5 Best Ways to Learn Spanish
Whether you want to make connections with locals during a Friday night out or you simply want to be able to understand the menu at your favorite restaurant, knowing Spanish in Spain is going to be essential. But what are the best ways to learn a new language like Spanish?
Learning a new language is always going to be a challenge. Especially when you arrive to a new country where Spanish is the main language and you want to learn it quickly. The process of trying to figure out the best method, the best language school or even the best learning style that will benefit you can easily become frustrating and overwhelming.
But don’t panic, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Here are 5 successful techniques that will help you achieve your learning objectives when living in Barcelona:
1. Use children’s material
When starting to learn the basics of a language, it’s important to take baby steps. To begin, learn easy vocabulary and use children’s books as reading materials. These texts will not only help put these new words into context, but it’s a simple way to learn even more since they break down the basics for you.
2. Watch your favorite movies and shows in Spanish
Try using those movies or shows that you love watching all over and over again even though you might already know the dialogues, plot, and outcomes. By watching the films you know by heart, you will easily identify and connect the Spanish vocabulary with its meanings. This will help you recognize new vocabulary words and also give you clues on how to apply them in real world scenarios. If you are preparing to visit Barcelona you might be interested in movies that have been shot in the city. If that is the case, you can take a look at our list of Barcelona movies.
3. Try language learning apps
Even though many people think the content of language learning apps can become repetitive, it’s a fantastic approach for memorization. Similarly, you can learn new phrases at any point during the day, whether you wait for the bus to arrive or 15 minutes before going to bed. These apps are not only convenient for the user, but help improve your grammar, writing, listening and speaking skills all in one touch.
4. Listen to Podcasts
Podcasts are amazing tools to improve your listening skills while being fun and convenient for many. You can listen to the news or an interesting TedTalk while learning pronunciation and improving your listening abilities. The best part is that there are podcasts available for all interests, from politics to the business world, it’s all one click away.
5. Talk to locals
Talking to strangers can be a difficult and intimidating task. But how about practicing what you have learned with people you already talk to on a daily basis? Try approaching your neighbors for a simple one-minute conversation. Also, push yourself to respond to your waiter in Spanish or sales assistants next time you purchase something. The key is to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to practice what you already know! If you want to read a little bit more about locals in Barcelona and what they like to do, we suggest you read our article on local life in Barcelona.
Try these methods whenever you can and share all your achievements and techniques with friends! You’ll see that results come along commitment and discipline.