Hi everyone. Today I have a few fun sources for Spanish learners, though some of the principles could be applied to any language.
Recently, I’ve taken up another language, Spanish, for several reasons. One, there are a lot of Spanish-speakers in my area, most of whom don’t speak a lot of English, so it will be really helpful. Secondly, with the way things are going, everyone in America will be speaking Spanish in 20 years 🙂 Anyway, I’ve been using a few methods that are low on pain and high on fun:
1. Learn Spanish with Video Games
That’s right, video games. With a language as common as Spanish, this is easy. Most video games today come with a Spanish language option, so you can play the game in the Spanish language. The one I’m currently working on is Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Another game I recently finished playing in Spanish is the new Tomb Raider. The great thing about these games and others is that you can have both Spanish audio and subtitles, so you can follow along with the subtitles as the characters are speaking.
If you are learning a more rare language, you can try to buy foreign language games on Amazon. For example, you can pick up the Japanese copy of Final Fantasy XIII. Granted, with a really rare language it’s going to be hard to find anything, but you can still try. Extra tip: buy used copies, you’ll save a ton of money.
2. Learn Spanish with TV
I recently discovered a unique television series put together by a professor who used to teach Spanish. It’s called “Destinos.” They great thing about this show is that they speak relatively slowly, and there is a lot of context so you can easily figure out what they are saying and what is going on in the story.You can check it out here: http://www.learner.org/series/destinos/watch/ep1/
I hope these few suggestions are helpful to you. By the way, if you have any other recommendations, simply submit a comment below or contact me.
Have fun learning Spanish!