15 tips to getting a head start on your Spanish before arriving to Peru
Many people believe that it is difficult to practice Spanish without being in a Spanish-speaking country and without doing a formal Spanish course. However, that is an incorrect assumption. AMAUTA Spanish School has made this list with 15 study tips to getting a head start on your Spanish before arriving to Peru or Argentina for your Spanish immersion Program!
Get an app or program to start learning Spanish phrases.
There are countless apps and programs out there for people who want to learn a language in a more independent, convenient way. Depending on your preferences and goals, pick one of these apps and get started.
There are many tutorials on YouTube that will enable you to start learning Spanish. It´s just a matter of finding the right videos for yourself! YouTube allows you the chance to learn Spanish in a quick and easy way.
Reading one of your favorite books in Spanish is a great way to learn new vocabulary. Since you already know the story line of the book in your native language, it will be easier to pick up on new words and phrases.
Make a group of flashcards for Spanish fffwords that you struggle with. Then you can review those words and get them engrained into your memory!
Making a meal using a recipe in Spanish will help you to expand your cooking vocabulary. Especially if you use a recipe you´ve never made before, you´ll be forced to learn some new words and it will indeed be a great challenge!
Watching movies in your native language with subtitles is a great way to relax while learning a bit of Spanish. You´d be surprised at how much this will improve your listening skills and enable you to make connections between Spanish and your native tongue.
that you struggle with and learn more about it
Almost everyone has that one grammar topic that continues to escape them. Whether its ser vs estar, the past tenses, subjunctive, or por vs para, don´t be afraid to choose a topic and tackle it before you leave for Cusco or Buenos Aires.
to improve your listening
Audiobooks and podcasts are definitely more difficult listening activities than watching a movie with subtitles, so this would be for more advanced learners. However, this is indeed a great way to immerse yourself in the Spanish language even before you arrive to Peru.
Treat yourself to a meal at a restaurant where they speak Spanish! This could be a great way to get those conversational skills in practice and to build confidence in your speaking ability. Then when you arrive to Peru or Argentina, ordering a meal at a restaurant will be a piece of cake!
Carry around a vocabulary notebook with you, where you can write down words that you want to know in Spanish. You never know the vocabulary subjects that could come up when you are at the grocery store, the bank, at work, in class, or hanging out with friends. You can look up the words later when you have time!
Getting involved in a community that speaks Spanish is the fastest way that you can increase your Spanish skills. Hanging around a group that speaks Spanish will greatly increase your listening and speaking abilities at a rapid pace.
Listening to Spanish music is the perfect way to subtly better your Spanish while enjoying some new tunes. Because music sticks in your memory with ease, you´ll be surprised as you can remember the Spanish lyrics and start singing along to your favorite songs!
Knowing about the Peruvian culture will help you to assimilate into the culture once you arrive. This might also help you to make more sense of the Peruvian slang the local people use. For example, Peru has much influence from Quechua, the language that the Incas spoke. This influence has resulted in many of the words and phrases that Peruvians use today.
It can never hurt to take a Spanish class before you depart on your adventure. This will enable you to brush up on necessary words, phrases, and greetings, allowing you to really dive into the language once you arrive.
Extra tip! Take some Spanish classes online, via Skype,
with an AMAUTA Teacher in Peru!
You have the opportunity to boo a free trial lessons first!
Whether it´s a board game, a card game, a sport, or some other activity, it is a good exercise to do it in Spanish. This will make you aware of more vocabulary and get your conversation muscles working!
There are countless ways to improve your Spanish before you leave for your trip. The methods mentioned above are fun ways that you can get a head start on learning the Spanish language before you even step foot in Peru or Argentina to start your Spanish course in Cusco or your Spanish course in Buenos Aires.