How to Fit Spanish Into Your Busy Schedule
Fitting a Spanish schedule into your busy personal and professional timetable is easier than you think!
Starting today, no more excuses. I’ll show you how to make the most of your day and learn Spanish on top of your daily responsibilities and tasks. Even if you consider yourself a person with a busy schedule, it’s possible to learn a new language.
In this article, I give you tips and tricks on how to design a daily routine that fits your Spanish learning into it. Let’s get started.
Benefits of Becoming Fluent in Spanish
You can’t learn without proper motivation, and the best motivation is the positive. IImagine all the great things that expect you in life if you become bilingual.
Most people learn Spanish because they are fascinated by Spanish culture. They may want to read Spanish authors in their original language and travel to Spanish-speaking countries. Others learn Spanish to make their families bilingual and teach their kids via homeschooling.
Knowing Spanish also gives you extra points while looking for a job. According to a study by The Economist, a person can earn anywhere from $50,000 to $125,000 extra just by knowing a foreign language alone.
What’s your motivation? Why do you want to fit a Spanish schedule into your daily routine? Make sure your intentions are clear.
Tips and Tricks for Building Your Spanish Schedule
Let me show you how to fit a Spanish schedule into your day. There isn’t a daily routine so busy that it can’t accommodate the things I’ll tell you.
I organized the resources by time of day—things you can do in the morning, during the day, and at night. Of course, these are only suggestions; adapt them to your personal timetable.
Before you start, change the language of all your devices into Spanish. I know it may sound a bit drastic if you’re a beginner learner, but you already know how everything works, and it will force you to use Spanish at all times.
Change your computer setting, your phone settings and even your social media settings. Smart kitchen devices can be switched to Spanish, too. Dealing with recipes in Spanish on your cooking robot can be really fun.
Now, let’s look into how to fit a Spanish schedule into your daily routine.
Spanish Schedule in the Morning
The morning routine is usually the time when what you do is fairly automatic. Why not use this time to improve your Spanish listening and comprehension skills?
Choose a podcast or audiobook and listen to it while brushing your teeth, preparing breakfast, or on your commute to work or school. Go for a Spanish news podcast or look up any other area of interest.
For a selection of podcasts for beginner and intermediate Spanish learners, see:
Read a newspaper in Spanish while sipping on your coffee if you have time to sit down before you start your day. Check out 15 Spanish Newspapers in Latin America for Intermediate Learners to choose your favorite newspaper.
If you need to help with strategies on how to use newspapers to improve your Spanish, read 10 Spanish Articles for Beginners: Learn to Read the News.
Spanish Schedule in the Afternoon
How you fit in your Spanish schedule during the day depends on your personal timetable.
I’m a teacher and during the week, I’m busy giving classes. However, during my prep time, I usually listen to songs in a language I’m learning. It still lets me focus on my main tasks while training my ear to new sounds.
What do you do during your lunch break? If you scroll through social media while eating, follow some Latino bloggers with accounts on Instagram and Facebook to take advantage of this leisure time.
Read for half an hour during this time and highlight any new words and expressions.
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During your lunch break, squeeze in a one-on-one class. A private teacher can correct your mistakes, challenge you, deepen your existing knowledge, assess your level, and guide you along the way.
On the weekend, go deep into a textbook to learn grammar structures. Focus on either vocabulary or grammar workbooks or take a comprehensive, level-based course.
Check out How to Find the Perfect Spanish Workbook to learn more. A ood classic textbook can do wonders if you use it consistently.
Watch helpful Youtube channels that provide you with Spanish phrases and structures to learn and use in a conversation. Practice these phrases mentally to get used to sounding them out.
Spanish Schedule in the Evening
Some people are still productive in the evening and at night, and they can accommodate serious studying and private classes in this time slot. However, most of the mortals function half-heartedly in this period. Nonetheless, you can still use the evening and night for language learning.
Choose easy activities like watching a movie or a show in Spanish. It trains your ear, helps you with spelling (if you add subtitles), and expands your vocabulary. It may even improve your conversational skills.
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Play while you study with a language app. They’re a great addition to your Spanish schedule as they require only a few minutes of your time per day to consistently improve your comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills.
Check out the links below for a helpful selection of the best educational Spanish apps:
- 12 of the Best Spanish Vocabulary Building Apps for Adults in 2021
- Top 5 Reading Apps to Improve Your Reading Skills in Spanish
- 8 Chat Apps to Practice Speaking Spanish with Your Phone
Get Help With Your Spanish Schedule
The key to any Spanish schedule lies in perseverance. You have to figure out your Spanish routine and fit it into your regular timetable. And stick to it. Remember your language goals and keep in mind what motivates you most. Learning a new language takes time, and keeping your Spanish schedule alive will require sacrifices.
Still, as you have seen, it’s absolutely possible to fit Spanish into a busy schedule and learn a new language without neglecting your responsibilities. If it helps, think that while studying Spanish you’re also improving your cognition and decision-making abilities!
To make the most of your Spanish schedule, sign up now for a free trial class at Homeschool Spanish Academy. Let our friendly, professional teachers from Guatemala help you reach your fluency goals and put into practice what you’ve learned during your busy days in a 1-to-1 conversation! Check out our affordable pricing and flexible programs!
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