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Patricia
How to stop feeling stuck learning Spanish?
I feel I haven't progressed as much as I used to. I am still trying to learn currently but feel a bit of a road block. I was learning quite a bit through formal classes but have switched to self learning and conversational practice here in italki but it doesn't seem enough. How can I progress further at this point when self learning is the strategy that I am opting to take?
May 27, 2020 12:12 PM
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I'm on the same boat, and I think the best answer to tell you is that it's going to take time. The best answer I can give you is to never give up.

The question is, what's considered "enough"? Are you looking to pass an exam? Be conversational without any thought into it? Write a novel in spanish without any mistakes? I think you need to reflect a little more to what your looking to achieve.

A little hack that I can tell you is that people typically only use 2,000-3,000 words in their daily lives. Learning words like "fertilize" or "monotony" may not serve you to well. Talking about NASA and the companies goals probably won't serve you well either.

Understand the grammar -> Increase your vocab to be able to share thoughts, ideas, expressions, and motivations -> Increase your vocab in topics to what interests you -> increase your vocab in what interests the majority -> and people will assume your fluent, guaranteed.

Heck, I'm an English native and I'm still learning my own language. It's an on-going progress. If you need to take a break, do it! If you need to change up the way you learn to make it more enjoyable, do it. Just don't give in.

Hope this helps!
May 27, 2020
As a break, you could try watching Spanish-language films or TV shows with *Spanish* subtitles. I have not been able to find any so far on Amazon Prime (all have English subtitles), but it sounds like they exist on Netflix, also possibly on Spanish-language TV stations. I started watching a series on RTVE (Spain), but now it's blocked for the U.S.
May 27, 2020
I agree with Jabir, you need to establish your own measures of ‘enoughness’, so to say. What exactly do you want to be able to do in Spanish? In what contexts, with what people?
I also think bringing more Spanish into your life by doing different tasks/things in it, like reading and engaging in social media in Spanish, journaling, taking part in meetups, international conferences, volunteer groups/workcamps, hosting foreigners through couchsurfing/airbnb, showing visitors your city/town (All these offline activities might not be appropriate right now though because of the pandemic), doing an online (free) course on coursera, udemy, futurelearn, plus watching/listening to movies, podcasts, programs--all these activities will likely boost your motivation and progress because you will be doing things of your interest in the language while learning and practicing it.

Hope that helps. Suerte!
May 27, 2020
Hi. You can talk out loud, have conversations with yourself. You can listen to audiobooks, and repeat sentences.
If you record yourself, you can hear your pronunciation.
June
May 27, 2020
Hi! I'm Malaika, personally I think that speaking is the best way to improve this language. You can see your progress everyday you "produce" the Target language. In case you are interested in Language Exchange, i'm a consistent partner, so we can practice speaking, just send me a friend request 😃 thank You! Hace a Nice day!
May 27, 2020
Patricia
Language Skills
English, Filipino (Tagalog), Spanish
Learning Language
Spanish