I made reference a week or so ago that I was going to be starting an evening class. I haven’t mentioned it much (if at all!) on my social media or blog yet so thought I’d write a bit more of a detailed post about it.
I’m a big believer in learning – whether that’s learning a new skill, learning how to make something or teaching yourself more about a subject. Anything that keeps the brain cells ticking over is always a good thing. For as long as I can remember I have been participating in something most people would recognise as formal learning. I didn’t follow a traditional university route – instead opting to undertake my degree via the Open University and through that I had many years of part-time study and when it ended, there was a void.
When we moved house that desire to be actively learning was there and so I found an evening class (sewing) so I did about nine months of that and I also toyed with the idea of doing a Masters degree in religious studies. However, with pregnancy, that dream ended and I decided that my days of study and learning were behind me for a little time.
In recent months I’ve really wanted to do something that was just for me – something that was my space in the week. I decided I wanted to learn Spanish, and so last week I started a Spanish evening class in Manchester. It’s only two weeks in but so far I am really enjoying it. It is nice to have the brain cells tested in a different way to usual and it’s nice for me to further the skills I learning through the class I attend with the children. It’s nice to be out and about with other people and to have some time away from home, away from being mum and away from my blog (Which invariably focuses on the children!).
So far we have learnt greetings and some pronunciation guides and family members and their relationships. I am pretty good at recalling the individual words, but the test will be around reading and writing. I have set myself the task of writing to describe my own family this week and have been busy looking for resources to help me get to grips with the basics. I’ve been looking for children’s style textbooks on places like Wordery and Amazon but it’s hard to know what’s best to buy. I do however need to get myself a dictionary and I found a great deal at The Works Books – just £2 for a Collins Spanish dictionary so I’ll be ordering that this week I think.
I’ve also been searching the internet for any worksheet type things. I learn quite well through this sort of thing so I know it will work for me if I can practise on worksheets. I did find a couple on Rockalingua and I am going to look into a subscription for that as it might be something that would be helpful for the children also, as well as for me!
Are there any tips you have for helping to learn a language as an adult? Or have you learnt Spanish and if so, can you recommend any books that might help me get to grips?
This is a collaborative post.