Last week we sent out a survey to our Rocket Spanish members asking questions about their Spanish study habits. In particular, we asked about the perceived effectiveness of the different methods that people use to learn Spanish. Basically we wanted to know what people thought worked for them (and what didn't) when they spent time learning Spanish.
I think the survey has some really interesting findings for all language learners, not only Spanish learners. In the future we may run similar surveys across other languages to see if the findings hold true.
The response to the survey was fantastic, with over 2,500 responses coming in. So, a big thanks to all those Rocket Spanish members who took the time to tell us about their methods for learning Spanish effectively.
To set the groundwork we asked the question; What is your current level of Spanish?
Somewhat unsurprisingly, 78% rated themselves as having a beginner to beginner/intermediate level of Spanish at this point in time.
We also found out that the average study time per week for ALL Rocket Spanish members is 2.78 hours per week (Note that this was for all forms of learning Spanish, not just using Rocket Spanish).
Interestingly, and again somewhat unsurprisingly, the Rocket Spanish members who rated their Spanish level as being at an Intermediate level spend an average of 3.56 hours per week using some method to learn Spanish.
And for members who rated themselves Intermediate/Advanced or higher, they spend an average of 5.27 hours per week learning Spanish!
Of course this isn't a scientific study but I feel the conclusion can be drawn that for those that really want to improve their Spanish, it's quite likely that spending more time learning will help!
Where this survey gets really interesting is when we look at the perceived differences between the techniques and methods that people with a Beginners or Beginners/Intermediate level of Spanish use compared to those with an Intermediate level or higher.
The table below shows the perceived effectiveness of different learning methods and habits for these 2 groups (Scores are out of 5).
As you can see private (one on one) tutoring, closely followed by immersion classes, are considered the most effective by those members who rated themselves as having an Intermediate or better level of Spanish.
Of course, the top 3 options are generally expensive and not within the means of all. However, there are plenty of other methods that you may not have tried that could work for you!
Also, a few people left comments about other effective methods they used that weren't on the original list. The most common ones included;
- Talking with Spanish speaking co-workers (if you are lucky enough to have them!)
- Audio books during commuting
- Listening to Spanish radio stations while at work
All the best with your language learning