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Hello! I have been using italki regularly for a few months now and love it! I love the conversation practice that I am getting and I definitely am feeling like my listening and speaking are starting to improve but I know that I need to be putting more work in on my own time. When I sit down to study on my own, I don't really know where to start or what to focus on. Does anyone have a study schedule or study plan that has been helpful to them in learning their language? How do you allocate your time between vocab/grammar/reading/listening? What are your most helpful tools?
Apr 27, 2020 1:11 AM
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Mandi gave some great suggestions. I usually like to dedicate an hour a day to studying. I split this time between vocabulary practice, reading out loud, practicing conjugations on and watching youtube videos. I also am working on not looking at social media during my free time. Instead I try to open up one of my vocab apps and practice. I also really like the app/website Memrise. It's the one I like best to study vocabulary. I also try to practice as much as possible, whether it's at the store or at work. If I know someone else knows spanish I try to practice a little bit, but not over do it because I know listening to a beginner can get annoying.
April 27, 2020
Hi Ann! I think this is a hard one to answer as there are SO many apps, podcasts, platforms etc to learn from. What I've found most helpful is to try a little of everything and see what I enjoy the most - if I enjoy it, I'll stick with it and if I don't I won't. This is what I've tried:
  1. Coffee Break Spanish - a free podcast hosted by Marc Pendleton who is actually Scottish but has a near perfect accent and very entertaining to listen to. He changes the lessons up each season and keeps things fun, short, and applicable. He teaches castellano but usually includes the latinamerican pronunciation too
  2. Rosetta stone - this is less interesting to me but still has great learning. Also good grammar practice
  3. italki - I'm trying to do 3 lessons a week rotating b/n focusing on grammar and just conversational spanish
  4. Reading - I've chosen a couple of books I've already read in English, so I already know the storyline and don't get too frustrated
  5. Duolingo - I listen to their podcast, more for the story than anything as they are usually quite interesting.
  6. Quizlet - a great free app to practice your vocab that you can pull out while standing in line for 5 minutes
  7. Talking - this is by far what is helping me the most. I have 4 young kids and I try and speak to them in spanish as much as possible. Do they get annoyed? Yes. Do I get to practice speaking without feeling embarrassed? Yep. And anytime I run into a phrase/word I dont know, I pull out my phone and look it up right then if possible

As far as schedule, I try to find time but we're all busy. I run for 30 min each morning which is when i listen to coffee break spanish. In the car, duolingo podcasts are great because they require less focus. Then at night I'll try and do rosetta stone, read some, and of course watch TV in spanish. I'm currently watching Las chicas de cable which is quite entertaining

Bottom line, if you find things you actually enjoy, you'll do them more often and stick to it longer. Hope this helps!
April 27, 2020
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April 27, 2020
Actually I first focus on listing . Sometimes I watched YouTube channel . It's helpful for me . Also I used Duolingo .

April 27, 2020
Language Skills
English, Korean, Spanish
Learning Language
Korean, Spanish