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Using the Target Language in Everyday Life

So I've been working on my Spanish recently as I'm trying to get it to fluency in advance to going to Lanzarote. However, (I've tried convincing them numerous times xD) I live in a family where I'm the only one who can speak a language to a decent degree aside of English. So you can tell I can't use Spanish too much. I practise with my friend at school who's fluent in Spanish but now I'd say something in Spanish and he'd reply in English.

So, I get that the best way to fluency is to try and use it in everyday life but, as I've already said, it's not easy for me. Whenever I play online games I try and find Spanish speakers but I can't find any. On other websites I'll try speaking Spanish (If I manage to find Spanish speakers) but overall it isn't easy to me. I've managed to contact a few Spanish speakers but I want to use it more often. Also, I do try and think in Spanish sometimes and attempt to dream in Spanish and, when I have conversations, I'll try and translate it in my head e.g. "Hey there, how are you?" (In my head I think "Hola, cómo estas?" and then before replying I'll think "Buen, gracias") and then I'll reply "Good, thanks".

How do you think I'll be able to use it more in my daily life? Any reply is appreciated, thanks :D

February 27, 2017


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You might want to consider finding a language exchange partner. There are sites dedicated to putting language learners in touch with each others. Have a look at the list of language exchange sites on the Multilingual learning resources page on the Duolingo Wiki.

February 27, 2017


Thanks :D

February 27, 2017


A good tip I got was to try and think in your target language wherever possible. So if you think something in your mother tongue, try and translate it to Spanish.

Also, perhaps ask your friend not to reply back in English, and try to hold conversations with him and pick topics beyond the simple stuff, to try and get a broader range of vocabulary going.

Also, as hughcparker mentioned, there are a lot of good resources online for finding language partners, someone who speaks your target language, but wants to learn your native language perhaps, that way there is a mutual gain from your conversations and you can learn a lot quicker that way!

Good luck and never stop learning!

February 27, 2017


A good piece of advice that I've found somewhere here on Duolingo is to write a diary in the language you are learning (for me that's Italian). It is a very good practice to express your thoughts, practise grammar, vocabulary etc. It also enables you to monitor your progress. Since I've been doing this, I believe my speaking fluency improved. Sometimes I try to think in Italian. What happened to me yesterday, I was listening to the radio, and the song "I just called to say I love you" was on. And I started singing "Ho chiamato soltanto a dire Ti amo..." :D I know it is not always correct (though I am trying to, I doublecheck it often), but it really helps me. Good luck!

February 28, 2017
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