9 Tips to Learn Spanish During Your Holiday Vacation
Updated: Jan 5
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December is a month with plenty of holidays and free time. You might feel that it is time to rest from your Spanish study routine.
Don’t give up so fast! When it comes to languages, keeping a regular learning schedule is especially important. Here are some tips to keep up with your Spanish.
1. Use interactive material to keep practicing.
You can practice online with trivia, videos, and quizzes. Try completing the following New Way quizzes. With them, you can learn about Verbos Auxiliares; Pretérito perfecto; or how to use Los verbos llevar y traer. You can also review new material with these video lessons about Presente del indicativo or Verbos Auxiliares.
2. Test yourself.
On this website, called Woodward Spanish, you will find interactive games to test you with new vocabulary in a fun way. The games are divided by levels: basic, intermediate, and advanced. You'll find Spanish vocabulary like the parts of the house, the months of the year, sports, parts of the body, professions, and more.
3. Try passive learning.
Especially on vacations, immersing in the language is the easiest way to keep practicing without noticing it. Try listening to music, here is a playlist in Spanish on Spotify I created for my students. You can also watch your favorite series in Spanish (using subtitles), movies and documentaries, or youtube videos.
4. Find a language mate.
Here are 3 Language exchange apps that I personally recommend. You'll be practicing your Spanish while meeting new people and helping them to learn English or any other language you speak.
5. Make a plan to help you keep on learning.
For example, you can try saying to yourself: “this week I’m going to review all my notes from past classes”. Or “I will deepen my verb vocabulary.”
6. Write a small paragraph in Spanish each day.
You can write about what you did during the day, send an email to your Spanish teacher to see how he/she is doing, or simply write about which is the best part of being on vacation.
7. Build your own vocabulary.
If you want to try this, in Lingolex you can find useful vocabulary lists organized by topics and levels.
8. Use flashcards.
I like to ask my students to make their own flashcards with new words we learned during our classes. You can make yours using cram, this website helps you create, print, share, and download flashcards.
9. Be flexible.
Don’t feel guilty if you don't do any of these. Try again tomorrow, or the day after.
Listen to your body and go with the flow.