• Carla Agnesi

    April 14, 2021 at 8:28 am
    Level 1: Conversation Starter

    – listen to Spanish music every day while cooking

    – write one sentence a day in the morning at my desk that I would say in conversation

    – read a little bit from a Paco Ardit A1-2 book each day before bed, and note new vocab

    • Tamara Marie

      April 14, 2021 at 8:00 pm

      Hola Carla, I like that you’ve included where you’ll complete each activity!

      Do all of these relate to your goal of having small talk in a cafe by July 1?

    • Kate Waters

      April 15, 2021 at 9:51 pm

      Main goal is to improve listening.1)

      1) I plan to go back an review my Mango App. and complete at least 2 sections of a unit at least 3x a week in the morning before I start work. ( I get up early and am working from home, so I can do this). I can also do this in the evenings, when I am winding down.

      2) I plan to, listen to one of my favorite artists ex: Marc Anthony, Alejandro Fernández, Mana and try to write down all the lyrics to a song. Devote at least 20 mins. to this in the beginning. at least 2x a week.

      3) Listen to my favorite podcast ( I usually enjoy this in the evenings) at least 2x week.

      4) Converse with my tutor (every 2 weeks for an hour)

      5) WhatsApp with my conversation partner ( when time allows).

  • Jacqueline Sadberry

    April 14, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    I’ve actually redone my goals from last night. Honestly I’m still confused on what my overall goal is… But I sat down and gave it some more thought, and this is what I’ve come up with:

    GRAMMAR: I want to become more familiar with the subjunctive and preterite VS imperfect. I’m going to be doing 1 lesson a week from Easy Spanish Step-By-Step. Each day I’ll read the lesson at home, complete the exercise for that day, check my answers and mark questions I’m confused about.

    READING: I will read Season 1 of Windbreaker (ESP). I’ll read 2 episodes a day during my lunch, then at home I’ll go back and made flashcards for all the words/phrases I don’t know and the read the story again.

    SPEAKING: I want to learn 10 common professional phrases in Spanish and learn 2 synonyms or expressions for words I use repeatedly. I will study on Utalk 3-4 days a week. I’ll focus on business, emotions and health vocabulary at home or while walking. Then I’ll review an hour before going to bed.

    • Tamara Marie

      April 14, 2021 at 8:02 pm

      Having one overall goal helps because you can make sure your activities are helping you meet that goal.

      I still think this is a lot, but it is more specific so that’s good! The only thing missing is identifying which days you’ll do each activity. When you indicate every day, is that every week day/work day or 7 days a week?

      • Jacqueline Sadberry

        April 15, 2021 at 4:35 pm

        I was wondering if this was too much yesterday… ? I think I’ll just do the reading activity. That way I can also focus on vocabulary, idioms, etc.

        And yes, originally I was going to read everyday. What I will do instead is read Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I’ll read at least 2 episodes (or chapters), which will be 8 a week at home. And I’ll write down phrases and words I don’t know, make the flashcards, then read the episodes again that day.

        On Sunday, Wednesday and Friday I’ll review my flashcards for 15-20 minutes.

  • Bryan Schmitt

    April 14, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    With my goal of understanding pronouns, I will listen to audio on my drive to work that emphasizes pronoun usage. On my lunch breaks, I will read up on proper placement and try to create sentences and check online to see if I placed them in the correct order & used the correct pronoun.

    • Tamara Marie

      April 14, 2021 at 7:59 pm

      Bryan, this is a great start. I would add in having conversations using the direct and indirect object pronouns so you can practice using them with a Spanish coach, teacher, or tutor.

  • Angela Avida

    April 15, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Main goal: Be familiar with 3 past tenses (perfecto, indefinido, imperfecto) and be able to use them


    1. At the end of the day or the next day (it depends on how late I work). I’ll write two sentences about the previous day.

    2. Once a week, have a 30 minute conversation with a teacher or friend in Spanish.

    3. I’ll work on each tense – perfecto (April), indefinido (May), imperfecto (June)

    Apart from these, I’ll continue the classes I have – I have an unlimited package that allows me to have as many classes as I want Monday – Friday. I attend at least 3 and up to 12 depending on how busy my schedule is. The classes are small so I get lots of practice speaking and being corrected by my teacher.

    • Tamara Marie

      April 15, 2021 at 12:22 pm

      This is a great plan Angela! I’d just include the deadline in the goal. Also don’t forget to include an implementation intention to each activity.

  • Alexis

    April 15, 2021 at 7:55 am

    Monday: Write my to do list in spanish everyday.

