Coming to Spanish class consistently, once a week, is awesome. Coming 2x a week is even better. But what do you do on the other days? Do you practice your Spanish or do you only dedicate those 90 minutes to it while you’re in class each week?
As you all know by now, learning a language is a lifestyle. If you want to improve and keep learning, you have to practice daily. For those of you that play instruments or sports, you know what I’m talking about.
If you have a band, you can’t just show up on the day of the concert and expect to be at your best.
If you run track, you can’t just show up the day of the meet and expect to win.
You practice daily, so that you get better and better.
It’s the same with languages.
You don’t need to dedicate hours to it each day. We recommend a minimum of 10-15 minutes per day, every day (at least 5-6 days a week).
The good news is that working on your Spanish is a lot easier than training for a sport or making time to play an instrument.
It’s great to get uninterrupted, totally focused time, but on the days that you can’t squeeze in 15 minutes of uninterrupted time, you can get it in while you’re doing other things, such as:
- listening to Spanish radio, an audio book or a CD while you’re driving or getting ready
- talking to yourself while you’re in the shower
- squeezing in La conversación del día on Facebook or using DuoLingo for 5-10 minutes while you’re waiting for anything (at the doctor’s office, in line for the DMV, waiting for your food to heat up in the microwave, etc.)
- taking the opportunity to talk to Spanish speakers (we are everywhere!!!!)
And the list goes on…
You get the idea 🙂 So how do you practice daily?