Help me learn Spanish!
October 5, 2011 1:49 PM Subscribe
How can I most effectively learn a language (specifically Spanish) while in a college Spanish class?
posted by R a c h e l to computers & internet (20 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I've done extensive searching, but there are a lot of posts about language learning and I definitely may have missed something.
Basically, I'm in college Spanish, and I'm not doing so well. I do the exercises, and the assigned work, but it's not enough. My conversational skill, vocabulary, and conjugating-on-my-feet (as well as remembering the right conjugations) are not up to par with my class (it's designed to be the third class in the sequence, though this is the first semester I've taken here and my placement may be incorrect as well, though I don't really think it is).
I've tried different things, typical flashcards for vocab, making charts/study sheets and tacking them on my wall, etc., but I'd like to know the most effective techniques I could use to study and enrich my learning, (preferably not terribly time-consuming ones - between long-term projects and daily work, that's already my most demanding class) or techniques I could use while completing classwork, I would really appreciate it! It's frustrating, and stressful.
While I'm worried about my grade, language learning is my first priority - this is something that I'd like to become proficient in, I'd like to study abroad in Central America, etc.
(Bonus question: any easyish-to-understand shows in Spanish that are aimed at teenagers or so? They don't need to be ridiculously easy, but I suspect the fast-speaking nature of reality shows and the like would be out of my league. And I suspect I'd enjoy watching trashy shows where I didn't need to understand everything would be better than really involved shows.)