In 2013 I spent a holiday with my wife on Mallorca… If you asked me few years ago, I would tell you I don’t like Spanish culture and language. I considered those loud, noisy Spaniards as grown-up kids with their never-ending siesta and mañana attitude to life – so with the lack of better reason I was also negative about the language.
But during our trip I even started to like this chill-out lifestyle and attitude. And after we came back home I decided that I will learn Spanish. The reason was trivial: I just loved how it sounds 🙂
Some time has passed since then and my motivation went down. But after a year I finally made it a new-year resolution and decided to focus all my efforts on learning a new language. First of all, I needed…
…a good reason to learn Spanish.
There are plenty reasons to learn a new language. But why Spanish? Let me just list some of them:
- it’s one of the most-spoken languages in the world, after Chinese (and English, according to some sources), with over 400 millions native speakers
- Spanish is an official language in 20 countries; many of them are quite attractive travel destinations
- with its relatively simple grammar and vocabulary, it’s quite easy to learn for Europeans (it takes 6-12 months for English natives to achieve fluency)
- Spanish can give me an advantage in labour market – even here in Poland, with growing BPO services market
- as a language of love, it just sounds sexy 🙂
After that, I set…
…the objective. My goal is to reach at least B1 level at the end of this year. Maybe not very ambitious, however it will let me communicate in most day-to-day situations. It doesn’t mean after reaching my goal I’ll stop learning.
Then, I need…
… a plan.
Last Christmas I got a Spanish course for Polish speakers from my sister. The course consists of 2 books (23+18 lessons), 5 audio CDs & 1 CD-ROM and it can get you from zero- to B1-level. This is going to be the core of my strategy and should take me 2-3 months to finish it. I’m going to support it with other methods:
– websites like duolingo
– flash cards for vocabulary learning
– repeating phrases from phrasebook in my free time at work
– listening to podcasts while driving or walking out the dog
– listening to Spanish online radio stations (however some may argue if this is a good method)
– some basic reading and translations (short stories, children books)
So wish me luck with my Spanish adventure! In my next post I’ll share some online Spanish learning resources which I use (mostly for English speakers).