Bogota is one of the largest cities in South America. There are about 9 million people – both Colombians and foreigners- living in Bogota.

It’s a city that attracts people from all over Colombia and all over the world. It’s a city full of opportunities and leisure activities.

Bogota is known for being a modern, cosmopolitan and multicultural city. People who are passionate about Colombian culture, about food and about music fall in love with Bogota easily.

Why?

Because in Bogota you can find anything!

Yes, in Bogota you can find all kinds of food, from street food to high-end restaurants. You can also find all kinds of music, from traditional Colombian rhythms to world-class festivals.

What is most interesting is that, even though some people call Bogota “ the concrete jungle” due to its size and population, it is a city with a green soul.

Bogota is located in the middle of the Andes mountain range. It is a city full of parks and it is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range in the background (Cerros Orientales).

In Bogota, you can enjoy activities such as mountain biking, hiking and climbing.

The views are outstanding!

Also, within the city, you can go horseback riding, you can go cycling, or you can go running to one of the city parks.

If, on the contrary, you are not a very sportive person but you enjoy being outdoors, there are plenty of flea markets to visit.

We know that keeping up with the fast pace of life in a city can be exhausting. That is why it’s important to find a work-life balance.

Believe it or not, in Bogota you can find it. You just need to be very efficient with your time and get up early to avoid the rush hour.

Thus, we have prepared this article about the best outdoor activities in Bogota.

It will help you to plan your getaways during the time you will be studying Spanish with us.

Keep in mind that these activities will get you closer to locals and will help you make new friends.

Cycling & Mountain Biking

If you like bikes then Bogota is the perfect city for you.

Why?

First of all, because Bogota has “Ciclovía!”

“Ciclovía” is either a permanent bike path or the closing of certain streets to automobiles for cyclists and pedestrians.

More than 120 kilometers of roads are turned into a cycle lane from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday and holidays.

All kinds of transportation are welcome —bicycles, roller skates, scooters, wheelchairs, skateboards— as long as they are not motor-driven.

Second of all, because Bogota’s surroundings are filled with cycle-friendly roads for mountain biking, little restaurants, shops and many outdoor activities.

Perfect for spending a day closer to nature.

Cycling and mountain biking are some of the most favorite activities for Bogotanos. Mostly after the success of Colombian cyclists in the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and La Vuelta de España.

Some well-known destinations are Alto de Patios (6 km, 380 m climb) and Alto de Verjón (11 km, 900 m climb).

These activities are not only good for getting away from city life and the traffic.

They are good for your health!

Remember that Bogota is a city located at 2,600 meters above sea level. And, high altitude requires a high level of cardio.

If you are into mountain biking check Wikiloc out. This website shows the peaks, the difficulty level and the distance of the main routes.

Or, if you are just visiting Bogota and feel like exploring the city and its iconic street art. Join one of the Bike & Graffiti Tours

Hiking

Bogota offers beautiful hiking routes within the city.

Who would have thought that?

Yes, that’s another advantage of being located at 2,600 AMSL and surrounded by a 14,000 square-kilometer forest reserve (Los Cerros Orientales).

There are three main walks which total 14 kilometers.

These may not seem very long, but remember they climb from 2,600 meters up to 3,200 meters at their highest point.

We warn you that the hike might get tough but the views are the reward!

For Hiking in Bogota, you can go to:

  • Monserrate
  • Quebrada la Vieja
  • Quebrada las Delicias

For a day-trip outside the city you can visit one of the National Parks nearby:

  • Páramo de Sumapaz
  • Parque Natural Chicaque
  • Parque Natural Chingaza

Climbing

Although Bogota itself doesn’t have outdoor spots for rock climbing, there are well equipped indoor climbing gyms.

In these centers, you can train your climbing skills while meeting new people and practicing Spanish.

And, whenever you want to go rock climbing outdoors you can go to any of the following places near Bogota:

Suesca

The most popular rock climbing spot in Colombia. It’s a small village located 1.5 hr North from Bogota. You can go by car or by public transport.

Suesca is known as “Colombia’s rock climbing Mecca.”

It has over 400 different climbing routes, which are good for beginners and experienced climbers.

It has over 70 years of climbing history!

Macheta

Macheta is for really experienced rock climbers.

It’s located only two hours from Bogota and it’s a beautiful little town to stay. You can enjoy time with locals and if you are not climbing you can enjoy the views of the mountains and the climbers.

Zipa

It’s the closest climbing spot to Bogotá. It’s located only 30 min from Bogota.

