether it’s the supermarket, a café or with your host family! Which leads to the next technique…
Intercambio with a Native
If you have the chance to talk to a native speaker, this can really make a difference. Conversing with a native will teach you about pronunciation, accent and rhythm, things you definitely can’t learn from a textbook. Also, you gain more confidence knowing that a native person can understand you and that you can understand them too!
Spanish TV and Music
Another awesome way to improve your aural skills is watching Spanish television/movies and by listening to Spanish songs. Although you won’t understand every word at first, it’s a way to attune your hearing to the accent and to become more familiar in general with Spanish phrases and expressions. Put on the subtitles when watching a show in Spanish or look up the lyrics for songs and follow along to improve your listening!
Short of time? Why not download a language app on your phone and learn Spanish on the go. Most language apps these days use interactive activities to help you pick up the language through various means and the good thing about this type of learning is, it can be done anywhere at any time! It’s definitely a handy way to practice Spanish and the quick, interactive exercises make the learning process a bit more enjoyable.
Group classes can also be really useful because they allow you to converse with other people during lessons and learn from others’ mistakes too! Joining a conversation group at the level you are at has many advantages; it can help you to gain confidence, speak more fluently, improve listening abilities and learn in a fun, different way!
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