3 simple ideas to practice Spanish using digital technology

Hi my name is José Lira, this is the first time I write here at Babelitos and I’m very happy about it. In this short article I will share a few tips to help you learn Spanish words using simple digital devices. Let’s get started.

 1-Have a virtual language immersion
Digital technology is no longer a convenient luxury, it is an omnipresent tool that permeates to several aspects of modern life. Thanks to digital technology  we can have a partial language immersion without having to travel at all. All you have to do is download a few television programs or radio shows to your iPod, mobile phone or digital music player and listen to them while you exercise or drive during the day.
Although it might not seem like a big deal, listening to native speakers throughout the day is one of the best ways to practice a foreign language. If you think about it, that’s the way children learn their native tongue and it can be highly beneficial for an adult interested in learning Spanish.
2- Change all your digital devices to Spanish.
Most of us know how to use our cell phones, iPods, televisions and DVD players with our eyes closed, therefore changing the language settings of the menus to Spanish will not be a big problem and it is a simple way to learn new vocabulary throughout the day. You will be surprised about the amount of new words you can learn from your television or your cell phone menus.

It might be a little difficult at first, but after a couple of days of practice it will feel natural.

 3- Make your own flashcards with digital photos.
Most cell phones have the ability to take photographs and this is a very practical way to add flashcards on the go. If you find something interesting in a magazine article or in a store, take a picture of it, write down the translation in Spanish and take a picture of it as well so you can see the photo of the item first and then review the translation to see if you have memorized it correctly. For example if you see an apple at a shop and you want to remember how to say apple in Spanish, just take a photo of the apple then look for the translation in your spanish dictionary, write down the translation of the word in Spanish (manzana) take a photo of it and do the same with 20 other items and the translation for each one of them. After a while you will have a bunch of photographs with translations you can review whenever you want.
I hope this simple tips help you practice Spanish throughout today and make it easier for you to learn new words with the help of digital technology.
If you’re interested in learning how to say the numbers in Spanish or review grammar basics, feel free to visit my site here.

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