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Too fast.................... No entiendo, Ayuda!!

Reading or writing Spanish has become much easier for me over time. However, I still struggle with understanding verbal Spanish. Granted I'm only a level 22 student, but even basic sentences sometimes confuse me when spoken too fast. Any tips?

May 23, 2018



Find music that you like in Spanish and listen to videos in Spanish (especially news or interviews) every once in a while. Try to listen to Spanish dubbed shows on Netflix, even if you need subtitles. It will train your ear.


Thanks for the advice. I've tried listening to a Spanish talk radio, but quickly became frustrated. So I "Hit the books" again thinking I may not be ready yet. Never thought of using music as a training tool, which is odd since I'm a musician. My only concern with this technique however, would be the added complication of vocal inflection which could alter the context. I'll give it a try.


Music is definitely a huge one! Spanish has so many different genres of amazing music, some even seem very "American". (They even have Spanish trap music.) Anything that involves listening is going to help you though. :) Dragon offered some great suggestions.

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    Many people think that reading and writing (called: studying) is all that you need to become proficient in another language. But proficiency also requires talking and listening (called: conversation) and each of these four skills requires time to develop. So if you're having trouble with conversation elements, which I bet you would have trouble speaking too, then the best fix is to speak speak speak! You really can't study your way around this problem. Like others said, various forms of media help. I found that getting fluency required not only that I practice listening, but also powering through sentences that for some reason locked me up. Like in the song "Bailando" for some reason I had trouble with the line "La noche en la que te suplico que no salga el sol," in the beginning. Every time I came across an opportunity to force myself past something like this, I would repeat the line over and over...and over... until I could say it naturally, completely, every single word, at the same speed as the singer. You may think that this only helps with this one sentence, but I found that I was able to say longer sentences, complex sentences, by not allowing myself to skip over this particular sentence, or any others that initially tripped me up. I sing "Despacito," even the rapping part as brazenly, as shamelessly, just as fast as Daddy Yankee now! Hahaha! Let me share my favorite lyrics website with you so you can work on your songs. Dogs may howl but who cares as long as we enjoy it right?

    https://lyricstranslate.com/en/enrique-iglesias-bailando-lyrics.html https://lyricstranslate.com/en/luis-fonsi-despacito-lyrics.html


    Your exactly right. When I try to speak Spanish, it doesn't have a natural flow. It comes across as "choppy" and in some cases probably incoherent. Thanks for the links, I'll give it a try.


    If you have a favourite TV show and it's available in Spanish, that'd be my recommendation. For me, it was Friends - I basically know every line of dialogue in English and don't need to worry as much about subtitles as I would with an unfamiliar show.

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