Zipa has over 80 available routes, primarily for sport climbing and crack climbing.

Horseback Riding

For those who love horseback riding, Bogota is also a perfect city.

You will be amazed by the panoramic views of the East Hills (Cerros Orientales) while horseback riding a Colombian Creole horse.

The landscapes are full of fauna, flora, rivers and small lakes.

You can also stop in the little villages, enjoy the local food and speak with locals.

If you want to try horseback riding in Bogota, check out the Tripadvisor’s suggestions.

Jogging & Running

If you are more into jogging and running you will also have plenty of options.

You can either run at any of the city parks or join any of the races organized in the city.

And, of course, you can do it at the iconic “Ciclovía” on the weekends.

Some of the most beautiful and popular parks for running are:

  • Parque Simon Bolivar
  • Parque los novios
  • Parque El Virrey

The most famous city races are:

  • Night Race 10K
  • Carrera Por los Héroes 10K
  • Nat Geo Run 10K
  • Carrera Atlética Allianz 15K
  • Media Maratón de Bogotá 21K, 10K
  • Carrera por la paz 10K, 5K
  • UNICEF 10K
  • Asics Golden Run 21K
  • Carrera Ascenso Torre Colpatria 48 Pisos
  • Carrera de la mujer 10

Flea Markets

If, on the contrary, you love being outdoors but you are not into any of these sports you can visit any of the city flea markets.

It’s a perfect plan for the Capital’s sunny weekends.

You can find a wide variety of street food, local artists and handicrafts.

The most popular Bogota’s flea markets are:

  • Mercado de las Pulgas Usaquen
  • Mercado de las Pulgas de San Alejo
  • Pasaje Rivas

As many people would say, the only thing that Bogota doesn’t have is the ocean. But apart from that, in Bogota, you will find everything!

If you are still thinking about where to go to learn Spanish after the global pandemic is over, stop thinking and join our school in Bogota.

In the meantime, join our online classes and follow our weekly blog here.

Learn Spanish in Colombia: In-Class & Online Courses

There is no question that 2020 has been an inconvenient year for most of us. Some people say that COVID-19 has been an “unwelcome surprise”.

We thought we just had to wait a few weeks or months until the pandemic was over. But the reality is that we have to adapt to this situation, we have to be resilient.

But thanks to technology we can connect with other cultures and learn a new language when we are busy or not able to travel abroad.

Learn More Than Spanish has offered online classes since (2017). Our school has the infrastructure and our team is qualified for the challenges that the so-called “new normality” has brought.

Most of the students that have been to our Spanish school in Bogota have continued learning Spanish online when they return to their hometown.

Now, in COVID times, they are taking advantage of the time they have had at home to focus on improving their Spanish language.

They also take advantage of the time to keep connected with the Colombian culture and to have fun.

Thus, we have prepared this article in case you are wondering what it is like to study Spanish online with us.

What platforms do we use at LMTS?

 What is it like to study online at Learn More Than Spanish? - The platform.

To make it simpler for everyone, we only use two platforms:

Google Hangouts and Skype.

Both platforms are very easy to use. They don’t have time restrictions, they offer the option of sharing screens and work simultaneously. They also allow teachers and students to record the classes, so you can watch them later and see how much you have improved.

What is even better, these platforms are also available for smartphones. This means that you can take the classes at home with your laptop but you can also vary sometimes and take the classes outdoors.

The most important is to coordinate with your teacher how you would like your classes to be.

What kind of activities do we do for the online classes?

What is it like to study online at Learn More Than Spanish? - The Activities

For us, the most important is to establish a plan with each student.

We know that all students are different. Everyone is at a different level, everyone learns at a different pace, and everyone has a different motivation for learning Spanish.

One of the greatest advantages of learning Spanish online is that it gives you flexibility. Students and teachers can develop their study program that fits the expectations and needs of everyone.

Therefore, our activities are very diverse. We talk about Colombian culture (i.e. music, literature, food, etc) and about the Spanish language (i.e. grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary).

It’s so much fun!

What methodology do we use?

What is it like to study online at Learn More Than Spanish? The methodology

The methodology we use in our courses depends on the program you choose.

You can choose to learn General Spanish, Spanish for Business, or to prepare yourself for the D.E.L.E. Exam.

