After many months of careful observation on Twitter (!) we picked out twelve experts on Spain and Spanish, asking them for their top tips on learning the language. Here’s what they told us…
Lindsay says: Good question! Carry a small pad around one day and note down as many words in your daily life as possible – give some focus to them
Jo says: Hmm I’d recommend watching TV in Spanish 🙂
Lisa Sadleir of FamilyInSpain says: Have confidence in your own ability. Don’t be scared to open your mouth and make mistakes. Constructing a Spanish sentence in the totally wrong tense is much more likely to make you friends than you can imagine
SpeakingLatino says: Study every day, even if it is just 5 minutes with flashcards, Anki or Memrise. Get in the habit
Isabelle says: Immerse yourself in the language and the culture-music, Art, TV programmes, literature but also jokes and cooking recipes
José says: Change the little things – like setting your mobile phone language to Spanish and get into useful habits, like reading an internet article in Spanish every day
Lisa says: Immerse yourself in Spanish: whether that’s going to Spain or listening to lots of Spanish music or watching TV/films
Janet says: Develop understanding of sounds and phonics of the language and looking for links with own sound patterns etc
Sam says: Immerse yourself in the language-music, DVDs, TV, magazines, newspapers etc
Debs says: Don’t “learn Spanish” – learn something interesting with Spanish people – like horse riding, scuba diving, zumba – you learn by doing 😉
Erzsi says: My tip: learn it every day, and not just a few times a week, space it out!
Nieves says: Get to grips with phonics, especially the vowel sounds, to help your pronunciation when reading words
Our thanks to the twelve experts who participated.
We conclude that immersion is the key. Read the tips again and you’ll see that they are all pointing towards ways in which you can immerse yourself in Spanish.
See you next time,
Jim Porter is a co-founder of Speekee, home of the most comprehensive Spanish learning program for children ever to appear online
Jim began his Spanish learning journey in 1990. He has been a language teacher since 1994 and he lives in sunny southern Spain with his two bilingual children. Loves it! More…