Hi everyone! I'm very new to learning Spanish. I've always wanted to learn, but I just finally enroled myself in a course in university. I would, however, like further practice. So if any of you have advice on what I can do to help me learn the language, I would really appreciate it! (eg. websites, books, shows, etc.)
5. Put words/phrases you learn (keeping the context if possible) in flashcards in the anki ap that you can download on your phone and computer (A little pricey at first glance, but it's worth it). Where applicable put pictures rather than words and as you get more advanced sometimes you'll want to not even put a picture or the words in English. I do this when I know all the words and more or less understand the meaning, but wouldn't have thought to put the words together like that.
6. Similarly, try to learn words in complete phrases and play around with them. The earlier you learn sentence connectors the easier it'll be to carry on an conversation because these types of phrases don't translate well as individual words and if your mind doesn't recognize them together it'll have a hard time making sense of them together and you'll have lost significant time in the conversation just trying to understand why a certain three or four words were used together. Anytime in conversation you hear something that makes you go "hmm, that's intereating way to say things" make a mental or physical note of it.
7. Subjunctive... Well all I've got to say there is good luck when you get around to learning it. It's barely used in English and it's everywhere in spanish. I, personally, have gotten better at it, but it's something that I still often struggle with and at times I have to just guess whether or not to use this tense. The imperfect tense can be a pain too, but in comparison to subjunctive it's nothing. When you get to this stage (it's probably the last tense you'll learn along with the past subjunctive) you might want to get a tutor to really focus on it with you.
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8. Finally, have patience. You'll be doing good to be fluent in three years. Even five years without some pretty intensive dedication is a tall order.
Another website to check out is fluentu.com and for videos I think game shows (concursos in spanish) are a good place to start since the vocab is somewhat repetitive and will therefore slowly help you get your feet on the ground
Finally, try not to bombard whoever you're talking to with so many mistakes that it slows down the conversation (in other words the conversations should be mostly English at first), but at the same time don't be afraid to make mistakes. if you never embarrass yourself you're not doing it right. You have to have the speaking fearlessness of a child.