Our methodology follows these three aspects in all the programs:

  • Our lessons are focused on the students’ goals. During the first lesson, you define with your teacher which abilities and skills you want to improve.
  • Our program covers the four learning skills (i.e. Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing) but we focus on those you feel you need more practice.
  • The program is structured by levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF), from A1-C2. The amount of hours depends on several aspects such as your previous experience learning Spanish or how fast you progress.

If you want to know more about how it is like to learn Spanish with us do not hesitate to contact us. Our team will be happy to explain to you our programs in detail.

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Keep on making mistakes in Spanish?

Making mistakes is inevitable when you are learning Spanish. It is part of the process of learning a new language.

There is no need to be frustrated, but if you want to speak Spanish properly it’s important you are aware of the mistakes you constantly make.

There are major and minor mistakes.

Major mistakes are those that affect your communication with others. Spanish speakers won’t understand the sentence or the context.

On the other hand, minor mistakes are those that native speakers notice but they don’t affect your communication with them. Spanish speakers would understand what you are saying even if it is not correct.

If you want to learn Spanish properly pay attention to the following mistakes people make when learning Spanish.

1. Assuming that Spanish words that look like English words mean the same thing

Around 30% to 40% of all vocabulary in English have related words in Spanish.

Those similar words are known as cognates. There are perfect cognates, near-perfect cognates and false cognates.

The last ones, false cognates are the tricky ones. They are also known as “false friends” because they fool you. You think you know what they mean but the actual meaning is something completely different.

One of these mistakes is saying “estoy embarazada” (I’m pregnant in English) when you want to say “I am embarrassed”.

Be vigilant with those false friends. Native Spanish speakers would understand what you want to say but you don’t want to learn broken Spanish but good Spanish, right?

2. Assuming that the sound of the vowels and consonants in Spanish is the same as their sound in English

Many students struggle with the Spanish pronunciation. They have trouble communicating with native speakers because they think they are pronouncing words correctly but people don’t understand them.

Why is that?

Because they are pronouncing the words in English, not in Spanish.

To be honest, Spanish pronunciation is pretty easy and straightforward.

You should following simple rules:

  • Learn the sound of the vowels, and stick to it….Always! In Spanish, there are five vowels (a, e, i, o, u). We always pronounce them, their sound never changes.
  • Learn the sound of the consonants and stick to it. Similarly to the vowels, the consonants in Spanish have their unique sound. However, there are a few exceptions. Make sure you learn the exceptions and stick to the rules.
  • Roll your tongue and practice the “rrrr” sound as much as you can.

3. Using pronouns unnecessarily

In English, for instance, all sentences require a pronoun. But in Spanish, that isn’t necessary.

Why?

Because it’s implicit in the verb.

In Spanish, we conjugate the verbs according to each pronoun. So, when talking Spanish we normally omit the pronoun.

If you use the pronoun in all sentences it wouldn’t be grammatically incorrect, but it sounds a bit weird. It’s redundant.

Let’s look at an example with the verb “querer” (to want):

Yo quiero (I want)
Tu quieres (You want) – You in a singular form
Él/Ella quiere (She/He wants)
Nosotros queremos (We want)
Ustedes quieren (You want) – You in a plural form
Vosotros/as queréis (You want) – Vosotros/as is only used in Spain
Ellos/Ellas quieren (They want)

In Spanish we would say:

  • ¿Quieres un café? (Do you want a coffee?)
  • Queremos ir a la playa mañana. (We want to go tomorrow to the beach)
  • Quiero comprar un regalo para mi hermana. (I want to buy a present for my sister)

See? We don’t use the pronoun because each verb already explains who it is referring to.

Spanish students frequently overuse the pronoun “yo” (I).

So, next time you are having a conversation in Spanish try to be aware whether you are using the pronouns more than you should.

4. Using the wrong gender for articles and adjectives

Contrary to English, in Spanish, the articles and adjectives can be either feminine or masculine.
There are basic rules to define when a word is feminine or masculine. But, since there are also some exceptions, students get frequently confused and mix up the genders.

The only way to get all the articles and adjectives right is by memorizing them.

Practice, and more practice!

5. Mixing up the verb “To be” (Ser or Estar)

One of the most difficult topics for Spanish language learners is the use of the verb “To be”, which in Spanish is divided into two verbs:

“Ser” and “Estar”.

“To be” (ser) or “To be” (estar).

We know it can be tricky since the distinction between those two doesn’t exist in other languages.

What’s the difference between “Ser” and “Estar”?

Putting it in a simple way:

“Ser” is used when describing permanent things, while
“Estar” when describing temporary things.

