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A Beginners Guide to Learning Spanish Online Using Apps

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If you are learning Spanish or trying to teach your children Spanish, using apps to learn Spanish fast is a great way to increase authentic language input. However, not all apps are created equal. More than that, the way you use apps is also very important. You won’t be able to completely learn a language by relying solely on apps, but your language journey can be a lot faster if you employ these tools amongst others!

Using Apps to Learn Spanish: How is it beneficial?

Research suggests that children need 20 plus hours a week to learn a second language fluently. I would venture to say adults need at least as much! Obviously, the more Spanish input, the more Spanish a person will learn.

Who has the ability to spend 20 hours taking a Spanish class? Who can afford to pay for so much class time? I would say not many! And unless your child is in an immersion-style school (Which I totally recommend if you have access to it), it’s just not possible.

This is where other tricks and tools, such as using apps to learn Spanish, come in handy! You can use apps, along with music, videos, books, etc., to supplement your language learning. By filling in the time gaps, you can increase your language input exponentially.

How to properly use apps for language learning?

There are a few tips for making the most out of your (or your child’s) app usage. If you are using apps to learn Spanish fast, make sure to do the following:

  • Choose a good quality app – Not all apps are made equal. Research and test apps to find ones with great content. Be sure to take advantage of free trials before committing to paying for them!  Spanish Safari, is an app to help children 3-9 learn, practice and love Spanish! You can access a free trial here.
  • Be sure to use the app regularly – It’s important that you take advantage of the app and schedule yourself with reminders to play. If you want to make a difference in the amount of language input, it’s important that you use it regularly for 20 to 30 minutes a day!
  • Take advantage of everything the app has to offer! Sometimes, children especially, will not be aware of everything that an app has to offer. Explore the different sections with your child and use all of the tools the app has available!
  • Take advantage of related content – Great apps will offer related content in the form of Youtube videos, worksheets, downloadables, podcasts, etc. Check out the Spanish Safari Youtube channel for a great example!
  • Follow the apps and/or companies in the social media platforms – They will often give out advice, information, extra freebies, and inform you of new content!
  • Share what you are learning on the app! – Play and talk about the app with your child, discuss the information with instructors, or simply practice what you (or your child) are learning with friends!

What are your favorite apps to increase Spanish language input? Do you take advantage of everything they have to offer?

About the Author

Keli Garcia Allen is a Spanish teacher and currently works as a Preschool teacher in a bilingual classroom. She is the Head of Content for Learn Safari and is currently working on Spanish Safari,  an app for learning Spanish for kids 3-9 years old. You can follow her and the rest of the team on FacebookInstagramPinterest, and Twitter.