Spanish Class Reflection

Spanish class reflection will not be about reviewing how the class was taught or if it necessarily improved my ability in Spanish. This article is about what else I learnt about how to learn and what it made me realise about life tasks in general.

There are so many ways to learn something, from immersion to little by little but all have the commonality that if you’re going to succeed in it, you’ll be needing consistency.

It has been a few weeks since the end of the course and I’ve practised here and there but not at the same level, and although I’ve retained a fair amount, it’s not so fresh in mind. This may have been affected by my recent trips away with different languages been spoken but this doesn’t mean I’ve given up.

Consistency is the key to success and social interaction is a growth that can’t really be achieved in another manner, or at least so easily.

I recently saw a quote on my Instagram feed which something along the lines of, “if you can’t find anyone to join you, go by yourself and you’ll find people who think the same way as you.”

Your group of friends might be great but you’re unlikely to match on every single interest and that’s where networking and exploring new ventures can open up avenues to meeting people that you match on different areas. Joining a Spanish course allowed me to meet people who all had the same common goal, and yet we all had such different personalities, it was somewhat enlightening.

I’ll leave it here with these two lessons I learnt from the course:

Lesson 1: Be consistent in your pursuit of goals and you’ll see it develop towards that

Lesson 2: Social interaction shouldn’t be limited but widened through exploring, either through finding new places or trying new activities

 

Learning Spanish

When you’ve lived in a foreign country for more than nine months and still aren’t semi-conversational in the language, it’s probably time to start taking classes.

I have tried to learn Spanish by myself through using Babbel, Duolingo, many other apps, general self-study and multiple other methods, except one, sitting in a classroom with others trying to learn.

There’s an accountability that you have when you’re in a classroom and there’s homework to do, and a sort of competitive nature to not be the worse one there!

You’re more motivated and driven to learn, at least in theory 🙂

It’s not that I don’t want to learn, it’s that sometimes you need that little extra push, or need to try something new. So I signed up for a four week intensive course, Monday to Thursday, 11:30-13:30.

We’ll see how my Spanish develops and if it works, carry on and see how I can improve upon it. If it doesn’t work too well, then I’ll seek to understand why and how I can apply myself better in the future.

And that’s my little tidbit for today.

Early Morning Benefits

Waking up early in the morning is always a struggle but there are numerous ways of aiding in the rolling out of bed and starting the day. One of the first things I do when I wake up is try to list all the reasons why I want to get up, what I need to do and the excitement that it may bring.

Often the idea of running outside when I’m half asleep seems a little too much effort but then I start to imagine my route and what I might see.

Here’s a few of the ones I stopped to photograph: