Being creative with your learning is the best way to advance. Changing things up will keep it interesting and fuel your motivation to continue learning. Whilst the old-school methods are important, studying verb lists and grammar can be painful at the best of times. Here are some top tips to improve your Spanish outside of the classroom and keep you on track.
- Your mobile phone language settings. I know you won’t have thought of this, but a simple daily task like setting your alarm in Spanish, or navigating Facebook in Spanish will teach you new verbs. It will also improve your reading comprehension. Whether you’re starting a GCSE course or excelling with DELE C2, this is a top hack for building in extra Spanish practise.
- Listen to a popular Spanish radio. Don’t be put off by the fast paced and colloquial language! By choosing a popular Spanish radio, it is likely they will choose famous songs which are often British or American. This means you’ll understand the majority anyway! You will pick up words and phrases about weather, news and culture.
- Speak to Spaniards! Websites such as ‘global penfriends’ and ‘interpals’ can offer a great way for you to chat with native Spanish speakers in a safe environment. Make sure you always follow safety guidelines, especially if you are under 18.
- Watch Spanish movies! There are a range of Spanish movies on Netflix, youtube and other websites. You can either put Spanish subtitles or English subtitles to help you understand. This is a great listening exercise!
- Live like a Spaniard! Immersing yourself in Spanish culture and lifestyle is a fantastic way to improve your Spanish. You will experience real Spain, eat Spanish food, make friends and learn more than a textbook could ever teach you. Immersion courses are unforgettable holidays too.
Whatever your level, there are so many ways you can practise Spanish outside of the classroom with Spanish Express!
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