Feeling the Movement in Spanish: The Effectiveness of Learning by Doing

I grew up doing competitive dance and loved it. I continued taking classes for fun for a couple years in college but drifted away from it as other activities filled my schedule. I’ve been wanting to take classes again for a while. Recently, I actually did it. After finding a studio close to my house,… Continue reading Feeling the Movement in Spanish: The Effectiveness of Learning by Doing

I’ve Said it Before and I’ll Say it Again: Repetition is One of the Best Language Learning Tools There Is

I started a new job a few months ago, and a good part of it involves taking customers’ orders and retrieving their prints when they come to pick them up. A lot of our customers print with us all the time and are in the shop often to pick things up. When I was new,… Continue reading I’ve Said it Before and I’ll Say it Again: Repetition is One of the Best Language Learning Tools There Is

The Difference Between Understanding in Spanish and Communicating in Spanish

I’ve mentioned that my husband is a medical student and that he is, unfortunately, not very proficient in Spanish. I’ve also mentioned that the rotation he is currently in involves seeing a lot of Spanish speaking patients. Because of this, he was given some handy materials on commonly used phrases, and we have been practicing… Continue reading The Difference Between Understanding in Spanish and Communicating in Spanish

Using Your Own Thoughts as Material for English to Spanish Translations: The Benefits of Side-By-Side Translation

I’ve heard it said that when you are acquiring a new language, a measure for fluency is that you think in that language. I’ve also heard that when you’re fluent, you may dream in the new language and that this is another sign of true mastery and internalization. I’m not sure if I’ve dreamt in… Continue reading Using Your Own Thoughts as Material for English to Spanish Translations: The Benefits of Side-By-Side Translation

Remembering How to Write in Spanish: Maintaining and Developing Your Skills

To follow up on following up, I’d like to talk about another aspect of my Spanish practice and maintenance that I’ve kept up with. I told you about looking up lime vs lemon, then seeing limón on my tea bag, and I’ve also been contributing to my fridge magnet composition here and there. I mentioned that I… Continue reading Remembering How to Write in Spanish: Maintaining and Developing Your Skills