2020 has been a very strange year. Do we all agree on that, right?
The coronavirus pandemic took us by surprise. No one was prepared for it. We thought it was another “virus” but we didn’t expect it was going to spread out all around the world that fast.
Suddenly, we had a worldwide lockdown. International flights canceled and borders closed. Thousands of people got stranded away from home and all our plans changed.
Everyone is in a different situation but we are all experiencing the same feelings. We have passed through different emotional stages. We had been skeptical, worried, anxious, and frustrated.
But also, we have accepted the situation and have been resilient. We have been good at adapting to the situation, to the so-called “new normality”.
Here we are, five months since the worldwide lockdown
At first, we thought it was going to be a 2-weeks -or 1-month- lockdown until we “fix it out”. But here we are, five months since the worldwide lockdown. And we are yet not so sure how long this is going to last.
Before COVID we often heard -and even said- we wanted to have more time. We wished Sundays were longer. We wanted to have time to spend with our families, time to relax, time to watch movies, time to learn a new language, etc.
Now, we have the opportunity to have the “time” we wanted. But, since it is something we didn’t plan and something we can’t control, it freaks us out.
It’s totally normal, life didn’t come with a manual on “what to do during pandemic and lockdown”. But as the saying goes “life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”.
2020 has given us the opportunity to think, to appreciate things we normally took for granted, and to restructure our lives in many ways.
Online activities, the new normality
Everyone’s situation is different. Some people have had the opportunity to work from home, while others have lost their jobs. Some people have had the opportunity to spend more time home, while others couldn’t make it home. Some people have started their own business, while others have lost their businesses, and so on.
In that sense, everyone is spending their time differently. However, the common denominator is that people try to be more “productive” at home. They see this situation as an opportunity to take advantage of their time. Also, an opportunity to do those things they always have wanted but -that for any reason- they have never done.
The world has adapted progressively to the current situation as well. Online platforms like Zoom have allowed people to keep up with their routines. Online meetings have become part of the “new normality”.
Now, we have our work meetings, attend to any classes, and even celebrate birthdays online. We can do basically anything online. We didn’t know we could do it until we had to.
Are we being productive enough?
It’s true we have also overwhelmed ourselves during these months trying to “occupy” our time. We are having free time and many emotions; and we don’t know what to do with all that.
There has also been social pressure on “being productive”. There are high expectations on how we are spending our time. Are we being productive enough? Are we learning something new? Are we developing that idea we talked about before?
But one thing is pushing ourselves to be productive, another thing is taking advantage of the time we have now to do those things we always have wanted to do. Like learning a new language. That’s one of the things people normally want to do but due to the many obligations they have, they never do.
This is the best time to learn Spanish online
Staying at home in isolation may induce anxiety and boredom in some people, especially those who thrive on social connections.
If you are looking for an option that keeps you productive and entertained, and that levels up your skills for your future career or studies. Then, one of the best things you can do is to learn a new language. For example, Spanish!
Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world. It’s spoken for more than 500 million people, in more than 20 countries. Thus, it’s not a surprise that during COVID people have decided to learn this language or to improve their level.
10 reasons to learn Spanish online during COVID-19
- It can boost your mental health, it focuses your attention on something productive.
- If you are studying or working from home, it breaks up your daily routine with something fun.
- It’s flexible. You can schedule lessons at times that work for you.
- It levels up your language skills for later on.
- You save money. Online classes are cheaper than private or group classes. And, you don’t spend money on transportation.
- You can combine lessons with watching Netflix and reading books in Spanish.
- Even if it’s online, you can keep social connections.
- You can do it from home or from any location.
- You can save some money for your next trip to Colombia when we are free to travel again.
- Being bilingual looks good on your CV.
The digital sphere is here to stay. It will take some time until we are free to move freely around as we used to.
So, this is the moment to learn Spanish! And even better, it’s the moment to learn Colombian Spanish online with LMTS!
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