How to keep up with your Spanish over the holidays
I think we can all agree that the Christmas holidays are a time for relaxation and self care, especially after a long year of working and accomplishing goals. It is a great time to catch up with both families and friends as well as to celebrate the holiday traditions!
Having said that, the holidays always seem to fly by and before long its time to get back to your daily routine. Learning a language often takes a back seat during the holidays but actually it is one of the best times to learn!
Here are some tips on how to keep up with your Spanish during the Christmas break:
Series & Movies
First things first, you don’t have to feel bound to your study books and revision guides, especially if they turn you off studying altogether. It’s your break so some part of your studying should be fun and break the routine!
If your main aim is to learn Spanish, there are so many other resources available to you. One of the best ways to learn colloquial language is to watch Spanish series or movies. This is an awesome way to enjoy your break but also to keep your ear trained to Spanish accents, words, and pronunciation. Some of our favorite movies that we definitely recommend are El Laberinto, Toc Toc, Durante La Tormenta y No estoy Loca.
Podcasts are a very attainable way to keep up with your Spanish progress over the break. To make sure you don’t bore yourself you can set yourself a certain time or period of the day in which you listen to your daily 20 minutes of Spanish. This could be while you do some house chores, while you’re driving, cleaning or even while you’re exercising. Choose a moment of the day and stick to it! It’s effective for progressing your listening skills as well as learning about a variety of topics in your second language.
The end of the year and the start of a new year is a perfect time to get organized! Sorting through your Spanish notes is an awesome way to go over what you have learnt this term but also to put these notes into more manageable files.
Try making flashcards, summarizing key points in a new notebook or even creating a vocab book so all the new words you need to learn are in one place. Choose the best method for you. Time is one thing you have over the break without any distractions and trust us when we say organizing your notes goes a long way on your journey to Spanish success.
It’s safe to say that everyone loves music and Spanish music is particularly diverse and catchy! There’s flamenco, reggaeton, rap, salsa, merengue, rock and of course pop music too. Check out some Spanish artists in your favorite music genres and learn their songs. It will definitely aid your listening abilities by training your ear to sounds and rhythms while also helping you get more familiar with Spanish culture too.
Keeping up with the News
Right now many of us are trying to keep up with the news and the latest developments concerning the global health crisis. If you want to test yourself you could listen to the news in English and then see if you can understand these same updates in Spanish too. It will surely help you to keep updated and also practice your Spanish too. Some good news channels to practice with include El país and El mundo.
Use your time wisely this winter break to plan your Spanish learning in 2024. If studying abroad has been on the cards for you or you would like to visit Spain, check out your options. Book yourself onto a Spanish course, arrange to stay with a host family or even take a professional internship in your second language if you really want to test yourself.
The good news is that Euroace offers a wide variety of programs that will definitely help you practice your Spanish and introduce you into the Spanish speaking world! Click here for more info on our EUROACE programs!