Hey guys, my name is CJ i am a sophomore in high school. i have decided to go on a missions trip to mexico for 1 week over Christmas break. i have been taking a Spanish class the last two years but haven't gotten very fluent in the language. so i was hoping someone might have tips or suggestions to help me learn faster. it would be very appreciated. i would like to be able to have conversations with the kids that live there. so please please comment.
I do not have any links to provide, but talk to yourself in Spanish as much as possible, and search for the words suitable for every situation or event happening around. It'll help pave your way to real-life conversations and make you more confident. Best of luck, and have a safe trip! :)
Study Spanish more. Use Duolingo TinyCards, Busuu, the Internet Polygot, Duolingo Stories, Memrise, and maybe even WeSpeke to study. Just crack down on it. If you don't become very fluent & if you have a phone, there's a cool thing called Google Translate that can even understand people's voices incredibly well. I'll give a Lingot to wish you good luck.
If you are fluent in English then you could try Language Transfer: Complete Spanish. Instead of memorisation, this course focuses on using the English you already know to speak Spanish. By applying certain rules, you can gain a vocabulary in the thousands, just by thinking.
Other tools to consolidate this include binging on Duolingo, Memrise and Busuu. If you are willing to pay then textbooks, other apps and live teaching through iTalki are good options. Speaking with natives and using the language as much as possible in your normal life will be most valuable!