I’m travelling to South America some time next year and I want to be able to speak Spanish to help me go through life easier.
I went to a Spanish language school a few months back and quite enjoyed it. My four semesters of French made it easier to pick up the language compared to my other classmates who were were thrown into the deep end of the Spanish pool.
Even though the language school has higher level classes, I don’t think I am want to spend about S$300 to improve my Spanish.
Self studying Spanish
What will I do then? I plan to self study.
I’m a fan of self-proclaimed language hacker, Benny Lewis, who evangelizes speaking from day 1.
While I probably won’t be as hardcore as he is buy speaking from day 1, I plan to learn from his methods and do a lot of self studying.
I’ve borrowed some language books and CDs from the library which I can practise reading and listening from.
For more listening and vocabulary practice, I can check out Spanish versions of pop songs (although I’m not that sure of some of their accents).
I also discovered that my current-favorite TV show/band (Flight of the Conchords) has Spanish dubs. I’ve put up a playlist of Los conchords in Spanish. If I can get my hands on the lyrics, I’ll be able to learn new vocabulary.
If you are interested in laughing out loud to songs, I recommend:
– Fashion is Danger [English | Spanish]
– You Don’t Have to be a Prostitute [English | Spanish]
– Business Time [English | Spanish]
Even though it’s still too early, I have a Spanish version of Bridget Jones’s Diary which I bought second hand while in San Francisco. I have the English version, maybe I can do a side-by-side readings? My goal is to understand at least 50% of the content by the time I leave for South America.
To end this post, I bring you the only Spanish song I know all the lyrics to.
This blog post was inspired by BootsnAll’s Indie Travel Challenge weekly travel blog project.
Week 43 of the Indie Travel Challenge is a challenge to start learning a new language:
Q: Do you speak two languages or more? What are those?
A: Fluent English, Mandarin Chinese and Malay. Conversational Japanese, French.
Check out my other #indie2012 posts.
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I was just taking a trip around the internet looking for fellow Spanish learners and discovered your blog.
Good luck with your self study course. I have just started another round of lessons. My ulitmate aim is to get to Cuba but I would be happy to make it to Spain as it is much closer, therefore cheaper.
Good luck with it.