    Tuesday:Improve my listening comprehension skills by listening to music and using the tips I got from your tuning your ear to learn/ understand spanish.

    Thursday:Write in my diary in spanish for at least 15 minutes a day.

    Friday: Use kwiziq for at least 30 minutes a day. Listen to an audiobook in spanish because I have no paperback books in spanish.

    Saturday: Practicing having a conversation with my language exchange partner at my kitchen table for an hour. Review my Spanish 1 Powerpoints from class that have all the vocabulary and grammar I have learned this year at my kitchen table.

    • Tamara Marie

      April 15, 2021 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Alexis,

      What is your overall goal? It’s hard to tell if these activities will help you meet your goal because I’m not sure what it is. I’d focus on one main goal for the next 90 days.

      You can work on more than one skill, but it’s usually better if you limit it to one or 2 things. Trying to learn how to read, write, and improve listening comprehension all at once can be difficult.

      If your true goal is conversation, I’d focus less on books and more on learning and practicing using conversational vocabulary.

  • Julie

    April 15, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Main goal 1 – Have a 30-minute conversation about cooking by May 31st

    – create a vocabulary list of all utensils, cutlery, crockery, foodstuffs etc in my kitchen for weekly study/review (flashcards?)

    – find/listen to food-related podcasts in Spanish whilst doing the chores

    – find/read food-related articles in Spanish at home for 30 minutes every other day

    • Tamara Marie

      April 15, 2021 at 12:25 pm

      ?? great plan Julie!

      The only thing I might add is including some tutoring sessions where you review vocabulary with a Spanish teacher/coach. This will help you make sure your pronunciation is correct and you’ll begin to practice for your conversation.

  • Susan E

    April 15, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    Main Goal: Improve listening comprehension: To understand 80% of Radio Ambulante podcasts by June 31.

    -Listen to the same episode of the podcast 6 mornings during the week while I walk. Each week I will study a new episode.

    -Listen, read and translate 5-10 minutes of the podcast 5-6 evenings a week.

    -Identify new words and expressions to study using the ANKI app.

    – List the main facts to summarize each section at the end of the evening’s study time. Use new vocabulary and expressions if possible.

    • Tamara Marie

      April 16, 2021 at 6:53 pm

      Hola Susan,

      This is a good goal. To make it more specific, you might include how many episodes. Also, did you mean June 30 or July 31?

      Lastly, if you didn’t already know using the Lupa App will make this goal easier to track and achieve: https://www.lupa.app/salsa

  • Yatevia M

    April 15, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    1. Create glossary of business terms to review/use each week.

    2. Listen to at least one Spanish podcast episode a week to become more familiar with the tone/pronunciation used by native speakers. Can listen between break at work.

    3. Hold 5 minute minimum conversation at work (3x/wk-when possible) in Spanish with coworkers who I have practiced with in the past.

    4. Have “small talk” 10 minute convo with a friend (largely in Spanish) once a month.

    • Tamara Marie

      April 16, 2021 at 6:54 pm

      This is a great list! I’d just include an implementation intention for each activity. You also might want to include conversations with a Spanish tutor or teacher so you can be corrected on your pronunciation and word usage outside of a social setting. This would be good to do at minimum once per week.

  • Jan

    April 17, 2021 at 5:27 am

    Following on from your comment Tamara:

    Main Goal: To pass the Cervantes DELE exam on June 8th. Weakest areas: listening comprehension and summarising key points into specified number of words.

    Smaller steps (how I will achieve improvement)

    .Each day I will complete a minimum of one listening task and one written task, (generally straight after breakfast.

  • Jan

    April 17, 2021 at 5:42 am

    P.S. I will also try to have more real life experience by going to a local civic centre more regularly to listen to/interact with a new Spanish friend and ask Spanish shop assistants to speak in Spanish where possible. Written as a goals towards improving listening skills:

    I will go to Civico Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoon to interact with Spanish friend.

    I will go to shops to ask for information in Spanish Monday and Wednesday after class.

    I live in Spain in a predominantly English speaking area! Even Spanish shop assistants respond in English.I will ask them to speak in Spanish.

    • Tamara Marie

      April 20, 2021 at 8:43 am

      These are great Jan?

      It can be an uphill battle trying to get people to speak to you in Spanish if they default to English.

      The best way to do this is to just persist speaking to them in Spanish, even if they continue speaking to you in English. Eventually they may switch to speaking to you in Spanish becuase it’s easier for them.

      Are there other people you can talk to or places you can frequent where people speak more Spanish?

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