Did you know that Spanish is by far the most commonly used language in both the US and Europe, right after English? If that wasn’t enough to get you going, then try this: Spanish is easy, Spanish is fun and if you don’t believe me you can always try these 5 unexpected ways to learn Spanish. A few of them might just surprise you. Bueno then, grab a notepad and type these down because this is how it’s done.
1. Add new songs to your old playlist
Music has long been a learning tool. If anything, music has been a highly underrated teacher’s assistant. When it comes to helping you learn languages outside of the classroom. Listening to songs in Spanish can help your brain better identify different rhythms and patterns that are inherent to every language. Among other things music stimulates memory, highlights different types of pronunciation and it will dramatically
Increase your vocabulary. Think reggaeton. Think salsa. Think ska. Then hit play.
2. Watch your favorite movie or show with Spanish subtitles
It is true that watching films with subtitles sounds a little less exciting than it should, but as it turns out it is also one of the most unexpected ways to learn a new language. For one, you’ll engage with the learning in a far more engaging and open-minded way as you’re technically being given new information, if only through old recycled content. Think of it as an excuse to give in to old unspoken pleasure, all for the sake of easing new words into your vocabulary.
3. Join a film club
World cinema is an untapped source of knowledge. It is an invisible metaphorical bridge between cultures and you ought to explore it while learning a brand new language. Storytelling will put words into context in ways that anyone will be able to understand, plus Spanish speaking directors are particularly known for their remarkable ability to tell stories from a magical, neo-realistic point-of-view. Ask your local film club for any recommendations on Spanish films and soon you’ll uncover a special and most likely unexpected treasure trove of Latin culture and Spanish conversational tricks.
Penpal is not only a worldly recognized word but also one of the most ancient and accessible ways to exchange letters texts and overall engage in casual conversation with a native speaker online. It is a surprisingly easy way to engage with a native speaker. Chances are you’ll even make good friends along the way. Plus any excuse to travel to see a friend ought to counts as a reason to learn new languages and develop your social skills.
5. Think local
Not that it is too surprising that traveling to Spain or South America would the fastest way for anyone to immerse themselves in the culture, but it’s all in the way you do it. The best way to learn a language is to hear it spoken by a native speaker, ideally when you can barely understand each other and have to rely on body language and broken to get a point across. It is by far the most effective though a probably less shocking way to improve your Spanish. It will take you out of your comfort zone and you will have to improvise a lot, but in the end, you will have absorbed Spanish in the most urgent way possible.
All signs point to here: speak with a local, talk like a local.