Ideas for utilizing my commute?
Hello all! Just recently joined duolingo and I'm loving it so far. This is my third or so attempt to get back into Spanish (after taking 6+ years in school without learning much), and I feel I finally have the motivation to buckle down and become fluent!
That being said, I hate that fact that I have about 90 minutes a day in the car (45 minutes to and from work), that I'm not utilizing to help learn Spanish. I have the first 30 pimsleur lessons, but after doing about 10 of them, I'm not that impressed. I have also started listening to podcasts (news) and audiobooks in Spanish, but since I'm at such a beginner level - I'm only picking up one or two words per sentence. I'm not sure if I'm getting anything out of it.
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions how I can utilize this time in the car?
I have picked up quite a bit just listening, catching a few words, learning songs, numbers and times (phone numbers, times of events) and so on. I don't like trying to 'study' in the car -- as I won't use my cell phone, either -- but I think I learned quite a bit about pronunciation and the 'rhythm' of the language. I think Pimsleur is boooooring and most podcasts either seem too basic - boring - repetitive or too complicated :) so I go the cheap/free route with the radio, which I often have on at home, too -- and watch any sports I watch on Spanish language TV. Never used Michel Thomas, though, and these other folks may be on to something. ;)
I use such time to rehearse my vocabulary. Try to remember spanish words for - letters, words, numbers, seasons - fruits, food, animals, clothing or items of any duolingo lesson you can remember. note down/ remember things you can't recall and look it up. This is very effective ( at least for me) and do not need any tool for practicing this one.
That reminds me of a story about my grandmother. When she was a girl she had to go to Sunday school to learn Hungarian. To get there, she had to walk at least one hour in one direction. One day her father called her, worried. His neighbour had asked him if is daughter was crazy or retarded! Just because all the way she was speaking to herself. The reason was that she learned her vocabulary that way. I love this story because it shows me how much one remembers without notes or audio helpers. I am never disciplined enough for it but it works, thinking about something brings back more and more items about the subject!