Hello! Hope you’re okay! Today’s post is all about my language learning journey and tips. You might already know that I’m learning Spanish and I wanted to do a blog post about why I started learning it and how it is going. I hope you enjoy this post and comment if you speak another language or you are considering learning a new language.
Why I Started Learning Another Language?
I started learning Spanish for two reasons. The first reason was I was supposed to be going to Spain last year and I thought it would be great if I had a basic knowledge of the language. The second reason was I used to do French at school and I wanted to learn a new (ish) language because I was quite good at French and Spanish seemed like a great option.
My Journey So Far
I’ve been learning Spanish basically every day for over 300 days now (nearly a year). I use duolingo which I have mentioned in previous blog posts. What I like about Duolingo is that I can just learn whenever I want using the app. This makes the learning process better and easier for me. I’m currently halfway through checkpoint 3 which is really interesting. I don’t really have a set amount of time that I spend learning per day so it varies from 5 minutes to 30 minutes.
My Future Plans
Obviously, I’m going to continue learning Spanish but once I’ve finished the Duolingo Spanish course (which probably won’t be till another year if I continue at the same pace) I’ll probably try and watch some Spanish TV shows with subtitles. Also, I’ll continue practicing the knowledge that I’ve learned and try to learn more vocab from a different source. Let me know if you want to see part 2 of this blog post once I’ve finished the whole course.
Why You Should Consider Learning A New Language?
- Improves memory
- Learn a new skill which is useful
- Have a knowledge of the language for if you decide to visit a country speaking that language
- Something interesting and kind of productive to do rather than just scrolling through social media
- Try to practice everyday even if it’s just for 5 minutes sometimes because it helps you so much with remembering the vocab
- Go over previous vocab once in a while after you’ve learned it so you don’t forget it
- Try to use all of the features of the app (e.g. listening exercises, speaking exercises, reading exercises) – this is something that I should do more often
- Try and find easy ways to remember new words (for example castillo = castle (first part of castle with -illo on the end)