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5 Ways to Learn Spanish for Beginners within 2 Weeks

How to learn Spanish for beginners?
Self-learning a language is something that many want to do but not everyone can achieve. When you self-learn a new language, it is very hard to stick with it and there are many factors that can hold you back. Someone may tell you “just watch TV, listen to music, and read a lot, and you will be able to learn a new language.” This is good advice if you already know at least the basics of the language you’re learning. Imagine if you listen to music in a language you have little knowledge of, over and over again, what can you pick up from it? In this article, we are going to share the process of learning a new language for anyone who does self-learning of a language from zero.

1. Find what you like.

The first tip for language self-learning is to find the things you like that are related to the language. As the nature of humans, we all get bored easily when we have to do something we don’t like. Therefore, looking for something you are interested in can help a lot to motivate you to continue learning the language. For example, interests in music, movie, book, actors/ actresses, games, or radio can all be applied to language learning.

How do you self-learn?

You can self-learn a language from your interests step by step. Firstly, get used to the language by listening, reading, and watching from different resources. Secondly, observe the language and write down vocabulary. Lastly, copy and repeat whatever you see, hear, and read.

For example, if you are obsessed with one actor who speaks in that language, you will want to know everything he says, right? So having an inspiration to learn the language is the most important thing to set in your mind.

For your favorite actor, you can follow their social media accounts and learn from reading the captions of their photos. You can listen to interviews or clips they post and write down what you hear, practicing the new vocabulary and idioms you’ve learned. You can watch their movies with the subtitles of their language spoken and repeat what you see and hear.

2. Keep it where you see it.

Did you ever hear – The more that you see something the more you get used to it? It’s true for learning a language, as well. It’s like seeing the same advertisement over and over again, you will remember it even though you don’t want to. This works the same as language. You can bring the language into your surroundings so you absorb it naturally.

How to create a language environment?

Buy some post-its, write down vocabulary, and stick the post-its around you. You will see them whenever you walk around, saying the words out loud or to yourself.

Write down vocabulary and phrases on a piece of paper and carry them around all day with you. You can pick it up to read while you are waiting for the bus, waiting for your next class, or even on the toilet.

3. Use it even though you don’t want to.

Many times we learn the vocabulary that we don’t use very often from books, music, movies, or other sources. Trying to remember the vocabulary can be very hard because if you don’t use it, you will forget it. Here is a tip for remembering vocabulary in an efficient way.

If you learn the word that isn’t normally used in daily life, you just have to fake the situation and try to use it. For example, the word ‘la fiebre amarillo’, which means yellow fever, is not a phrase you would say often. You can create a story, either written or verbal to yourself, and practice putting that phrase to use.

Where to practice?

Finding someone to practice the language with is hard if you are not living in a country that speaks the language. However, thanks to technology, nowadays we can find friends for language exchange easily online. There are many applications and websites for language exchange such as italki, Busuu, and LingoGlobe.

If you are in a place that speaks the language you are learning, that would be easy to practice. You can prepare the conversation before you go to any place. For example, if you are going to the pharmacy to buy some medication, you can prepare what you want to ask and what you would expect as answers. This not only helps you to prepare for communicating in common situations but also helps you practice both speaking and listening skills.

4. Be self-disciplined.

We have come to the most important tip of self-learning a language. You need to be disciplined and have a routine for your language study. There is no point in learning a language for 2 weeks and then coming back to it in another month. That is basically wasting 2 weeks for very little as you’ll forget a lot of what you’ve learned. Learning a language is different than learning other activities like swimming or riding a bicycle that once learned you will be able to do it forever. Learning a language takes time, a lot of practice, and continued use.

How to stay self-disciplined?

You can create a weekly routine for practicing the language so that you have a guide and plan of what to do. Having a plan or schedule is good to keep you on the route to mastering a language, but don’t overdo the time you spend per day on the language.  Here is an example guide for a language learning routine :

– Read the news or a short story to improve and gain new vocabulary.
– Listen to your favorite podcast for 20 minutes a day.
– Watch 3 episodes of a show you like weekly.
– Talk to yourself in the mirror every day for 15 minutes.  (You can record yourself and look for a native speaker to check and correct.)
– Write in a diary once a week. (You can find someone to check what you’ve written and correct your mistakes.)

5. Have fun with self-learning.

Finally, we all do something best when we enjoy it. Why don’t you find the fun in language learning? There are plenty of ways to have fun with language like games, board games, cartoons, or even find a friend who has the same interest.
If you like board games, you can find a copy of a board game in the language you’re learning to play and practice. If you like mobile games, nowadays almost every game has a language setting option that you can change. Not only will you be playing your favorite game but you’ll also get to practice the language at the same time. If you like cartoons, you can also find them with subtitles in your target language.

If you like to listen to music, you can check out Spotify, Youtube Music, or find radio stations online in countries of your target language.

You can make a friend who speaks your target language to practice everyday dialogues with each other. You can plan the topic of conversation about food, culture, or travel. It might give you something more than just practicing a language!