I think you’ll agree with me when I say:
It’s difficult to find practical strategies to improve your Spanish everyday.
The tips are always the same; fill your workspace or home with Spanish vocabulary, watch movies or a TV series in Spanish, read books with an easy reading level, etc.
We’ve all heard it.
So, I want to talk you about some other ways that you might not have thought of before.
Let’s get started:
- 1 1. Hobby
- 2 2. Always read aloud!
- 3 3. Language Exchange
- 4 4. Keep a notebook with daily vocabulary
- 5 5. Find a Spanish-speaking girlfriend or boyfriend
- 6 6. Traveling
- 7 7. Blogs and online interest groups
- 8 8. Read a lot
- 9 9. Sing
- 10 10. Listen, listen and listen some more
- 11 11. Copy gestures and movements
Find a topic that you really like and search for youtube channels related to this topic or find a course in Udemy in Spanish.
For example, I’m learning English and I look for information on entrepreneurs, SEO, and personal development every day.
I found some interesting channels that I cannot stop listening to like TED and Neil Patel. They have information that really interests me and this greatly improves my learning of English.
I have also taken courses from the One Month program which is very helpful.
These interests really drive me to improve my English.
2. Always read aloud!
One of the main problems when we want to speak another language is confidence.
A very good solution to gaining confidence is to read books or texts in Spanish aloud, this helps you build confidence by hearing your voice in another language and practicing your pronunciation.
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3. Language Exchange
This one seems obvious, but you don’t know how many people think that learning a language is just studying grammar and vocabulary. Nothing further from reality.
You’ll need a partner to have a language exchange, a real one, flesh and blood.
I have tried many applications that are literally trash, mainly because people are more concerned with other things than learning a language.
I always try to make friends with people from the United States so we can have a language exchange, I help them with Spanish and they help me with English.
I can tell you that it has been one of the most beautiful experiences of life. It’s fun, rewarding and very useful to be able to talk with someone who is also learning a language.
Soon I’ll post an article about this experience!
4. Keep a notebook with daily vocabulary
This exercise is very useful and can help you improve and expand your vocabulary.
When I go out on the street I try to see if I know the English name of all the things that I find.
If I do not know how, for example, to say “arbol” in English, I take a note in my notebook and later at night I review and translate all the words that I don’t know.
I review these words and do exercises to improve my vocabulary retention and memorization.
5. Find a Spanish-speaking girlfriend or boyfriend
I know for some it will sound crazy, but many people I know have improved their Spanish thanks to having a Mexican boyfriend or girlfriend.
The results are astonishing, there is a motivation to communicate with him or her as it would otherwise be.
I could not find an American girl, but if you know someone who wants to talk to me on Tinder I would be very grateful. 🙂
The best way to learn a language is to travel. Look for a Spanish course in Mexico, Spain or any Spanish-speaking country.
Here you can find interviews with people who have already traveled to Mexico:
If you can not travel, look for a friend or tutor in your country who speaks Spanish. Language exchange schools usually look for people who want to have an exchange with their students.
It’s great to travel, but just as important to have someone who can correct you and help you improve your Spanish.
7. Blogs and online interest groups
There are many blogs in Spanish in which you can read and participate, make comments and ask for help with writing and speaking, don’t be shy. This will help you to be more confident when you write. Examples: Media Vida, Quora Spanish or Todo Expertos.
8. Read a lot
How do you plan to write better if you don’t read in another language?
Start with simple reading, even stories for children, and you’ll see that your comprehension improves daily.
Do not expect to see results immediately, you must have patience because at the beginning it will be very difficult to understand many words.
Sing daily, I have been practicing singing songs in English for several months and my pronunciation has improved considerably.
You may not know many groups in Spanish, but there are many great Spanish-speaking artists of all genres, here’s a small list of some of them:
Cerati, Natalia LaFourcade, Mon Laferte, Cafe Tacuva, Ruido Rosa, Zoe, Luis Miguel, etc.
It gets more interesting when you find a style of music that you are passionate about and comprehension comes much easier.
10. Listen, listen and listen some more
One of the most important principles for improving language skills is listening as much as possible to get accustomed to the sounds and rhythm of natural conversations.
Surround yourself with radio programs, podcasts, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, etc.
The mind will become accustomed to hearing these words and little by little you will see that you will begin to synthesize words in Spanish.
11. Copy gestures and movements
These are very useful when you start learning. The best thing you can do is to copy the movements of the lips and the typical gestures of each country to understand the message.
Remember that most of our language is body language and it indicates a lot of what you are trying to say.
In Italy there are more than 200 gestures and body movements that indicate a feeling, in Mexico, there are not so many, but expressions often say much more than words.
- The most important thing is to practice daily and do not lose motivation.
- Focus on finding topics that are relevant to you to make learning easier.
- Focus on making your learning fun.
Now I’d like to hear from you:
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