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.

Improve your language skills

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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CorinneH553
5 star rating
Ausgezeichnete Sprachschule Ich hatte 1 Woche Intensivkurs mit 1 Std. Konversationsworkshop gebucht. Bei Anmeldung musste ein Einstufungstest (schriftlich und mündlich per Handy-Video oder Telefonat) ausgefüllt werden. Am ersten Tag gab es ein erstes Treffen, bei dem die Kurseinteilung erfolgte und die Organisation der Schule erklärte wurde. Unterricht war vormittags (9-12.45 Uhr) und nachmittags (14.30-18.15 Uhr) im täglichen Wechsel, dazu Konversation etwa von 13.30-14.30 Uhr (nur in der ersten Woche inklusive). Gruppengröße offiziell bis 10 Personen, meist waren aber nur 5-6 anwesend. Zusammensetzung international, Alter von 18 bis Ü70, wobei die Jüngeren meist über mehrere Monate bleiben. Ich war im Fortgeschrittenen-Kurs (B2) und habe viel gelernt, insbesondere meine Unsicherheit beim Sprechen konnte ich überwinden. Die Stimmung war ausgezeichnet, wir haben viel gelacht, über alle möglichen Themen geredet und lernten auch viele Wörter der Umgangssprache.
Jeden Abend fanden verschiedene Aktivitäten statt, bei denen man sich mit anderen Studenten und den Lehrern austauschen konnte (ebenfalls fast ausschließlich auf Spanisch). Auch am Wochenende wurden Ausflüge angeboten. Insgesamt sehr empfehlenswert!
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Alberto Cerdan Ariza
Its social program is amazing, with a better atmosphere between students and teachers 🙂
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C Ni Bhaoill
I had a great experience at this school for a week in July 2014. Great teachers and a lovely atmosphere. The classes were a good laugh, but we still learned plenty. They catered for all levels, and you could move classes if you felt you were in the wrong level. The extra activities in the afternoons and evenings also added alot - helped to meet plenty of others on the courses, and also get to know Valencia, which is a gorgeous city. Highly recommended.
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Lockito90
5 star rating
Wonderful experience I attended the intensive course for 2 weeks with my girlfriend, it was an amazing experience! The school offers Spanish courses with great teachers and a lot of different activities (every day) to meet people from all over the world and do mucha fiesta!!
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Christelle
The school is really great, the classes are very colorful and they suggest a lot of activities. Actually I'm a beginner and i like the way they learn us, it s really interactive. We're not a lot in the class and I think it helps to learn well too and create friendships. I recommend it a lot!
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Eva S
Entering the school through a beautiful massive and decorative door (on a street where you’d love to have your coffee and lunchbreaks), the inside will surprise you even more: an explosion of colours, art and atmosphere. And that’s what the teachers carry out too: such passion and enthusiasm.
But the learning doesn’t stop as soon as class comes to an end.
Taronja organises plenty of very fun, optional activities. In the afternoon, evening and even in the weekends. No chance to get bored here… I’m going to stay longer!
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Erika18it
5 star rating
La miglior scuola di Valencia Sono stata in questa scuola ad agosto 2014 per due settimane.
Alloggiavo negli appartamenti con altri studenti convenzionati con la scuola.
Posso considerare questa esperienza, la più bella mia vita, grazie anche a questa fantastica scuola.
Le lezioni si svolgevano 4 ore al mattino o al pomeriggio, a giorni alterni.
Ogni due ore si cambiava professore e le lezioni non erano noiose e teoriche, ma interattive con giochi, in modo da parlare il più possibile imparando la lingua.
Ogni sera c'era un'attività organizzata.
Il lunedì c'era il tapas tour, il martedì il paella party il giovedì il beach volley e durante il weekend organizzavano o qualche escursione o serate in discoteca.
E' una grande famiglia, che ti permette di conoscere gente da tutto il mondo, praticare la lingua 24 ore al giorno e divertirti.
I professori erano tutti simpaticissimi e preparati.
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henkubbels
5 star rating
Fijne, gezellige school met veel extra activiteiten! Al een paar jaartjes probeer ik de Spaanse taal onder de knie te krijgen door privéles en zelfstudie. Dat gaat vrij aardig, maar lezen, schrijven en luisteren is niet genoeg. Vorig jaar (2018) was ik voor het eerst in Valencia voor ‘un curso intensivo’ om vooral mijn spreekvaardigheid te verbeteren. Prachtige stad trouwens! Taronja is een hele fijne, gezellige school, midden in het centrum, waar je je vanaf de eerste dag op je gemak voelt. De lessen zijn lekker afwisselend en worden gegeven door twee verschillende docenten. Daarnaast zijn behoorlijk wat extra activiteiten, waaraan je tegen een kleine vergoeding of soms zelfs gratis kunt deelnemen, zoals de wekelijkse kookdemonstratie van chef Nando, diverse gezellige avondactiviteiten en excursies, die zelfs doorgaan in het weekend… en ook dan wordt er lekker veel Spaans gesproken. Afgelopen zomer (2019) heb ik mij opnieuw laten onderdompelen in ‘el baño valenciano’ en mij opwerkt van ‘nivel B1’ naar ‘nivel B2’. Inmiddels heb ik voor de derde maal bij Taronja geboekt voor twee weken cursus in 2020. Dan ga ik proberen de lat weer wat hoger te leggen. Nu alweer zin in!
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