Is Spanish hard to learn? That’s what I’m trying to find out as I work towards reaching fluency in the language. Here you can watch each my bi-weekly video reports that chart my progress and my adventures in Spain and beyond.
Week 0: The goal and first impressions
Coming at you directly from my hostel after my first few days immersed in the region of Extremadura, Spain. Here I outline my goal and talk about my general mood after arriving in the country.
Week 0-2: Getting to know Caceres
Outlining how I’m going to study Spanish over the next two weeks and showing you what I know and have learned so far. Includes a little tour of some of my favourite places in the city of Caceres.
Week 2-4: Is Spanish hard to learn? Chatting with a friend to suggest “no!”
A chat with my local friend Juan in the old quarter of Caceres and highlighting how simply talking to strangers can boost your Spanish or language learning skills no end.
Week 4-6: Andalucian beaches make for perfect practice spots
Taking to the beach in Matalascanas, Andalucia, to talk Spanish and enjoy the lovely sun as winter hits to the north. Watch as we almost get destroyed by a wave.
Week 6-8: In the flow
Chatting away in my apartment room to show you how I can speak when I’m in the flow of Spanish and don’t have anyone else to carry the weight of the conversation.
Week 8-10: Friends together
Holding a conversation with my flat mate and his friend and discussing each of their future plans in and out of Spain.
Week 10-12: Direct from Madrid
Enjoying my time exploring Madrid and getting to know its streets and its people.
Week 12-14: Christmas in London
Wearing my lovely Christmas jumper and talking shit about trees.
Week 14-16: Dizzying Heights
Maintaining a conversation (or, in reality, interview) with Dani at the highest point in Granada.
Week 16-18: Las Barras
Chatting to a native of Granada in one of their famous tapas bars.
Week 18-20: Bonus – First Impressions of Granada
Going lone-ranger style around the streets of Granada filling you in on what’s what.
Week 18-20: Two Guiris
Discussing with Erica, an American living and working in Granada, life in Spain and how best to learn the language.
Week 20-22: La Plaza Nueva
Chatting with Lola from Badajoz and living in Spain and meeting people to practice the language with.
Week 22-24: Oum Khalsoum
Talking where’s hot in Catalonia and Andalusia with Molly of Molly’s Playground, a fluent expat who’s been living in Spain for the past 14 years.
Week 24-26: In the Hotseat
Interviewed in Spanish to test my comprehension skills with Juliana, a native Spanish and German tutor in Granada.