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How to Become Fluent in Spanish Quickly?
Are you looking for some tips on how to become fluent in Spanish quickly? Do you want to become a fluent Spanish speaker? If so, keep reading, because you are in the right place. This article is for you! I'm going to show you seven tips to become fluent in Spanish quickly, and by "quickly" I mean even within a year or a few months. Here they are!
1. Learn on your own
Don't look for a Spanish language class - learn on your own. The first step is to get some free lessons or buy an interactive course (most of them are inexpensive) that will help you learn Spanish on your own (use Google, iTunes or YouTube) and start learning. Yes, it's that simple. Just start doing it.
2. Five sites that can help you become fluent in Spanish quickly
1. About.com Spanish - this site is mostly about grammar, but there are also dozens of free lessons for beginners.
2. Studyspanish.com - it's one of the biggest sites for Spanish learners. There's a very useful pronunciation guide there, grammar lessons and exercises.
3. iTunes - sign up on iTunes and download dozens of free podcasts for Spanish learners. It's especially useful if you are an auditory learner.
4. YouTube - look for some channels for Spanish learners - there are dozens of them!
5. BBC Languages Spanish - many interactive lessons and useful resources. I particularly like Mi Vida Loca, which is a TV drama/interactive Spanish course.
3. Learn on a regular basis and concentrate only on one thing
Learn on a regular basis, preferably every single day. The easiest way to learn Spanish quickly is to learn it step by step - one thing at a time. Start with some simple lessons, learn the most common words (google "Spanish most common words"), learn how to correctly pronounce everything, get used to the sound of the language.
Don't try to learn everything at once and don't learn one or two times a week - learn every day. It's better to learn 30-60 minutes daily than 3 hours weekly. It helps you concentrate, memorize and repeat.
And here are good news: if you speak English, you already know a lot of Spanish words so you don't need to spend hours learning new vocabulary. Develop a habit, but don't spend two or three hours daily learning new vocabulary - spend this time learning something more useful. Which leads us to the next point...
4. Use the 80/20 principle
Don't learn things that aren't useful for you - if you aren't going to rent a car, don't learn about it. Really, it's just a waste of time.
Use the 80/20 principle and concentrate on the most important things to learn way more effectively than an average person who needs a few years to learn Spanish.
How to identify the most important 20%? It's simple: google "Spanish most common words", "Spanish basic grammar" and "Spanish pronunciation". Learn it all!
If you want to learn the most common words, use Anki or watch Spanish movies. If you want to learn basic grammar, start a journal on Lang-8. If you want to improve your pronunciation, find some Spanish songs and sing along. Be creative and have fun with it!
You can also learn from Mi Vida Loca - a free interactive course created by BCC. It concentrates on the most important things and it's really compelling, because it's a TV drama.
5. Immerse yourself - Spanish is your another language!
There's no point in learning a new language if you don't use it. Stop studying a language and start using it:
- there are dozens of great Spanish movies - watch them with subtitles to improve your reading skills and accent and without subtitles to improve your listening skills
- you can listen to Spanish music - and sing along to improve your accent
- listen to podcasts - to improve your listening skills
- travel to a Spanish speaking place (it's the best way to immerse yourself!)
- make some Spanish speaking friends - and speak with them as much as you can. You can look for some Spanish speakers on language exchange sites.
The key is to treat Spanish just like English (like your mother tongue).
6. Stop looking for a magic pill
And just learn. It's okay to constantly improve your knowledge, but
spend most of your time using Spanish, not looking for a magic method
that will make you a fluent speaker within a few weeks. It won't happen.
7. Or move to...
...a Spanish speaking place.
Thanks to this, you can learn Spanish easily even in a few months. One of the most developed Spanish speaking countries is Chile - there are many opportunities for foreigners there! It's a bit extreme method, but you can learn Spanish even in 3-6 months this way.
That's it - three steps on how to become fluent in Spanish quickly. This simple instruction works like a charm - you just need to follow these tips. Stop looking for a magic pill and start learning. Buena suerte and have fun while speaking Spanish!