For New Years this year I set a couple goals for myself. The first one that I really want to accomplish is to learn Spanish. I took three years of Spanish in highschool, and didn’t give a shit about it at the time. I retained basically none of it, but after going to Colombia twice, I really want to be able to get the full experience of traveling to Spanish speaking countries without looking like a completely lost gringo. I follow a couple people on Instagram who only post in Spanish, and I’m starting to be able to translate certain posts that they write. It’s going to take a long time to get to where I want to be, but I thought I’d share some of the resources I’ve used so far to help me get to where I am, and my future plans regarding learning this language.
Duolingo is a free app you can download on your phone. It has quick lessons, and a daily goal you must reach in order to keep a daily streak going. Not to brag but I’m officially on day 34. It sends reminders if you haven’t completed your goal, which has helped me tremendously. I have learned so much vocabulary so far, and thats a great base for learning a language, because you definitely need to learn WORDS to speak it.
Coffee Break Spanish
I started listening to this podcast during my free time, or
when I’m pretending to work. This podcast is great for beginners because it is spoken in English and has a teacher and a student learning Spanish. The host teaches new words, and phrases, and lets you hear the pronunciation which is super important. I learned why Spanish people talk so damn fast through this podcast, but I won’t reveal that secret right now.
Having a Pen Pal
I still talk to a couple friends I made in Colombia almost daily, and this is a great way to practice your Spanish. It makes you not sound like a fucking robot, or a SIRI voice when you talk to your pen pal because you will be able to pick up on the local slang, and not sound like a nerd, and sound like a cool ass Spanish speaking person. DON’T YOU WANT TO BE COOL. Just get a damn pen pal, but if you can’t maybe try becoming friends with someone who you know who speaks Spanish, but that might be awkward, sorry.
My Future Plans
These have been my three biggest resources, which are all free. I am just getting started so I’m going to try and finish the entire Duolingo Tree, and also finish season one of Coffee Break Spanish. Also, I will still talk to my friends because I love them and I’m not just using them to learn a language….. My next steps going forward will be the following……
Teach English/Study Spanish Abroad
This will be my next move that will bring me to the next level. Three of my friends have done this and fours a party, so here I am trying to do it too. This is also a little life hack for all you lost souls who have post college depression. Teaching English abroad is in huge demand, so you can continue to have a fun life if you want. I plan on teaching English during my afternoons, and also taking Spanish lessons nearby during my mornings hopefully. Living in a Spanish speaking country forces you to speak the language every day, and will help you get to the next level.
Marry Someone From a Spanish Speaking Country
This is probable a couple years away, but if I marry someone from a Spanish speaking country, I’ll be able to live there, which will allow me to practice the language every day. I know marrying someone might be a bit extreme to some people, but when you commit to something you’re supposed to stick with it.
Wish Me Luck
I’ll give another update after 6 months or if any of my plans come to fruition, whichever comes first. I hope this motivates some of you to continue your goals for this year. Let’s get this money baby.