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7 Easy Spanish Hacks for Digital Immersion

By Anthony / August 20, 2015

The purpose of an immersion bubble is live a part of your life in Spanish. An easy way to do that is to make your digital world a Spanish one. Here are 8 easy ways to ensure that anytime you're connected to the Internet your also connecting yourself to your new language. 

Texting in Spanglish

1. Change the Language on Your Phone to Spanish

This probably isn't news, but in the settings of your cell phone there is most likely a setting category called language. You can easily switch it to Spanish. When you do you all your apps, settings, date & time etc, will appear in Spanish.

Also a heads up: If you have autocorrect there's a good chance that when you switch your phone's language it will start autocorrecting your English texts to Spanish. I only realized this after I sent a few text messages without checking them. It was pretty funny.

2. Change the Language on Your Computer, Email & Other Devices

Much like your phone you can change the language settings on your computer, email provider, tablet, and other devices or services you might you use on the Internet. I know on Mac and Gmail your inputs don't change. You won't write in Spanish unless you change your keyboard and any emails you get will stay in their original languages.

I've changed my email and laptop over to Spanish for a few weeks now and I'm surprised at how many words I'm picking up. The location of things don't change so its very easy to figure out what words or phrases like "guardar página como.." or "recibidos" mean. 

3. Switch the Language of Your Social Profiles

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and most other social networks also have a similar language setting that you can change. This doesn't affect your inputs, so your posts and tweets and those of your friends with still be in English. It will only be the interface of your profile that will be in Spanish. 

Use Facebook in Spanish

I just learned how to say something like "What's on your mind?" in Spanish

4. Use Google in Spanish

I think there might be a separate Google for most countries.  Why not try using some of the Spanish speaking ones? You won't get results in Spanish unless you search in Spanish. But if you do decide to search in Español, depending on what you searched for, your result could differ slightly from country to country. Here are few Spanish versions of Google:

Spain

Mexico

Colombia

5. Use Wikipedia in Spanish

Use computer in Spanish

Every little bit of immersion helps

Ever had one of those late night Wikipedia binges where you spend hours reading articles about random topics? Why not do that in your target language?

It's no secret that Wikipedia is offered in numerous languages. If you are new to the language reading in Spanish will be slow going at first. Still it's a interesting and easy way to add to your vocabulary.

It also can help you with your past tense verb conjugations since a lot of articles about people or events are in the past tense. As an extra bonus you might discover that Spanish articles have more or slightly different information than their English counterparts, especially when they are about subject pertaining to the Spanish speaking world.

6. Try Out This Free Immersion App for Chome

​If you want to take you digital immersion one step further tryout this free app for Google Chrome. It will translate English pages into Spanish (and many other languages as well). It's much more than just Google translate though. You have the option of translating a whole web page or just phrases here and there.

This way you can gradually build up your reading skills. It will also provide a retranslation of Spanish words and help with pronunciation. 

7. Learn to type in Spanish

Hopefully in your language journey you are making friends and learning partners who are native Spanish speakers. Why not practice chatting, texting, or emailing in Spanish? I actually had a language partner for awhile that I messaged on Skype without audio or video.

It required a similar skill set as talking, but wasn't as fast paced which is great if you are starting out. It also helped me realized how horrible my spelling is (in Spanish and English) and made me more familiar with the use of accent marks. Click here to learn about using Spanish keyboard shortcuts.

About the author

Anthony

Coffee drinker, Spanish speaker, habitual traveler, taking life one beautiful day at a time.

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