Fun Ways to Study Spanish Without Really Studying

Use the Spanish words when referring to your relatives - Tío Bob, Abuela Mary.

Try labeling things in your house on sticky notes with Spanish vocabulary that you know. Look up things you would like to know.

Go to the grocery store with your parent and think of food vocabulary that you know. Look at cans to see if there is any Spanish on them. Compare to the English.

Identify the clothes you are wearing each day using a color…Llevo una camisa roja y una falda marron.

As you are riding around, think of directions in Spanish and the vocabulary for locations.

When you attend sporting events, think about sports vocab that you learned this year.

When you are texting and e-mailing your friends, do it in Spanish sometimes.

Translate song lyrics into Spanish.

Play around with the on-line translators. Now that you are not doing homework, it is OK, and you will see how they can be helpful, but unreliable too.

Watch soap operas on Univision. You won't catch everything, but you will hear words that you do know. You can get the gist of what they are saying by observing the actors.

Turn on the subtitling and the Spanish language option on your favorite DVDs.

When you watch the weather on TV, practice giving it in Spanish.

Count as high as you can in Spanish.

Play Bingo in Spanish.

Check out Spanish children’s books from the library.

Try a cookbook with Spanish recipes.

If you travel to the Southwest of the United States, you will come across a lot of Spanish. Don’t ignore it! Read signs and collect free things written in Spanish.

Start a Spanish journal. Try to write one or two sentences every day in Spanish…I eat lunch at 12. We swim in the afternoon. They can be simple, but it helps with grammar AND vocabulary.

Challenge yourself by looking up new words in a Spanish dictionary. Try them out in a sentence along with words you already know.

Many Internet sites have a button to change the language. Push it and compare the English and Spanish.

Sign-up on-line for a Spanish speaking pen pal. Be careful what info you give out and make sure it is OK with your parents.

Look at the instruction manuals of electronics you purchased. They will probably have Spanish instructions too.

Tweet or post on Facebook or Instagram in Spanish.  See if you can get any of your friends to chat back with you.

Look up memes in Spanish on Google Images. Watch out for the naughty ones!  Be sure you know what something means before you use it.

Look for things in Spanish on Pinterest.

If you find something awesome this summer, share it with me.  You can tweet to me @susanlynn26 or use #LNHSpanol

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