5 Ways to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution to Learn Spanish
First of all, the Friendly Spanish team would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy and prosperous new year.
We hope you enjoyed the festive break and wish you all the best for 2017.
It's that time of the year where we are inspired, and more importantly, motivated to let go of any bad habits from the previous year and start over.
We're ready to revisit the goals we set last year but didn't accomplish (or even begin), for whatever reasons.
Perhaps, one of your goals was to learn Spanish or to improve your existing Spanish skills and now with the start of a new year, you're ready and willing to get going again.
If so, here are 5 ways to stick to your new year's resolution to learn Spanish in 2017:
1. Make a regular commitment
To begin with, you need to make a regular commitment to learning Spanish.
Put an appointment in your calendar and stick to it, in the same way, you would if you were actually attending a Spanish class.
You also need to be realistic.
It's more manageable to commit 30 minutes a day, maybe during your commute to and from work than saying you'll dedicate 4 hours every Sunday afternoon to learning Spanish.
How many times a week will you practice, when and for how long?
2. Take your time
Once you grasp the very basics of a language, there can be desperation to move on to having a full conversation almost immediately.
It can be tempting to skim over what may appear to be the not very important aspects of learning a language and skip ahead.
This may work in the early stages, but once you learn more of the language, not having a complete understanding of the grammar and language constructs can trip you up later on.
Review the basics and ensure you fully understand everything you have learned at beginner's level before progressing on to the next stage.
What basic grammar do you still have trouble with and need to review?
3. Immerse yourself
People often say that it's easier to learn a language when you live in a place where the language you're learning is native.
Although this can be true, there are examples of people who have lived in a country for many years and can't say more than a few words.
The best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself in the language and the culture.
Listen to Spanish music or watch Spanish films and programmes.
You could even watch your favourite films or programmes dubbed in Spanish.
Depending on your level, you could listen to the news or read Spanish newspapers, magazines or books.
If you are planning a holiday this year, consider a Spanish speaking destination to practice your Spanish.
There are many people who have never left their home country for more than a holiday, yet they are fluent in another language simply because they immerse themselves in that language in every way possible.
How will you immerse yourself and make learning Spanish a complete cultural experience?
4. Get support
Here at Friendly Spanish, we offer a variety of options to help you learn and master the Spanish language in fun and innovative ways.
We have classes starting this month and we'd love to help you stick to your new year's resolution to learn Spanish this year.
What type of class best meets your learning needs - online, group or one-to-one?
5. Practice, practice, practice
Of course, the only way you will truly improve your Spanish is through lots of practice.
As well as attending group classes or working one-to-one with a teacher, you can also attend language exchange groups or use a website such as Conversation Exchange.
If you have friends or colleagues who are native Spanish speakers, ask them to speak with you in Spanish.
If you go to any bars or restaurants where the staff speak Spanish, practice your Spanish with them.
Constantly look for opportunities to practice your Spanish.
By following the above steps, hopefully, you'll find it easier to stick to your new year's resolution to learn Spanish.
Written by Leanne Lindsey, a member of the Friendly Spanish team