Learning a foreign language is not just constantly studying books, it also should be fun. To learn Spanish more easily, we've compiled some tips and tricks for you.
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Little tricks - big effect
|Our brain can handle small and regular bits of information better than loads all at once. Try to create small clusters of 5-7 words and learn them a few times. Take your time: about 45-60 seconds per word. After a short break create the next cluster. You shouldn’t learn more than 30-35 new words per day.|
Repetition is key to maintaining vocabulary in your long term memory. Basically, repeat new learning material directly the next day, then after a week and after one month again.
Our brain can assimilate images very well. You should work with mnemonic tricks and try to visualize them. You will be amazed how well this works.
Before going to sleep, you should repeat new material again for 10-15 minutes, this will consolidate new information whilst asleep. At night your subconsciousness especially deals with the final experience of the day. Thus, new knowledge will be strengthened without your influence.
|Another trick to learn easily is to write difficult vocabulary or grammar rules on post-its. Now you stick them on different places, such as the refrigerator, the mirror, the door, above the sink, etc. Writing them down already has a good learning effect and the regular reading anyway. Regardless of whether you even read the post-its or not, your brain subconsciously deals with the learning material every time you look at them.|
Our brain can remember things better if it get them through several channels. For example you should read the words aloud while learning. Through the simultaneous reading and listening, they are memorized more easily.
Even Spanish TV or radio is helpful, regardless of how much you understand, because it promotes your feeling for the language. Reading is also important. Read original Spanish texts slowly and carefully. You don´t need to understand everything, because it promotes your feeling for the language as well.
When learning Spanish you should breathe gently, deeply and slowly. More oxygen lets your brain work better.
With movement you can learn better. The blood circulation of your brain is stimulated and it works effectively. Learn while standing and walking. Some sport between the units makes your head operate at full capacity. Have a look at our free time activities.
|Breaks are important. Regularly you should take small breaks and busy yourself with other things. If you have the opportunity, then have an afternoon nap. But not more than 15-20 minutes, otherwise you feel more drained than before.|
As an incentive you should set yourself learning targets. These can be quite ambitious but they should also be realistic and achievable. Establish targets, because every small success boosts your motivation. It is especially helpful to combine learning with positive and personal thoughts. Why am I learning? What do I want to achieve? Who will be impressed by this? What opportunities will it open up to me? This will make the learning process more enjoyable whilst improving your memory performance because our brains favour postive memories and cognitions.
Don´t be afraid to speak, just because you are still uncertain. No one is angry with you, quite the opposite. The important thing is to say anything. Just stick at it and learn from your mistakes!
Music can also be very helpful. Search for the Spanish music you like to listen to, google the lyrics and read them while listening to the songs. It's fun and will boost your sense of sentence structure and grammar. Also, your listening comprehension will improve and by memorizing the lyrics it also promotes your memory.
A very good training method: take an original Spanish text and put it 2-3 meters away from your workplace. Now read a sentence carefully and memorize it. Then go to your workplace and write it up. Now test yourself and then memorize the next sentence. If you don´t know the whole sentence, you have to get up and walk more often. Of course, you don´t want that. This method trains your memory, your linguistic and especially your spelling.
|Often it´s easier to learn together and you have more fun. Look for a learning group in which you can help each other. Common practice or queries encourages each individual and brings better results.|
Also play our Vocabulary-Memory game together: Cuts small, identical cards and label each one with a Spanish word and one with the corresponding meaning. Now place the cards with face down on the table and mix them. The first player detects two cards. If they fit together, he takes them and has one point. Otherwise, they are reversed again. Now the next player tries it. This works for conjugation-training, too. Therefore you label the cards as follows:
1. hablar ↔ 2. talk
3. hablo ↔ 4. I speak
5. hablas ↔ 6. you speak
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Learning vocabulary with drawings and pictures
Comics and pictures will help you with learning! Draw a picture or make a collage of the vocabulary you are learning and write the words on the border of it. If there are any unknown words, use a dictionary. Now you only have to look at your collage or picture regularly.
Learn the words using semantic fields.
Write about seven words that belong to the same semantic field. You will be able to remember those words if you study them together.
Asking key questions can be a good indicator of what you can understand in a given text. What key information can you ascertain? A person, a date, a place, an action or a situation, perhaps?
Read the text several times. With the first reading, underline just the answers to the question: "Who?" With the second, concentrate on the question: "Where?" and with the third, on the questions: "When?" and "What?"
Otra notable actuación de César bajo los palos y un gol en propia meta, salvaron al Valencia C.F. en una noche donde le sobró ansiedad, contagiado por el ímpetu local del estadio del Mestalla, y le faltó pausa, atascado en la compleja barrera defensiva del Rangers.
¿Quién(Who)? - El Valencia C.F.
¿Dónde(Where)? - El estadio del Mestalla.
¿Cuándo(When? - Anoche.
¿Qué(What)? - Gol
Learn verbs in chronological order
First of all, put the verbs and expressions in a chronological order. Ask yourself: "What do I do first?" "What comes later?" and "What happens last?"
Put the words in groups. Give the groups a title, but don't make it too long or recognisable.
Ir a trabajar
Volver a casa
Learn the words in complete expressions.
Write the expressions on cards and on the back of the card a sentence with the subject "I".
Leer el periódico - Leer el periódico
Tomar un café - Yo tomo un café.
Coger el autobús - Yo cojo el autobús.
You know the problem: on the Spanish keyboard are special characters, but how do you write it with your keyboard? A simple solution are these numbers. Press the Alt key and enter the corresponding number. To get ñ, for example: Alt + 164.
á 160 Á 181
é 130 É 144
í 161 Í 214
ó 162 Ó 224
Ñ 165 ñ 164
¡ 173 ¿ 168
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We hope our tips and tricks to learn Spanish will help you!
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