If you want to learn to speak conversational Spanish, it can be tricky. Life is so busy, and learning Spanish can pushed down your to-do list until it’s barely on it at all.
Instead, you can do a few basic things to help you learn to speak conversational Spanish, many of them free!
Take Every Opportunity!
When you’re learning to speak conversational Spanish, you need to be watching for opportunities to hear, speak, and read Spanish. Maybe you can turn on the Spanish subtitles on the movies you watch at home. Or change the menus on your television, cable or satellite system to “talk” to you in Spanish. Pick up the Spanish language magazine that someone left behind on the city bus or coffee shop – and look through it for familiar words and phrases. When you see a Spanish speaker near you, use the opportunity to ask how old her child is (or anything else you can say).
Remember, there are also television shows that are designed to teach you to speak conversational Spanish. Mostly these are found on cable stations or local PBS stations. Check the guide and look for anything that sounds like it is teaching a foreign language – you’ll be amazed at the opportunities! Get Gutsy!
If you’re learning a foreign language, this is not the time to be shy! Get outside yourself. Look for Spanish speakers to talk to – don’t be embarrassed or hesitant. Just practice the bits you know, and they will help you with the parts you don’t know.
Most Spanish speakers we come across in our day-to-day living know English as well as Spanish. They’ve already put in the effort to learn a second language – now it’s your turn. Don’t worry, they probably won’t laugh. And they will appreciate your efforts to learn to speak conversational Spanish.
Headline: Latin Axiom Right
The Latins had many things right – and one of them was the axiom “repetitio est mater studiorum,” which is Latin for “repetition is the mother of learning.” Without repetition, you won’t learn to speak conversational Spanish. You’ll just be stuck telling people you want to learn to speak conversational Spanish someday. Bottom line, to do anything well you must do it a lot.
One great way to learn a foreign language is to take a class with others who want to learn to speak conversational Spanish. A local community college probably has courses in basic Spanish for low cost. And the benefits of having others “in the same boat” will be endless. You’ll be learning together, from someone who teaches Spanish for a living.