So I’ve been learning Spanish for about a year now and with my tutor going to Berlin to work in about 6 weeks I’ve had to do some thinking about whether or not to continue.
You see, I still don’t actually know any Spanish, well, I do, but certainly not enough for having ‘studied’ it for a year.
The problem is I only ever think about it for the duration of my hour lesson, then don’t use it again until my lesson again a week or more later. This is not a good way to learn a language.
I’ve tried listening to the Michel Thomas lessons on the way to and from work, I’ve downloaded apps and I’ve tried to watch the odd Spanish film, but none of it really works to the point where I’m learning (though apps are definitely best).
From my recent trip to Germany I’ve also realised that no matter how good I get at reading and understanding a language (not that I can read or write German well), it’s absolutely useless unless I can hear and speak it. At least with German and French I kind of have an ear for the accent but with Spanish I’ve just not got a clue.
Anyway, after some thought I realised that really I’ve only had about 40 – 45 hours worth of lessons, which is a working week, and really I’m not doing so bad for a week’s worth of lessons (though at £25 p/h it’s been an expensive week).
What I need to do is find a class that I can go to or do one of those language exchange meet-ups, learn enough to order food and a few passing conversations and then head over to Spain for a bit and just force myself to use it.
It’d be a shame to give up, but my idea of being able to speak Spanish by this time next year is looking hugely unlikely and that’s a bit disheartening.
Pic Credit: Magnus A.