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Study tip: Engage your body Posted by on May 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

Many people complain that they want to learn a new language but when it comes to having discipline they hit a snag.

Well, as with any sport you try to practice, you need to warm up first. And with Spanish it is no different. Let me give you some tips to get your body ready for studying.

First, mind your posture. Pull back your shoulders, sit up straight, keep your eyes, head and chest up. If you’re sitting as if you’re about to fall asleep, sit up straight, ¡enderézate!

Second, as you sit to study, if you feel tired or sleepy, stop for 5 minutes, put on a very lively and exciting song that you love, dance a bit and sing along. Wake your body up, but don’t stop your study session, keep going. Persistence is the key.

Study in small portions. What I mean is, study for 20 minutes to half an hour. Stop, go do something else. Later on, review what you covered then go back to studying again.

Challenge yourself! Try to learn 5 new words every day. In one year, you will have learned almost 2,000 words.

I use those tips myself and they have worked so far. Do you have study tips you want to share? Write to us!

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About the Author: Adir

English / Spanish teacher and translator for over 20 years. I have been blogging since 2007 and I am also a professional singer in my spare time.


  1. Stephanie:

    I like the suggestion for learning 5 new words a day. I might take that and for one week study 5 new words or something like that. Either way, good post!

    And I’ve been needing something like this. I’ve been at a plateau with my Spanish for about 6 months now.

  2. Rod Stephens:

    Listening to Spanish songs seems to help me. Rather than the same boring English language variety that teach you nothing, why not try some Shakira, or Gloria Estefan? Any songs that suit your personal taste will do; you may never translate all the lyrics but you will definitely pick up a better accent and rhythm in your spoken Spanish.
    Any other suggestions?

  3. spanish classes in phoenix:

    Thanks for these great ideas! I’m trying it out right now, and I’ll come back to let you know how it goes!.