Have you ever thought that Spanish is too difficult to learn? Have you been trying to find out the best way to learn Spanish without going crazy with tedious Spanish texts, e-books or tiring study sessions?
Do not worry anymore about that, because you are about to know ten essential tips about Spanish that are going to show you the best way to learn and practice this worldwide spoken language in an easier, more effective and simpler way, increasing your possibilities to become fluent in it.
1. Make learning and practicing Spanish a part of your daily life
If you schedule your time for learning or practicing Spanish, do not do it anymore!
The first of these essential tips about Spanish is: try practicing/learning it covering as much time as possible.
By saying this, I do not mean that you have to live with a textbook under your arm. You neither need a textbook for learning Spanish, nor a class with a professor who is able to speak Spanish to practice it.
For example, when you go outside, try to translate into Spanish the names of the things you see in your way. If you are about to cross the street, try to remember how to say “car”, “street”, “intersection”, etc. in Spanish; or if you are using your PC, try to watch videos in Spanish with subtitles in your own native tongue in order to train your listening skills.
2. Make it fun
This is the number one key not to feel frustrated or freaked out when you learn Spanish.
A successful way to learn Spanish (and any language) is listening to songs in the language you are learning that are to your liking. In my personal case, I started learning English from zero by listening to my favorite songs from an American TV show.
I used to print the lyrics of those songs, and then, I listened to them while reading the lyrics and trying to imitate the pronunciation of the words. It helped me learn so much English vocabulary and grammar rules, and it also can help you very much with your Spanish learning.
Another technique could be watching your favorite movies or TV shows with Spanish subtitles.
Do not pay attention directly to the actions that people do, but read carefully the subtitles while listening to the audio. By doing this, you can learn new vocabulary, new expressions, grammar, and you may also be able to correct yourself through seeing how a specific word/expression is properly used in Spanish.
3. Speak with Spanish native speakers as much as possible
This does not only work with Spanish, but also with any language you are learning.
Try to talk or chat with Spanish native speakers to improve your skills, your listening comprehension, develop your speaking abilities, and also, for noticing your weak points in order to improve them and become more fluent day by day.
4. Be patient and consistent
Nobody was born knowing any language, and learning your mother tongue took its certain amount of time.
If you have been studying Spanish longer than a year, do not hesitate, Spanish is a complex language and it will take time until you are able to speak it fluently.
Of course, there are cases where people are able to learn Spanish in less than one year, even in a few months, but always remember: each person learns at their own pace.
“Learn Spanish slowly and patiently” is one of the ten essential tips about learning Spanish. Then, the results will show sooner than what you think.
5. Learn Spanish in a Spanish speaking country
If you have the chance to travel abroad, do it! Learn Spanish in a Spanish speaking country.
Be surrounded by native speakers. Go to places where you can only listen to Spanish. Try to get used to the lifestyle, traditions, and custom of those native speakers.
It will unconsciously force you to learn Spanish faster, better, and with a notorious ease that will make you speak Spanish fluently in less time than what you could achieve learning Spanish in a non-Spanish speaking country.
6. Do not expect to be perfect!
Do not force yourself to learn or speak Spanish perfectly; it will only make you feel that you fail every time you make a simple mistake.
Mistakes are a common thing that happens when we all learn a new language, and of course, it might make you feel that you are temporarily failing in a certain point of your learning, but always remember: “practice makes perfection”.
I do not mean that you have to practice too much to become perfectly fluent at Spanish, but what I mean is that the more you practice and focus on your study by giving your best at it, the more you will improve your skills and faster you will be able to speak Spanish fluently.
Accept the mistakes you make, learn from them, and do not freak out when you make a mistake. That is the way you will progress and will become fluent in Spanish.
7. Be like a kid
It does not mean that you have to throw food while you are eating or write on walls like a kid may do, but you should learn as a kid would do it.
Have not you noticed that kids can communicate perfectly in their specific language with a limited vocabulary and grammar?
Therefore, start learning what a kid who speaks Spanish knows! Learn easy vocabulary, basic grammar rules, do not expect to learn everything perfectly and express yourself in the easiest way you can.
These facts will help you to have a very good basis to thereafter learn more complex vocabulary and grammar.
8. Talk to yourself in Spanish
Some people may think that talking to oneself is a sign of madness; however, there is nothing further from the truth.
Talking to yourself in Spanish will help you notice the weaknesses in your speech, to leave behind your shyness about talking aloud in Spanish, and will also help you to give yourself the confidence you will need to establish any conversation in Spanish more fluently.
9. Do not hesitate when you listen to spoken Spanish
If you like to watch movies, TV shows in Spanish, or simply keep usual conversations with Spanish native speakers, do not hesitate if you do not understand some parts of a sentence/speech.
Try to focus on the topic of each sentence, but not on each word that comes out from the Spanish speaker's mouth that you are listening to.
If you understand the main topic of a speech or the topic of each sentence in that conversation, you will be able to reply, answer a question, or just add some information by only having understood the main topic of what the person with whom you are talking speaks.
Therefore, if you do not understand every word that you listen to in Spanish, do not worry at all. You will notice you will be able to understand more and more as you keep practicing your listening skills.
10. Do not force yourself
At the moment you are studying Spanish, do not force yourself to study a certain number of words or grammar rules if you do not feel you want to work that much. Learn at your pace.
If you cannot learn ten words at once, start learning five words every day until you feel comfortable to add more words to learn.
Or if you are studying Spanish grammar, do not try to learn ten grammar patterns every day. Start learning a few ones (two or three) every time you can, but it is not necessary to do it every day if you do not want to.
Finding your pace to learn will help you master the complex Spanish language, and will help you to learn in a better way as well.
To sum up, by following these essential tips about Spanish, you will be able to structure your Spanish learning and practice in an effective way that will help you to fulfill your aims about Spanish, making it possible to become fluent in it.
Keep studying Spanish and never give up!