Make sure you learn the rules for each verb. You don’t want to say “soy aburrido/a” (I’m boring) when you actually mean “estoy aburrido/a” (I’m bored)

  • Soy aburrido. (I am boring.) – I am a boring person in general.
  • Estoy aburrido. (I am bored.) – Right now I feel bored.

6. Using The verb “To be” instead of the verb “To have”

There are some cases where we use the verb “To have” (Tener) instead of the verb “To be” in Spanish.

For many students, it doesn’t make sense, but the best advice we can give you is:

Don’t translate everything literally. Understand the rules each language has and start using them.

It doesn’t need to make sense at first. When you start speaking the language you will see it will make sense.

In English the verb “to be” is used for example when talking about age:

“I am 25 years old.”

But in Spanish, the verb “tener” (to have) is used when talking about age.

To say that you are 25 years old, you would say:

“Tengo 25 años”

This translates literally to “I have 25 years,” hence the common mistake by both English and Spanish speakers in their respective second language.

There are quite a few other Spanish phrases that use the verb “to have” (tener) while their English counterparts use “to be”.

For instance:

  • Tener calor (to be hot)
  • Tener cuidado (to be careful)
  • Tener frío (to be cold)
  • Tener hambre (to be hungry)
  • Tener sed (to be thirsty)
  • Tener miedo de/a (to be afraid of)
  • Tener prisa (to be in a hurry)
  • Tener razón (to be right)
  • Tener sueño (to be sleepy)
  • Tener suerte (to be lucky)

7. Using the adjectives in the wrong order

In English, adjectives come before the noun.

For example:

Kind person
Blue shirt
Long road
Tall man
Rainy day

Whereas in Spanish, adjectives often come after the noun:

Kind person, “Persona amable”
Blue shirt, “Camisa azul”
Long road, “Carretera larga”
Tall man, “Hombre alto”
Rainy day, “Día lluvioso”

The more you read and the more you watch movies; the more you will improve your Spanish. Be attentive to how native Spanish speakers talk, you will improve a lot just by listening.

If you want to learn Spanish as fast as possible, we advise you to do an immersion course in a Spanish speaking country. Our school, Learn More Than Spanish offers intensive courses for all levels.

If you can’t travel soon to Colombia but you are interested in learning Spanish, you can take online Spanish classes with us. You will have highly qualified teachers focus on the skills you want to learn and improve.

Hope to see you soon!

Learn Spanish in Colombia: In-Class & Online Courses

For many years we thought that the best way to learn Spanish was by going to a school.

The traditional way of learning made us believe that we need to be “face-to-face” with our teacher to properly learn Spanish. But, during the last decades, we have seen how technology has helped us find alternative ways of learning languages.

Online classes are gaining popularity since people are constantly busy with their jobs and daily routines. It is difficult for them to have fixed schedules and to move around their cities -or to travel abroad- for attending their Spanish classes.

Technology sometimes takes more attention from us than it should. We let ourselves get caught in social media, WhatsApp messages and endless sources of information. However, we can take advantage of the enormous resources and benefits that technology brings to us.

Wouldn’t it be nice to learn Spanish while sipping on your favorite tea at home?

Or, wouldn’t it be nice to learn Spanish with a native speaker who focuses only on your learning process?

Learning Spanish online is not necessarily better than learning Spanish in person. It is just an alternative for those who are busy at work or busy with their families.

For those who can’t make it to the school classes due to their busy agendas; or, those you don’t have the time to travel abroad for an immersion course but who are interested in learning a new language.

Many would say that there is nothing better than face-to-face classes. It might be true to some extent. However, there are great benefits of starting to learn Spanish online.

In this post, we share some of the reasons why you should start learning Spanish online.

10 reasons to learn Spanish online with Learn More Than Spanish

1. You can manage your time

For those who are always “on-the-go”, learning Spanish online is a great option. It is less time consuming; you won’t waste time moving from home or from work to the school.

You can schedule your classes according to your daily routines. For example, while your children are in school, during your lunch break or, at night when you are back home cooking your dinner.

2. You can choose any location

Apart from managing your time, one of the greatest advantages of online classes is that you can choose any location.

There is nothing better to learn Spanish in a comfortable and familiar environment. For some people, the ideal place is home; for others, it’s a nice coffee shop in town or a beautiful park.

Technology gives us the opportunity to learn Spanish from anywhere, at any time.

Even during your holidays! Wouldn’t it be nice to have a session with your teacher while you enjoy your morning coffee at the beach?

