My First Week Learning Spanish
I mentioned last week that I have signed up for a Spanish class. Well I know that when choosing a Spanish language course, going to a weekly one hour class will not be enough if I really want to improve my language skills.
I have therefore gathered together some other really useful resources to help me on my way. I am doing the following:
- Listening to Daily Spanish Podcasts
- Reading Articles from A Spanish Magazine
- Joined A Language Forum
- Looking for a Spanish Language Exchange Group
Listening to Spanish Podcasts
I discovered a website called Notes in Spanish. It was created by a couple called Ben and Julia. Ben is from England and has lived in Spain for many years. Julia is from Madrid.
This website has a series of podcasts ranging from beginners, intermediate and advanced levels. I have been listening to one podcast each day and taking notes of the new info I have learned. Each podcast lasts about 16-20 minutes.
There is a lot of English dialogue in order to explain the content. I am sure that this is just for the beginners level. It is great to have the contrast of two people speaking the language. I find it harder to understand Maria because of her accent. I am sure I will get used to it and I look forward to hearing more.
Reading Articles from a Spanish Magazine
One of the things I hate about learning a foreign language is the reading material that is provided. It is usually quite boring. Most of it is aimed at school children or it is about historical stuff that has no appeal for me.
I thought about the things I do like to read – crime stories and magazines – and went looking for the Spanish equivalent. So far I have purchased Vanity Fair in Spanish and I am slowly making my way through the articles. There is a lot of new vocab and I find that I have to look up every other word.
This should get better as I retain more data in my little head.
Joined a Language Forum
Benny from Fluent in 3 Months runs a language forum. I actually joined in January 2012 but I just didn’t participate. This time round I am more determined than ever to succeed so I look forward to connecting with like minded language learners.
Benny is also an inspiration. He attempts to learn a new language within 3 months and has already achieved a ridiculously large amount of success.
Looking for a Spanish Language Exchange Group
Another great way to learn a language is to practice speaking it as much as you can. I am therefore looking for a Spanish language exchange group in my area. I am looking on Gumtree.com and Meetup.com for ideas and hope to find a suitable group.
I know that people also do 1-1 language exchanges or use Skype but at the moment, I find both those options a little bit intimidating. A group setting is more my cup of tea.
So that’s my plans for improving my Spanish language skills. I am very excited and very motivated. The idea is to get over to Spain as soon as it is feasible so that I can put all this practice into real use. Wish me luck.
Have Your Say: Are you learning a foreign language? Do you have any other resources to recommend? I would love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.