I need to stop studying Spanish for a month. I'm only at an A2 level and my goal is conversational ability. Does anyone have suggestions as to what worked for them to maintain the second language during a break, even if they weren't already fluent?
Para mí la clave es que practiques un poco el español cada día. 10 minutos al día, habla sobre un tema en español. PAra nivel A2 algunos temas interesantes son:
Comida, dieta, alimentación
Habla en pasado: contar experiencias de un viaje.
No importan los errores, lo que importa es que practiques y pienses en el español.
To me, the thing is that you practice your speaking every day. 10 minutes per day is absolutely fine. Speak about topics as:
food, diet and so on
Use the past: talk about experiences, trips...
Mistakes don't matter, just practice and think in Spanish every day. That is the important thing.
Yo Just wanted to chime in here on your question.
Breaks are the worst thing you can do for language learning. The main trick is to adjust your Spanish learning. If you are on a one month break, make a goal of certain grammar you want to have mastered in this month. Youtube spanish shows and even if you don't understand whats going on, just watch and listen for everything you can, write words down you hear but don't understand. Seriously, just spend like $20 bucks a week for Italki lessons Leidy Nieves is my tutor from Colombia and she is amazing and Cesar from Mexico. Their rates are like $7 hr and after 1 hr of talking you will feel much more confident that you can master this language. I also started a spanish speaking group in my town and we have grown to 10 people through word of mouth so you could do that also.
Forget about "learning" and concentrate on acquiring.
What do I mean with that? It is way better and effective to first acquire the language and once you are fluent then learn the grammar. Studying grammar, vocabulary lists or even speaking isn't going to help you reach any fluency or conversational level.
Language acquisition is only based on input, so you only have to listen to spoken language you already understand at least at a 90%
You can read here about it:
You can search on Youtube "how to acquire any language" and find some interesting documentaries.
So, I agree with Brian and Carlos. Just listen to whatever you can understand as much time as you can.