My Language Learning Journey & Tips

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

My Tips

  • 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)

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44 thoughts on “My Language Learning Journey & Tips

  1. I’m currently trying to maintain my language skills, so this is super helpful thank you 🙂 I learned French up to University level but since graduating I’m scared of losing it- I hope these tips help others who are just starting in their journey, or are trying to keep up a language x

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      1. Do you mind if I reference your post in a post I’m writing about keeping up a language? You inspired me to offer advice for others who have previously learned a language, and want to keep it up (eg just graduated like me) 🙂

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  2. Thanks for sharing this, I’m really passionate about language learning and I’m currently studying Spanish for A-Level and hoping to do it at uni! There’s a really fun app I recommend called LyricsTraining where you can play a Spanish song and it gets you to fill in the blanks which really helps with your listening skills – it’s not anything strenuous, just a fun little resource:)

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  3. I really admire anyone who takes the time to learn another language. You’ve done a great job at keeping up with the app for over 300 days! I have used duolingo for learning French prior to going to France a few years ago and it was really helpful (but I did it for 6 weeks only – I should have kept up)! I’d love to see a Part 2. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. These are really good tips to use with Duolingo. I was on a French language night school class a few years ago, and the tutor said that it’s a great app to use, so we all did. Do you find there are similarities between Spanish and French? thanks.

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  5. I’ve just started learning Spanish on duolingo and I’m loving it so far! I watch a lot of Spanish tv so that’s what sparked my interest but it’s also just such a pretty language! Good luck with your journey would be keen to see an update!

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  6. Five minutes a day makes the biggest difference as it keeps your mind on the language! I am currently trying my hand at French and find the writing of the language much more confusing than simply speaking. Love that you share your journey so far and your lovely notes; your two colored inks is such a clever way to note the way the verbs change. 🙂

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  7. Fab post! I’ve used duolingo before to learn french and found it incredibly useful! Learning another language is definitely something I plan on doing before it’s safe to travel again. Thank you for the tips and good luck on your continued journey of learning Spanish ☺️

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  8. I am currently learning Korean using different sites and apps… but I haven’t tried duolingo. But I see now how it is a must !! I will definitely use it to strengthen my vocabs too !! ❤

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  9. I really enjoy language-learning. For me, I work best as learning languages when I am self-motivated & have more opportunities to use them. For instance, I naturally seemed to pick up Swahili when I was living in Kenya because I was using it on a daily basis & hearing it constantly. When I came back to the states, I had to take 2 years of foreign language in uni & went with Spanish because I was somewhat familiar with it & I still can’t string a sentence together.

    Now I’m currently learning Korean because I am planning on moving to South Korea within the next couple of years! I’m starting from ground zero though because you have to learn the lettering system (Hangul), and there’s not really such a thing as “romanized” Korean. It’s been a challenge, but it’s very fun. I’m glad to find someone else who enjoys learning languages!

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  10. It is great that you have been committed to learning Spanish for almost a year. It takes a lot of work and you’ve been doing a great job. I love that there are apps available to help with the learning process. Keep up the great work!

    Nancy ✨ mdrnminimalists.com

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  11. I studied Spanish up till A-levels and need to start doing it again as I keep forgetting bits and bobs so thank you for reminding me! I’d also love to learn German too!

    Tash – A Girl with a View

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  12. Congrats for maintaining such a long streak! I always started languages on Duolingo but forgot about them. Started mandarin this week so let’s see how it goes 🙂

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