Speaking another language is a great skill to have but it does take time, patience and money. Here are 10 simple resources I found helpful for learning Spanish… and they are all free!
1. Phone app’s
There are lots of free applications you can download to your phone for learning Spanish and Duolingo is one of the best. You can work your way through the different sections easily for just 5-15 mins per day. It helps you to build up your vocabulary and learn useful phrases. Quizlet is another great app that is more games and flashcard based. This helps to test your memory on Spanish grammar and vocabulary.
2. Google translate
This is a handy way to quickly figure out how to say things in Spanish or for translating what a word means. You can save stuff for offline reading to remind yourself later and even translate text messages.
3. Read a book
Reading a book, magazine or newspaper in Spanish is a great way to test what you have been learning already. When you get stuck on a word or sentence just use a dictionary or translation app.
4. Watch tv
Watching a Spanish language show with English subtitles is perfect for helping you to pick up what people are saying and understand different accents. Or watch a movie that you are really familiar with that’s been dubbed in Spanish. You already know the plot so can just concentrate on what they are saying and how they pronounce the words.
5. Online video lessons
You can watch free videos with language teachers online from companies like SpanishDict or find lessons on YouTube.
6. Practice with Spanish friends
Even if your friends speak great English remind them that you want to learn Spanish and encourage them to speak to you in Spanish. Ask them questions about words or phrases you are unsure of.
7. Pay attention to what’s around you
Read signs and posters that you see walking down the street. If you can’t translate it into English or have never seen the word before, look it up and add it to your vocabulary.
8. Teacher training classes
Look out for adverts from new teachers who are in training and need volunteers to be part of a test classroom environment. You get the benefit of learning some Spanish for free and they are grateful for your participation.
9. Join a language exchange
You can find a likeminded person who wants to meet up over coffee and learn your language in exchange for them teaching you some Spanish. You take it in turns to have a conversation in each language, correcting and perfecting each other’s grammar and pronunciation. Or you can join organised social gatherings of people who hang out in a café or bar and speak conversational Spanish in a relaxed informal group environment.
10. Free trial’s
Lots of online courses offer a free trial. These are great if you pay attention to the terms and conditions and make sure you cancel any subscription before payments are due. Don’t forget these companies are trying to persuade you to sign up for the full paid course!
Try a few of these tips and I promise you will be speaking Spanish in no time! 🙂
Are you learning Spanish? Or do you have some advice on the best way to learn Spanish? I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below…