I love to learn new languages because this is the better way to talk to locals and have a real cultural exchange, especially if you love to travel the world.
English is the international language and you can use it everywhere in the world, but don’t underestimate the power of Spanish.
I decided to study Spanish at university and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Spanish is spoken in an entire continent, plus Spain.
It is very useful and in some places of Central America or South America, during my trips, I thank God I was able to speak it because English was not so common, especially in small villages and off the beaten path destinations.
Study or live abroad in a Spanish speaking country
The best way to learn Spanish on your own is going to study it in a place where it’s the native language, or if you don’t want to study it by taking classes, you can just move for a while to a Spanish speaking country and live there for a while.
If you choose this option, you will learn it in the better and fastest way. That’s because you will be “forced” to listen to it all the time and you will have to speak it every day.
And there is no better way to learn a language than being in contact with native speakers and living in a place where this language is mostly spoken.
You will jump every day in different situations in which you have to hear and understand it and speak it in order to be understood.
This is the best way to challenge yourself and force yourself to speak it and understand it.
The best countries to learn Spanish are of course Spain, because it is the place where the language was born and you can learn the standard Spanish there, and Guatemala, if you want to move to Latin America. Guatemala is the place of Latin America where the accent is easiest to understand for foreigners and beginners.
Watch Spanish/Latin American films and telenovelas
If you can’t move abroad but you want to learn Spanish fast, a good way is to watch Spanish films or telenovelas. The majority of telenovelas are indeed Spanish so this is a perfect way to begin to understand the language.
A little advice, if you can, is to add subtitles in Spanish, so that you can listen but also read when you don’t understand the words. Of course you have to add them in Spanish, to understand how to pronounce a word and how it is written. It is useless if you read subtitles in your native language.
Listen to Spanish music
Listen to music is always a fun way to learn a language. It helps you to understand the pronunciation of words and you can compare them to the lyrics of the song to train your comprehension.
And it is fun! Spanish music is amazing, and it is the best if you love to dance.
Spanish songs are also some of the most romantic songs in the world.
Read books in Spanish
Listening is a good exercise to learn a language, but the other important thing is to learn how to write words, how the words are written. And to learn this, the best thing to do is to read.
If you start reading books in Spanish, you will learn how to write words very quickly. It is a good exercise and it is easier than listening to music or watching films because you can read at your own speed and do it again and again to memorize. It’s up to you, you decide your own time.
A lot of people can perfectly speak a language because they moved to a country and learnt it from the locals listening to them, but they don’t know how to write words.
If you want to avoid that this happens to you, read in Spanish.
Be consistent and don’t give up
Learning a new language is never easy. At the beginning it sounds so difficult, you don’t understand a word and speaking is even worse, even harder.
But you can’t give up. You must be consistent and you have to train yourself a lot, for several hours and almost every day, if you want to improve.
The more you exercise your listening and your speaking, the faster you will learn it.
Go see the world while learning Spanish on your own
I hope the tips above will be useful to you, but how we said from the beginning, the best way to learn Spanish on your own is traveling and meeting a lot of locals.
So let me introduce to you Worldpackers, a platform that can help you traveling without spending tons of money, and helps you making a lot of local and international friends.
You can subscribe to the platform, choose a plan, and for just a small fee you can travel the world and learn Spanish, as a volunteer. It will be a lot cheaper than taking Spanish classes, and even more fun.
There are a lot of positions that are perfect for people who want to learn Spanish.
an Italian full time traveler.
After years planning my full time travel, I finally quit my 9 to 5 job to start exploring the world with a one way ticket. My goal is to visit as many countries as I can and to work as a digital nomad while I am traveling, but also to challenge myself doing travel jobs in the places I visit.
I really want to live a lot of different experiences in a way only a real traveler can do.