How to improve your language skills: 7 fun and practical tips

Learning a language is an interesting and very productive challenge

But sometimes the fear of not knowing how to choose the right word, misconjugate a verb or pronounce it incorrectly can cause us to block ourselves, feel bad and abandon this interesting project.

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Do you want to know why these difficulties arise?

Fundamentally, because learning a language challenges your mind (your brain has to create new cognitive frameworks) and time (it requires sustained and constant practice).

Moreover, sometimes we insist on memorising a lot of words and rules for speaking a language, and this is a major mistake: in this way, we gain knowledge of the “language as an object”, but we encounter problems when it comes to putting it into practice and using it.

However, although it has its difficulties, studying languages can be fun and satisfying.

You just have to remember that your main goal should be to acquire new communicative skills in addition to grammar.

Keeping this in mind can also help you to perfect the language you are learning.

improve your language skills

We recommend that you ask yourself these questions:

  • Why are you learning this language?
  • Is it for professional reasons, for pleasure or to communicate with your family?
  • How much time do you want to dedicate to learning?

By answering these questions, you will be able to look for opportunities and formulas to learn what you need or what motivates you the most.

In addition to the Spanish courses at Taronja, we have some practical tips that can help you to improve your Spanish.

Some of them are:

1. Make video calls or start chat conversations in Spanish. It’s a simple, cheap option and can help you overcome your shyness.

2. Try reading Spanish-language newspapers – you can even make a short news summary every morning to stay well-informed!

3. Listen to podcasts in Spanish while doing sports or while walking around Valencia. Choose interesting programmes, make your own list and share it with us!

4. Sing songs in another language. You can go to a karaoke or do it at home, while you shower, clean or cook.

5. Learn to cook using video recipes in Spanish. And we’re not just talking about getting in front of the cooker: you can also practice making lists of ingredients, going shopping, learning cooking techniques, etc. If you have any doubts, our Chef Nando can help you.

6. Do a language exchange. This option is very interesting to improve your conversation and pronunciation and also to put into practice what you learn in your Spanish classes. It is also a good way to make friends and meet people with similar interests to yours.

7. Surround yourself with resources in Spanish. If you come to Taronja, it’s done! All our classes and activities are in Spanish so that you can live a “totally immersive” experience and learn our language in a quick and easy way.

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Roderick C
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Great Week at Taronja Both my children have been to Taronja to work on their their Spanish (my daughter four times so far) and have both made excellent progress. Then, at long last, Dad made it too! I was looking for an advanced course, which can be difficult to find in smaller schools so it was great to find somewhere that can offer courses at a more demanding level, and even better, that are well taught. All this was backed up with daily printouts of the topics and new vocabulary that arose as we went along. Plenty of great extracurricular laid on outside the formal teaching. Inevitably this was better suited for those a wee bit younger than myself but my two (18 and 21) had an absolute ball! I opted to stay with a Spanish family and was very lucky to be assigned someone who was not only great company but who upon discovering it was my birthday, even laid on a birthday party for me!
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Elizabeth Watson
Profesores Excepcionales y instrucción único. ¡Voy a volver!
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Wunderbare Schule und tolle Erfahrung! Ich war zwei Wochen in Taronja und kann die Schule nur wärmstens weiterempfehlen. Die Leser sind alle sehr gut und sympathisch, der Unterricht ist sehr interaktiv und digital und man lernt sehr viel in kurzer Zeit. Die Schule organisiert unter der Woche und am Wochenende zahlreiche Freizeitaktivitäten, bei denen man Spanisch übt, die Umgebung entdecken kann und viele unvergessliche Momente erlebt.
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2 semanoas cursos en taronja es mi primera vez fui a valencica, fui 2 semanas en taronja, esdude mucho y my gustan la cursos , todos lodo prefesioal muy bien , si tengo tiempo libre, creo que puedo volver otro vez .gracias todos los bien .
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Luciano Avatar
I did a Spanish course in Taronja for one week and I loved it. In particular I appreciated the interactive way and the discussions that were promoted within the classmates to learn and talk. The activities organized by the school were also great (thanks again Nando for the fantastic paella class!). Last but not least, Valencia is a beautiful city and perfect to learn Spanish also outside of the school!
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Valerie Haigh
I enjoyed my week very much but should have joined in more of the social activities! Also I think a week is too short as most other students were there for much longer but that was not possible for me Since returning back to my weekly class on Zoom, I am speaking much better so thank you ! Staff were lovely ....
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Hristina Yordanova
Estupenda escuela, amables profesores, muchas actividades y una experiencia de vida fenomenal! I did an intensive course at Taronja last summer and all I can say is it was an amazing, unforgettable experience. Everything is organised very well, relaxed study environment and a certain way to make you love the language even more. Very sociable, amusing and the location is just perfect. Not to mention that Valencia is such a lovely place that since then I have been dreaming of moving there for good. I will definitely do a course there again and I would recommend it to everyone :-)))
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Yulia Y
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??? Los profesores ‍‍ de la escuela son muy profesionales. Así como la administración (reception). El equipo dinámico y creativo.
Las classes & actividades son variadas y interesantes.
Gracias a ellos, ahora hablo español
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