A summer filled with thoughts of Spain


I spent my summer attempting to prepare myself for my two upcoming Spanish classes.  Since deciding last Spring that I would be studying abroad again I’ve been extremely excited and motivated to learn about Spain.

To start off the summer, I read most of my Rick Steves’ travel book. I also spent a lot of time exploring twitter.com and looking for people and organizations to follow that would help me continue to be thinking about Spain and Spanish.  I followed gospain, grahunt and countless others on twitter.  I’ve found these people to be very helpful whenever I was seeking advice or just simply wanted to know what is going on in the lives of expats living in Spain.  If you have a twitter account and have a question you’d like to have answered about Spain, simply type in your question and follow it by #spainhelp and there are many people following this tag that can help answer your questions.

I guess I should also mention that before the Fall semester of 2009 (the current semester) I hadn’t taken a Spanish course for three years!  Needless to say, I was very concerned about my language abilities…  Over the summer I spent a lot of time attempting to get my mind to think in Spanish once again.  I looked over all of my old Spanish materials and text books but found that rather boring…  I went online in search of other ways to brush up my skills.  Twitter again was a helpful resource because I followed different news sites that publicize news in Spain (which consequently is in Spanish).  In addition to twitter I also went online to my public library site and played around on a program that they offer.  The program is free if you have a library membership.  It has different exercises and quizzes that you can do to help with language skills.  I enjoyed doing this program because it was interactive, however my favorite way to brush up on language skills was by far listening to podcasts.

There are many different podcasts that I enjoy listening to about Spain.  For the beginner I would recommend Coffeebreak Spanish.  This podcast teaches Spanish from scratch…  For the more advanced learner I would recommend Showtime Spanish which is geared for individuals that have already completed the Coffeebreak Spanish podcasts or have some previous Spanish language experience.  I also enjoyed listening to a podcast called Slow News in Spanish.  This podcast broadcasts current news in Spanish and also teaches language while giving news.  I would also recommend podcasts by Ben Curtis; they are always interesting to listen to.

Next time I will share about the exchange program I am creating my application for and the different universities I am interested in attending.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions I’ll do my best to answer them!

About futureexpat

Just a student with a zest for learning, currently studying abroad in Spain and here to share all of my experiences with you.
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One Response to A summer filled with thoughts of Spain

  1. Graham says:

    Hey Leah. Good to know we are being followed here and being useful for people. Keep in touch as you sort things out. And keep up the study programme.

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