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What can I do to practice my Spanish?

tomek97
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What do you do to improve your language knowledge? I'm beginner in Spanish and I wish I made fast progress in it. What are your suggestions? But please, don't write things like go to Spain or something

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/wildfood
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I listen to TV in Spanish even though I don't know all the words (and in the beginning I only knew a handful). Also, I read in Spanish to increase my vocabulary.

But doing the reverse Duolingo tree, and having to answer the exercises in Spanish instead of English, has helped me far more than anything else.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Taloua
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3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Spend more time doing a variety of things. Read a beginner's book, watch Spanish DVDs/TV, listen to Spanish language radio, simply browse through a dictionary and see what words make sense, watch the Spanish episodes of Extr@ on YouTube, listen to the Spanish lessons on languagetransfer.org

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanD_8
DanD_8
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There are so many good suggestions already, so I'll just add what I'm doing right now.

Read a dual language reader. At first try reading the English page, then cover it and read the Spanish. As you get better, try reading the Spanish page before the English. Return to the stories a week or two later and reread. I like this one

http://www.amazon.com/First-Spanish-Reader-Beginners-Dual-Language/dp/0486258106/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439932483&sr=8-1&keywords=spanish+reader

Find an audio course to listen to when you aren't able to do Duolingo. Many libraries participate in Overdrive and Hoopla. Listen to memorize some key phrases and practice listening.

https://www.overdrive.com/

www.hoopladigital.com

Watch your local Univision or Telemundo and put on the Spanish subtitles. The news is good since the accompanying video helps with comprehension. If you can stomach telenovelas :), they are perfect. Melodramatic pauses give you a chance to think.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Abendbrot
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https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9944421

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8522845

take part in this discussions. There you can write your stories. G2DIPI_true likes to help. and also the other correctors.

Ask the native spanish speakers for help. By the way, thanks to all the spanish speakers who helped me. The reverse language course can help to get a contact to them.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tanoyuka
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1)Watch Telenovelas or other Spanish videos to improve your listening ability (you can start with the ones that are aimed to Spanish learners like Destinos, Extr@ en español and ¿Eres tú, María?)

2)Read children's books and articles to improve your reading skills and vocabulary

3)Use other sites on the internet to improve your grammar. There are many options but this http://www.studyspanish.com/ is the grammar site I like the most.

4)Study conjugations

5)Download pre-made Anki decks to enrich your vocabulary and/or make your own flashcards and/or try some of the Memrise courses

6)Listen to Spanish songs (e.g. search Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti letra on youtube) and look up the words or grammar patterns you don't know. You'll realise that this way the words will stick really easily to your brain

these are some of the things I am doing to improve my Spanish and it's been going really well

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DNatica

This site has been great: http://lingro.com/ You open a site written in Spanish on it, try to read it, but then when you don't know a word, you click it, and it brings up the English translation.

I have been wanting to practice with a person. If you would like to e-mail back and fourth and practice our Spanish, I would be willing.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Clemente-Pablo

DNatica and tomek97: If you like the feature of clicking on a word and changing it to a word in your first language, you are going to love Readlang.com Check it out. It is the best thing yet for learning languages. You can use it free or for full features like translating phrases, you can pay a small amount for a year subscription. Well, I hope you will check it out. It also saves the words you click on and builds a vocablary list for you. And you can have it send you reminders in you email. Have fun. P. S. another thing I use is Quizlet it helps you also build your vocabulary and the words you save can be used in games that you play. It can be used for many education venues. I use it also for my Music Theory which I am currently studying. There is a way to send the Readlang word list to Quizlet as well. Adios4now.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DNatica

Thank you for your suggestions! I will definitely check them out. If you would ever like to practice speaking back and forth in Spanish, let me know.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Drei.A

Thanks for bringing up this discussion and for all the great suggestions!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/machucaw
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Hang out in a local "tienda". Wander around and read/identify various products in Spanish. Listen in on conversations where ever possible. Try to pick up on the rhythm and tenor of the speakers. See if you can answer questions in your mind.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Clemente-Pablo

tomek97: Well, you don't want to hear me say "go to Spain" so let me say this: After my first semester of Spanish in college, I went to Mexico. After the second semester of Spanish in college, I went to Guatemala. After my third semester of Spanish in college I went to Panama. Then I stopped going to college and went to Honduras, Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. Then my health got kind of bad for traveling so I went to a school that taught Spanish for Americans who wanted to go and do evangelising in Spanish speaking countries. I took three semesters there and met and spoke to people from all sorts of Spanish speaking countries. I lived on the campus so I ate, slept and played games with all Spanish speaking people. One semester we had 21 countries represented; one of the countries was Spain. But I never went to Spain. Now, I live close to that school and I visit with the lastest student population as time permits. My point in all this is to say, do whatever it takes to immerse yourself in Spanish speaking dialog with native Spanish speakers. The other thing is read Spanish ever single day of your life for the rest of your life. If you like reading short-stories, find some in Spanish. I get emails sent to me that are all in Spanish from sources that speak on various subjects. You can get signed up for anything you are interested in, but have it be in Spanish. Eat, drink, and think Spanish. I ordered Dish Latino, so I watch the news in Spanish, movies in Spanish, cartoons in Spanish, music shows like the Voice, is La Voz in Spanish. Don't forget to put on the closed caption feature for subtitles in Spanish. You might be able to guess at this point, I go to an all Spanish speaking Church and I even teach a discipleship class in Spanish. I have people who come to clean my house, who do not speak English, they are from Mexico. I text message in Spanish more than I do in English. I play and sing songs that are in Spanish. What am I trying to tell you? Not that I am smart or anything like that. I am trying to say, that if you really want to learn Spanish you become Spanish and if that means you go to Spain, too bad... then go to Spain. Especially if you want to speak the style of Spanish spoken there. Either way, have as much fun as you can and get to know the language and the culture. Each country has its own unique things that make learning the language more interesting. I hope you enjoy your Duolingo experience. There are many good people here with much advice to help us out. I don't ever plan to stop learning Spanish. There is always something new I can listen to, read or practice over and over to get it solid in my brain. So, I hope you found something in my answer that was helpful. Take care.

3 years ago