Updated: Dec 5, 2019
By: Josefina Martinen. Online Spanish tutor
How can I improve my pronunciation in Spanish? It is a question we get often in our classes. Always remember that all of us can achieve fluency and learn more than the language itself. Here are 6 tips to improve your pronunciation:
1. Listen to Spanish all the time.
Listen to the radio or a podcast in Spanish while driving or making dinner. You could also watch TV series, movies or even the news. Pay attention to every word and try to recognize those you already know and write down the ones you don’t. This is a great way to practice!
2. Don’t give up.
Do you struggle with the pronunciation of a specific word? Don’t give up, write it and read it over and over again. Don't avoid it, use it every day.
3. Speak Spanish outside the classes.
Do you know someone who speaks Spanish? Take advantage of it. Try to practice everything you can out of the classes and ask your tutors or friends to correct you if your pronunciation is not right.
Looking for a Spanish-speaking meeting in your city or using a language exchange app can be very helpful, we have listed our favorite ones in this post. This is a great way to improve your pronunciation and meet new friends.
4. Use the phonetic alphabet.
If you have trouble pronouncing certain sounds in Spanish, use the phonetic alphabet (AFI in Spanish, IPA in English). The international alphabet will allow you to identify different sounds of Spanish and will help you to understand them and pronounce them.
5. Do not forget to read and write.
Many times, pronunciation difficulties are caused by an incorrect reading of the words. Therefore, It is very useful that you read and write in Spanish everything you can.
You can write a small paragraph per week about your activities or experiences and then read it in class.
6. Connect with Spanish in social media.
Do you use Instagram, Twitter or Facebook? Follow accounts in Spanish. It can be an artist you like, magazines, newspapers or anything else. This way, you will have a daily share of Spanish in your life.