We all feel the pressure of being productive during this social distancing period, and learning languages is one of the most popular activities. Learning Spanish, the second most spoken language in the world (with 450 million native speakers), doesn’t have to be boring and school-like, though. Follow the guidelines below, and by your next holiday in Spain, whenever that will be, you’ll be able to speak to the locals!
Download a language learning app
Apps such as Duolingo are a great way of learning languages on the go. The lessons are short, and will usually take you around ten minutes. You can do this instead of scrolling through Instagram, when you’re in public transport or while waiting in line. Duolingo is completely free, while Babbel, for example, costs £4.75 per month.
Watch a Spanish TV series
Netflix keeps coming out with excellent Spanish TV series. If you’re into crime dramas, you’ll love La casa de papel and Elite (which features teenagers but is very watchable for adults too). Las chicas del cable and La casa de las flores are lighter, less violent and more humorous options.
Read in Spanish
Do not go for the classics unless your level is advanced. If you’re a beginner or even intermediate, it will be easier to choose a text with simpler vocabulary. Magazines, books adapted to language learners, light romance or crime stories and easy-to-understand translated novels are your friends.
Listen to a Spanish podcast
There are a number of podcasts for the learners of Spanish out there, many of them on Spotify. Español automatico, Coffee Break Spanish and Spanish Obsessed are good examples. This is something you can do while driving, running, taking a walk or cleaning, just like listening to an audiobook (which you can, of course, also do in Spanish).
If you have any Spanish friends, you can talk to them, of course. If not, you can make an account on Conversation Exchange and find a language partner. It usually works in the way that you offer a language in exchange, and then you agree on talking via Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp or any other platform. Usually half of the conversation is in one language and half in the other.