Sooo as you might know I am currently living in Spain ( Madrid), to learn my third language. Learning a new language can be an extremely hard and time consuming task, which is very awarding when accomplished. Obviously I have the privilege of living in this beautiful country with the sole purpose of experiencing its culture and learning the language, so I am very fortunate to have learned (at least half of it mas o menos :)) ) spanish quite fast. However I have also learned a lot of tips and tricks which can just as well be used for anybody not living in the same country as the language is spoken.
- Read books in the language – these can range from a simple beginners book, to (my personal fav) Harry Potter. I am currently on the fourth book of Harry Potter in spanisch and have gotten a lot of comments from other people how reading these books helped them learn spanish!
- Listen to music in the language – really immersing yourself in the culture is in my opinion a very important step of learning a new language. Even if I dont always understand what they are singing about, I love playing the spanish top 50 on spotify whilst studying or working out. Obviously if your music style isn’t as mainstream as mine you can always listen to different types of music 🙂
- Listen to Podcasts – On Itunes you can find a lot of different Podcasts in easy spanish about different types of topics. Go and have a look and I’m sure you’ll find something you like
- Movies – Turn on the spanish subtitles and watch all your favourite series and movies in the language you are learning. I know with some movies it can be a pain to watch it in a different language than the original, so do some research about good series which are originally in the language you are hoping to master. In spanish I can recommend “La Casa de Papel” which you can find on netflix
- Duolingo – Duolingo is a really good cheap way to learn a language, the key is to be persistent though, so set yourself a goal to do it 10 min everyday on your phone . Another way is Rosetta stone, but this is very pricey and only available on a laptop, so I find myself reaching to Duolingo more.
Hope some of these tips are useful !!
All the love always,