How do I verbal Spanish?

As I practice, I've noticed recognizing written Spanish gets easier. However, translating spoken Spanish is really difficult. Knowing where words stop and end can be really confusing. How do I improve my ability to understand spoken Spanish? I've only been learning for about a month, so am I just expecting too much too soon? When were you able to comfortably understand (beginner) spoken Spanish?

Thanks for your help!

(Only posted here too because I think I posted in the wrong area at first. I've never posted here before.)

February 20, 2018


I too learned to read Spanish and then had to struggle with listening ability. The best way to improve listening (imo) is to watch a show in Spanish with English subtitles.

Does your TV have SAP (Secondary Audio Programming)? If so you can program your TV to output Spanish audio as well as English subtitles. I am watching Terminator Genisys on my basic cable as I type this.

Netflix has many shows with Spanish audio. DVD's are also great for this.

It takes a long time to pick up the listening ability and a month is definitely too soon so don't get discouraged.

February 20, 2018

Thank you! I really have no one else irl to compare my learning to. So I have no idea if I'm going at a good pace. I'll try Netflix

February 20, 2018

One way can be to catch the articles, prepositions and conjunctions: un/una/unos/unas (a/an, some), el/la/los/las (the), a (to, towards), con (with), de (of), en (in, at), para (for), por (for, by), que (that), y (and). Also plural endings (-s, -es), conjugations (-ar/-er/-ir, -ando, -as/-es, -aba, etc.) and "to be" forms (es, está, son, están, etc.). The words in the middle of those "marks" are words you are searching for.

Read aloud the translation of your message or ask some native speaker to read it:

"A medida que practico he notado que reconocer el español escrito se vuelve más fácil. Sin embargo, traducir el español hablado es realmente difícil. [Translate the rest]."

February 20, 2018

Never thought about singling out words like that. Thanks for the advice.

February 20, 2018

Try listening to the radio. You will hear the same songs and ads repeatedly. Over time, you will understand more and more. It just takes a lot of practice. Good luck!

February 20, 2018

Thank you!

February 20, 2018

I also suggest listening to a duolingo podcast. They are really great at pronunciation and you can pause and re wind

February 20, 2018

Yeah, the podcasts are great. Thanks!

February 20, 2018

Do you need guidance???

February 20, 2018

That would be helpful.

February 20, 2018

As other's have said, you need to listen to a lot of Spanish, whether that's music, podcasts, videos, or whatever. Having a text available will help.

A few specific video series for learners:

If you live in the US you can watch "Destinos" for free: It's a 52 episode drama that was designed to be used in Spanish classes (covering basically a 2 year university course, or 4 years of high school). I believe it's all subtitled.

"Hola Que tal" is also made for courses. It mixes in hosts going over grammar rules in Spanish with skits set in an advertising agency & short interviews with Spanish speakers: (module 1 is the most basic Spanish, and module 8 the most advanced).

But look around youtube and you can obviously find all sorts of Spanish-language content available.

February 21, 2018

Google "Notes in Spanish" and listen a lot. You are probably expecting a bit much, too ...

February 20, 2018

one advice to help you improve your ability to understand is to increase how much you communicate. if you know someone that speaks spanish and can sit with you for a few minutes a day, it would be great. Start up a small conversation, take it slow and start off from there. Ask questions if you need. Another way is to watch small videos for beginners ( in spanish). You can start with using subtitles. As you improve, use less subtitles. This should help you with understand spoken spanish better, it helped me a lot.

February 22, 2018
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