In Everyday Life
I want to speak many languages in my life. These include Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, and Swedish. I am currently working on Spanish. So far I only speak English fluently as it is my mother tongue. As I think on what it takes to learn those languages and maintain a high level of fluency, I get discouraged about how long that it will take.
I am not surrounded by many cultures and I have limited access to what influences I can get from other. I kept coming across a single question: "How am I going to become fluent in these languages if I do not go there?" To combat this issue, I brought the language to me.
I incorporate Spanish into every aspect of my daily life. I constantly talk to myself about everything and anything in Spanish. I ask others questions like: "¿Dónde está el baño?" when I am trying to find the bathroom in a new place. I really do not care if I do not sound articulate when I am conversing with others, I am just trying to exercise speaking in real time. What is the point of learning a language if you aren't going to use it?
My high school's Latin teacher introduced me to Duolingo and I find it an excellent way to help with learning a language. As I enter my sophomore year of high school, I sometimes think about when I will get to the point where I can talk about 95% of topics to people in a foreign language. I am currently signed up for Spanish 3 and 4 for this year and I cannot wait. I'm eager to see how Duolingo has helped my retention of material and how I will apply my new skills in the classroom.
¡Buena suerte a todos en aprendiendo idiomas!
Congratulations on learning languages :) I spoke to myself when I was revising for my fench exam and it does help, watching videos in the languages that you're trying to remember helps (sit-coms, cartoons, etc) This is a good resource, and I hope you find it useful - https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2927753
Felicidades!!! Si alguna vez quieres practicar español con alguien, aquí me tienes!
¡Bien hecho! You have conquered the problem most people have. Speaking their newly learned language. Fear of making a mistake in front of others is what stops most people from speaking their new language. Plus you are still at a good age for learning new languages. I met a French woman, late 20's, who studied abroad in Mexico as a teenager, and she sounded Mexican when speaking in Spanish, but had a French accent when speaking in English. I would suggest a study abroad program if your school offers it, but that costs money, etc. Other than that, read, listen to music, watch TV/movies, join a group or start one at your school if they do that. Where do you live? I live in a very diverse area, so it is not very hard to find Spanish speakers. I may not speak to them, but I listen to conversations, as they probably wouldn't think I speak Spanish. One problem I have found is that if I speak in Spanish, some people will speak to me in English. Anyway, I think you are well on your way in acquiring the language. Just keep it up.
De nada. Have you heard of Meetup.com. It is a social website, but people actually meetup, rather than just on the computer. I belong to a couple Spanish groups where I live. It is free, unless you want to start your own group, although some groups charge for things sometimes. Just search for Spanish near where you live. They might be far if you don't drive yet, but it may help in the future.