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    During this upcoming summer I am determined to improve my french and spanish conversational ability - I want to aim to become fluent.

    I studied french and spanish during secondary school but I have not used either since ( in 3 odd years), so I know the knowledge is in my head somewhere but my main concern on top of this is learning new vocabulary.

    So say I had 3 months to become fluent conversationally, I know that there are many many ways to learn a language - but which is the most efficient given my history? Perhaps watching movies? listening to lessons? watching cartoons? using PC software? Any advice would be great!
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    Live there. No substitute.

    Otherwise, read and listen to as much as you possibly can, use a grammar book on the side so you understand the mechanics.
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    Expose yourself to the language as much as possible. Listening to music in the foreign language will help you.

    Edit: alongside other things, of course
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    As everyone else has said, there is nothing better than being totally immersed in a language. That's how you learnt your native language as a baby.
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    (Original post by roh)
    Live there. No substitute.

    Otherwise, read and listen to as much as you possibly can, use a grammar book on the side so you understand the mechanics.
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    Expose yourself to the language as much as possible. Listening to music in the foreign language will help you.

    Edit: alongside other things, of course
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    As everyone else has said, there is nothing better than being totally immersed in a language. That's how you learnt your native language as a baby.
    Thanks for your replies. As much as I wish I could travel to a country this summer it simply won't be possible. Therefore I am going to have to try and immerse myself as much as possible where I am (UK), listening to music is a good suggestion. When I was a kid learning english through TV programmes helped quite a lot:

    does anybody know any french or spanish TV / cartoon programs I could watch to help, some that have a good visual representation of what is being said?

    Any other specific ways I could immerse myself whilst still in the UK?

    Thanks for your time with all this!
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    (Original post by Develop)
    Thanks for your replies. As much as I wish I could travel to a country this summer it simply won't be possible. Therefore I am going to have to try and immerse myself as much as possible where I am (UK), listening to music is a good suggestion. When I was a kid learning english through TV programmes helped quite a lot:

    does anybody know any french or spanish TV / cartoon programs I could watch to help, some that have a good visual representation of what is being said?

    Any other specific ways I could immerse myself whilst still in the UK?

    Thanks for your time with all this!
    If you're into politics CharlieHebdo is good. The news (search France 2 JT) is never a bad starting point, as you already know what's going on in many cases and the newsreaders generally speak clearly and without strong accents.
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    (Original post by Develop)
    Thanks for your replies. As much as I wish I could travel to a country this summer it simply won't be possible. Therefore I am going to have to try and immerse myself as much as possible where I am (UK), listening to music is a good suggestion. When I was a kid learning english through TV programmes helped quite a lot:

    does anybody know any french or spanish TV / cartoon programs I could watch to help, some that have a good visual representation of what is being said?

    Any other specific ways I could immerse myself whilst still in the UK?

    Thanks for your time with all this!
    Here's a list of Spanish radios:

    http://www.listenlive.eu/spain.html

    I personally like to listen to Cadena Dial everyday. As I don't always have the opportunity to practice my pronunciation, it's helpful to listen to the way the presenters pronunce the words. I also use busuu.com to chat with native speakers, which is a fun way to make friends and learn a bit more about the culture, as well as learn some new slang.

    I've got the BBC News page in Spanish as my homepage, so I try to read at least one article a day to try to improve my vocabulary.

    Plus, I like to watch Spanish films. I started watching them with english subtitles, but I'm now starting to watch them with spanish subtitles.
    Some spanish films I've seen are: Maria llena eres de gracia, Mar adentro, Abre los ojos and Pans Labyrinth. It might also be a good idea to watch TV shows in Spanish that you've already seen in English, since you'll know the storyline.

    I have a Spanish playlist on my phone as well, which is mostly filled with slow love songs which I can understand. I've found that using a variety of methods helps me to enjoy the learning process, and makes it more fun for me.
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    Thanks guys this is great! Hopefully all these things will help me, perhaps in a few months time I'll come back to this thread and be able to show how much I've developed!
 
 
 
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