About My Passion for Spanish + The Best Language-Learning App!

I’d like to start this post with a bit of honesty; I haven’t always had a passion for Spanish.

Yup. However, passions must start somewhere, right?

Initially, I really wanted to learn French; I’ve been fascinated by the language’s beauty for a long time. However, the ironic thing is, the same summer that I’d started learning the basics of French, I was also spending a lot of time over at a friend’s house whose mother only spoke Spanish. While there, I heard her talking to my friend and my friend’s siblings in a language I knew barely any of. In no time at all, I switched to learning Spanish, and thanks to the mini lessons my friend gave me on key words and different phrases I could say to her mother, a language I once wanted nothing to do with has been a big part of my life.

Looking back at that time of my life, it’s impossible for me to not see how the Lord was preparing me for my future. I had no idea at the time that I would be where I am today; dreaming of the day when I can serve Him in Guatemala. ❀ There’s hardly anything else that has strengthened my faith more than looking back and being able to see that God was taking care of me, even when I couldn’t see it.

~

In the past few years, I’ve used different websites and other resources to learn Spanish. Some were free, some I had to pay for, but the only one that I highly recommend is an app/website called Memrise.

memriseI was browsing the App Store last week, looking for a new language-learning app that hopefully wouldn’t cost a lot of money to enjoy using. Memrise was one of the top results, so I got it, and I absolutely love it!

I’ve already memorized so many words! (Over 250, I think it was.) It’s not that I’ve spent the past week of my life playing Memrise, nor does it mean that I was speeding through it to get to the next level. Haha! (However, I’ve been guilty of both of those things in the past.) It was simply that Level One was a thourough refresher for me, as I already knew maybe 85% of the words. I didn’t learn very many new things, but it helped me to remember more easily the pronunciation and spelling of several words, which I greatly appreciate.

If you’d like, you can follow me on Memrise! My username is ‘dancingjoyfully.’

— Maggie

47 thoughts on “About My Passion for Spanish + The Best Language-Learning App!

  1. This is great Maggie. I am doing the same thing with French. It’s my favorite language. I’m yet to download Memrise, but I’ve been learning from other apps. Keep your eyes on the Lord.

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    1. Yes! I used to use the app a lot in the past. 😊 I haven’t continued using it since I got Memrise, but I still appreciate all that it taught me. What language are you learning with it?

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  2. Grammatically similar to Spanish. I think maybe it might even be phonetically easier but not by much. There aren’t many extra sounds to learn. For example: gn says nyuh, ci says ci and gli makes a sound similiar to lee (but not quite).

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  3. Memrise has been a great resource for me. It is more like playing a game than a learning session for me. Another good, low cost resource for me was Synergy Spanish and Say Something in Spanish. In a few lessons I was using compound sentences with the first and I quickly learned advanced phrases and conversation with the second.

    Continued success with your learning!

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    1. I’m glad Memrise is helping you learn Japanese! The app has been really helpful for me in learning Spanish. 😊 I’m already on the third course, which means I’m about halfway done with the Spanish courses!

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      1. Wow! Sounds good. I’m still on level 1 of Japanese. But I really like the pacing of the lessons. I would love to learn Spanish one day when I’m done with this one. πŸ™‚

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    1. There are two things that have helped me were with memorization. The first is verb conjugation. I wrote them down and next to them, I put which pronoun they accompanied. Then, I taped it next to my door on my bedroom wall. For several weeks, I read it and said them out loud whenever I left the room – thus, I can now easily remember them, which has helped immensely. The second thing I do is to try to relate Spanish words to other English words that I know, such as vaso (drinking glass), which sounds like our word, ‘vase.’

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  4. Awesome! When I started my Spanish language journey about 1.5 months ago, I immediately downloaded DuoLingo and Memrise. I initially took to Duolingo more because I was frustrated with how slow and unresponsive Memrise was on my phone. I’m going to give it another chance! The slowness WILL pay off!

    I just finished writing a blog about lyric studies.. have you tried that? It’s also super effective for solidifying my knowledge of key words. πŸ™‚

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    1. That stinks that Memrise is slow on your phone! I have Duolingo, as well, and even though it is quite similar to Memrise, I really like the setup of Memrise’s daily quizzes that are tailored to my personal learning process. Duolingo, unfortunately, doesn’t have that, so I don’t retain as much new information. However, both are great for different reasons. 😊 I’ll go check out your post!

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  5. Felicidades Maggie. Aprender el espaΓ±ol es un gran exito visto que podrias hablar con personas de todos los paises centro y sur americanos y tambien con la gente de EspaΓ±a. Aprendner los otros lenguajes Romanios se te va ser bastante facil despues de ser fluente en el espaΓ±ol.

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  6. I also use Memrise, it’s a very good site. I started learning Spanish on Duolingo, it’s also a free website. I always start with Duolingo when I start a new language, as it teaches more grammar than Memrise, or maybe I can say that Duolingo teaches the grammar better than Memrise. However, Memrise is way better at learning new words!

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    1. Hi! That’s so cool. I’ve never heard of that channel; I’ll have to look it up! Thanks for the recommendation πŸ™‚ Well, right now I’m mainly using the apps Memrise and Duolingo to learn Spanish. What language/s are you learning?

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  7. Just what I needed. I picked up Korean and then decided to learn it. Hit a little (not so little slump recently). This helped. App downloaded and done with level one haha
    Thank you so much for sharing!

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      1. I’ve found it to be fun language hey! Since it’s old, it has grown so much (huge vocabulary). It has polite speech (used with strangers and elders) and casual speech (for friends and those you’re close to). Learning the dynamics is a little challenging but I’m pushing because I’d like to volunteer in South Korea after I graduate, God willing, of course.

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      2. That is so interesting! Spanish is like that, as well; there’s formal speech, and there’s casual speech. It depends on who you’re talking to, and what the situation is. πŸ™‚ I hope and pray that you’ll get to volunteer in South Korea; that sounds amazing! ❀

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      3. It’s been fairly easy so far. It really only affects pronouns and some verbs, at this point in the learning process, at least. I’ll master knowing which to use in situations as I get better at Spanish πŸ™‚
        Thank you ❀

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  8. My sister just rang me from Guatemala this morning and I thought of YOU, Maggie!
    She’s on a 2 week trip around the country and is absolutely blown away with how interesting she’s finding it!

    She’s sad today because she’s flying back to the UK tomorrow!

    Keep up with the Spanish, and let me know if I can help you .
    Regards. Marie.

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    1. Aw, that is so sweet, Marie! ❀ And how fun! I'm glad that she enjoyed visiting Guatemala. Did she get to go to Antigua? I've read about how beautiful it is!
      Thank you; I'll definitely ask for your help with Spanish if I need it. 😊❀️

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  9. I love Memrise! I had to wean myself off of it after a while because I started to get into too many competitions to stay in first place. It was all in fun though.

    I still use it, however, now I just play games to maintain what I learned. I learned so many words at first I found that it was hard to practice them all later.

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    1. Haha, I got caught up in trying to stay in first place, as well! Now I just learn at my own pace πŸ™‚ I also learned a whole lot of words at first, so now I’m having to take the ‘Classic Reviews,’ haha. I’m glad that you enjoy Memrise, too!

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