How can I learn to speak spanish quickly?
Every time I speak spanish, I talk slowly, like I am unaware if what I am saying is correct. How do I fix this?
Here are a few tips I picked you that accelerated my speaking ability:
Spend some time reading out loud. If you are reading too fast to understand what you are saying, slow down.
Team up with a friend. One of you reads an English sentence the other translates into Spanish. Take turns. Then reverse it. Start with a Spanish sentence and translate to English.
When you listen to movies in Spanish, start with English titles you already are familiar with. Harry Potter worked well for me, but there are current titles that would be just as effective.
Try the lessons on Languagetransfer.com. Their course “Complete Spanish” is 90 interactive audio 10 or so minute segments that cover everything in the Duo tree. The price is the same as Duo. This really changed my outlook on studying Spanish.
If Complete Spanish works for you, try Synergy Spanish. It is a 100 times upgrade, but It is not free. Give them a google and sign up to get a few free sample lessons at the introductory level. I started them at the intermediate level ( 14 months) and now I’m enrolled in a 37 month intensive program that is fantastic. I also dabble in their ear training program, but I get enough of that living in Mexico.
BTW, I still do 50xp per day on Duo practicing on the app. I did the Spanish tree, the reverse Spanish to English tree, and played a lot with the Spanish to French tree.
One more. Find a situation where there are a lot of Spanish speaker to interact with. I use the bus to downtown; I must bore the moms heading to pick up their kids from school. Thank goodness Mexican are so polite! It might be grabbing a toco at a local restaurant, volunteering at an English class at a local library, or perhaps online chat. You make some friends then exchange language building conversations.
Cool "1555" day streak!
My opinion on text formatting:
If you announce "speaking / language learning programs", it is best either to put two "*" around it, so the text is bold.
Or you give the direct URLs, so the text will be converted to blue underline.
If the text is only black like normal writing, it is not that easy for the eyes to easy recognize suggestion programs.
I agree with all these, plus Duolingo's lab Stories (interactive) and Podcasts are extremely helpful. The podcasts have really helped my listening skills enormously which, in turn, is helping me to speak more fluently. I have really noticed a difference since doing them. Also, doing a little EVERY day is of far more benefit that doing a lot a couple of times a week. Also reading about some subject which really interests you can be very helpful.
Kazmax - - an excellent reply, especially about doing a little every day. That is exactly how you learned your own native language, little by little each day as a child.
Settle down and do two lessons/exercises each day, that will only take perhaps fifteen minutes whilst you have a coffee or a short break.
I talk about these things on my VERY UNOFFICIAL blog page just started at
- telling you just how to avoid some of the mistakes I made starting out with DL, and some things I found that made life easier for me learning Spanish at 76 years old!
The Page(s) isn't perfect, but may help someone along!
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There are excellent series on Netflix in Spaninsh. I watch a lot of Netflix, in the beginning with English subtitles, now with Spanish subtitles. And you could start with series from Latin America, usually they are easier to follow
Try watching videos, or movies, or TV shows you know well and try and make it out with English subs.
I use Spanish subtitles on Spanish movies. Sometimes the speech is too quick for me to comprehend it all, so Spanish subtitles actually help me understand exactly what I am hearing. Even if I don't know all the words yet.
I found it easier to follow in one language instead of trying to translate everything.
Bonus is that it helped me read Spanish a lot quicker!
As everyone's telling you, it's about immersing yourself in the language. Podcasts, Youtube Videos, Netflix - whatever it is do it. Immersion is the only true way to pick up a language and in today's day and age, there are a lot of avenues available to immerse yourself.
Duolingo's Spanish podcast is a good starting place, youtube will provide you some lessons, and try watching one of your favorite shows that you've already in Spanish (if it's dubbed) with the English subtitles.
Many years ago when I was learning Japanese and stumbling getting the words out of my mouth, my teacher would have me say the last word in the sentence and then the last two words, then the last three and so on as fast as I could, until I could say the whole sentence at close to the very rapid rate of native speakers. The side benefit is that whatever you can say quickly you can usually understand from native speakers.
When I work on Spanish in Duo, I try to say each sentence or phrase aloud as fast as I can. If it doesn´t come out smoothly, I start at the end of the sentence and work to the front word by word.
Practice and listen to the "Notes in Spanish" podcasts (Google it). They speak at a pretty normal pace.
There are 2 part of an conversation in order to have the conservation going:
I had practised listening for 18 month now, and i am so good that when i had learned a new word I can instantly recognise it, if the speaker isn't speaking machine gun Spanish.
Machine gun Spanish is much faster than : The video weather(=tiempo) forecast (for Spain) from AEMET: http://www.aemet.es/es/portada
Note that tiempo can both mean weather and time
Hello Princess! Check to see if there's a DuoLingo Spanish English language exchange near you - - (or any other Spanish English exchange will do ) - - but the DL ones tend to have more folk using DL than are learning other ways.
These are just meet-ups where English folk can practice Spanish with help from Spanish speakers, and the Spanish folks there in turn get help from you as an English speaker. Our one in Edinburgh is a laugh from start to finish but also a great help!
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My advise, first you get good, then you get fast.... Your objective is to be understood.....so, slower is it, till speaking is natural and fluent.
Practice, practice and more practice. Then you’ll start to think in Spanish and you’ll automatically speak faster.
read newspapers, magazines, or wikipedia in spanish
I share you this lecture:
If you can speak and understand Spanish at all after reaching Level 6, you are doing great! Keep doing whatever you are doing and add what the others are suggesting.
Don't worry about that! If you're a beginner then it's difficult to think and talk quickly and correctly, it's the same with any other language.
I would like to recommend you to write a journal it doesn't matter if it's about your life, any topic you like or your travel adventures. Just try to write on it daily and you'll be fluent. When you finish every entry you can read them out loud, repeat, repeat and try to make questions about it. For example "Was I happy that day?" then try to answer them quickly but correctly.
That's one of the methods that I've been using for months and it's really helpful, also you can try talking with natives (online) but ONLY with voice notes, I could help you if you have Telegram, I'm a native speaker. ¡Buena suerte, Princesa Bazooka!
hay muchas peliculas que estan en ingles y españos, y tienen subtitulos tanto en español como ingles. Suerte.
I like to think about what I see in Spanish instead of thinking about everything in English. For example, if you see a flower instead of thinking " There is a flower" try to think " Allí está una flor". That way you begin to associate the word "flor" with flowers and can readily use it in a sentence. Same thing goes for verbs. If someone is walking their dog, think "una persona quien está caminando con su perro" . I am not a particularly good speaker yet either but this is helping me. I hope I used the correct vocabulary in my examples and that it will help you too
Perfecto SonyaG! Thinking in Spanish is the only way to get really fluent! As you start to think in Spanish, your brain will immediately start to function in Spanish as soon as you hear someone speaking the language !!
Gracias por los ejemplos!
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I agree on this one. In school, I was assigned to "think in Spanish" for a week. It helped me with my vocabulary and thinking quickly on the spot. Spanish has some weird quirks!
Also, on YouTube, watch some of your favorite/familiar videos with Spanish subtitles if they have them. That way, you can see conjugations and Vocabulary in real use.
Ask someone you know that is fluent in that language and ask for advice. That's what I would do anyway.