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  • Day 2: The Next 90 Days

    Posted by Spanish con Salsa ♫ on April 13, 2021 at 6:07 am

    Share your 90-day goal here. I’ll be reviewing and providing feedback to help you make it more effective.

    Remember, your goal must have a deadline!

    Sample goals:

    I will have a 30-minute conversation with a native speaker from Puerto Rico by June 30.

    I will be able to use and understand the present tense of the 25 most common Spanish verbs by July 31.

    I will understand 80% of the dialogues in the Dominican Spanish 101 course by July 15.

    Note that each of the above goals are measurable and have a deadline.

    Jan replied 2 years, 10 months ago 16 Members · 41 Replies
  • 41 Replies
  • Kate Waters

    Member
    April 13, 2021 at 8:27 am

    In the next 90 days I hope to better my grammar in my speaking fluency and improve my listening skills in regards to media content.

    • Spanish con Salsa ♫

      Administrator
      April 13, 2021 at 1:36 pm

      That’s great Kate! What specifically about your grammar would you like to improve?

      Check out episode 52 where I talk specifically about setting goals for grammar: https://www.learnspanishconsalsa.com/52/

      • Kate Waters

        Member
        April 14, 2021 at 7:05 pm

        I just listened to your podcast on setting goals so I think I need to redo my goals because they are too general. So, I will start with something specific which I am already in the process of doing and to which i can be more specific. Goal #1: By June 30th, hope to have completed reading “La Sombra Del Viento por Carlos Ruiz Zafrón. I am already 1/4 of the way through. I have calculated that this is very doable if I read at least 6 pages a day. My second goal is to at least 3x a week for at least 20 mins. Listen to one of my apps or podcasts (including Spanish con Salsa, to improve my vocabulary and grammar comprehension.

  • Carla Agnesi

    Member
    April 13, 2021 at 9:30 am
    Level 1: Conversation Starter

    Hello! I’m just finishing a local (but online for now) Spanish class that was grammar heavy. In these 90 days I’d like to get back to conversational. I’ve just ordered a notebook with a Frida Kahlo cover and I will write a line a day in Spanish….a line that is something I would say in normal conversation.

    • Tamara Marie

      Moderator
      April 13, 2021 at 1:43 pm

      That’s great Carla. What specific conversation goal do you have for the next 90 days? And what is your deadline? 🙂

      • Carla Agnesi

        Member
        April 14, 2021 at 8:30 am
        Level 1: Conversation Starter

        Small talk when ordering in a cafe

        July 1

        • Tamara Marie

          Moderator
          April 14, 2021 at 1:45 pm

          Ok that’s a good start. Try to state it in the first person, something like “I will have small talk for 15 minutes when placing an order in a cafe by July 1”

  • Angela Avida

    Member
    April 13, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    My comprehension is pretty good but my grammar is atrocious. So by June 30, I will have reviewed and practiced the past tenses (preterito imperfecto, preterito indefinido and preterito perfecto – pluscuamperfecto I’ll deal with on a later date).

    • Tamara Marie

      Moderator
      April 13, 2021 at 1:38 pm

      That’s a good goal Angela! With this approach you could potentially focus on one tense per month.

      • Angela Avida

        Member
        April 15, 2021 at 12:27 am

        Ooh yeah I didn’t think of that. Thanks Tamara!

  • Alexis

    Member
    April 13, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    In the next 90 days:

    1) I will study 10 to 20 vocab words a day

    2) I will practice my grammar for 15 to 20 minutes a day

    3) I will write in my diary in spanish for 10 minutes a day

    4) I will write my to-do list in spanish everyday

    5) I will do language exchange with native speakers for an hour

    6) I will listen to music/podcasts or watch a movie/ show for 30 minutes a day while translating words I don’t know back to my native language in my free time

    7) I will listen to an audiobook/ read a book in espanol for 15 minutes while writing down words I don’t know

    8) Use Bussu for 10 minutes to work on my pronounciation skills

    My deadline is May 17, 2022

    • Tamara Marie

      Moderator
      April 13, 2021 at 1:38 pm

      Hola Alexis! This is a great list of activities, but what overall goal do you want to accomplish?

      • Alexis

        Member
        April 13, 2021 at 2:57 pm

        The goal I want to achieve is conversational fluency and being able to read and write in spanish.

