Welcome to the subscribers zone. Here you will find extra resources to help you make your Spanish learning experience easier.
First of all, it’s important to stay organised.
Having a plan is the first step to successful language learning. That and consistency. So, allocate some daily time to your Spanish. It doesn’t have to be a long time; 10-15 minutes per day is good, as long as you are consistent.
To help you planning and consistency, I’ve created these 2 sheets you can print:
A weekly planner. What are you learning today? What activities can you do? Use this planner to write down your goals,, the things you’d like to learn, the resources you’re going to use… anything that gives you something to look forward to and keeps you motivated.
A vocabulary organiser. As the blog grows, it is harder to keep track of new vocabulary. So to write it down: it’s all in one place and handwriting actually helps your memory too. Print as many copies as you need and organise your vocabulary. You can add the translation, the pronunciation, an example… Your list, your rules.
Are you a total beginner?
This workbook is for you.
You’ll learn the basics such as greetings, useful phrases and basic questions.
With easy explanations, exercises, links to audio & video files and cultural notes.
Download it here.
What else can you find here?
If you’re past the beginner stage and you’d like to practice some more, here’s a selection of posts in Spanish.
Comidas típicas del Camino, a post for Shamrocks & Shells, Camino Society Ireland’s online magazine.
Cómo mejorar tu español en el Camino de Santiago, a post for Practicamos, a Spanish learning site.
A conversation with Oihana, an interview with Spanish pilgrim Oihana, from the blog.
Dictation is a great exercise to improve your listening skills. When we’re learning a new language, we like to watch movies or series in that language; we listen to a lot of stuff, hoping it will help but it’s not so effective as we’d like it to be.
What we’re doing is passive listening. And while there’s nothing wrong with it, we could use our listening time more effectively. By doing active listening instead. And that’s where dictations come in.
A dictation can involve all 4 skills: listening and writing and the more obvious ones; but you will be reading too when you check the transcription and compare it with what you wrote. And you could even practice speaking by trying to imitate what you hear.
You could practice this with a short clip of any TV or radio show (as long as you have the subtitles or transcription to compare with what you wrote). But, to give you an idea of how this works, I’ve prepared a couple of dictation exercises for you.
Music is also a fun way to learn Spanish.
Pick a song in Spanish you like, find the lyrics and get practicing!
In case you don’t know any Spanish songs, I’ve created a playlist on Spotify. It contains a mix of Camino-themed songs and others suggested by people like you, who are already using music to improve their Spanish.
- And here’s your first exercise based on a song called El Peregrino, by Colombian singer Cabas.
- Practice talking about likes and dislikes, plus some more useful vocabulary with Me gustas tú, by Manu Chao.
- A Spanish Christmas carol: Campana sobre Campana.
- Another villancico: Rin-rin