How can I prepare for a Spanish/ Hispanic studies degree?

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Hiiii, I have a place to study hisapnic studies in september but i was just wondering what I can do to prepare for it ????? I'm pretty advanced already but should I be reading stuff and that?

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All I can suggest is to start learning spanish right now. You’re lucky since it’s one of the easiest languages you can learn. Try at least 30 minutes everyday of decent study. After a while, try 45 mins of study and then an hour
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It goes without saying that knowing aspects of grammar such as verb tables, irregular verbs and uses of the subjunctive for example will make your life much easier before you start and you will develop these throughout your studies. However, you will also be exploring Hispanic culture so, to give yourself a head start, perhaps try reading up on cultural elements of Spain and Latin America. If you know what you will be exploring in your modules then great, research those. If not then perhaps look at more general examples of Hispanic culture such as the Spanish Civil war for example. Spanish/Latin American politics is likely to be included in most programs so brush up on aspects of those. Explore Hispanic literature also (I imagine you'll need to read at least one Hispanic book during your studies, but again this depends on your modules so try and find out what you will be reading). Finally, translation and interpreting are key skills you may develop (this will also improve your language skills tenfold) so maybe try practising translating a few articles or interpreting Spanish speech into English.

Please bear in mind that covering what I've said above is not essential before starting your studies, throughout your entire time at university your lecturers should not expect (or demand) perfect, native level Spanish (even in final year). You will have plenty of time to develop your language skills and cultural awareness during university and this should ultimately be an enjoyable experience so don't stress about it too much!

Just a few ideas, hope this helps!
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It goes without saying that knowing aspects of grammar such as verb tables, irregular verbs and uses of the subjunctive for example will make your life much easier before you start and you will develop these throughout your studies. However, you will also be exploring Hispanic culture so, to give yourself a head start, perhaps try reading up on cultural elements of Spain and Latin America. If you know what you will be exploring in your modules then great, research those. If not then perhaps look at more general examples of Hispanic culture such as the Spanish Civil war for example. Spanish/Latin American politics is likely to be included in most programs so brush up on aspects of those. Explore Hispanic literature also (I imagine you'll need to read at least one Hispanic book during your studies, but again this depends on your modules so try and find out what you will be reading). Finally, translation and interpreting are key skills you may develop (this will also improve your language skills tenfold) so maybe try practising translating a few articles or interpreting Spanish speech into English.

Please bear in mind that covering what I've said above is not essential before starting your studies, throughout your entire time at university your lecturers should not expect (or demand) perfect, native level Spanish (even in final year). You will have plenty of time to develop your language skills and cultural awareness during university and this should ultimately be an enjoyable experience so don't stress about it too much!

Just a few ideas, hope this helps!
Thank you so much this is really useful! lockdown is the perfect time to do this as well!
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