It’s a cool, grey July day in North Wales, far away from the intensity of the Spanish summer and oddly missing out on the heat wave affecting everyone else in the country. My only view of sunshine at the moment is an hour or two of Wimbledon-watching in the afternoon. Although I don’t visit my home country very often, I have many students who do, and who often ask me how they can keep up with their Spanish while they’re away.
Well, here’s one idea, starting with a seemingly obvious question. You do realize, don’t you, that there are thousands of Youtube videos in Spanish as well as in English? I don’t just mean music, football and people’s pets doing cute things. You can pursue your own interests in Spanish as well – you’ll find cookery classes, guitar classes, golf swing tips, patchwork techniques, whatever you’re into, you’ll find it there and can listen to all those interesting instructions while watching demonstrations and learning more Spanish at the same time. You just need to put your search word in in Spanish and if you don’t know that, try http://www.wordreference.com for the translation. Of course, if you’re a sad language person like me you’ll probably just stay there!