All you need is a computer or smartphone and a good internet connection.

3. You learn at your own pace

Who doesn’t like to learn a new language at his or her own pace?

Learning Spanish should be fun. You shouldn’t feel pressured but comfortable with the teacher and the class.

Everyone learns Spanish at a different pace. Some might learn vocabulary faster than others, while some might be better at listening than others.

Learning Spanish online gives you the opportunity to focus on your weaknesses and strengths.

You choose the intensity of the classes. For instance, you can choose from a two-hour session a week, to a one-hour session every day.

It is all up to you!

4. It helps you save money

Online classes are not only cheaper than, for instance, hiring a private tutor or than paying a Spanish immersion course.

If you are learning Spanish in your hometown you will also save money on transportation, books and parking.

So, online classes will help you save time and money!

Then, you can use that money to travel abroad and practice what you learn.

It’s a good deal, isn’t it?

5. There are many online resources

We all know that there are infinite resources online.

When you are learning Spanish online, you can easily send links to pictures or videos related to the topics that you are talking about.

Some people might say that learning Spanish online would be useful only for practicing skills such as speaking and listening. But it is also very good for improving skills like reading and writing.

But, technology offers so many options for learning all skills online.

For example, whenever you want to work on your writing skills you can use google docs. You and your teacher can share and work on the same document.

Or, whenever you want to have a reading session you can share a screen with your teacher. You both can read the same text.

6. You will have highly qualified teachers focused on you

There are so many schools and platforms that offer Spanish online classes. Apart from being overwhelming, it might be difficult to find teachers that you trust.

We recommend you choose a Spanish school that has good reviews on Google and Social Media. It is also a great advantage to choose a school that offers both face-to-face and online classes, instead of just online classes; they often have highly qualified teachers.

Make sure you ask the credentials of the teachers, it will give you more confidence in the school and the tutors.

Once you start the classes you can talk with your tutor about your needs and expectations on learning Spanish. About your goal in the short and long term, and together you can develop the learning program.

7. It doesn’t require travel

Yes, we know that most people like to learn Spanish because they want to travel. But there are some cases when traveling is not an option.

For instance, 2020 has been a difficult year for traveling due to the COVID pandemic. However, it shouldn’t be an impediment to learn Spanish. It’s even a great opportunity to do it from home!

It is also not an option for many people who have a family and who have a corporate job. They can’t travel abroad for more than 2 or 3 weeks.

Thus, learning Spanish online is a great option for them. They can start learning at home, and then whenever they want to travel to a Spanish-speaking country they will feel more confident.

8. A good motivation gives you discipline

When you have a good motivation, you will naturally have the discipline to organize your daily and weekly schedule accordingly.

You don’t need someone pushing you to take the classes or to do the homework. You are keen to learn the language and you will happily do what it is needed. You will see the results of the time you are investing and it will keep you motivated to pursue your goal.

When you do something that you like you won’t have excuses. But when learning Spanish online you will also avoid excuses such as “it is raining, I don’t want to go outside”, or “there is a public transport strike, I can’t go to the school”.

The only excuse you might have is that your wifi is not working properly.

9. You can record the session

Another advantage of online learning is the platforms used for the classes. The most popular platforms like Skype, Hangouts or Zoom have the option of recording the session.

You can use this option to watch the session again, listen to yourself speaking, and to be aware of your mistakes to later correct them.

It would also be very nice to have some sessions recorded, watch them again a few months afterward and see how much you have improved.

10. You will feel more confident

Finally, one of the reasons learning Spanish online is a great option for you is because it will make you feel more confident.

Many students feel intimidated in the classrooms by the traditional teaching structure, or by their fellow students. They are not confident when speaking in public or when reading out loud.

In an online environment, it could be much easier to share thoughts and to build trust with your tutor. You won’t feel “observed”, and therefore you won’t be focused on the mistakes you might have.

You will feel you are chatting with a friend overseas instead of chatting with your teacher.

If you are still thinking about whether you should learn Colombian Spanish, stop thinking and start learning!

Start learning from home with us; get familiar with the language and with our culture.

Once it is safe to travel again we hope to see you in Bogota!

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When learning a language, there are four skills we need for complete communication: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

These are called the four language skills. No matter what language we learn, we should learn these skills equally.

When we are learning our native language we go through a simple learning process:

  1. We learn to listen
  2. We learn to speak
  3. We learn to read
  4. We learn to write

If we want to learn a second language, then we should follow the same process.

