Another year, another challenge: Learning a new language

Continuing with my countdown to turning thirty and my aim for a year of new experiences..

I am learning Spanish! 🇪🇸

That’s probably the 5th time I’ve said that in my life now.. Haha. Something always gets in the way. I’m hoping to really get started this time so I would like your help!

Me in Mijas, Costa Del Sol back in 2011!

I’ve noticed I’m actually starting to be able to read and understand Spanish but not necessarily able to write and speak it. Anyone else find that?

I did only French and German at school so unfortunately I’m starting right from the beginning. Would you like to join me?

I would love to attend some classes but unfortunately being on shift work it’s not really practical so I’m using apps. Can you recommend any? Mindsnacks is my absolute favourite to give you an idea, however it’s not available on android so any others as good would be great.

Anyone ever had any success learning a language by themself?

Why Spanish?

It has always interested me and my family. I think a big part of it is the fact Spain was the first country I ever travelled to! I was just a child but I remember it well and it will probably always stick in my mind.

The language to me sounds beautiful and it is in my opinion one of the most useful languages to know with it being used all over the world.

I travel to Spain way more frequently than anywhere else so this will give me a chance to practice it too I hope!

Hopefully sooner rather than later as I will be back in Costa Dorada this upcoming Thursday!

My travels throughout Spain so far:

From right to left: Barcelona, Tarragona, Mijas, Salou, Las Palmas, Tortosa, Maspalomas.

Let me know your recommendations for any apps, websites or materials by leaving me a comment please 🙂

6 comments

  1. I found watching Spanish series really helped improve my understanding and there’s a very good YouTube channel (language transfer) which explains things in a very simple way. I’m living in Spain now (which obviously helps) but my speaking is still the weakest part. Once you start getting there it’s so rewarding. Have fun!

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    • I’ve not even thought about doing that! That is a great idea! I do love Spanish music which helps as I tend to remember the lyrics to those which might help me remember certain words too. I’ll definitely have a look at the channel thanks! Where abouts are you living in Spain?

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      • Listening to Spanish music is great too. Spotify and Netflix are so useful when searching for new stuff. I’m in Santander in the north at the moment but have lived in a few places over the last couple of years. My favourite was probably Valencia last summer. At least you can practice the next time you’re over visiting Spain.

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      • Learnt more in just 6 minutes of that YouTube channel you recommended than any class or app I’ve ever used! Haha thank you! I’ve never heard of Santander but I’d like to get around more of Spain for sure ☺️

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  2. Great challenge, good luck in becoming bilingual. Probably the best way to learn is to spend time with locals and just force yourself to speak.

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