These are times of change, times to all pull in the same direction, but even if it’s hard to believe, it’s also a time of opportunities.

‘What opportunities?’ you may ask. Well, opportunities to spend time on the things we never seem to have time for, because we are too busy with the day-to-day grind. For example, learning a new language or practicing one we already know. Here are some reasons that may give you that extra bit of motivation:

1. You can watch series and movies on Netflix, HBO, etc., and call it studying

If you have not tried watching your favorite series in its original language, now is the right time to do it. The actual voice of your favorite character or that actress who keeps you hooked will make you live the story more intensely – it’ll make it feel more ‘real’. You’ll also learn everyday expressions that you may not hear in the classroom.

2. To keep your mind busy (you need to keep your mind in shape too, not just your body)

You have probably heard a lot about the importance of keeping to a routine lately. Well, spending a few minutes a day learning a language will help you clear your mind. Along with the online classes, there are countless apps and websites that you can use — and many of them are free. A good starting point could be Dexway – it’s free!

3. Your schedule is more flexible now

All the different online tools give you the chance to organize your time the way you want. The Languages Service offer online classes at established times, but sessions are recorded so that you can access at any time.

4. To understand the media in other countries – and the Spanish media

The flow of information these days can be overwhelming and yet sometimes we still feel we’re not getting the information we want. Being able to hear different points of view from other parts of the world can help us understand this whole situation better. Of course, if you’re here in Spain, you want to know what’s going on around you – the best way to do this is check out reliable sources in Spanish. By looking at the media from other countries, you can also better understand what is happening to people across the world, and also re-connect with the situation of some of your friends from other countries, who you may not have seen in a while.

5. To face your language exams with more confidence

If you start doing these activities, it is very possible that you’ll get better at the language you’re learning without even realizing it. Thus, when the time comes, you’ll be much better prepared to face that exam – and pass it with flying colors!

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