  • Julie

    Member
    April 13, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    This might be a bit left-field but I’d like to learn about/explore 2 subjects in depth and be able to talk about them in Spanish at conversational level in 3 months time. The environment and cooking!

    • Tamara Marie

      Moderator
      April 13, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      I like that you have specific topics identified Julie! What’s your deadline for your goal?

      I’d suggest setting a target like “I will have a 30-minute conversation about the environment by x date” to make it more specific

      • Julie

        Member
        April 15, 2021 at 9:02 am

        Would it be too confusing to have more than 1 goal?
        I will have a 30min conversation about cooking by May 31st
        I will have a 30min conversation about the environment by June 30th

  • Jessie

    Member
    April 13, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    My goal is to get better at my numbers (embarrassing!) by practicing saying times and numbers every day, and looking them up if I get stuck. I also want to continue to improve my listening comprehension by continuing to listen to songs and podcasts in Spanish.

  • Bryan Schmitt

    Member
    April 13, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    My goal for the next 90 days is to try to get a better grasp on pronouns, specifically when to use le, lo & la appropriately. Those three, particularly when multiple objects are involved, can confuse me.

  • Tamara Marie

    Moderator
    April 13, 2021 at 8:45 pm

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    • Bryan Schmitt

      Member
      April 14, 2021 at 12:51 am

      By June 30, I WILL improve my understanding of, the pronouns: le, lo, la, AND how to place them in correct context! However, any input on what verbs/ context requires the use & order is appreciated!

      • Tamara Marie

        Moderator
        April 14, 2021 at 1:29 pm

        That’s great Bryan. You’ll need to focus on learning how to use direct object pronouns and indirect object pronouns. (Lo, le, la are examples of both direct and indirect pronouns, and are used with verbs like decir, dar, etc.)

        As far as resources, we have several lessons in the Learn Spanish with Music Course that cover these topics.

  • Susan E

    Member
    April 13, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    I would like to improve my listening comprehension to be able to understand native speakers by June 30. For me this is a very hard goal to write and to measure so all suggestions are appreciated.

    • Tamara Marie

      Moderator
      April 14, 2021 at 1:41 pm

      Hola Susan, listening comprehension can be hard to measure, but there are some best practices that will help.

      I would focus on what type of content you want to be able to understand (music, news, audiobooks, etc.). I’d suggest content such as podcasts, interviews, etc. to get the best exposure to conversational Spanish.

      Then target how much you’d like to be able to understand. For example, if you listen to a song or audio clip and only understand about 10% of what you hear — set a goal to be able to understand 50% – 80%.

      I give more details on how to approach improving listening comprehension in episode 51 of the podcast: https://www.learnspanishconsalsa.com/51/

  • Jacqueline Sadberry

    Member
    April 14, 2021 at 12:13 am

    My overall goal is to get to intermediate level and learn some professional Spanish. Here are some things that I think will help:

    I have avoided the subjunctive for awhile, but I’m starting to notice I am not confident when I need to use it. So I have a Spanish book that covers the subjunctive and I think I can familiarize myself with the present and past subjunctive in 90 days.

    I don’t read enough. Other than reading my Bible in Spanish, I barely read anything outside of that. There is a comic I like that was translated to Spanish (and I keep saying I’ll start it… and I never do.) I want to read at least 30 chapters (it’s a very long series.)

    Finally I want to learn some common phrases I can use for speaking professionally in Spanish. I think 10 or so is reasonable.

    My deadline is July 31st.

    • Bryan Schmitt

      Member
      April 14, 2021 at 12:45 am

      That’s great (in my opinion) that you read the Bible in Spanish! I would think that is a hard thing to understand in English, let alone Spanish!

      • Jacqueline Sadberry

        Member
        April 14, 2021 at 1:12 pm

        It is… ? I have started reading with both versions together. English first, then Spanish.

    • Tamara Marie

      Moderator
      April 14, 2021 at 1:44 pm

      Jacqueline, this sounds super ambitious! I know you are an experienced language learner, but the principle of picking ONE thing at a time works very well regardless of your level.

      Which one of these things would you feel the most proud of if you were to accomplish it by July 31?

      Focus on that, and state your goal in the future tense “I will….by July 31.”

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