every time i come on here and study i study for about an hour and i always go back to the lessons ive learned before and practice and yet i cant remember any of the Spanish i learned its really important i learn spanish to talk with my family and i also want to go to spain someday. idk im probably just really stupid but does anyone have strategies on how they remember they're language?
I use a combination of things. Spanish is not my primary target language right now, I'm just refreshing and trying to nudge it forward a bit. But I would recommend finding an entertaining YouTube series that you can watch, just to practice listening. Use subtitles in Spanish, and use the pause and rewind as much as you need. But mostly just watch and enjoy the context.
Next, I recommend some of the many inexpensive Spanish readers on Amazon (for Kindle). You can highlight the words you don't know, and if you download the Spanish dictionary, can learn them and even get flashcards generated from that. Read aloud so that you practice speaking and pronouncing and listening. Better yet, if you can read and listen at the same time.
Also, I am a HUGE fan of learning songs. Pick a small handful of songs and listen to them every day with the words in front of you. First thing I do is write the lyrics in my language notebook. Then I translate every word to English, and then write the sense if it's significantly different than the word-to-word translation. Next, I memorize them, which takes about 50 listens. I use tally marks to keep track so it makes it a game.
Next, focus on learning phrases, not just words. Use a phrase book and learn 2 or 3 phrases that you will use 5 times (each) that day. You can use them in regular conversation with English speakers even. When they ask you what you're saying, just explain you're studying Spanish and always looking for opportunities to use new phrases. Friends and family will get used to it.
Finally, practice with a language partner (someone else learning Spanish) and/or a language exchange partner (someone who already is fluent in Spanish and wants to learn English). If it's easier, start by writing, but have the goal that after so many weeks, you'll do speaking.
Don't give up!
I downloaded Tiny Cards and found a ton of awesome sets for Spanish and I practiced it everyday and I got a ton better. I totally recommend it