The winter break is a time of relaxation after a long year and also a chance to catch up with friends and family while enjoying holiday traditions. Most often it feels like the holidays fly by and before you know it, it’s time to get back to the daily routine.
Learning a language can take a back seat but really, the holidays are a great time to review your notes, practice in different ways and set fresh learning goals for the new year. Here are some of our top tips to keep up with your Spanish over the holidays….
Series & Movies
First things first, you don’t have to feel bound to your study books and revision guides, especially if they turn you off studying altogether. It’s your break so some part of your studying should be fun and break the routine!
If your main aim is to learn Spanish, there are so many other resources available to you. Watching Spanish series or movies are an awesome way to enjoy your break but keep your ear trained to Spanish accents, words, and pronunciation. Some of our favorite movies we recommend are El Laberinto del Fauno and Diarios de Motocicleta.
Podcasts are a very attainable way to keep up with your Spanish progress over the break. You can set yourself a certain time or period of the day in which you listen to your daily 20 minutes of Spanish. This could be while you do some house chores, while you’re driving or even while you’re exercising. Choose a moment of the day and stick to it! It’s effective for progressing your listening skills as well as learning about a variety of topics in your second language.
The end of the year and the start of a new year is a perfect time to get organized! Sorting through your Spanish notes is an awesome way to go over what you have learnt this term but also to put these notes into more manageable files.
Try making flashcards, summarizing key points in a new notebook or even creating a vocab book so all the new words you need to learn are in one place. Choose the best method for you. Time is one thing you have over the break and trust us when we say organizing your notes goes a long way on your journey to Spanish success.
Everyone loves music and Spanish music is particularly diverse and catchy! There’s flamenco, reggaeton, rap, salsa, merengue, rock and of course pop music too. Check out some Spanish artists in your favorite music genres and learn their songs. It will definitely aid your listening abilities by training your ear to sounds and rhythms while also helping you get more familiar with Spanish culture too.
Keeping up with the News
Right now many of us are trying to keep up with the news and the latest developments concerning the global health crisis. If you want to test yourself you could listen to the news in English and then see if you can understand these same updates in Spanish too. It will surely help you to keep updated and also practice Spanish too.
Use your time wisely this winter break to plan your Spanish learning in 2021. If studying abroad has been on the cards for you or you would like to visit Spain, check out your options. Book on a Spanish course, arrange to stay with a host family or even take a professional internship in your second language if you really want to test yourself.
It’s all about planning and these experiences that seem out of reach may actually become your main goal in the new year.
For details on affordable Spanish courses in Spain in 2021, click here.