For our last blog post of the year, I would like to remind you all of a few things that will help you along your Spanish learning journey. I could make a list of 100+ tips, but I will stick to 10 of my favorites. You may have heard some of these before, but they are worth remembering:
1 – Consistency is key. Taking long breaks away from Spanish has the same results as taking long breaks from exercise.
2 – Remember why you are learning Spanish. Sometimes it’s overwhelming, frustrating, time-consuming, etc. It helps to remember why you’re doing it.
3 – Try new things. They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Feeling stuck? Change things up!
4 – Take opportunities presented to you. We are so lucky to live in San Diego. We literally have numerous opportunities each and every day to practice our Spanish. Take advantage of those opportunities! Every bit helps!
5 – Keep your eyes on your Spanish, not anyone else’s. We are all unique creatures on this earth and we all have different strengths and weaknesses. Some students have a better vocabulary than others (and then there’s Roger F. that has a better vocab than most of us teachers), some have better grammar, some better communication skills, etc. Don’t compare yourself to other students in your class. We are unique language learners and will learn at our own pace.
6 – Keep it fun! Love movies? Watch them in Spanish. Love music? Listen to music in Spanish. Love to cook? Find a recipe in Spanish and cook it (and then if it’s delicious bring it to class and share it with me).
7 – Practice every day. It has been proven that studying for short bursts often is more conducive to language learning than studying once a week for hours. Take 10-15 minutes every day to dedicate to your Spanish.
8 – Remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Slow down, pace yourself and for God’s sake be kind to yourself. You don’t need to be fluent tomorrow! Enjoy the beautiful journey that is language learning.
9 – Make mistakes. You hear me, we want you to make mistakes. It’s a great way to learn and it means that you’re putting yourself out there. Go for it!
10 – Talk to yourself. Yup, you heard me. Getting in a lot of speaking time is important. One of the easiest ways to do this is by talking to yourself. You will learn a lot of new vocab, you can go at your own pace and you’re already doing it in English, so why not learn somethign while you’re at it?
Bueno chicos, this is it for 2016. Thank you all for an amazing year. I am thankful each and every day for having you all in my life.
Felices fiestas y nos vemos el próximo año 🙂
Besitos y abrazos,