Although grammar, conjugation and vocabulary are fundamental parts of learning Spanish, discovering the culture and nuances that encompass the language are also of equal importance. There are some things that you just can’t study in a classroom, they’re things you have to live, in order to understand. Learning Spanish outside the classroom allows you to put into practise the theory that you’ve learnt and put you one step further in learning Spanish.
Learning Spanish outside of class is immersing yourself in the local community. To understand the culture hidden beneath the language, it’s essential to go in search of the locals and their daily life, because only then will you get the true linguistic experience. If that was not enough, it’s important to get to know new people, as they will teach you all of the small things that you won’t learn in class.
Above anything else, you will have the chance to learn slang, useful expressions and colloquial Spanish. In short, everything you will need when you are talking with other people. It’s happened to us all, when we are talking to someone and they start smiling at what you’re saying. Being laughed at because what we’ve said is either too formal, too colloquial or not appropriate to the context. When practising Spanish in the real world, you need to be clear on the exact circumstances when you can use a certain expression or speak more naturally, and the only way to do this is by practising and making mistakes.
Similarly to many other countries, Spain is home to many different accents. Familiarising yourself with them (and the vocabulary that’s specific to each region) is invaluable, as the Castilian we usually hear in class is pure and clear, and not that which is spoken in everyday life. Therefore, it’s important to accustom yourself so you can understand the accent wherever you may be in the Peninsular. You’ll soon realise that the only place you’ll speak real Spanish, complete with its linguistic wealth is with the locals. In summary, learning Spanish outside of class allows you to have a good time with the locals and improve your Spanish skills, could you really ask for more?
Without a doubt, learning Spanish is more than sitting in a classroom and learning. It’s important to make the most of each opportunity to get out and meet new people, as this will help you learn much more Spanish.