I’m officially starting my language log again. It’s annoying that I didn’t continue studying Spanish after returning from Ecuador 6 years ago when I’d got to a broken conversational level. If I had, I would have been fluent by now. So it’s almost like starting from scratch - or more accurately beginner plus level. But you can't go back, so the only thing is to move forward.
This time, my main goal is consistency. I started redoing the Michel Thomas foundation course last week. If I can consistently study Spanish for 6 months, I can get to a pretty decent level. So, the idea is to do at least 15 minutes every day, but longer whenever possible.
- Language courses
https://forum.language-learners.org/vie ... 19&t=5377/
49 Spanish questions
https://www.fluentin3months.com/spanish ... +months%29
A reminder of some useful techniques:
The Listening + Reading Method
http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/fo ... p?TID=6366
L1 = English
L2 = Spanish
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Spanish Book
Spanish audio recording
The order should be exactly as follows:
Read the book in English - because you only remember what you understand
Listen to Spanish recording and follow the Spanish text at the same time - because the flow of speech has no boundaries between words as the written text does. You can separate each word, and get used to speech
Listen to Spanish and read in English (This is the most important step. Do it from the beginning to the end. Usually, 3 times is enough to understand everything. If you’re in the position to skip 1 and 2, do it.
Concentrate on speaking: you repeat after the recording. Do it as many times as necessary to become fluent.
You translate the text from your own language into the language you’re learning. You can do the translation both orally and in writing. That’s why written texts should be placed in verticle column side by side: you can cover one side and check using the other one.
*Listening comprehension should be the most important goal. Don’t try to speak (or write) too soon. It is much better to listen to more texts instead. Concentrate on the meaning. Sooner or later you will feel you’re ready to speak or write. It will come naturally.
Shadowing and Scriptorium
http://www.foreignlanguageexpertise.com ... study.html
Resources I’m using:
Michel Thomas Foundation and Advanced Course
L+R Method: Harry Potter y el prisionero de Azkaban
Watch shows/films in Spanish
Read Spanish out loud
Scriptorium - read a sentence, write it while reading each word out loud, read the sentence out loud