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Need help from a fluent Spanish speaker...

I have been working hard for many years to learn Spanish. I can read, write, and comprehend very well. But I struggle to form verbal responses. Any suggestions?

7 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/El_Gusano
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Part of the problem as I have seen with many people is that they are study-smart and it seems like this should equate into speaking since speaking uses the words you studied right? Well... not exactly. I have attended many Spanish meetup groups in my city and continue to do so. I have noticed several times that the best speakers always came from the groups with NO BOOKS! The groups that tried using written content could NOT SPEAK! It seems that speaking is a skill that must be learned independently. You want to learn how to speak Spanish? Speak it (btw texting helps, but not as much). Lrtward suggested some resources and I'll add HelloTalk and Meetup to those resources. HelloTalk is an app to connect with natives learning your language and Meetup is an app that you can check to see if there are any meetups for Spanish in your city.

I also found that until you get to a certain proficiency in a new language, native speakers are not helpful unless they are also learning another language. Native bilinguals seem like a great idea but once again, they are horrible help. Why? Perhaps because they've never had to struggle with any language and can't actually relate. They don't understand why something could be difficult for you, and they sure can't explain how to make you understand.

Get into speaking groups with other learners and you'll start speaking soon! The first few times will leave your head spinning but it's worth it!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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http://www.conversationexchange.com - you create an account and then search for practice partners. You can search by various criteria such as gender, age, nationality, hobbies. You can search for pen pals, audio chat partners, or video chat partners. You can use their internal messaging service if you don't want to give out your email address.

Also check out iTalki, weSpeke, Busuu, and goSpeaky.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Crystin19

Thank you!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mike413694

Buen consejo..... gracias

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.
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There are many advanced and fluent Spanish and people who've had the same problem with another languages here who aren't native but can still help you with that problem. So, if you want, you should change your discussion's title :)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Crystin19

Thank you, I didn't consider that.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CarlosRamr294134

Necesitas practicar con una persona con quien puedas hablar o escribirle con frecuencia. Entiendo bien tu situación ya que tengo conocimiento del idioma inglés pero no tengo con quién practicarlo (no es mi primer idioma pero he aprendido bastante). Lo que hago es ver películas, leer, escuchar música, todo para exponerme al idioma. Y trato de hablarlo cada vez que tengo una oportunidad.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Crystin19

Muchas gracias!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CarlosRamr294134

De nada. Estamos para ayudar

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ruthie-K
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https://www.duolingo.com/CindyFahrb
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One more app for you - Tandem

7 months ago