Today I’m going to share my Spanish learning experience. Let me trace back the stimulus which led me to study Spanish. It is none other than my desire to learn a foreign language and love for Spanish football.
Those different Spanish names of football clubs, stadiums and players made my mind want to learn their meanings and slowly I learned to understand popular cheering chants and team anthems (eg: vamos Madrid= let’s go Madrid and Pedro=peter). Not to mention I’ve leaned the Spanish football commentaries too. So thus I acquired a decent amount of Spanish vocabulary through football alone.
The next thing I did was learning through Duolingo app in my mobile. It was such a wonderful app. It has a gamified way to learn any language. I couldn’t stop coming back to this app everyday until I completed all the levels. It took around 3 months to finish the tree. So by now I could almost converse with some Spaniards.
I didn’t stop there, I kept learning vocabulary through memrise app. So I went on to learn Spanish grammar through rocketspanish and kept revising using Spanish dict.To summarise, this is my suggestion to learn any language, I post my answer on Quora here. Originally Answered: What are some easy ways to learn a second language?Immerse yourself with the language you wish to learn.
Let me explain it with how I learned Spanish.
- I watched La liga ( Spanish premier football league) with Spanish commentary. I watched so many matches. Through this I could somehow learn basic pronunciation and vocabulary.
- Listen to online radios, with the help of Internet you can listen to tons of radio channels in that language.
- Read read. Read a lot as long as your eyes hurt! 😀 Read something which interests you the most in the language you wish to learn ( It may be cricket, football, politics, gossips or anything).
- Listen songs or rhymes in that language and watching movies is also of great use. ( whether you agree or not, it is the simplest way to get hold of basics)
- Try Memrise or Duolingo or both, these are 2 wonderful apps with gamified and easy way to learn a language. ( I used both)Last and most important thing have patience and work hard. You can’t learn a language overnight!
Some important sites to learn Spanish