Weekly Tip & Optional Homework Week of 4/28 for week of 5/5/14

Weekly Tip:

Goal written by one of PBO’s Students: “Mejorar mi vocabulario para comprender mejor.”


Increasing your vocabulary is actually one of the easier things you can do to improve your Spanish.

Here are some ideas:

–       Participate in la conversación del día on Facebook. This is exactly what it was designed for…completely random conversation questions that will take you outside your vocabulary box.  Hate Facebook?  Sign up and change your name to a fake name so that you can use it for Spanish but not to communicate with others. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pura-Buena-Onda-Conversational-Spanish/107097834280

–       Read. I usually recommend starting with short, simple things like magazines (even ads if you’re just starting) and then working your way up to news articles and eventually books. Highlight the words you do not know and then look them up after reading the paragraph and trying to understand through context (if you interrupt your reading for every word you don’t know you will lose interest very quickly).  We have numerous books & magazines in the entry way of 209 that you’re more than welcome to take.

–       Use apps like Duolingo or websites like studyspanish.com.

–       Take notes during class, pick the top 3 – 5 words you want to learn that week, make flashcards and make it a point to use them every day for the entire week.

–       Write in a journal, leaving every other line blank. Write the words you don’t know in English, highlight them and go back when you’re done to look up the words you didn’t know. You can use the blank space underneath to write the correct word in Spanish. For the next 3 days, when you open your journal to write, start by reading the last few entries, reading over your new vocabulary.

–       Look up vocabulary you don’t know, of things you see every day. Write the word on a small post it and stick it to the object. Every time you go by it or use it, say the word out loud. I would recommend not doing this with more than 5 objects at a time. It’s about time you learned how to say stapler, don’t you think?

I hope that one of these tips works for you!

PS I would recommend wordreference.com for looking up words you do not know. And take the time to read the description, as many words have several meanings.

Optional Homework

The optional homework is to work on the imperfect tense this week. One option is to go to http://www.studyspanish.com/tutorial.htm. They have a few mini-lessons and some tests that you can take at no charge (if you want to go beyond that you need to pay for the site, but their free section is quite good).

If you have a book or site that you prefer, that works too.

And for those of you that want MORE homework, I would recommend purchasing the book Complete Spanish Grammar (from the Practice Makes Perfect series) by McGraw Hill. It’s an excellent book and covers grammar from a to z 🙂