**Language Learning Strategies, Flashcards and Summer Practice

Learning How to Learn a Foreign Language

Retaining the Vocabulary You Learn from Spanish Word Games

Learning Spanish isn’t all about vocabulary, but learning vocabulary certainly doesn’t hurt. As you work through your Spanish language course, use these tips to make sure your new vocabulary sticks.

  • Practice every day, during every opportunity that comes your way!
  • Look at your vocabulary words, read them out loud, and write them down.
  • Make your own flash cards and glance over them daily.
  • Put each vocabulary word on a sticky note and place it where you can see it regularly.
  • Use new words as often as you can — even if you have to steer the conversation to do so.
  • Double your results by learning words along with their opposites:lejos de/cerca de, izquierda/derecha, grande/pequeño, joven/viejo.
  • Repeat + reuse = remember!

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Memorization Strategies

Make flashcards.(Scroll down for more on flashcards)
Repeat aloud.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
Speak to others in Spanish/French.
Watch Spanish/French television programs on cable TV.
Praise yourself for your efforts.
Listen to lab tapes.
Don’t wait for the teacher to evaluate your progress.
Go to a Spanish/French restaurant and order in the target language.
Eavesdrop on people speaking Spanish/French.
Don’t make excuses.
Name objects in Spanish/French.
Relax before going to class and before studying.
Don’t worry about your age or aptitude.
Talk to yourself in Spanish/French.
Try not to translate from Spanish/French to English in your head.
Practice speaking Spanish/French with friends.
Form a study group with classmates.
Review class notes.
Reward your successes.
Guess when in doubt.
Re-write class notes.
Record new vocabulary and grammar in a notebook.
Make review cards grouping verbs, nouns, etc.
Don’t pretend to understand when you really don’t.
Paraphrase when necessary.
Listen to Spanish/French radio.
Rent Spanish/French videos and watch them.
Stay alert; don’t “zone out” in class.
Hang in there; be persistent.
Read ahead in the book.
Use mime and gestures.
Write down words that you don’t know, then find out what they mean.
Keep a language diary.
Keep your expectations realistic.
Practice daily.
Make corrections in class when reviewing homework.
Memorize using images, sounds, rhymes (mnemonic devices.)

Attend class.
Teach someone what you have learned.
Be assertive in class.
Participate in group activities in class.
Use cognates for association with English.
Have a positive attitude towards class and the language.
Read Spanish/French newspapers on the Internet.
Use what you learn.
Make study sheets.
Do homework.
Review the day’s lesson after class.
Try not to use the dictionary too much.
Ask for help when you need it.

Additional resources


Learning Style and Foreign Language Learning

Concepts of Foreign Languages

Making Flashcards
Students make flashcards in class the first lesson, because many do not know
how to make them. After the first lesson, flashcards are homework on the
first day a new chapter is introduced.

Make them on-line and print here:


Make electronic flashcards here:


Make paper flashcards:

Cut 3×5 cards in half and larger cards in thirds or fourths.

If you are restricted in use of paper, use notebook paper divided into even sections. Find either a regular envelope or a plastic one for storage.

When you write the vocabulary, be sure that you cannot read through the card or that will defeat the purpose in having the card.

Using a pencil or colored pencil works well. Colored pencils are also good if you want them to color code feminine/masculine nouns or by parts of speech.

1. Assign the cards for homework.
2. Give students receive a grade: A, C, or 0 the next day for having completed the cards.
3. Only those who have completed the cards can play games using the cards while others work on their

Studying Flashcards

Here is the system students should use to study flashcards:

B group – Have the English or picture side up. Go through your cards and sort them into 3 piles.

A – you know right away
B – you don’t know right away, you have to think about it (5-15 seconds)

C – you don’t know and have to look on the other side of the card.

Pick up the B and C piles and go through them again.

Keep doing this until they all go in the A pile.

When they are in the A pile, turn them over so the Target language side is facing up. Go through the same procedure as above.

Pick up the B and C piles and go through them again.

Keep doing this until they all go in the A pile.

Other Ways to Study Flashcards

Fun with Flashcards


Flashcards Partner Study

Flashcard Games

Summer Practice

Visit websites listed for your language
Watch about five minutes of TV a day in Spanish/French/German (DW-TV) Denver local language learning schedule for channel 22.
Watch either a Spanish station, or use the SAP option. Go to
Watch one of your favorite DVDs in Spanish / French with English subtitles.
Go over your vocabulary from Spanish / French class at least once a week.
Listen to a Spanish radio station
Don’t be afraid to talk to native Spanish speakers! Most of the time they LOVE that you are trying to learn their language and this is the best practice you can get!
Speak Spanish / French with your other buddies who took Spanish / French!
Read children’s books or comic books in Spanish / French. They are on-line and at the library.
Get your Ipod going! Download free podcasts or buy your favorite songs.
Youtube videos for language learning



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