In the past, I’ve talked about how to learn Spanish for free online. From online flashcards to word-of-the-day websites to podcasts, (and all web destinations in between) there are just mountains of resources out there waiting to be explored. But what if you want to learn Spanish for free offline? I mean, we’re not always connected to our computer or iPhone (although sometimes it sure feels like it).
Today I’m going to show you some creative ways to learn Spanish for free without using your computer or mobile device. It almost sounds scary, doesn’t it? We pretty much use the Internet and software programs whenever we want to attain information.
Well today we’re keeping it de la vieja escuela! (old school!)
The Library … Remember That Place?
Remember when you were a kid and your parents or classroom would take a trip to that wondrous place called “The Library.” It had books and photos and games, OH MY!
Well, you’re never too old to take advantage of the incredible resources a library has to offer. You can check out Spanish books, audio tapes/cds, magazines, textbooks, and dictionaries. Heck, they may even have some great software courses you could use when you are online.
Find ways to volunteer with Spanish speaking people in your neighborhood. You could volunteer to be an assistant at a local community college, nonprofit, homeless shelter, and more.
A great place to find these kinds of amazing opportunities is to visit Craigslist.com (OK, so we’re cheating here a bit and using the Internet to find offline opportunities) or check out message boards at the places you’d like to volunteer at.
Have you thought about exchanging your talents for someone who can help you learn Spanish for free? A pretty easy place to start is by helping someone with English; in return they can help you with Spanish.
Don’t limit the trading of services to just languages though. I know a guy who is a massage therapist and he trades messages for Spanish lessons. Be creative!
Ratón de Biblioteca (Book Worm)
If you’ve ever joined a local book club, you know how engaging and fun it can be to share opinions over a novel everyone has just read. Why not join a Spanish book club then? Not only will you be able to speak and listen to Spanish, but also you’ll read some true classics in the original language. Como Agua para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) is one of my personal favorites.
Check out some of the other posts on LanguageWrangler regarding how to learn Spanish for free. In fact, I’d love to hear some of the creative (and even crazy) ways that have helped you learn this amazing language. Please share them in the comments below!
photo by: American Red Cross