First, some background…
I grew up in Canada, meaning I learned French for around 10 years during my schooling. However, it wasn’t until I was well into my university years that I actually developed a real interest in learning languages. Since then, I’ve dabbled in a few, but I always came back to Spanish.
I did take two intro Spanish courses in university, but took a year-long break from learning while I lived in South Korea. When I came back, I began to meet with a private tutor once a week to practice and learn.
My current language learning routine
Aside from my weekly meetings, I’ve tried out a looottt of different learning resources. These are the ones that have stuck with me:
Mi Vida Loca (BBC Learning Interactive Drama)
More thoughts and continued motivation
I’ve been learning Spanish for a while now, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve been actively learning continuously. Once things start to get harder, motivation dwindles and I find myself taking much longer breaks from studying than I really should.
I think the most important part to keeping motivated is that you are learning a language that you are truly interested in and love. I kept getting side-tracked with French because, although it is a beautiful language and very valuable if you are living in Canada, I kept being drawn to other languages. You’ve got to have a genuine passion for the language itself.
Learning with someone else is a huge motivator. This is part of the reason I wrote this post. For the month of May, I want to focus on learning Spanish intensively. This means meeting with my tutor more often, reading more books, listening to more podcasts, and trying new techniques for learning. But, I know I work much better with some accountability.
So, if you are interested in learning together, sign up for Duolingo here, and add me: mariefking.
I could use the company. (FYI you don’t have to learn Spanish–Duolingo has a few different languages to choose from right now and a bunch more that are in beta!)