The best way to learn Spanish is to travel to a Spanish speaking country. However, it’s not that easy and some people just can’t leave their country. If you are one of these people – don’t worry, you can still greatly improve your Spanish. Just try these 4 ways to practice Spanish at home.
Couchsurfing is a site which connects travelers. You can host someone at your home or request a couch in someone else’s home. If you want to improve your Spanish but can’t travel, just invite someone who speaks it! Fill your profile and write that you want to learn Spanish. Then you need to wait for requests. You will have more requests if you live in a major city. Don’t be scared – you are the host, you can reject someone’s request if you don’t want to host this person!
- Social networking meetings
Another great way of using Couchsurfing and other social networking sites is attending meetings or setting up new ones. Maybe there’s a group of people nearby you who want to learn Spanish? Maybe there are some Spanish speaking people in your area? Find that out! You can try with Couchsurfing, Meetup, Facebook or Craiglist. There are a lot of sites.
- Language exchange
Try at your local college – maybe there’s someone who is an international exchange student and wants to learn your language? Maybe there’s a Spanish speaking student who is interested in a language exchange or wants to teach you for some money? You can also try sites like Livemocha or Polyglot Learn Language. These sites are for people who want to find a pen pal. Don’t be afraid that some people won’t understand you! You are learning and making mistakes is a part of the process.
- Total immersion at home
Watch Spanish TV, movies, listen to Spanish radio, read Spanish magazines or newspapers, websites, blogs, listen to Spanish music, think in Spanish, buy complete Spanish course… and the list goes on and on. Try to learn for at least 30 minutes a day, every day! 30 minutes a day means 3.5 hours a week and 15 hours a month. If you really concentrate on improving your Spanish, it will bring great effects!
Learning at home can also be fun and produce great results. Just try these methods! It will take some effort to improve your Spanish but if you practice regularly, you will speak better in no time.