Creative Ways to Practice Spanish with Social Distancing
Working on your Spanish doesn’t mean you should only work on grammar and learn new vocabulary. If you feel comfortable with the level you have, how about trying a new skill in that language. I recently took up piano and I take my classes in Dutch. I am not only learning to play the piano, but for the same price of the piano class, I am constantly practicing the language.
The inspiration of this post came from all the videos circulating of people in Italy and Spain getting together (with distance) to play music or to dance the macarena. This is why I am starting con un instrumento musical. If you have always wanted to play guitar, and you have in your house or know someone who can lend you a guitar, the video below is a great way to start. What I liked about it is that he starts by explaining the different parts of the guitarra like las cuerdas, la caja, la boca, el puente, el brazo o mango, las clavijas. He also explains the postura correcta or the posture you should have when playing.
My whole life I have seen my grandmother spend hours entertained knitting or tejiendo. She has been doing this since she was young and has developed incredible skill. More importantly, she enjoys doing it. Staying indoors means that you can finally get to that chunky blanket you have been wanting to make or perhaps you want to make a spring sweater for when we can finally go out. I liked the video below because she speaks at a good pace and shows you paso a paso or step by step. You can order your materials online and start practicing.
Staying indoors means that we are getting little or no ejercicio and this next tip will not only entertain you but keep you fit in case you have been eating too many galletas while watching Netflix. My next sugerencia is for you to learn a style of dancing. Part of knowing a language is knowing the culture and dancing is such an important part of Spanish-speaking countries. The video I selected teaches basic salsa steps, but you can look for videos for flamenco, tango, bachata, cumbia or any other dance you have ever wanted to learn. Once you learn some steps, you can just put on some music and start a solo dance party at home. The advantage of this new skill is that there is no additional equipment needed.