Improve Your Spanish With These 5 Tips

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

If you really want to learn Spanish (or some other language), just attending classes once or twice a week will not be enough. To achieve this goal you will need to make the language part of your routine.


In this article, you will not only find 5 tips to improve your Spanish effectively but also some suggestions that will help you through the process.


1. Find out what motivates you


Why do you want to learn Spanish? The right motivation is the most important thing to learn a new language. Be clear to yourself about why you are doing it? what do you want to do with your new skills? and how it is beneficial for your personal and professional life?. Think about all the new people you are going to meet and speak with!


2. Enjoy the process


So, I’m sure you know: learning a language is a long process. There are different phases within this process. The key is to alternate them, so you never get bored. When you start to feel overwhelmed by all the grammar, change the focus, for example, read a short text online, or listen to a song. Relax and think that all the time you are consuming some cultural products in Spanish, you are also learning.


First, you are going to be able to speak a little and understand nothing. Then, you are going to be able to understand more than you speak. And finally, all those words you heard sometimes will start to come up in your speech. Be patient and keep ongoing.


3. The conversation is the key


You were all expecting this. Yes, of course, the conversation is the key. And for sure is going to be awkward. You are going to make a lot of mistakes at first, but gradually you will start to get used to all those new words and they are going to sound good in your head. After having any conversation with a native, in the street, the subway, or your favorite restaurant, you will feel great.


My advice is to look for conversations in Spanish everywhere you are. If you can’t find it in your city, you can try online. Here are 3 language exchange apps that will help you improve your Spanish.


4. Don’t be afraid to ask


Most native speakers aren’t conscious of the difficulties of learning their language. That’s why they would use complicated words when speaking with non-natives. To improve your understanding and your use of Spanish, learn these few very useful phrases, and use them every time you need them.


¿Qué significa ...? - What does it mean ...?


No te entendí. ¿Puedes repetir más lentamente? - I didn'