Posted by: Anni Orekh | August 24, 2010

Learn Spanish and try Voluntours

Here 15 Spanish Language Learning Resources:

1. Find a pen pal

Modern technologies have undeniably brought the world closer together. Years ago penpals communicated primarily through letter writing (hence pen pal!). Today there are many more alternatives which are much faster than snail mail and are still cheap or even free, including e-mail, fax, text chat or voice chat, text messaging, or video conferencing via the Internet. They don’t even require a pen.Finding a foreign language pen pal is easy. Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter.

2. Rent and watch a foreign film
Visit your local movie rental store and browse the foreign film section. Another alternative is to join an online DVD subscription service. Join ours or Netflix which has over 3500 foreign films available for rent — by far more than any other rental service. And some of the films are even available for download, so you can view them immediately upon joining Netflix.   Especially if you are a beginning language learner, you will likely not understand much of the language in the movie. Native speakers talk rapidly, use slang, and often speak in accents or local dialects. Nonetheless, watching a foreign language film is a fantastic way to attune your ear to the sounds of the language.

3. Read or watch foreign news online

The Internet gives web users access to 1000s of international news sources within seconds.
Reading a foreign language newspaper or watching a video broadcast from another country is a great way to hone your language skills and familiarize yourself with an area where it’s spoken. You can pick up vocabulary pertaining to current events and become exposed to different perspectives on those events. And you can become aware of local issues of importance to the readers or viewers of that particular news source.

4. Find native speakers in your community
You might be surprised to find that there is an individual or family or even a whole community of native speakers where you live. Check a community centre of that community and soon you’ re find out.

5. Join or start a conversation group
Another way to connect with others who share your language interest is to join a local conversation group. Advertise at colleges and place a public announcement in the newspaper noting the date, time, and place of the first meeting. If at first you have no takers, don’t dismay. Establish a fixed meeting time and place.

6. Visit an ethnic restaurant
An ethnic restaurant is not only a place to enjoy some traditional cuisine, but it’s also a place to connect with native speakers and find out what related events are going on in your region.

7. Find a book or magazine in your library

Visit the periodicals section and ask the librarian there to point you to the magazines and newspapers in the language you are seeking. Language and literature books are located in the P-PZ stacks.If the library has a children’s or elementary education section, check for children’s books in the foreign language. While ample foreign language stories and periodicals are available online, nothing compares with the experience of holding the item in your hands. Print editions have many features that online versions typically don’t or can’t have. If you find foreign language books or magazines you especially like, you can order your own copies or become a regular subscriber.

8. Use a foreign language search engine to explore your interests
Choose one of your favorite hobbies or subject area of interest, a type of music you like, a particular lifestyle choice, or an international event.

9. Join a foreign language discussion board
A foreign language discussion board is a place to connect with native speakers as well as others around globe who share your interest in a particular language.

10. Visit a foreign language chat room
Visiting a foreign language chat room provides a more immediate opportunity to practice your language skills than a bulletin board, because a chat room engages speakers in synchronous or live communication.

There are free text chat and, increasingly, also voice chat sites available for language learners. Text chat rooms exist for learners and speakers of ESL, Spanish.

 

11. Plan a trip. Hineni host excelents Dominican Republic Trips and voluntours

Plan a trip to a country or region where the language is spoken. Not only will you get the chance to practice your language skills, but you’ll also get to experience the culture and customs first-hand, from simple human interactions to eating habits, from daily routines to architecture.

12. Study abroad

The absolute one of the best way to get to know a language and culture like a native speaker is to live like one. Studying abroad for a semester or, even better, for a year allows you to be fully immersed in the target cultural and linguistic environment. You can get to know the ins-and-outs of daily life, learn first-hand how to negotiate common situations (shopping, taking the bus, mailing a letter, ordering at a restaurant, etc.), and gain an insider’s perspective on the educational system. There are a myriad of possibilities, from short-term or summer study to year-long programs. If a formal study program won’t work for you, you might choose instead to work abroad in an internship or work program.

Alternatively, you could subscribe to your very own foreign magazine. Some magazines can be read online, but a print version offers unique advantages. Flipping through the print edition allows you to become acquainted with cultural peculiarities. Reading foreign language magazines in your field of interest is an excellent way to expand your ability to converse about something that you hold dear.

14. Locate heritage events in your area

Universities typically have international student clubs on campus that represent various ethnic backgrounds and cultures, and so many other student organizations abound on university campuses. Many such groups regularly organize campus events that raise awareness and appreciation of their respective cultures.

They plan and sponsor special events that honor folk traditions, such as regional dances and costumes, observe important holidays and celebrations, and region-specific Christmas customs. These groups sometimes arrange festivals and dinners, they offer language classes, and organize get-togethers of various kinds.

15. Listen to foreign language music

Music is an excellent memory aid for language learners. Hearing and learning sung lyrics can improve vocabulary and pronunciation and can reinforce proper use of structures.

You can browse our compilations of French language music and Spanish language music, search for CDs of international music at amazon.com or alibris.com, or you can listen to live audio from international radio broadcasts.  Radio Locator list radio stations around the world with free streaming audio.

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