My #1 tip for learning spanish words
Lately whenever I do things on my own I've been trying to remember the spanish words for whatever I see. Think about all the things you see when you're grocery shopping, walking outside, cooking dinner... I find that it helps me a lot. When I don't know the word I usually look it up on my phone right away. You can do this exercise anywhere! Wherever you are just look around you and see if you can name all the things in the room! For exemple I'm in the living room right now... there's a tv, a carpet, walls, plants, books, frames, pictures, movies... Think about all the things in your kitchen, your bedroom... It's a fun and easy way to learn new words and to test your knowledge! Have fun!
I found this method to be very helpful, especially when I was learning colors. I walked around the grocery store and would mentally think about the colors on the packaging before I picked it up and put it in my cart.
I have also read that putting post-it notes to around your house to label the different items in the language you are studying helps. Maybe someone can comment if it helped them.
Yes. I have tried that. I used notes on objects (books, etc.) but also when I learned clothing, I physically hung the clothes around the room. I put the clothes in the kitchen, hanging from the cupboards knobs. I physically touched the item as I said it. I am a very visual and tactile learner, so it helped tremendously.
I might have to try the post-it method! That's a great suggestion! Thank you!
That's what I do. I have green post it notes and every time I know another word for something in the House I run up to my room and write it down and stick it to the object
Great idea! I usually make my shopping lists in Spanish. Sometimes it takes a bit of searching to find the word in Spanish, so it's easier to do at home on the computer. Plus, regularly writing the same words helps them stick.
I definitely agree. In fact, with my two sisters and brother learning French, Portuguese and German simultaneously our house is starting to sound like an international event where one sentence is repeated in several languages, lol. And when my mother calls for one of us to help her in the kitchen, we read the recipe in the languages we are learning (well, as much as we can translate), annoying our mother when she is in a hurry.
I like to pick random sentences out of my daily conversation and try to say them in Spanish instead. If I can't, I start looking up words. Duolingo is awesome. I have made more progress in the last few weeks that all my other study put together.
I think it's also important to use the words you know aloud as often as possible, even if it has to be in "Spanglish." For example, instead of asking my husband where my keys are, I might ask him "where are my llaves?"
There are tons of words in our family where we will use the Spanish word more often than the English ones because of this habit. (This is particularly helpful since my husband and children are all trying to learn Spanish as well.) Hearing and using the words on a regular basis helps to cement your knowledge. I think this is part of why immersion is so effective. We spent 10 days in Venezuela with my family and my husband and kids learned a ton of Spanish while we were there because of the immersion factor.
My husband and I have been doing a little of this. The fun part is that he doesn't use Duolingo at all but has been able to reply from hearing me practice around the house. Nice!
That is a great tip. I met a woman who failed her first Italian class. It was very hard for her. She told me that she did exactly what you suggested and even wrote little sentences about her activities in a daily journal. When she took the class again, she got an A. It sounds like it must work well since both of you have done it. I should try it. Thanks for the post.
Great idea! Will post-it too to help my two boys learn as well. They are taking spanish in school, but say they are bored. Would love any ideas on how to inspire children to learn spanish as well. Thanks!
I think it's great that you're trying to inspire you children to learn Spanish!!! I don't have kids, but I would think it will help them by you learning it with them.
Here are some thoughts that might make it more fun for all of you: 1) Learn their school Spanish vocabulary with them and incorporate it into your daily lives 2) Pick at least one day a week and try to talk only in Spanish (or just the words you've learned so far) 3) Have a theme night for dinner by picking a Spanish speaking country and then make recipes from there. Learn the Spanish words for the foods and learn about the cultures from the area. 4) Put post-it notes around your house labeling the items in Spanish.
Good luck and hope you have fun along the way!
You could also see about getting them a DuoLingo account! I love that this place is game-ified! My husband and I also do contests and challenges to incorporate our ingrained competitive natures! :)
I earn lingots by submitting articles to be translated. When people like the topic they sometimes give you lingots.
Very true. I did this at the grocery store recently. I was thinking, "I know how to say apple but what about plum, pear, kiwi etc..?" and I wrote them down and looked them up and I'm trying to add them to my vocab.
This is a good practice thanks for sharing.
That is a great idea! I hadn't thought of that. I could make a grocery trip just for practicing. Cool!
If you really want to have fun start writing on everything with a black Sharpie and things that need it masking tape and a Sharpie. The shampoo bottles, pancake mix, fans, counters, (not the dog). People you live with might not love it but it is fun and your learn and your house looks like a linguistic piece of art. O:-)
It will be lots of fun boosting my memory in a natural way. I will do it. Love the idea.
I'm glad. The idea of someone else joining in on this zany learning technique is delighting to me. Have fun and go wild.
Ha! I did this throughout my house! My son now tells me "Tengo que ir al baño." when he is going to the bathroom. (I think that's right!)
I have a cousin who teaches English in Colombia, South America, and we sometimes swap emails in spanish. The first couple of times I did it, I used a Spanish to English translating dictionary, and it took me like 20 mins to write 3 sentences! :) I now generally use my computer for translation. I don't know if this will help anybody. I mean, not everybody knows someone who's fluent in spanish, but if you know someone who is also learning spanish you could ask them to swap emails or texts with you in spanish. (I feel like I'm saying "spanish" too much)
Good for you! Exchanging emails and texting is definitely a great way to practice any language. You can also start a spanish blog or even a spanish diary. Loving everyone's suggestions!
I have friends who are Spanish and who know that I'm trying to learn the language. Occasionally they will completely ignore me until I say something in Spanish- then they'll spend twenty minutes correcting my accent. It's annoying at times but honestly helps a lot
cheers mate I hope to remember your tip and have lots of fun in my own learning Spanish.
I am fairly new to Duolingo, and my small amount of lingots kind of embarrases me. ( I don't think I spelled that right, but oh well.)
Don't worry too much about lingos! Just enjoy the learning experience! This is not a competition! ;)
I really like lingots too :) Also, it took me a long time to figure out how to get more without leveling up, and then one day I had all the hearts left when I finished a lesson, and voíla! I got a lingot! It's the fastest and easiest way to get more AND it encourages me to be precise and pay close attention to the details of my study.
Keep up practicing and you´ll do fine. Please accept a small gift of 10 lingots. :)
yo bebo (I drink), tú bebes (you drink), él bebe (he drinks), ellos beben (they drink)
Hey oletuv! Thanks soooo much for those lingots! When I looked at how many I had this morning, I was like " How'd I get so many??" My goal is to get enough for the " Idioms" thingy, so this really helps!!!! :D