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.
I 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.’