are there other ways to enhance Spanish skills?
I've been diligently studying this language. but I just can't help but to feel a little unsatisfied. i learned the basics here and somehow i can already identify words or phrases in Spanish. but the point here is that are there ways for me to develop the skill while not using the computer? and is there any way for me to develop this skill to become more fluent in this, just like English?
i took down some notes regarding this language course... and I've been treating this course as a part of my curriculum for this semester.
- You can watch movies and TV shows in the language you are learning
- Read books, but do start with simple ones which are easier to understand
- Start using a dictionary to dig up meanings of new words
- If you have any friends who already speak the language, use all opportunities to pactice speaking in the new language
Great suggestions here, I would just add that if you're familiar with the basics of the language and reached the beginner-intermediate plateau then try using a monolingual language.
^^^ I studied the language for a while, but before I started doing these things I never progressed. These are key to learning your target language. :) Buena suerte
@remoonline's suggestions are really sufficient but I just wanted to add an extra twist. You stated that you wanted to "become more fluent in this, just like English?"
Ask yourself, what did you do before you began learning Spanish? You did everything in English. So just simply do that en español as long as it doesn't conflict with any of your studies for this semester. Stop watching, reading, listening, to anything in English. Listen to the news in Spanish. You like history, read about history en español. Watch historical videos on YouTube in Spanish. Note, don't worry about all the words, expressions or terms that you don't know. Do you have a portable music player? Remove all English songs and fill it up with songs en español. I can't guarantee that this will make you fluent over-night or in 3 months but I can guarantee that you will be able to listen better. While you're at it, find/make new friends on Twitter. I'm sure there are people on Twitter that speaks Spanish and are totally into history.
Most resources I know about involve the computer, but since you specifically asked about what you can do while NOT using the computer...
Subscribe to a magazine or newspaper in Spanish, and carry it around and read it in your spare time. Something with pretty easy vocabulary, like Reader's Digest, should be good.
Put a lot of Spanish songs on your MP3 player or phone, and listen to them whenever possible. If your library has Freegal, you can download a certain number of MP3 songs for free every week. My library has this service, and I can download 3 per week (the number depends on the subscription your library has). I now have a few hours' worth of Spanish and French songs.
Watch DVD movies with the soundtrack set to Spanish. If you're familiar with the movie you won't have to worry about missing a big chunk of plot because they talked quickly. The best movies are ones without a lot of jargon (i.e. no Star Trek).
Put sticky notes on everything all over your house, apartment, or dorm room. Label the chair, the mirror, the door, the window, the bed, a book, the lamp... Be sure to include gender, too!
Look for apps to put on your phone so you can learn while away from your computer. Duolingo has a mobile app. Anki (flashcards) is good. I also have LinkedIn Pulse installed and I subscribe to Spanish magazines through it. BBC Mundo, RTVE.ES, and RNE have apps too. Univision Noticias is another app.
Talk to yourself and describe everything you do throughout your day. Yo tengo una camisa azul. Yo tengo zapatos blancos. Yo bebo leche.
Readers Digest en español has been discontinued. I would suggest Cricket magazines. Iguana, BabyBug, LadyBug and ASK en español. They have print and digital versions available. Eventually I'll pick up one issue of People en español.
Well at least someone (that's you) is paying attention. Clearly, I am not.
Amazon has something called Selecciones for the Kindle. Isn't that the same thing as Reader's Digest?