You don’t need to understand everything – Don’t worry about knowing the meaning of every word. Focus on what you do know and look for context clues to help you with the rest.
Listen – Always listen carefully and pay close attention to the teacher.
It’s OK to guess – Do your best thinking. Watch the teacher for any signals which may help you to know what is being said. Visual aides and other gestures will help you understand.
It’s OK if you don’t understand –Don’t get scared. Keep breathing. If the teacher calls on you and you have no idea what’s going on, just say “I have no idea what’s going on” and the kind and wonderful teacher will help you.
It’s OK if you do understand – Just smile and enjoy it. Please don’t yell out the English translation for the other students in the class. This only undermines what the teacher is trying to teach.
Be brave and speak the language – Go ahead and take a risk even if you make mistakes. Actively participate in class. It’s a safe environment. Trying equals success.
Be a good imitator - Watch, listen, and follow. Watch other students in the class who seem to understand what’s going on. If you see everyone taking out his or her notebook, a piece of paper, etc., follow along.
Be a self-starter - Don’t wait until you are pushed or to be told every time.
Study and practice on your own – Spend at least 10 minutes at home each night memorizing and practicing your Spanish. Look for opportunities to practice your Spanish outside of class.
1. Make a paper study buddy.
2. Make flashcards.
3. Practice by cup-reading.
4. Write it out 5 times.
5. Make up a song or rap.
6. Set the words to rhythm.
7. Make up memory tricks.
8. Draw a picture to represent the information.
9. Repeat it out loud.
10. Quiz with a partner.
11. Put your study buddy in a sandwich bag and take it in the shower.
12. Write the information on the bathroom mirror while it’s still steamy.
14. Spell out the words in the air with your whole arm or leg.
15. Write the information out in shaving cream or lip gloss.
16. Connect the new information to something you already know.
17. Find the patterns in the information.
18. Repeat it out loud.
19. Repeat it out loud again and again and again.
20. Repeat it while you’re walking, biking, dancing, exercising, etc.

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