Just like when we are babies.

Babies spend their first months and years listening and replicating the sounds they hear. Then, they start learning the vocabulary. And, only after that, they start making sentences.

If this is a natural process, why do some people find it more difficult to learn one skill than another?

Is there one skill, in particular, you find it the most difficult?

Let’s start from the beginning. Let’s listen

When we are adults we want to see the results of everything that we do quickly. We want to be productive and efficient. And it makes sense, we invest part of our time in learning a new language and we want to make the best of it.

But let’s take it easy and enjoy the process. You will see it will make much sense.

Some people start learning Spanish by “reading” and “writing”. They read and write vocabulary. They try to memorize it.

But the problem comes when they want to have a conversation. They struggle to understand other people, they can’t make proper sentences, and they get frustrated.

If you start by just listening:

You will get familiar with the sounds of the vowels and consonants in Spanish. Believe it or not, they are way different than the English sounds.

When you listen you can also improve your pronunciation.

The way you pronounce Spanish directly affects your ability to understand it. If you are consistently pronouncing a word wrong, you will struggle to understand a native speaker when they say it correctly.

You will also tune your ear to different people, different accents and different speeds.

One of the biggest mistakes is getting used to only one person’s accent, you will find it difficult to understand other people.

Only in Colombia, there are dozens of different accents and dialects. When learning Spanish choose Bogota’s dialect, it’s the easiest to learn. But don’t forget to train your ear with other accents.

Become an active listener instead of a passive listener

Listening passively is not enough to make you a good listener.

Listening actively means being attentive. When you are an active listener you will notice new vocabulary. You will be keen on asking questions and, ultimately, you will understand the context even if you don’t understand every single word.

For instance, if you are listening to your friends talking, don’t be afraid of asking them the meaning of certain words or the context of the conversation.

You can also be an active listener while practicing the other language skills.

Don’t get us wrong, we did say that you should focus on listening, and we mean it. But there are few things you can do in parallel which will help you to improve your Spanish.

When listening to a song, a movie or a conversation you can take notes of words that catch your attention. This is useful because your memory is fresh and you can look them up later.

You can also improve your pronunciation skills while listening to something. It won’t distract you, if you do it consciously.

How is that?

¡Simple!

Practice “listen and repeat”

When you repeat out loud a word or a sentence your brain will be more active and you will be more likely to remember what you said afterward.

Be Patience! Go at your own pace

Many Spanish language learners get frustrated at the moment of listening to native Spanish speakers.
We know you would love to speak Spanish as soon as possible to join the conversations with friends, to understand the lyrics of the songs, or to understand the Spanish movies.

But relax, cause no matter how hard you try it will always take some time. It doesn’t mean you won’t get there, it means you need to be patient.

First of all, you must be honest with yourself about your current level of Spanish. There is no point in trying to understand a movie, for instance, if you start learning Spanish a few months ago. It will only frustrate you…

What you can do is start incorporating Spanish into your daily life.

What else can you do to improve your listening skills in Spanish?

There are so many tools and materials available out there to practice.

Let’s look at some of them:

  • Listen to Spanish or Latin American music. No matter your level of Spanish you can start grasping a couple of words, then a few sentences, and eventually you will get it all.
  • Listen to audiobooks. You can choose from easy children’s books if you are a beginner, to Spanish or Latin American literature.
  • Switch your Apps to the Spanish language. For instance, your GPS, Waze or your running Apps. You already know what they say in your own language, so try them in Spanish.
  • Watch movies and videos on Youtube. There are so many options, you will never get bored! Ask your friends to send you voice messages instead of text messages.
  • Do a language exchange. Find a Spanish speaker who wants to improve your mother tongue. Ask him or her to speak Spanish and you reply in English. After 30min you can switch so that both have the same opportunity to practice. It’s an excellent exercise!
  • Do some exercise in Spanish. Yes, you can find all kinds of online classes in Spanish: Yoga, Zumba, Pilates.
  • Do you like Ted talks? You can find very interesting TED talks in Spanish with English subtitles.
  • Or, do you like to meditate? Choose online guided meditation sessions in Spanish. There are plenty on Youtube and on Apps like Insight Timer and Gaia.

Whatever you choose, make sure you listen to what you enjoy and you are passionate about. If you start incorporating Spanish into your daily routines and your hobbies you will see how easier it becomes.

Don’t get frustrated if you don’t get it at first. Be patient and persistent!

Learn Spanish in Colombia: In-Class & Online Courses