25 tips for Spanish language learning

25 tips for Spanish language learning.

  1. When first starting out, try to just listen to Spanish as much as possible without attempting to speak it. This helps you to acquire an ear for the spanish language.
  2. Develop a passion for the Spanish language. Without a desire to learn you won’t get far.
  3. Use time which is normally wasted for your Spanish language learning. Standing in line, waiting for an elevator, etc., are all opportunities not to be missed to learn Spanish.
  4. Practice unfamiliar sounds in Spanish in the shower or in the car. Example: the spanish “ñ” or "rr" sound. Say them over and over.
  5. Listen to internet radio broadcasts and podcasts in spanish as much as possible

  6. Listen to internet radio broadcasts and podcasts in spanish as much as possible.
  7. Likewise, watch lots of videos and films.
  8. Utilize the Cervantes EI Facebook for news broadcast and lessons in Spanish.
  9. Utilize flashcards or small notebooks to review Spanish vocabulary words and phrases.
  10. Put stickers on everyday items until you’ve learned their names.
  11. Draw columns on paper, words in your native language on the right and Spanish language on the left. This allows your eye to easily scan from one column to the next and it helps your brain absorb that word.
  12. Use your imagination. Visual images help to remember Spanish words.
  13. Use computer programs and free online Spanish dictionaries.
  14. Think in terms of phrases and not individual words. It’s easier to remember a phrase like “a bread and butter breakfast” than it is to remember each word in isolation.
  15. Learn the Spanish past tense before learning the present tense and save the future tense for last.
  16. Read bilingual books with your native language and Spanish or books in Spanish that you are already familiar with in your native language.
  17. Read Spanish comics and cartoons in Spanish.
  18. Invent stories using as much of your new vocabulary as possible. Any words you can’t think of in your spanish language use your native language and look up those words later.
  19. Invent funny or silly mnemonic Spanish phrases to help you remember new Spanish words or concepts.
  20. Write a simple children’s book in Spanish. Make it silly and utilize simple concepts as though a child was actually going to read the book.
  21. Use a bilingual dictionary often, not just to look up specific words but also to browse through it.
  22. Read your Spanish grammar books.
  23. Try to think in Spanish.
  24. Take an occasional break or a day or two off to let your mind sort out your new vocabulary.
  25. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake.
  26. For your next vacation consider travelling to Malaga to study Spanish at Cervantes EI Spanish school and stay with a Spanish family. This cultural immersion will greatly improve your level of Spanish no matter how long you stay, even with just 1 week.
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