The internet’s been down at my house the past few days, and it probably will be a few more before we get it back. Oh well! As annoying as it can be, though, it also feels kind of liberating. The past few evenings, I’ve been spending quality time with my roommates, cooking, dancing, reading, watching trashy novelas in Spanish, and even doing a puzzle.
Here are some more great ideas, and I bet you can learn some useful vocabulary de paso.
Of course, for language learners I would add: take advantage of this opportunity where you’re unable to hide out on online language forums or talk endlessly to your Skype partner and go meet a living, breathing Spanish speaker (or English, or what have you)!!! Step away from your meticulous vocabulary lists and just go talk to someone. At least try. There were some native Spanish speakers at the dinner event I went to last night (I made a point of sitting by them and trying to pass myself off as one of them), and I know there will be some at the dance event I’ll go to tonight. My goals of being significantly more social this year and speaking much more Spanish happily overlap quite nicely. I still have to make a huge effort, though. It’s not easy.
What do you do when your internet is down for several days? How do you maximize that time for your language studies?