Simple trick to help learn a foreign language

Deana and I are currently teaching ourselves Spanish in preparation for our trip to Argentina.  We’re using a couple of tools to help us learn, but there’s one low tech technique I really like that I learned from my dad.  It’s just two lists that you carry with you (we’re using a shared google docs spreadsheet, but pencil and paper works just fine).  One list is words in English that you wanted to use but didn’t know in Spanish.  The other list is the opposite: words in Spanish that you didn’t know before.  You write down new words on your lists as the day progresses and then at the end of the day you write in the translations.  We’re going an extra step and also making flashcards with them.  It may sound like a simple trick, but my dad used it to successfully teach himself Spanish in just a couple of weeks shortly after college (well enough to impress my native Spanish speaking mom, anyway).

Edit:  I’ve been asked to include a screenshot for clarity.  Enjoy!

Learning us some Spanish

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