https://www.duolingo.com/Danielle939905

What else helps with learning Spanish?

Hi, I am trying very hard to learn Spanish. I will hopefully be moving to Mexico next summer so I need to know how to speak Spanish. I've been using duolingo, but I want to find other things to help me learn to speak Spanish. What I have been trying to do is listening to music in spanish, watching my favorite tv shows in spanish (or subtitles if I'm too confused) , talking to myself in spanish when I am alone, and using the Tandem app. I think all that is helping, but if anyone has any other suggestions please let me know.

3 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/LemunSqueeZ

Since you've obviously made some good progress with Duolingo and you probably know all of the basics at least, I think you are ready to do some real practicing with native speakers. I recommend using apps like HelloTalk that bring you together with Spanish speakers that are learning English. That way you can practice and also get some good help.

Also, I am a member of a Whatsapp group with about 200 members of English and Spanish speakers. In this group we talk about random stuff in English and Spanish and help each other out when there are mistakes. Let me know, and I can link it for you.

Once again, I think the best thing you can do at this point is to apply your knowledge that you've accumulated and try it out in real life. Best of luck!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dunk165811

Hi i find leaving sticky notes around the house with useful phrases and what items are called such as your cooker and things like that (in spanish of course) a really big help before i went to Spain!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maxawesome2

Practice Duo every day and i also watch my favorite TV shows in Spanish so i like that idea also.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sam.y.gato

You could try reading in Spanish as well -- Wikipedia works well, but you can easily find many different sites in Spanish just by typing something Spanish into Google.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Maarten-Jan

Please investigate Destinos (52 episodes on youtube) and Extra (10 episodes on youtube). I love them! Destinos is super old and very slow, exactly what I need and Alex is a little more advanced but still slow enough to enjoy a lot! (i see you're level 24 but i still wanted to mention them!)

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AmazingAntlers

Just checking out Destinos right now, thanks for the tip Maarten-Jan.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/asero82
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Use the radio. Listen to spanish stations, specially mexican ones, that don't play much music but instead have conversations. But do not pay attention to what they say, just immerse your brain into the sound and cadence of spanish. That will help you a lot to train your ear.

Learn a few new words every day. Make a word list. Be sure to write it by hand. Try to write by hand in spanish, even the shortest sentence.

And finally, do not force yourself into learning. Just enjoy learning process.

Hope this help.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jaelzion
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I listen to CreepyPastas in Spanish on YouTube. It's something I can do while washing dishes or making the bed or whatever because there are no pictures to speak of, it's all vocal.

The stories are nice and short too, so I can listen to one and then move on to something else. Plus you can listen with or without Spanish subtitles (no English subtitles).

YouTube user MundoCreepy is my favorite because his voice is very clear. Here is one of his:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB9V-8AdN00

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Danielle939905

I started listening to these after you suggested it. It is a great idea. I try to listen to one everyday driving to work and it is super helpful. Thanks!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Unicorn_Glasses

If I was you I would do Doulingo and Quizlet because Quizlet is really helpful

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/labradore1
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I'm "cross-training" in Spanish with the Mango course, which I access via my local public library card.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Aundre514944

Hola, Escuchar musica, ver television, leer libros, hablar espanol y practicar, practicar y practicar mucho mas. Buena suerte

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stephen_zissou
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You are doing all the right things. Keep doing them. When it comes to media (like music or TV shows), I like to do plenty of low intensity stuff (like listening to music for an hour while driving) but also some shorter bursts of high intensity stuff (like picking one song, reading the lyrics, looking up every word or construction I don't know, and by the end of it being able to sing along and understand everything).

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Charles315047

Podcast, YouTube, Change Phone Language to Spanish, Talk to spanish people you come accross

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Danielle939905

That is a really good idea changing the phone language to Spanish. Especially since I use my phone all the time. Thanks.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nick.Blank
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https://www.duolingo.com/Danielle939905

Thanks for the help everyone. There was a lot of good advice that I am looking into.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Monichevere

Have you tried the BBC languages http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ClaudiaGar510534

Chat with someone in spanish. Also, I don't recomend you to learn proper spanish as nobody really speaks it the proper way hahaha, also people can't write it either so don't worry I am sure you will do a good job.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/camilorejuela

Hello, Danielle, I'm a native Spanish speaker learning English. My opinion is that Doulingo is a great tool to improve your pronunciation and listening of specific words, but if one wants to be fluent, one has to study in other ways at the same time, like: watching movies, listening to podcasts, reading books, and having self conversation in English. Actually I think one of the most helpful thing is find someone who practice with. That's what I have done. Duo + Netflix + Podcasts + talking with every person in English as I can. If you want, we can talk and help each other with our languages. Greetings and good luck with your Spanish!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fuzzy285293

in addition to my daily onslaught of Duolingo both on my phone and on the website, I also divulge in Spanish podcasts, a couple of different Spanish YouTube pages, and I have a couple of Spanish books on my kindle.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-lucas-.
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Hi! You could create a WhatsApp group (de inglés y español) or use conversation exchange to practice with Spanish speakers

3 months ago
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