In addition to using traditional language learning programs, immersing yourself in the language is key to becoming proficient. These tips will allow you to pick up extra practice, but they can also be fun!
-Watch Spanish-language films. Put on the subtitles and listen at the same time. As you watch, try to pick out words and phrases that you know, and use the context to guess the meaning of ones that you don’t know. Besides learning the language, you’ll pick up more about the culture, too!
-Watch the news in Spanish. The context of the story will make it easy for you to pick up on what is being said.
-When you are out in public, listen in on people you hear speaking Spanish and see how much you can understand. If the situation allows, join the conversation. Most people will be more than happy to help you practice your Spanish.
-Look around the house for items written in Spanish. Instructions for appliances, electronics, etc. will often have a section written in Spanish. Since you will always have the English translation, this can help you learn new vocabulary.